[NSFW][Lewd][Not for little children][Let's Read] Book of Erotic Fantasy

Silvercat Moonpaw

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....and I think Legendary games made a PC race Manead for one of their Psionics books.
"Maenads" have been a psionic race since at least 3.5. In Pathfinder they're part of the psionic revival of Dreamscarred Press.

They're people with glittery skin and the ability to fire a sonic ray and do a minor rage.
 

Crinos

Next to me you're all number two!
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"Maenads" have been a psionic race since at least 3.5. In Pathfinder they're part of the psionic revival of Dreamscarred Press.

They're people with glittery skin and the ability to fire a sonic ray and do a minor rage.
Yeah that's the one. I missed that book.

Of course I consider maneads and Bacchae to be the same thing, and the DnD version is called Baccahe. So...
 

VoidDrifter

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Its actually kind of interesting how these things get swapped around like that. For example, The Swanmay, a "Monster" which is an order of female human (and I think elves) who can turn into swans and fight evil. In 2e they were statted as monsters. in 3.5 they became a prestige class. And then in Pathfinder they went back to being monsters (and were now a race of Fae).
Not only were Swanmays a monster in Ad&d, they were also a PC race in the Complete Book of Humanoids, with a Dragon article including some equivalent races, most prominently the Black Swanmay.
 
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Monsieur Meuble

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So, right after the Party Hard PrC, comes the No Fun Allowed one.
Meet the Harem Protector.

He protects the harem. That's it. Some societies have harems, as a matter of facts, and those who have them don't want others to have them, have sex with them or even see them, so, they put under the vigilante protection of people who are specced to not want to have any of it.
No word about they are also in charge of ensuring the harem protagonist stays bland and indecisive all along...

The PrC is recommanded for fighters or monks, eventually rogues, wizards, sorcerers and clerics very rarely, paladins on extremely rare edge cases, essentially never for druids and rangers. Impossible for bards and barbarians.
There's generally one harem protector per harem, although they may have "simple" fighters under them. The few greatest harems in the world may have several protectors, each with a cadre of warriors. If they have to move the harem somewhere, they will work with any other classes, except they will be suspicious of paladins as they quasi-universally don't like the concept of harems.

So, they are the final boss of Operation : Party Of The Year (or of Out Of The Gilded Cage Of The Pansexual Dominator), and/or the person the PCs have to refer to as they have been hired to protect the harem caravan of the Sultan Of Swing. That is, NPC.

What are the requirements ? Any Lawful Alignment, BAB+5, 8 ranks in Intimidate, and the Alertness and Sterile feats.
So, a fighter can, indeed, take this PrC just after lvl.5, a rogue after lvl.7 ... and everyone else after lvl.13, what with Intimidate rarely being a class skill. "So, I see on your resume that you fought ALL the giants, defeated the united armies of the Underdark and confronted Lolth herself in her demonic webpit. Cool, that's the kind of experience I require for this post of making sure none touch my sex slaves. Employers can be picky in this economy, you known."
No mention of an obligatory gender or anything like that. You can have a female drow protecting the drow-boys harem of the Great Priestess.
Finally, the Sterile feat truly implies that the harem master is truly searching for someone who is invested in their sterility, and not allow in any ruffian with two bricks and a steady hand, who would just need to bring in a Scroll of Regenerate once firmly in the place...

And with that, what do you get ? Ten levels, D10 HDs, 2+INT skill points, fighter skill list + Search Spot Listen and Sense Motive, fighter BAB, strong Fort' and Will', weak Ref', no continuity of spellcaster levels. Proficiency in simple and martial weapons and all armours and shields.

Lvl.1 : you can Spurn Seduction, making you immune to skill checks involving sexuality or the promise thereof to influence your behaviour. It just doesn't work. You can still Glibness your way out of the harem, but you'll have to refrain yourself from proposing the most evident thing.
Also, you're an Eunuch (or have No Sex Drive in the appropriate table) : you have no sex drive, you can't maintain an erection, you can't gain benefits of feats such as Kundalini, Tantric or Orgone (a feat that doesn't exist in this book, probably a former name of, you know, one of those feats...), and you can only gain 1 rank in Perform (sexual technique) per level. Well, it's cross-class anyway...
And finally, on a more positive note, you gain Vigilance, allowing to add your class levels to any Spot and Listen check. A welcome help for the fighter for whom those were out-of-class skills.

Lvl.2 : You Resist Enchantments, adding your class levels to all saves against Enchantments. Once again, welcome to compensate the abysmal Will' of a former fighter or rogue.

Lvl.3 : You can Shield Other, as per the spell, once a day. Thus, you can ensure that The Splendid Angharad will survive her escape attempt and be brought back alive... and that she'll survive a night of passion with Immortan Joe.

