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Once Venrit decided to enter the Godwar, she knew she would need intelligence about her new foes. Getting information about the dwarves and gnolls were easy enough, but the factions that made their home above ground posed a few difficulties. What Venrit needed was a group of skilled infiltrators who could operate in the bright sunlight of the surface world. Each must be a master of disguise and stealth, and a friend of the shadows.
It was the sorceress Ildred who gave Venrit the instrument she craved. Ildred perfected the lost art of "arachthel," a path of stealth that relied on powers granted from the venom of spiders. The only problem: The spider venom killed as often as not. Venrit was willing to pay the price, and so the nightshades were born. This secretive group spies on the surface nations, gathering information, spreading panic and fear, and bringing the silent blade to Kilsek’s foes.


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Special
Light adjusted, Web walker
Wall runner
Sneak attack +1d6
Change self 3/day
Poison immunity
Sneak attack +2d6
Poison spittle
Web 3/day
Sneak attack +3d6
Shadow walk 1/day

Hit Die: d8

Requirements:

  • Race: Drow
  • Alignment: Any evil
  • Skills: Move Silently (+7)
  • Feats: Point Blank Shot
  • Special: Able to cast arcane spells.
    Every nightshade must survive the Spider Queen’s challenge. Four monstrous spiders bite the candidate’s limbs as other nightshades hold him down. If the venom doesn’t kill him, he may join the Nightshades.
Class Skills: Bluff, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Disguise, Escape Artist, Gather Information, Hide, Innuendo, Intimidate, Listen, Move Silently, Open Lock, Pick Pocket, Read Lips, Search, Sense Motive, Spot, Tumble, and Use Magic Device
(This prestiege class was back in 3.0, so some feats and skills are obsolete if you have plans to use this in a 3.5 campaign. Please ask your DM if this can be altered.)

Skill Points/Level: 6 + INT Modifier

Class Features

  • Weapon and Armor Proficiency
    Nightshades are proficient with all simple weapons, as well as the sap rapier, and short bow. Nightshades are proficient with light armor but not with shields.

  • Light Adjusted [Ex]
    Nightshades are specially trained to operate above ground, and this includes a brutal regimen to forcibly adjust their eyes to bright light. A nightshade does not suffer from light blindness as other drow do.

  • Web Walker:[Ex]
    A nightshade can move through webs (both natural and those of the web spell) without hindrance.

  • Wall Runner: [Su]
    Nightshades learn to harness the spider blood in their veins as time goes by. Starting at 2nd level, a nightshade can walk on walls and ceilings as if wearing slippers of spider climbing. At 5th level, a nightshade’s speed when wall running increases to 30 feet.

  • Sneak Attack: [Ex]
    At 3rd level, a nightshade gains the ability to sneak attack foes. Any time the nightshade’s target would be denied his Dexterity bonus to AC (whether he actually has a Dexterity bonus or not), the nightshade’s attack does +1d6 points of damage. The damage increases to +2d6 at 6th level and 3d6 at 9th level. Should the nightshade score a critical hit with a sneak attack, her extra damage is not multiplied.
    It takes precision and penetration to hit a vital spot, so ranged attacks can only count as sneak attacks if the target is 30 feet away or less.
    With a sap or an unarmed strike, the nightshade can make a sneak attack that deals subdual damage instead of normal damage. He cannot use a weapon that does normal damage to deal subdual damage in a sneak attack, not even with the -4 penalty, because he must make optimal use of his weapon in order to execute the sneak attack.
    A nightshade can only sneak attack living creatures with discernable anatomies – undeads, constructs, oozes, plants, and incorporeal creatures lack vital areas to attack. Additionally, any creature immune to critical hits is similarly immune to sneak attacks. Also, the nightshade must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach a vital spot. The nightshade cannot sneak attack while striking at a creature with concealment, or by striking the limbs of a creature whose vitals are beyond reach.
    If a nightshade gets a sneak attack bonus from another source (such as rogue levels), the bonuses to damage stack.

  • Change Self: [Sp]
    At 4th level, a nightshade can cast the change self spell three times per day, with a caster level equal to his character level.

  • Poison Immunity: [Ex]
    At 5th level, a nightshade becomes immune to poison of all types.

  • Poison Spittle: [Ex]
    At 7th level a nightshade can secrete a poison-like saliva (injury DC 14;1d4 Strength initial and secondary damage). A nightshade can coat a bladed weapon with this poison spittle as a move-equivalent action.

  • Web: [Sp]
    At 8th level, a nightshade can cast the web spell three times per day at a caster level equal to his character level

  • Shadow Walk: [Sp]
    At 10th level, a nightshade can cast the shadow walk spell once per day at a caster level equal to his character level.
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