Initiate of Pistis Sophia

(Book of Exalted Deeds variant, p. 64)

The path of these initiates requires great sacrifices (in the form of at least three sacred vows), but brings great rewards of spiritual power.


Alignment: Lawful good

Skills: Concentration 9 ranks

Feats: Sacred Vow , Sanctify Ki Strike , Servant of the Heavens

Base Save Bonuses: Fort +5, Ref +5, Will +5.

Hit die


Skill points

4 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Initiates of Pistis Sophia gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor. They suffer the same penalties for wearing armor that monks do.

Fist of the Heavens: A 1st-level initiate of Pistis Sophia gains the Fist of the Heavens feat as a bonus feat, even if she does not have the prerequisite Wisdom score.

Monk Abilities: An initiate of Pistis Sophia adds her initiate levels to her monk levels to determine her AC bonus, her unarmed strike damage, the penalty she takes when using a flurry of blows, her speed, and her ki strike. She does not gain any other benefits of advancing monk levels, however.

Detect Evil (Sp): At will, an initiate of Pistis Sophia of 2nd level or higher can use detect evil, as the spell.

Smite Evil (Su): Once per day, an initiate of Pistis Sophia may attempt to smite evil with one normal unarmed strike. She adds a +4 bonus to her attack roll and deals 1 extra point of damage per class level. If she accidentally smites a creature that is not evil, the smite has no effect but it is still used up for that day.

At 5th level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia can use this ability twice per day, and at 8th level she can use it three times per day.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 3rd level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia can react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She retains her Dexterity bonus to AC even when flatfooted.

Electricity Resistance (Ex): As she advances in her celestial disciplines, an initiate of Pistis Sophia grows to share the natural immunity to electricity possessed by the archons. She gains electricity resistance 5 at 4th level, and electricity resistance 10 at 7th level.

Sacred Vow: At 4th level, and again at 7th level and 10th level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia gains a bonus feat selected from the following list: Vow of Abstinence, Vow of Chastity, Vow of Nonviolence, Vow of Obedience, Vow of Poverty, or Vow of Purity.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 6th level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia cannot be flanked except by a rogue at least 4 levels higher than her character level.

Improved Evasion (Ex): At 9th level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia takes no damage on a successful saving throw against attacks that allow a Reflex save for half damage, and she only takes half damage on a failed save.

Improved Evasion (Ex): When subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, a 9th level initiate of Pistis Sophia takes no damage if she makes a successful saving throw and half damage if the saving throw fails.

Celestial Transformation (Ex): When she reaches 10th level, an initiate of Pistis Sophia transcends her mortal origins and becomes a creature of the heavens. Her type changes to outsider (native), and she gains damage reduction 10/unholy.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +0 +2 +2 +2 Fist of the Heavens, monk abilities
2nd +1 +3 +3 +3 Detect evil, smite evil 1/day
3rd +2 +3 +3 +3 Uncanny dodge
4th +3 +4 +4 +4 Electricity resistance 5, sacred vow
5th +3 +4 +4 +4 Smite evil 2/day
6th +4 +5 +5 +5 Improved uncanny dodge
7th +5 +5 +5 +5 Electricity resistance 10, sacred vow
8th +6 +6 +6 +6 Smite evil 3/day
9th +6 +6 +6 +6 Improved evasion
10th +7 +7 +7 +7 Celestial transformation, sacred vow

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Balance DEX no yes
Climb STR no yes
Concentration CON no no
Craft INT no no
Diplomacy CHA no no
Escape Artist DEX no yes
Hide DEX no yes
Jump STR no yes
Knowledge (religion) INT yes no
Knowledge (the planes) INT yes no
Listen WIS no no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Perform CHA no no
Profession WIS yes no
Sense Motive WIS no no
Spot WIS no no
Swim STR no yes
Tumble DEX yes yes

Spells for Initiate of Pistis Sophia