Lvl.4 : Bonus Feat ! From a list of melee fighter feats. Nothing surprising.

Lvl.5 : Uncanny Dodge, like the Rogue ability. If you already have it, you get Improved Uncanny Dodge.

Lvl.6 : Bonus Feat ! Same list.

Lvl.7 : You are now Immune To Enchantments ! Self-explicit, and brutal. You can't just Save-Or-Suck your way out of the harem.

Lvl.8 : Bonus Feat ! It feels kinda like padding the list, at this point. At least, this makes this PrC a net gain for a fighter (except for, you know, ✂️)

Lvl.9 : Improved Uncanny Dodge, like a rogue. If you already had it, you add all the class levels to determine who can or cannot flank you.

Lvl.10 : As capstone, you can Shield Harem once a day. it's kinda like Shield Other, but all +1 are now +4, and it's applied to all allied creatures in a 30 feet (9m) radius. So, the accomplished Harem Protector gathers the whole harem first thing in the morning and cast it on all of them to bolster them for the day (well, for ten hours).
So, if you really, really don't care for collateral damages, you can make the Protector explode with a well placed Area of Effect spell.
Are the members of the harem considered "allied creatures" if they loathe their jailer ? In which case, they can kill him with a collective calculated self-harming of protestation.

We are then given the stats of Azed Lowborn, LN human, Fighter 5 / Harem Protector 5 with a +2 falchion and +2 half plate. Useful since it's pretty much the NPCs you need. Well, he has Intimidate +7, so he doesn't qualify for the class he's supposed to represent. Also CON13, INT17, which is not appropriate.


So... a not very fun class. At least, it does what it's supposed to do : provide an antagonist to a BoEF-heavy party who will be highly resistant to attempts to sex him.
I guess you can reuse the class in a more sympathetic role to represent the bouncer of the brothel / strip-club, who insists he's not their pimp but their employee and he isn't here for fun.
Or as the harem caretaker, who ensures that, if harems have to exist, at least he'll make sure that it's not too bad for them and they can survive the most uncouth pleasures of the master.
Or the cock-blocking character who makes sure that the bland protagonist never acts on any desires and the harem comedy can keep going on for ten more volumes...

But, seriously, it's the final boss of the harem dungeon, nothing more.
 

Crinos

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In second edition the had a Harem Servant Tasked Genie.



For a bit of info on what a Tasked Genie is, Tasked Genies are a concept from Al Qadim. The basic idea is that if one of the five core genies was bound and assigned to a specific task, they would eventually become a new type of genie entirely, solely interested in performing their specific task (to the point they would die or go mad if deprived of doing their task) It was a neat concept that allowed them to expand the Genie Roster after they had kind of written themselves into a corner by connecting them to the elemental planes.

Anyways, Harem Servants are, well, Genies tasked with serving and protecting Harems. They had spell like abilities geared more towards making their charges comfortable than combat (They could cast cantrip, control the temperature for 10 feet, mending, major and minor creation, and Alarm and create food and water once per day.) They are also eight feet tall and can duel wield full sized swords, so don't mess with em.
 

Monsieur Meuble

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Anyways, Harem Servants are, well, Genies tasked with serving and protecting Harems. They had spell like abilities geared more towards making their charges comfortable than combat (They could cast cantrip, control the temperature for 10 feet, mending, major and minor creation, and Alarm and create food and water once per day.) They are also eight feet tall and can duel wield full sized swords, so don't mess with em.
Oh yeah, a harem guardian who would also be able to take care of his charges beyond simple violence would have been the bee knee and less unpleasant. But as it is, it's a specialized incorruptible jailer.

Next PrC keeps the theme of locking down your love-life, but in a far more positive way. Far today, we witness the Knot Binder of Kaladis.

Kaladis, as you now need to know, is the LN god of matrimony, union, family, lineage and bonding that will be formally introduced later.
The Knot Binders are his specialized, dedicated priests, attorneys, notaries, officiants and solicitors, universally authorized to witness, preside and ensure the signing of legal document, contracts and other where a neutral third party is legally required. Seeing the portfolio of Kaladis (and the thematics of this book), the knot binders are particularly appreciated to preside marriages, especially in noble families where it's not so much about sentiments than about politics and business ; but as long as it's a marriage, they don't care about the precise form of it (straight, gay, poly...), as long as all those concerned are aware that they are calling the attention of a god of contracts who means it, and thus take it with all the required seriousness. But they can preside to any other contracts.
Supposedly, knot binders are to be found everywhere, in any community, nomadic or sedentary, and should be objective and outside matters of politics, race or other social debates. Nonetheless, there ARE opposing factions among the knot-binders, and it's terribly written. "These schisms occur on various topics of sexuality — some knot binders espouse monogamous, heterosexual pairings, while others believe in polygamy or homosexual unions. Other groups believe in even more unusual marriages and unions."
If you ask me, I would rephrase it as the schisms being about if only the most traditional forms of marriage are to be celebrated, (whatever this form is according to the knot binder), if all forms considered legal on the land are to be consecrated but only them (and with also an inner schism about if you accept everything that is legal or only what is legal AND involve adult and consenting partners) or if traditions and laws are unconcerned with matrimony and it's okay as long as everyone actually concerned provide enthusiastic consent.
As for classes, we continue with terrible wording, "Almost all knot binders start out as clerics of Kaladis, although paladins and monks are close behind in number". So, it's almost all of them or a third of them ?

