Sworn Fighter (Fighter Archetype)

All fighters practice with weapons and armor in order to bring their fight directly to their foes. Some fighters consider their training a serious obligation and can flexibly adapt their outlook based on promises they have made. These fighters take their word very seriously and are almost always lawful.

Sworn Promise (Ex): At 2nd level, once per day as a full-round action, a sworn fighter may speak aloud a solemn promise as a full-round action to gain a +1 bonus on saves or checks related to his active promise, as described below. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels beyond 2nd. The bonus applies until the sworn fighter uses a full-round action to speak aloud a different promise.

  • Promise of awareness: The bonus applies on Perception checks and on Will saves against illusions.
  • Promise of bravery: The bonus applies on Will saves against fear and to the DC of Intimidate checks to demoralize him.
  • Promise of stamina: The bonus applies on Fortitude saves and on Constitution checks made to continue running, to avoid damage from a forced march, and to avoid nonlethal damage from starvation or thirst. RR Promise of surefootedness: The bonus applies to the sworn fighter’s CMD when resisting bull rush, trip, and reposition combat maneuvers.
  • Promise of vengeance: The bonus applies to weapon damage rolls, including ranged weapons or thrown melee weapons so long as the target is within 30 feet. Any creature that is immune to sneak attacks is immune to this additional damage, and any item or ability that protects a creature from critical hits also protects a creature from this additional damage. This additional damage is precision damage, and isn’t multiplied on a critical hit.
  • Promise of vigilance: The bonus applies as a dodge bonus to AC against attacks made by opponents flanking the sworn fighter.

At 7th level, when a sworn fighter may have two promises in effect at the same time; a new promise replaces either of his active promises, as he chooses. At 19th level, a sworn fighter may have three promises in effect at the same time. A sworn fighter may not select the same promise multiple times.

This ability counts as bravery for the purposes of feats or abilities that increase the bonus of a fighter’s bravery class feature (such as the sash of the war championUE), but not for abilities that alter the fighter’s ability to use his bravery bonus (such as the Improved BraveryUI feat).

This ability replaces bravery, armor training, and armor mastery.

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