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Edwin Austin Abbey, The Play Scene in Hamlet, 1897
The Gates of Hell (Dice Freaks)
of Cosmic Entities Volume One By Eli Atkinson, William Church and Serge W. Desir,
Original Concept by Serge W. Desir, Jr.
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Of all the layers of Hell, it is the Fourth that best represents the image of that which is truly - hellish. It is a place of suffering and pain, including the infamous Lake of Fire and Brimstone. And although Phlegethon (Phlegethos) represents spiritual pain and suffering, most individuals only grasp the physical oppression which this place embodies.
There are some who are drawn to such things as physical oppression, those who delight in causing pain, and even find pleasure in it. These individuals seek to dominate the will of others, using pain with passion, suffering with seduction, the fire of their own lusts manifesting itself in diverse methods of control and confinement of both friend and foe. Such a soul is easily seduced into the service of Belial, and they become the dominators of the Master of Pain and Suffering.
Dominators of Belial are almost always found in positions of authority. Whether as a titular ruler or the head of a local church, whether as a merchant prince or a guild leader, the dominator has the type of personality that seeks power, and the ability to take it. Previous to swearing allegiance to Belial, they may have hidden such perversions as they seek as an accessory (or, perhaps more correctly, purpose) to their power, but the dominator tends to become more and more open about such activities as his power grows. Restrictive laws are put in place, with conforming the only pleasant option available. Curfews, dress codes, and segregation of different sexes/ races/cultures are typical of the regime of a dominator.
Dominators often come from the ranks of fighters, monks, rangers and rogues. The way of the dominator can also appeal to fallen paladins who do not desire the path of a blackguard.
Dominators are almost never found in a submissive or secondary role.
Hit Dice: d6
To qualify to become a dominator of Belial, a character must fulfil all the following criteria.
Alignment: Lawful Evil
Base Attack Bonus: +6
Skills: Bluff 4 ranks, Intimidate 12 ranks, Sense Motive 4 ranks
Feats: Devotee of Darkness (Belial), Persuasive, Vile Martial Strike (or Vile Ki Strike or Vile Natural Strike)
Special: The dominator of Belial must have made peaceful contact with a greater devil (at least CR 15). The devil then instructs the would-be dominator on the process to submit to the will of Belial, Lord of the Fourth.
The dominator of Belial's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are: Bluff (Charisma), Escape Artist (Dexterity), Gather Information (Charisma), Intimidate (Charisma), Move Silently (Dexterity), Open Lock (Dexterity), Sense Motive (Wisdom), Sleight of Hand (Dexterity), Spot (Wisdom), Rope Use (Dexterity).
Points at Each Level: 4 + Intelligence modifier.
|The Dominator of Belial|
|Class Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special|
|1||+0||+2||+0||+2||Touch of fire, true torturer|
|2||+1||+3||+0||+3||Presence of pain|
|4||+3||+4||+1||+4||Presence of passion|
|5||+3||+4||+1||+4||Embracement of pain|
|7||+5||+5||+2||+5||Revelation of pain|
|8||+6||+6||+2||+6||Soul of fire|
|9||+6||+6||+3||+6||Masochist, punishment +3d6|
Malyuta Skuratov with Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow 1898
All the following are class features of the dominator of Belial prestige class.
Weapon and Armour Proficiency: A dominator of Belial gains proficiency with simple weapons, as well as ranseurs and Whips. The dominator also gains proficiency with light and medium armour, but not with shields. In the hands of a dominator of Belial, Whips may cause lethal or non-lethal damage depending on the desires of the dominator.
Touch of Fire (Su): The touch of a dominator may transmit scalding heat. A number of times per day equal to the dominator's Charisma modifier, the dominator may cause 1d6 points of fire damage on any successful melee or Whip attack. Touch of Fire damage does not stack with fire damage from other sources. The dominator also receives fire resistance 10.
True Torturer (Ex): The dominator receives a +4 bonus to all checks related to torturing victims as described in the Book of Vile Darkness. Thus, appropriate Bluff, Intimidate, and Sense Motive checks are modified as necessary during torture sessions.
Presence of Pain (Su): The presence of a dominator can fill those around her with a tremendous sense of pain and dread. As a standard action, the dominator can cause all within five feet of her person to suffer from intense pain. Those within the radius must succeed on a Will save DC = 10 + the dominator's class level + the dominator's Charisma modifier or fall under the effects of fear as cast by a sorcerer of the dominator's character level.
Punishment (Ex): The dominator excels in further harming those already writhing in pain. Any creature that the dominator has successfully struck in melee or with a Whip within the last four rounds or any creature under the influence of the dominator's Presence of Pain or Revelation of Pain suffers an additional +1d6 points of damage from subsequent dominator melee attacks. The dominator can select whether or not this extra damage is lethal or non-lethal in nature. The amount of extra damage the dominator can cause increases by 1d6 every three levels. Creatures that are immune to critical hits are likewise immune to Punishment.
