The Ravenloft Files: Dead of the Night
Fall From Grace
A character that no longer meets the prerequisites for a prestige class loses all the benefits of that prestige class. At that point, some changes in the character are necessary. If you must, remove the character from play long enough for his ethical (and game mechanic) issues to be resolved. The GM should consider the following guidelines in the interim.
The Simple Method:
You lose all the class abilities of that prestige class. You revert to the default class, but don’t gain any of its abilities until you take another level in that class.
The Precise Method:
- When a prestige class reverts to a “default class,” the character’s attack bonus, saving throws, and hit points do not change. These progressions are the same for the prestige class as they are for the default class.
- Class skills and skill points do not change for those levela, even if the prestige class has more ranks than the default class. After all, a character cannot forget what he has learned.
- The character does not gain the class abilities of the default class either. If he does gain another level in the default class, he can replace the class abilities of the lowest level of the default class you’ve gained. For instance, if you lose a prestige class and default to a 5th-level paladin, you do not automatically gain a special mount. When you gain another level and become a 6th-level paladin, however, you would gain that special ability.
*The character does not lose feats or bonus feats. If a feat has Virtuous or Blessed as a prerequisite, he still loses the benefits of that feat, but for different reasons.
- The character’s list of spells known does not change. For instance, a sorcerer’s selection of spells remains the same. If he had a restriction before, he doesn’t have it anymore.
If the character wishes to once again qualify for his lost prestige class, he must exert every effort to atone for past failures, renew his commitment to combat evil and undergo considerable danger and testing on arduous quests to restore his good name and sense of self. Once he has sufficiently atoned (when both player and GM agree that the character has shown remorse and a renewal of himself), he may once again begin advancing his prestige class. He begins at the bottom of the experience points needed to advance to the next level when doing so. Should he lose his way again, the prestige class is thereafter barred to him.