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TABLE OF CONTENTSSword and Fist Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . . 02 Epic Cavalier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02 Epic Devoted Defender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 Epic Duelist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 Epic Master Samurai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 03 Epic Ninja of the Crescent Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04 Epic Weapon Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 04 Defenders of the Faith Prestige Classes . . 05 Epic Holy Liberator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Epic Hospitaler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Epic Templar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06 Epic Warpriest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 06 Tome and Blood Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . 07 Epic Acolyte of the Skin (Transformational) . . . . 07 Epic Arcane Trickster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08 Epic Bladesinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08 Epic Dragon Disciple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 09 Epic Elemental Savant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Epic Spellsword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Song and Silence Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . 11 Epic Dungeon Delver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Epic Spymaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Epic Temple Raider of Olidammara . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Epic Thief-Acrobat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Masters of the Wild Prestige Classes . . . . . . 13 Epic Animal Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Epic Bloodhound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Epic Deepwood Sniper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Epic Frenzied Berserker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Epic Tempest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Manual of the Planes Prestige Classes . . . . 16 Epic Divine Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Epic Gatecrasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Epic Planar Champion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Epic Planeshifter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Epic Hathran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Epic Red Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Epic Runecaster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Epic Shadow Adept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Magic of Faern Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . 20 Epic Guild Wizard of Waterdeep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Epic Incantatrix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Epic Mage-Killer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

A Compilation and Revision of the Epic Insights Column through July 2003 This file collects, corrects, and revises the material previously presented in the Epic Insights column at www.wizards.com, along with the Epic Level Handbook web enhancement. Where possible, the rules and guidelines presented here have been updated to match version 3.5 of the Players Handbook, DUNGEON MASTERs Guide, and Monster Manual, as well as the Revision Booklet. In places where the columns information has been superceded by other material, references to that material have been included.

EPIC INSIGHTS

CREDITSDesign: Andy Collins, Mark Jindra Development and Revision: Andy Collins, Skip Williams Editing: Miranda Horner Statistics Checking: Penny Williams Typesetting: Nancy Walker Web Production: Julia Martin Web Development: Mark A. Jindra Graphic Design: Dawn MurinBased on the original DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and on the new edition of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game designed by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, and Peter Adkison.D&D, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and DUNGEON MASTER are registered trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. The RPGA and d20 logo are trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. All Wizards characters, character names, and the distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. This material is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Any reproduction or unauthorized use of the material or artwork contained herein is prohibited without the express written permission of Wizards of the Coast, Inc. This product is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual people, organizations, places, or events is purely coincidental. This Wizards of the Coast game product contains no Open Game Content. No portion of this work may be reproduced in any form without written permission. To learn more about the Open Gaming License and the d20 System License, please visit www.wizards.com/d20. 2003 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. All rights reserved. Made in the U.S.A.

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Faiths and Pantheons Prestige Classes . . . 23 Epic Dreadmaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Epic Dweomerkeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Epic Stormlord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Oriental Adventures Base Classes . . . . . . . . . 25 Epic Samurai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Epic Shaman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Epic Shugenja . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Epic Sohei . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Epic Wu Jen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Other Prestige Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Epic Berserk (Deities and Demigods) . . . . . . . . . . 28 Epic Diabolist (Book of Vile Darkness) . . . . . . . . . 28 Epic Illithid Savant (Savage Species). . . . . . . . . . . . 29 New Epic-Level Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Celestial Paragon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Master Arcane Artisan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Spellfire Hierophant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Void Incarnate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Warlord of Utterdark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Tweaking Your Epic-Level Game . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Epic Variant: No Save or Die Spells . . . . . . . . . . 37 Maximum Spell Effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 New Epic Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 New Epic Feats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Epic Poisons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Epic NPCs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Murmur, epic infiltrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Srurrus, epic illithid savant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Psionic Prestige Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Metamind(Psionics Handbook) . . . . . . . . . . Epic Pyrokineticist (Psionics Handbook) . . . . . . Epic Slayer (Psionics Handbook) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Soulknife (Psionics Handbook) . . . . . . . . . . Epic Constructor (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Crystal Master (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Crystalsinger (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Diamond Warrior (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . Epic Meditant (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Mindknight (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Psychic Weapon Master (Web Feature) . . . Epic Sangehirn (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Epic Shadow Mind (Web Feature) . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 46 47 47 48 48 49 50 50 51 51 52 53 53

SWORD AND FIST PRESTIGE CLASSESBy Andy Collins The following epic progressions are for prestige classes from Sword and Fist.

EPIC CAVALIERThe epic cavalier is a rider without peer, a true master of mounted combat. Focus on feats that improve your combat prowess, such as Epic Weapon Focus or Overwhelming Critical. Armor Skin and Epic Toughness boost your defensive skills as well. And of course, no self-respecting epic cavalier passes up Epic Skill Focus (Ride). Strength is the most important ability score for most cavaliers, although Dexterity (as the ability that affects your Ride skill modifier) is significant as well. Its hard to go wrong by adding points to Constitution from time to time. Other Options: Command a powerful cohort or a legion of troops by selecting Epic Leadership or Legendary Commander. If youre good at mounted archery, consider some of the archery-based feats, such as Distant Shot or Swarm of Arrows. Hit Die: d10. Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 2 + Int modifier. Tall in the Saddle: The epic cavaliers bonus to Ride checks made to negate a hit against his mount increases by 1 point every odd-numbered level above 10th. Deadly Charge: The epic cavalier may use this ability one additional time per day for every two levels above 10th. Mounted Weapon Bonus: The epic cavaliers bonus to attack rolls when using a sword or lance while mounted do not increase after 10th level. Instead, he gains a bonus to damage rolls with these weapons, which begins at +1 at 11th level (lance) or at 12th level (sword). Each damage bonus increases every other level. Ride Bonus: The epic cavaliers competence bonus to Ride checks increases by 2 points every oddnumbered level above 10th. Bonus Feats: The epic cavalier gains a bonus feat (selected from t