Birthright - The Giantdowns
Order of Gates
„No traveller has ever reported a conversation with the Cold Rider, but it might be that he only speaks to those that are doomed to never return to the sunlit world again.“
Ancient Tome „The Shadow World“ Chapter Two: The Cold Rider
The Order of Gates
Cavaliers of the Order of Gates are members of a very secretive order, dedicated to seek the fragile gaps between the real world and the place of everlasting darkness: the shadow world. They guard the innocent and unsuspecting people who live in the vicinity of these gaps, fighting of intruders from the shadow world, ever vigilant for the return of their greatest enemy: the Cold Rider. Most members of this orders are halfings, former inhibitants of the shadow world. It is them who are the bravest of cavaliers, even travelling into the shadow world to fight its threat.
Edicts: The cavalier must respond to any news or hints about activities of breaches between the shadow world and the real world, fighting of any evil that might have been intruded from the other side. He is dedicated to protect all innocent live, that might be threated by the shadow world, even if that means that he has to travel there by himself.
Challenge: Whenever an order of gates cavalier issues a challenge, his companions receive a +1 deflection bonus to his AC against the target of his challenge. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the cavalier possesses.
Skills: A cavalier of gates adds Perception and Knowledge (Planes) to his list of class skills. In addition, whenever an cavalier of gates makes an perception check to detect the presence of the shadow world, he receives a bonus on the check equal 1/2 his cavalier level (minimum +1).
Order abilities: An cavalier belonging to the order of the gates gains the following abilities as he increases in levels.
Watch the shadow (Su) At 2nd level cavaliers ot the order of gates possess the ability to sense the presence of the shadow world or its taint. By concentrating (and making a perception check) the cavalier may sense as if using Detect Evil, Detect Magic [Necromancy only], and Detect Undead simultaneously. The DC for the Search check varies according to the strength of the aura: Dim (DC 25), Faint (DC 20), Moderate (DC 15), Strong (DC 10), Overwhelming (DC 5). This ability is identical to the halfling senses racial feat.
Touch the shadow (Su)
At 8th level, any weapon a cavalier of gates wields acts like a ghost touch weapon and also extends to unarmed attacks the cavalier makes. This ends when the cavalier is not longer holding the weapon.
Seal the gap (Su)
At 15th level a cavalier of gates may cast Dispel Evil once per day in order to seal a open gap between the real world an the shadow world. His caster level for this ability is equal to his cavalier class levels.