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©2005 Jenny Dolfen

Eilistraee the Dark Maiden encourages drow to return to the surface world and reestablish themselves as rightful, nonevil inhabitants of the Night Above. Although they need not be drow themselves, sword dancers are expected to lead that migration and promote harmony between drow and surface-dwelling races. They nurture beauty, music, the craft of making musical instruments and song wherever they find it, assist hunters and hunting and help others in acts of kindness whenever they see ways to do so.
Most sword dancers are clerics, cleric/fighters, or cleric/bards. Other class combinations, particularly those that are rangers, rogues and sorcerer are somewhat less common. Barbarians and wizards rarely become sword dancers. Drow and half-drow are by far the most common races to adopt the sword dancer class, but other races particularly half-elves, humans and surface elves venerate the Dark Maiden as well.
Sword dancers usually dwell together in small groups in places where other elven races might dwell. Most frequent woodland glades where they gather to dance, sing, and engage in swordplay under the light of the moon.

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F. Save
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Low-light vision, Sword song
Sword dance
Maidenís sword
Lesser spellsong
Spring attack
Sword shield

Hit Die: d8


  • Patron: Eilistraee
  • Race: Drow, Elf, Half-drow, or Half-elf
  • Gender: Female
  • Base Attack Bonus: +5
  • Skills: Diplomacy (+5), Perform (Sing and Dance) (+5), Speak Language (Elven and Undercommon)
  • Feats: Dodge, Expertise, Skill Focus (perform), Weapon Focus (any sword)
    (Please see our House Rules regarding feats if you wish to use this class in our campaign.)
  • Spellcasting: Able to cast 2nd level divine spells
  • Special: The character must have seen the sun rise at least once and spent at least one continuous month living on the surface (without returning to the Underdark), dancing each night under the light of the moon
Class Skills: Balance, Concentration, Craft, Diplomacy, Hide, Knowledge (history), Knowledge (local), Knowledge (nature), Knowledge (religion), Listen, Move Silently, Profession, Tumble, and Wilderness Lore

Skill Points/Level: 2 + INT Modifier

Class Features

  • Weapon and Armor Proficiency
    A sword dancer gains no weapon or armor proficiencies. A sword dancer that wears medium or heavy armor, or carries or wears a shield cannot use any of her special abilities, and a sword dancer wearing only light armor must succeed at an arcane spell failure roll in order to use any of her spell-like or supernatural abilities granted by this prestige class (not including spellcasting).

  • Spells per Day:
    At every sword dancer level, the character gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had gained a level in a spellcasting class in which she belonged before she added this prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chances of turning or rebuking undead, metamagic or item creation feats, or the like). If the character has more than one spellcasting class before becoming a sword dancer, the player must decide to which class to add each sword dancer level for the purpose of determining spells per day, spells known and overall caster level.

  • Low-Light Vision: [Ex]
    All sword dancers have low-light vision.

  • Sword Song: [Su]
    A sword dancer can attune herself to a particular sword (magical or not), a process that takes one tenday. During this time she must be wearing or holding the sword for at least 8 hours each day, and if interrupted she must start again. She may only be attuned in this fashion to one sword at a time. Beginning the process of attuning another sword negates the ability of the currently attuned sword. Once attuned to this sword, whenever she wields it the sword sings heroic songs, granting her a +2 morale bonus on attack and damage rolls and a +3 morale bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting spells and effects. This ability is a sonic, mind-affecting effect, and can be used for a maximum number of rounds per day equal to her class level plus her Charisma modifier. If this ability is applied to a dancing sword, the dancing sword gains the attack and damage bonus, but the saving throw bonus still applies to the sword dancer.

  • Moonlights: [Su]
    Beginning at 2nd level, at will and as a free action a sword dancer can create small lights equal to those produced by a dancing lights spell. These lights are under the control of the sword dancer but cannot move more than 5 feet from her body. The sword dancer can have in existence a number of lights equal to her class level.

  • Sword Dance: [Su]
    At 3rd level, a sword dancer can attune herself to a particular sword (which may be the same sword as her singing sword) in the process described above. Once attuned to the sword, she may use it as if it had the dancing property. She may use this ability a number of times per day equal to her class level.

  • Mobility:
    The sword dancer gains the Mobility feat at 4th level.

  • Maidenís Sword: [Su]
    At 5th level, the sword dancer gains the ability to craft magic swords as if she had the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feat. This ability only works on her attuned swords, but the magical abilities given to the sword even if she loses her attunement to the sword. She may add any properties (including enhancement bonuses) to a sword as long as she meets the propertyís other prerequisites.

  • Lesser Spellsong: [Su]
    At 6th level, the sword dancer gains the ability to spontaneously cast prepared cleric spells of 3rd level or lower as any of her domain spells, just as a good cleric spontaneously casts prepared cleric spells as cure wounds spells. Any spells she casts in this manner always have a verbal component in addition to their normal components. For example, a sword dancer with access to the Moon domain who has prepared divine favor (a 1st level spell) may lose divine favor in order to cast faerie fire (a 1st level spell from the Moon domain).

  • Spring Attack:
    The sword dancer gains the Spring Attack feat at 7th level.

  • Spellsong: [Su]
    At 8th level, the sword dancerís lesser spellsong ability extends to include spontaneous casting of cleric spells of up to 6th level as domain spells.

  • Sword Shield: [Su]
    At 10th level, as a free action a sword dancer may command her dancing sword to fight in a defensive manner, taking a penalty of up to -5 on the swords attacks in order to add the same number (up to +5) to her Armor Class as an armor bonus. The changes to her swords attack rolls and her Armor Class last until her next action. She can only use this ability on one dancing sword at a time.
Page last updated: September 4th, 2005

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