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Thrall of Orcus

(Book of Vile Darkness variant, p. 71)

A thrall of Orcus has devoted herself to the demon prince of undeath.


Base Attack Bonus: +4

Alignment: Any evil

Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 2 ranks , Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks

Feats: Lichloved , Thrall to Demon

To qualify to become a thrall of Orcus, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.

Special: Must be able to cast a spell of the Necromancy school.

Special: The sacrifice of an intelligent being is the centerpiece of the horrific rite that initiates a new thrall of Orcus. This ritual takes place in complete darkness atop an alter made of at least thirty skulls.

Hit die


Skill points

2 + Int

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the thrall of Orcus prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A thrall of Orcus is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all types of armor, and with shields.

Bonus Feat or Spells: When a thrall of Orcus attains 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th level, the character gains new spells per day as if she had also gained a level in whatever spellcasting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class, or else she gains a bonus feat of her choice. if the thrall choses +1 spellcasting level, she does not gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chance of controlling or rebuking undead, metamagic or item creation feats, hit points beyond those received from the prestige class, and so on), except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. This essentially means that she adds the new level to the level of whatever other spellcasting class the character has, then determines spells per day, spells known, and caster levels accordingly. If a character has more than one spellcasting class before she became a thrall of Orcus, she must decide to which class she adds the level for purposes of determining spells per day.

A thrall of Orcus is free to choose the bonus feat at one opportunity and the spellcasting level the next time the decision arises, or vice verse. Characters who are not spellcasters must choose the bonus feat.

Carrion Stench (Ex): a thrall of Orcus, when desired, emites a terrible smell in a 10-foot radius. Living creatures in the radius (excluding the thrall) must succeed on a Fortitude save (DC 10 + thrall's class level + thrall's Con modifier) or take a -2 penalty on all attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and ability checks for 1 round per class level of the thrall of Orcus. Furthermore, mindless undead creatures within the radius of the stench believe the thrall of Orcus to be undead.

Touch of Fear (Sp): Three times per day, a 3rd-level thrall of Orcus can produce an effect identical to that of the cause fear spell cast by a 10th-level caster.

Demon Wings (Su): Once per day, a 3rd-level thrall of Orcus can bring forth massive black wings from his back. These wings allow the thrall to fly at his normal land speed with average maneuverability. The demon wings last for up to 1 hour and are dismissible with a standard action. At 7th level, the thrall can use his demon wings at will, and the last as long as needed.

Massive Girth/Skeletal Visage (Su): At 4th level, a thrall of Orcus must chose to become obese like her dread master or gaunt like an undead creature. Depending on the choice, the thrall gains the Deformity (obese) or Deformity (gaunt) as a bonus feat.

Summon Undead(Sp): Once per day, a 5th-level thrall of Orcus can summon 1d4 ghouls, 1d3 shadows, 1 wight, or 1 wrath as the summon monster cast be a caster of her class level. at 9th level, the thrall can summon 1d3 mummies, 1 spectre, 1 mohrg, 1 vampire, or 1 ghost instead. if she choses a vampire or a ghost, its character level is one less than the thrall's class level.

Pallor of Death (Su): a 6th-level thrall of Orcus can adopt the appearance of a humanoid undead creature of her choosing as if she had cast the alter self spell. while in this form, the thrall as an aura of fear (as the fear spell cast by a 6th-level caster) that affects only living nonoutsiders within 25 feet. Pallor of death lasts for 1 minute per class level and can be used once per day.

Death Touch(Sp): An 8th-level thrall of Orcus can adopt the force a living creature hit with a touch attack to attempt a Fortitude save (DC 10 + thrall's class level Thrall's Cha bonus). If the target fails. it dies.

Summon Nightwing (Sp): A 10-th level thrall of Orcus can summon 1 nightwing once per week, as the summon monster spell cast byt a 15th-level caster.


Spells per Day/Spells Known
Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Carrion Stench Bonus feat or +1 level of existing class
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 touch of fear
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Demon wings
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Massive girth/skeletal visage Bonus feat or +1 level of existing class
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 _Summon minor undead
6th +6 +5 +2 +5 Pallor of death
7th +7 +5 +2 +5 Demon wings (at will) Bonus feat or +1 level of existing class
8th +8 +6 +2 +6 Death touch
9th +9 +6 +3 +6 Summon major undead
10th +10 +7 +3 +7 Summon nightwing Bonus feat or +1 level of existing class

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Bluff CHA no no
Concentration CON no no
Craft INT no no
Hide DEX no yes
Intimidate CHA no no
Knowledge Int yes no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Profession WIS yes no
Scry Int yes no
Spot WIS no no

Spells for Thrall of Orcus