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A warrior society, the
Gaestatae are a class of Celtic spear-masters. While trained in the sword like
their kin, these individuals are much more effective with spears and shields.
They have learned to imitate the Romans formation fighting and work much
better as a cohesive unit than most Celts.
The driving motivation
for this is their mercenary status. Gaestatae serve whoever hires them. Unlike
most soldiers-for-hire, they exhibit fanatical loyalty during their term of
service. They will fight each other when commanded and have even been known
to fight their own families in deadly combat if their paymasters call for it.
Consequently, they arepaid very well. Most Gaestatae can retire at any time
on their earnings.
Gaestatae organize themselves
into small bands that eschew individual glory. They work as a unit and bind
themselves together so as to be a
more effective fighting force.
Requirements: Base Attack Bonus +3, Forsake Clan (see below),
Hit Die: d10
Skill Points per Level:
2 + Intelligence Modifier
Craft, Handle Animal, Intimidate,
Weapon and Armor Proficiency:
Gaestatae are proficient with all spears, Light Armor, and Shields.
Special Restriction Forsake Clan: Gaestatae must forswear their tribal and familial ties while they serve. Until they quit the band, their loyalty must be solely to the its current master. This vow takes the form of a Lesser Geis (levels 1-4) and (Major Geis Levels 5-10). Such breaking of faith usually results in the expulsion of the character from the band. Additionally, he or she will be unable to join any other Gaestatae bands that learn of the breach, to say nothing of the shame of breaking a Geis.
|Gaestatae Class Features|
|1||+1||+2||+0||+0||Formation Fighting Feat|
|2||+2||+3||+0||+0||Call of Natures Fury Feat|
|8||+8/+3||+6||+2||+2||Wall of Spears|
|10||+10/+5||+7||+3||+3||Flight of Wooden Doom|
Formation Fighting (Ex):
the Formation Fighting Feat. Their discipline and training allows them to benefit
from its effects.
Call of Natures
Fury (Ex): The character gains this Feat for free. It can be taken multiple
times, so its effects are cumulative with any previous incarnations of the Feat
the character has.
Stand Firm (Ex):
The character has become very disciplined with his or her spear. The Gaestatae
may now double the Critical Threat Range for his or her weapon when readying
it against a Charge.
Devout Discipline (Ex):
reach this level of dedication benefit from a +2 Class Bonus to Will Saves.
Wall of Spears (Ex):
Gaestatae of this level are extremely dangerous when fighting in a formation.
Not only do they gain the benefits of the formation (+1 Attack Rolls, +3 to
AC), they can inflict more damage on those foolish enough to charge them. When
readying his or her spear against a charge while in formation, the character
gains an extra Attack of Opportunity against all creatures entering his or her
Threat Range. Further, the character has a +2 Synergy Bonus to hit all opponents
attacking the formation and an additional +3 Synergy Bonus to damage. The Gaestatae
simply is able to react well enough to find the foes weaknesses or to
direct him or her onto the spears of the characters mates.
Flight of Wooden Doom
(Ex): The character
has become so proficient with the spear that all attacks made with it double
the normal Critical Threat Range including ranged attacks.
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