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Crime and Punishment
Author Keith Baker
Series Campaign Style
Publisher Atlas Games
Publish date 2003
Pages 160
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An inquisitor must be completely dedicated to the law, and she must possess the skills required to wring the truth from those who would lie to her. Investigators and justices are especially well suited to this path, but inquisitors have also started their lives as clerics, wizards, and even rogues.

Hit Die: d4


To become an inquisitor, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.

Alignment: Any lawful
Intimidate: 4 ranks
Knowledge (law): 5 ranks
Sense Motive: 4 ranks

Code of Conduct: An inquisitor must swear to uphold the laws of a particular organization — a nation, a church, a city-state, etc. If he is lawful evil, this may mean following the letter of the law rather than the intent, but if he blatantly breaks the laws he is bound by he loses all inquisitor spells and special abilities until he atones for his acts (using the Atonement spell or a similar action).


The inquisitor’s class skills are Concentration (Constitution), Craft (Intelligence), Diplomacy (Charisma), Heal (Wisdom), Intimidate (Charisma), Knowledge (all skills, taken separately) (Intelligence), Listen (Wisdom), Profession (Wisdom), Sense Motive (Wisdom), Speak Language, Spellcraft (Intelligence), Spot (Wisdom).

Skill points at each level: 4 + Intelligence modifier

The Inquisitor
Level BAB FS RS WS Special
1 +0 +0 +0 +2 Spell Substitution, Truthreader
2 +1 +0 +0 +3  
3 +1 +1 +1 +3 Bonus Feat
4 +2 +1 +1 +4  
5 +2 +1 +1 +4 Advanced Truthreader
6 +3 +2 +2 +5 Bonus Feat
7 +3 +2 +2 +5  
8 +4 +2 +2 +6  
9 +4 +3 +3 +6 Bonus Feat
10 +5 +3 +3 +7 Spirit of Truth


All of the following are class features of the inquisitor:

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A character does not gain proficiency with any sort of weapons or armor when she becomes an inquisitor.

Spells: Magic is the primary tool of the inquisitor. Beginning at first level, an inquisitor gains the ability to cast divine spells. To cast a spell, an inquisitor must have a Wisdom score of at least 10 + the spell’s level, so an inquisitor with a Wisdom of 10 or lower cannot cast spells. Inquisitor bonus spells are based on Wisdom, and saving throws against these spells have a DC of 10 + Spell Level + the inquisitor’s Wisdom modifier (if any). An inquisitor gains her spells by taking an hour in the morning to meditate on the pursuit of justice and the tasks that lie ahead of her. An inquisitor casts spells in the same manner as a cleric, but she does not receive domains or domain spells. If she does not revere a particular god, her divine focus will be her symbol of office. The inquisitor’s spell list is provided below.

Spell Substitution: When casting a spell, an inquisitor can lose any prepared spell of equal or greater level in its place. For example, if an inquisitor who has memorized Detect Poison, Detect Magic, and charm person wishes to cast Detect Magic, she could lose Detect Poison or charm person in its place, thus retaining her ability to Detect Magic later in the day. As a result, the inquisitor is less versatile than a sorcerer but more flexible than a cleric. This versatility can be very important, since an inquisitor may not know at the start of the day what sort of cases will come her way.

Truthreader: Whenever an inquisitor casts discern lies, light of truth, painful truth, read the guilty face, zone of truth, or another spell that exposes falsehoods or forces a victim to speak the truth, the saving throw DC is increased by 2.

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting by Cristiano Banti 1857

Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition, painting by Cristiano Banti 1857

Bonus Feats: At 3rd level and every three levels thereafter, an inquisitor gains one feat from the following list: Alertness, Careful Listener, Hard to Fool, Heighten Spell, Negotiator, Skill Focus (Intimidate), Skill Focus (Sense Motive), Spell Focus (Divination), Spell Focus (Enchantment). The inquisitor must meet the prerequisites of any bonus feat she wishes to take.

Advanced Truthreader: At 5th level, an inquisitor’s ability to reveal the truth increases. Whenever she casts a spell that exposes lies or forces a victim to tell the truth, the saving throw DC is increased by 4. This is not cumulative with the bonus from the basic Truthreader ability.

Spirit of Truth: At 10th level, an inquisitor develops a sixth sense for recognizing falsehoods. She may discern lies at will. This is a spell-like ability. Its effects are identical to the spell, except that it has an indefinite duration and is considered to be a 5th-level spell for purposes of saving throws and defensive magic.


Théodore Chassériau (1819–1856) Title Reverend Father Dominique Lacordaire

Théodore Chassériau (18191856) Title Reverend Father Dominique Lacordaire

Inquisitors choose spells from the following list. An inquisitor has access to all spells of a particular level, just like a cleric or druid.

0-level — agony, cloud the guilty mind, detect bloodtraces, detect heretic, detect magic, Detect Poison, direct conversation, message, pins and needles, read magic, read the guilty face, sleep of the unjust, testimony of the broken window

1st level — blood spilled anew, cause fear, charm person, detect magical residue, final vision, form bloodstone, identify, Sanctuary, see the face

2nd level — Augury, ban, detect thoughts, follow the bloody trail, gentle repose, Ghostbane Dirge, indelible mark, mystical manacles, painful truth, scare, tongues, zone of truth

3rd level — bestow curse, detect mystical streams, discern lies, dispel magic, garble, Hold Person, light of truth, locate object, remove curse, speak with dead

School necromancy [evil, pain]; Level inquisitor 3

Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V

Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Targets one creature who has just struck you with an attack
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw Fortitude partial; Spell Resistance yes

Retribution blasts those who have the temerity to assault your person. You may target anyone who has just struck you with an attack within the previous round, whether with a melee, ranged, or natural weapon, or a spell that requires an attack roll. The target is wracked with shooting pains that impose a -4 penalty on attack rolls, skills checks, and ability checks. On a successful Fortitude save, the penalty only lasts for 1 round.

A target who worships the same god as you takes a -2 penalty on its Saving Throw.

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4th level — Break enchantment, dimensional anchor, divination, lesser geas, locate creature, mark of justice, modify memory, scrying, weaken resistance

5th level — Atonement, commune, excommunicate , forget, Ghostbane Dirge, Mass, malediction, nightmare, taboo

6th level — geas/quest, greater mark of justice, greater scrying, sever from the source, steal the painful memory

7th level — Mark of Anathema, binding, demand, dictum, discern location, scourge

Forget, taboo, and weaken resistance can be found in the book Dynasties & Demagogues, by Atlas Games. Ban, excommunicate, and anathema can only be used by an inquisitor who holds a church office. In addition, an inquisitor will generally only have access to one of either painful truth or zone of truth.

Inquisitor Spells per day
Level 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1 4 3 2
2 5 4 3
3 5 4 3 2
4 5 4 4 3
5 6 5 4 3 2
6 6 5 4 4 3
7 6 5 5 4 3 2
8 6 5 5 4 4 3
9 6 6 5 5 4 4 2
10 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 1


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