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Red Dragon Disciple

Red Dragon Disciple is a prestige class in NWN2.

Red Dragon DiscipleEdit

Description: It is known that certain dragons can take humanoid form and even have humanoid lovers. Sometimes a child is born of this union, and every child of that child unto the thousandth generation claims a bit of dragon blood, be it ever so small. Usually, little comes of it, though mighty sorcerers occasionally credit their powers to draconic heritage. For some, however, dragon blood beckons irresistibly. These characters become dragon disciples, who use their magical power as a catalyst to ignite their dragon blood, realizing its fullest potential. Members of this prestige class draw on the potent blood of red dragons coursing through their veins. Though red dragons are among the most cruel and evil creatures on Faerun, red dragon disciples may be of any alignment.

RequirementsEdit

Class: Bard or Sorcerer

Skills: Lore 8 ranks

Class FeaturesEdit

Hit die: d12
Proficiencies: None
Skill points: 2 + Int modifier
Class skills: Concentration, Craft Alchemy, Craft Armor, Craft Trap, Craft Weapon, Diplomacy, Listen, Lore, Parry, Search, Spellcraft, Spot
Base attack bonus progression: Medium
Saving throwshigh:Fortitude, Will
low:Reflex

Natural Armor IncreaseEdit

At 1st, level, the red dragon disciple's skin toughens and begins to grow scaly, granting them a +1 natural armor bonus to AC. This bonus improves to +2 at 4th level, +3 at 7th level, and +4 at 10th level. This bonus stacks with other natural armor bonuses.

Draconic Ability ScoresEdit

Attribute Total Gain
STR +8
DEX
CON +2
INT +2
WIS
CHA +2
AC +4

As the red dragon disciples keep uniting with their draconic blood, their ability scores improve significantly. At 2nd level, they gain a +2 to Strength. At 4th level, this bonus increases to +4. At 6th level, the red dragon disciple gains a +2 to Constitution, and at 8th level they gain +2 Intelligence. Finally, at 10th level, they gain an additional +4 bonus to Strength (for a total of +8) and a +2 to Charisma.

Note: This feat will permanently modify your ability scores, rather than providing an artificial boost like an item or spell. There are some major advantages to this:

  • These increases to your ability score do not count against the maximum +12 ability boost from magical and bonus effects. Abilities and spells like Rage and Frenzy do hit against this cap when combined. See Ability cap for more information.
  • Because the increases are now part of your base ability score, they count toward feat and class requirements. For example, if your intelligence is 12 and you take the 8th level of RDD, it increases to 14 and you now meet the requirements for Combat Expertise. Thus taking levels of RDD early can open feats to you that may not have been available otherwise.
  • RDD offers a way to reach the maximum of 50 in an ability score without cheating or playing a special mod (in this case, Strength). Here is one example:
    • With a racial bonus of +2 and 10 levels in RDD, you can reach a maximum innate Strength of 35 by level 30 (20 starting + 7 ability points by level 30 + 8 from RDD) without even using Great Strength.
    • Add the maximum +12 from bonus effects (such as Frenzy and Greater Rage stacked, or the item Amulet of Betrayal Personified) and you can reach 47 Strength.
    • You can finish the job by obtaining Great Strength as many times as needed to reach 50.
    • Be aware that the game's cap is 50 and it may have problems if you exceed this hard limit at any time. In other words, if you already have 50 Strength with your temporary bonuses and have more epic feats or points from leveling, don't increase your strength any further or the game caps it at 50 (and you may see other unwelcome bugs). See Ability cap.

Breath WeaponEdit

At 3rd level, the dragon disciple gains the ability to breathe a cone of fire that deals 2d10 points of damage to all creatures within its area. This damage increases to 4d10 at 7th level and 6d10 at 10th level. Targets may make a Reflex save (DC 10 + 1/2 the red dragon disciple's class level + the character's Charisma bonus). This ability may be used once per day.

Blind-FightEdit

At 5th level, the red dragon disciple gains the ability to fight well, even if blinded or against invisible creatures. A character with this ability gets to reroll their miss chance percentile one time to see if they actually hit. Furthermore, invisible creatures get no bonus to hit the RDD in melee.

Half-DragonEdit

At 10th level, the red dragon disciple's transformation is complete. They become a half-dragon and gains darkvision as well as immunity to sleep, paralysis, and fire.

Class ProgressionEdit

Level Features Gained
1 Natural armor increase I
2 +2 Strength
3 Breath weapon I x1
4 Natural armor increase II, +2 Strength
5 Blind-fight
6 +2 Constitution
7 Natural armor increase III, breath weapon II x1
8 +2 Intelligence
9
10 Natural armor increase IV, breath weapon III x1, +4 Strength, +2 Charisma, half-dragon

NWN ComparisonEdit

  • This class was introduced in the Hordes of the Underdark NWN expansion.
  • The red dragon disciple in NWN gained the natural armor increases, draconic ability scores, and breath weapon at different levels. Also, the NWN version didn't get blind-fight, and gained a different amount of hit points based on level, starting from d6 and ending at d12.
  • NWN2 will repeat NWN's design in that it will only allow red dragon disciple, not any other colours.
  • Unlike NWN, the NWN2 implementation doesn't give the RDD visual wings.
  • The discipline skill that was created for NWN was removed in NWN2 and combat feats relating to it now function closer to 3.5 rules.

3.5 Rules ComparisonEdit

3.5E allows Disciples of each draconic color or metal, not just red, with corresponding breath weapons and immunities.

Level Features Gained Bonus Spells
1stNatural armor increase (+1)1
2ndAbility boost (Str +2), claws and bite1
3rdBreath weapon (2d8)0
4thAbility boost (Str +2), natural armor increase (+2)1
5thBlindsense 30 ft.1
6thAbility boost (Con +2)1
7thBreath weapon (4d8), natural armor increase (+3)0
8thAbility boost (Int +2)1
9thWings1
10thBlindsense 60 ft., dragon apotheosis0

NWN2 does not implement the Dragon Disciple's bonus spell or claws and bite abilities. The Dragon disciple should gain the following:

Bonus Spells: Dragon disciples gain bonus spells as they gain levels in this prestige class, as if from having a high ability score, as given on Table: The Dragon Disciple. A bonus spell can be added to any level of spells the disciple already has the ability to cast. If a character has more than one spellcasting class, he must decide to which class he adds each bonus spell as it is gained. Once a bonus spell has been applied, it cannot be shifted.

Claws and Bite (Ex): At 2nd level, a dragon disciple gains claw and bite attacks if he does not already have them. Use the values below or the disciple’s base claw and bite damage values, whichever are greater.

SizeBite DamageClaw Damage
Small1d41d3
Medium1d61d4
Large1d81d6

A dragon disciple is considered proficient with these attacks. When making a full attack, a dragon disciple uses his full base attack bonus with his bite attack but takes a –5 penalty on claw attacks. The Multiattack feat reduces this penalty to only –2.

  • The parry skill was created by NWN and is not a feature of DnD 3.5. It has returned in NWN2 for the same reasons it was in NWN.

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