Lion of Talisid

(Book of Exalted Deeds variant, p. 65)

The lions of Talisid protect nature and emulate their patron in more concrete ways.


Base Attack Bonus: +4

Alignment: Neutral good

Skills: Knowledge (nature) 9 ranks , Survival 9 ranks

Feats: Favored of the Companions

Spells: Able to cast summon natures ally II.
Special: The character must have an animal companion as a class feature.

Hit die


Skill points

4 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Lions of Talisid gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Animal Companion (Ex): A lion of Talisid can add his lion of Talisid levels to his effective druid level (his actual druid level or one-half his ranger level) to determine the capabilities of his animal companion.

Lion's Courage (Ex): A lion of Talisid is immune to fear (magical or otherwise) and gains a +4 sacred bonus on Will saves against other mind-affecting spells and effects.

Spells per Day: At each level, a lion of Talisid gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in a divine spellcasting class to which he belonged before adding the prestige class level. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If the character had more than one divine spellcasting class before becoming a lion of Talisid, the player must decide to which class to add each lion of Talisid level for the purpose of determining spells per day.

Scent (Ex): At 2nd level, a lion of Talisid gains the scent special quality. He can detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.

Wild Shape (Su): At 3rd level, a lion of Talisid gains the ability to turn himself into any Small or Medium animal and back again once per day. This works exactly as the druid's wild shape ability. Lions of Talisid prefer the shape of great cats (cheetahs or leopards at lower levels), but are not limited to such forms.

The lion of Talisid can use this ability more times per day at 4th, 5th, and 8th level, as noted on Table 5-12. In addition, he gains the ability to take the shape of a Large animal at 6th level, and a Tiny animal at 9th level.

A lion of Talisid who is also a druid can add his lion of Talisid level -2 to his druid levels to determine his wild shape ability. For example, an 8th-level druid/6th-level lion of Talisid can wild shape as a 12th-level druid, and can thus assume plant forms as well as Large and Tiny animal forms, and can use this ability 4 times per day.

Exalted Companion: At 4th level, a lion of Talisid gains the Exalted Companion feat as a bonus feat.

Lion's Pounce (Ex): At 5th level, a lion of Talisid can make a full attack at the end of a charge.

Lion's Swiftness (Ex):When he reaches 7th level, a lion of Talisid can act as if under the effects of a haste spell for a total of 1 round per class level per day. These rounds need not be consecutive.

Leonal's Roar (Su): Three times a day, a 10th-level lion of Talisid can issue a roar that duplicates the effects of the leonal's roar spell (new spell described in Chapter 6 of this book). The saving throw DC is 20 + the lion of Talisid's Charisma modifier.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Spells per Day
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Animal companion, lion's courage +1 level of existing class
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Scent +1 level of existing class
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Wild shape (1/day) +1 level of existing class
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 Exalted Companion, wild shape (2/day) +1 level of existing class
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Lion's pounce, wild shape (3/day) +1 level of existing class
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Wild shape (Large) +1 level of existing class
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Lion's swiftness +1 level of existing class
8th +6 +6 +2 +6 Wild shape (4/day) +1 level of existing class
9th +6 +6 +3 +6 Wild shape (Tiny) +1 level of existing class
10th +7 +7 +3 +7 Leonal's roar +1 level of existing class

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Concentration CON no no
Craft INT no no
Diplomacy CHA no no
Handle Animal CHA yes no
Heal WIS no no
Knowledge (nature) INT yes no
Listen WIS no no
Ride DEX no no
Spellcraft INT yes no
Spot WIS no no
Survival WIS no no
Swim STR no yes

Spells for Lion of Talisid