Enhanced Paragon (Paladin/Antipaladin Class Template)

Class templates are similar to archetypes. They modify existing base classes in order to allow them to better fulfill new roles. However, class templates can be applied to multiple classes, unlike the more exclusive archetypes. A class template follows the same rules as archetypes for determining whether or not they are compatible with other archetypes or class templates.

The enhanced paragon is a class template suitable for the paladin and antipaladin classes. When converting a character to an enhanced paragon, the character loses or changes the following class features.

  • Paladin: The paladin loses the divine grace, divine health, aura of courage, aura of resolve, aura of faith, and aura of righteousness class features.
  • Antipaladin: The antipaladin loses the unholy resilience, aura of cowardice, plague bringer, aura of despair, aura of sin, and aura of depravity class features.

Essence Pool: At 2nd level, the enhanced paragon gains a pool of essence equal to half their class level.

Paragon Ward: At 2nd level, the enhanced paragon can form their essence into a barrier both physical and mental. For each point of essence invested in this ability, the enhanced paragon gains a +1 bonus to all saving throws.

Akashic Aura: At 3rd level, the enhanced paragon’s essence flows out into the world around them, affecting themself and any creatures within 10 feet. The enhanced paragon may invest essence into any of the following Akashic auras, and so long as they have the requisite essence.

  • Courage: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon and their allies gain a +2 bonus to saving throws against fear effects.
  • Depravity: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon’s enemies take a -2 penalty to saving throws against charm and compulsion effects.
  • Despair: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon’s enemies take a -1 penalty to saving throws against all effects. This does not stack with other Akashic auras.
  • Fear: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon’s enemies take a -2 penalty to saving throws against fear effects.
  • Health: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon and their allies gain a +2 bonus to saving throws against disease effects.
  • Resolve: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon and their allies gain a +2 bonus to saving throws against charm effects.
  • Righteousness: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon and their allies gain a +2 bonus to saving throws against compulsion effects.
  • Vindication: For every point of essence invested in this aura, the enhanced paragon counts all weapons wielded by their allies as one of the following for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction: silver, cold iron, good, evil, lawful, or chaotic

Ablative Essence (Su): At 8th level, the essence capacity of the enhanced paragon’s paragon ward and Akashic aura class features increases by 1. In addition, whenever the enhanced paragon has at least three points of essence invested in an Akashic aura which grants a bonus to saving throws, they gain immunity to the type of effect the Akashic aura grants a bonus against. This immunity is not shared with their allies.

Expanded Aura (Su): At 14th level, the enhanced paragon’s akashic aura expands from 10 feet to 20 feet. In addition, the essence capacity of the enhanced paragon’s paragon ward and Akashic aura class features increases by an additional 1. If at least 5 points of essence are invested in an Akashic aura which grants a bonus to saving throws, all of the enhanced paragon’s affected allies gain immunity to the type of effect the Akashic aura grants a bonus against.

Bastion of Faith (Su): At 17th level, the enhanced paragon gains DR/evil (if they are a paladin) or DR/good (if they are an antipaladin) equal to the amount of essence invested in their paragon ward. If the enhanced paragon gains the holy champion or unholy champion class features, they double this damage reduction rather than gaining damage reduction from that class feature.


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