Telflammar Shadowlord

(Unapproachable East variant, p. 36)

Above all the criminals of the Shadowmasters of Telflamm stand the Telflammar shadowlords,the secret captains of iniquity who demand unquestioned obedience from their numerous minions.


Alignment: Any nongood

Skills: Hide 10 ranks , Move Silently 10 ranks

Feats: Blind-Fight , Dodge , Mobility , Spring Attack

Race: The character must possess the shadow-walker template, which is conferred by a special rite consecrated to Mask (see Chapter 6: Monsters of the East). Members in good standing of the Shadowmasters guild can arrange for the rite of transformation by gifting 2,000 gp to Mask's temple in Telflamm; others must give at least 10,000 gp and perform a service of some kind for the clerics of Mask. A character who is not a shadow-walker can still qualify for the Telflammar shadowlord prestige class, but he must meet the spellcasting requirement below.

Spellcasting: If the character is not a shadow-walker, he must either possess the ability to shadow jump (as the shadowdancer prestige class ability) or be able to cast dimension door as a spell or spell-like ability.

Special: Sneak attack damage +2d6.

Special: The character must qualify to select regional feats from Thesk (the region is his home region, or he has 2 ranks in Knowledge [local—Thesk]).

Hit die


Skill points

4 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Telflammar shadowlords gain no proficiency in any weapon or armor.

Spells Per Day/Spells Known: At each Telflammar shadowlord level, the character gains the ability to cast a small number of arcane spells. He gains arcane spells per day according to Table 2—12 and must choose his spells from the Telflammar shadowlord spell list, below. The shadowlord's caster level is equal to his Telflammar shadowlord level. To cast a spell, the shadowlord must have an Intelligence score of at least 10 + the spell's level. Telflammar shadowlord bonus spells are based on Intelligence, and saving throws against these spells have a DC of 10 + spell level + the shadowlord's Intelligence modifier. When the shadowlord gets 0 spells of a given level, such as 0 1st-level spells at 1st level, the shadowlord gets only bonus spells. The shadowlord prepares and casts spells just as a wizard does.

Shadowsight (Ex): Gifted with a mystical connection to shadow and darkness, the shadowlord gains a superior form of darkvision with a 60-foot range. He can see through any form of normal or magical darkness without hindrance.

Shadow Jump (Su): A Telflammar shadowlord can travel between shadows as if by means of a dimension door spell. The limitation is that the magical transport must begin and end in an area with at least some shadow or darkness. The shadowlord can jump up to a total of 20 feet per class level per day in this way. This amount can be split up among many jumps, but each jump, no matter how small, counts as a 10-foot increment. If the Telflammar shadowlord already has shadow jump from another class (because he did not meet the spellcasting prerequisite, for example), this ability confers no additional benefit.

Shadow Blur (Su): At 2nd level, a Telflammar shadowlord gains an unusual defense—anytime he is not in daylight or the illuminated radius of a light source, the shadows cloak his every movement, conferring the benefits of a blur spell. The shadowlord can choose to activate or end this effect as a free action.

Shadow Walk (Sp): Once per day starting at 3rd level, a Telflammar shadowlord may use shadow walk as a caster whose level is equal to his shadowlord class level. If he previously possessed the ability to use shadow walk as a spell-like ability, he gains a second daily use of that power.

Shadow Pounce (Ex): At 4th level, a Telflammar shadowlord learns how to attack swiftly from the shadows. Any time he uses an ability, spell, or effect with the teleportation descriptor (for example, his shadow jump ability), he may execute a full attack upon completion of the teleportation. The shadowlord must have line of sight on his intended target from his original location, and the spot to which he teleports must be a place from which he can launch a melee attack at the intended target with whatever weapon he has in hand at the beginning of his action.

Shadow Discorporation (Su): At 5th level, a Telflammar shadowlord learns how to use his mastery of shadows to cheat death. If the shadowlord is in shadow or darkness (anything but direct daylight or the illuminated radius of a light source), any damage that would reduce him to 0 hit points or below instead has a chance to discorporate him. The shadowlord attempts a Reflex save (DC 5 + damage dealt); if successful, he simply breaks apart into dozens of flitting shadows and vanishes, along with anything he is holding or carrying. At the next sunset, the shadowlord reappears at a spot of his choosing within one mile of the place where he was forced to discorporate. While discorporated, the shadowlord simply does not exist—he can do nothing, nor can any of his enemies do anything to him.

Death Attack (Ex): At 6th level, a Telflammar shadowlord gains the ability to make a death attack as the assassin ability. If the shadowlord has levels in the assassin prestige class (see Chapter 2: Characters in the DUNGEON MASTER's Guide), he may add his assassin and Telflammar shadowlord class levels together to calculate the save DC of his death attack.


Spells per Day/Spells Known
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special 1st 2nd 3rd
1st +0 +0 +2 +0 Shadowsight, shadow jump 0
2nd +1 +0 +3 +0 Shadow blur 1
3rd +2 +1 +3 +1 Shadow walk 1 0
4th +3 +1 +4 +1 Shadow pounce 2 1
5th +3 +1 +4 +1 Shadow discorporation 2 1 0
6th +4 +2 +5 +2 Death attack 2 2 1

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Appraise INT no no
Balance DEX no yes
Bluff CHA no no
Climb STR no yes
Craft INT no no
Disguise CHA no no
Escape Artist DEX no yes
Hide DEX no yes
Jump STR no yes
Listen WIS no no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Open Lock DEX yes no
Profession WIS yes no
Search INT no no
Sleight of Hand DEX yes yes
Spot WIS no no
Tumble DEX yes yes
Use Magic Device CHA yes no
Use Rope DEX no no

Spells for Telflammar Shadowlord

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