Presence of Passion (Su): The dominator can cause those who have been harmed by her to seek to please her in order to avoid further torture. The dominator can attempt to cast charm person on any being that has sustained more than 10 points of damage from one successful melee attack she has caused as a standard action. The dominator may attempt this power a number of times per day equal to her Charisma modifier. The Will save DC = 10 + the dominator's class level + the dominator's Charisma modifier + 1 for every 5 points of damage beyond 10. All forms of damage stack for the purposes of determining the modifier. The charm person behaves as the spell as though cast by a sorcerer of the dominator's character level with the following adjustments. First, due to the nature of the Presence of Passion, the victim affected by this power does not receive a bonus to the initial saving throw. Second, the victim will do almost anything to avoid more pain, and suffers a -2 penalty to all Charisma checks when asked by the dominator to perform a deed not in his nature. Finally, if the victim is asked to do something suicidal, he will do it in order to avoid future reprisals, but receives a Will saving throw to overcome the effects. Once the effect of the Presence of Passion wears off, the victim perceives the dominator in a very hostile light. The dominator may not charm more than one person per class level in this manner.
Embracement of Pain (Ex): The dominator receives a boon against effects that should harm or otherwise incapacitate her as she is filled with passion rather than pain. This translates into a +2 bonus to all saving throws made against fear and pain effects; furthermore, such spells against which the dominator fails are only half as effective and last half as long.
of Pain (Su): Once per day as a standard action, the dominator may cast symbol
of pain as a sorcerer equal to her character level. This symbol of pain takes
only one action to cast rather than 10 minutes, but lasts for only five minutes
per the dominator's class level. Those under the effects of Revelation of Pain
also suffer -4 penalties to saving throws and Charisma checks
against any of the dominator's subsequent attacks or spells.
Soul of Fire (Ex): The dominator receives complete immunity to all fire attacks. Additionally, the dominator's Touch of Fire now deals 1d10 points of damage which stacks with fire damage from other sources. In addition, the dominator may attempt to use any fire-based magic item as if she had full skill ranks in Use Magic Device with a +4 competence bonus.·
Masochist (Ex): The
dominator receives intense pleasure when harmed or otherwise damaged. Any time
the dominator suffers five or more points of damage from one attack, she receives
a +1 bonus to attacks, initiative, saving throws, and skill checks; the DCs
to her dominator specific special abilities likewise receive a +1 bonus. These
bonuses remain for one round. Furthermore, the dominator never suffers from
massive damage attacks and does not fall unconscious upon reaching 0 or fewer
hit points; however, she automatically dies when she reaches -10 hit points.
The dominator may deliver this damage to herself if she so desires.
Suffer (Su): The
dominator has reached the pinnacle of her power as a slave of Belial. She achieves
complete immunity to fear or pain effects. When engaged in melee combat, those
who successfully harm the dominator find that half of the damage they cause
is dealt to them in turn at the end of their action. Finally, the dominator
may attempt, as a standard action, to dominate
person anyone that she has successfully
harmed in melee combat or with a Whip; this must be done within 4 rounds of
actually dealing the damage. This spell functions as though cast by a sorcerer of the dominator's character level and has a Will save DC of 10 + the dominator's
class level + the dominator's Charisma modifier + 1 for every 10 points of damage
a dominator dealt in a single attack. The dominator may attempt to affect a
number of victims per day equal to her Charisma modifier, and may have up to
10 dominated slaves at any one time. Those released from the dominator's power
hate her with a passion, perceiving her in a very hostile manner.
Matthew Hopkins Example Dominator of Belial
Epic Dominator of Belial
The epic dominator of Belial is a perverse figure, capable of unspeakable acts of cruelty. Driven by his
lust and his will to dominate others, he uses fear and pain as his weapons on
his quest to force all others into submission.
An epic dominator tends to focus on feats that allow him to Intimidate or torment others, such as Epic Reputation, Epic Skill Focus (Intimidate), or Improved Touch of Fire, or feats that increase his ability to withstand pain himself, such as Epic Endurance, Epic Fortitude, or Fast Healing.
The epic dominator of Belial relies heavily on Charisma, on which many of his abilities are based. Increases to his Constitution are also very helpful, as they allow the masochistic dominator to take more damage.
Points/level: 4 + Intelligence Modifier.
(Ex): At 12 th level, and every 3 levels thereafter, the epic dominator's
sneak attack damage increases by +1d6.
of Pain (Su): At
14th level, and every 7 levels thereafter, the epic dominator can use revelation
of pain one additional time per day.
Feats: The epic
dominator of Belial gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic dominator
bonus feats) every three levels beyond 10th.
The Epic Dominator of Belial
Epic Dominator of Belial Bonus Feat List: Epic Endurance, Epic Fortitude, Epic Reputation, Epic Skill Focus, Epic Weapon Focus (Whip), Epic Weapon Specialization (Whip), Fast Healing, Great Charisma, Great Constitution, Great Dexterity, Improved Touch of Fire, Perfect Health, Superior Initiative.
de Torquemada Example Epic Dominator of Belial
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