Well, on description alone, this promises to be interesting and permanent, although NPC only. And a class that asks to define what is marriage in the eye of a god who doesn't answer can cause interesting Drama ! as long as all are okay to have such a debate at the table, accepting that this is medieval fantasy and that your character doesn't necessarily share your views.

So, the requirements... an alignment of LG, LN, NN or NG. Strange, you can a perfectly dedicated LE servant of Kaladis and never be allowed to become a consecrator of Evil marriages, and be NG and such completely alien to Kaladis' ethics and still be ordained as his eyes and hands in the world. And the presence of the NN alignment implies that it's not that Kaladis was downgraded from LG to LN between chapters.
BAB+3, the Negotiator feat, the patronage of Kaladis (once again, illegal for a NG person), 8 ranks in Diplomacy, 2 in Sense Motive... Yup, clerics, monks and paladins can get in after lvl.5, it checks.
Also, you must take a vow to bear witness to any union or contract signing when asked. So, you may not like gay marriage, but you have to accept it ! Also, you may not like a father selling his 4yo daughter to the local warlord, but you will also celebrate this union...
You get D8 HDs, 2+INT skill points, cleric BAB, strong Fort' and Will' saves and weak Ref', continuation of existing spellcasting levels (so, yay for the cleric ! ) and a skill list that doesn't include Use Rope. The knot binder cannot bind knots. This is wrong.

As for the features, well, it's a 5 levels class full of fun stuff.

Lvl.1, you gain WITNESS !

That is, you're legally and divinely concerned neutral, in full authority to witness unions and contracts, and inviolate. Contracts and vows made in your presence are legal and binding in law, in court and before deities, and you have a certain level of diplomatic immunity except in the most lawless AND evil places, to the point that you can't be held in court without overwhelming evidences that you committed an heinous crime. On the other hand, you're required to actually follow the laws and customs of the community, and violation causes Fall. So, yeah, you still have the questions of "gay couple asks me to marry them in a state where it's forbidden, do what ? " and "the authority asks me to preside to an abomination is the face of Law and Goodness that is legal yet, do what ? " to debate and ruminate about...
Also, you can Discern Lie as the spell at will, which is rather cool and implies that the knot binder is also supposed to seek if contractees are serious, honest and clear regarding their implication and can probably break the contract before it's signed with a simple "this guy is about to cheat you".

At Lvl.2, you can cast Find True Love (well, it keeps changing between that and Find A Soulmate) once a day. In the spell list of this book, it's Find A Soulmate, a spell otherwise only available through the Joining domain, so, okay, it's a rare power. You touch a person, cast the spell, and said person now know where their perfect mate / true love, where they is, and if they love them back, as long as said love is on the same plane.
Obviously, a power to remind the Knot Binders that they are not mere solicitors, they are charged with making society and couples happy and better and to organize the best unions in the world.
A kind binder will cast it before celebrating the union, "you know, you can also have *this person* who would be the best in the world... " ( "Oh, it's the person with whom you're about to sign ? Wonderful ! " / "They are not... the other ? You may want to think about it a bit before signing." / "Too bad that the marriage must proceed to seal the peace, but I can surely insert something in the contract about how you can have a favorite on the side..." ). A cruel one cast it just after signing "aaand here is the person you'll never have as long as this document is legal.".

Lvl.3 allows you to Seek The Broken Vow. Once a day, you touch someone for a full-round action, make an opposed Will' roll, and if you win, you are both reminded of all vows, oaths and contracts (to themself, others or deities) the target ever broke, causing the victim to be stunned for [your WIS mod] rounds.
That's rather cool and flavourful. And invaluable for an investigation plot.
And I hear objecting "yeah, but what about someone who never broke an oath ? Will he be stunned for so many rounds too ? ", and I would say yes, the kind of person who "never" broke an oath is exactly the kind who will feel so guilty for having said to their mum they finished their plate to get a dessert while there was actually a few greens left when they were 3yo.

Lvl.4 lets you cast Zone Of Truth thrice a day. Pertinent enough.

And finally, at lvl.5, the capstone is Inviolate Oath, a Geas/Quest variant you can cast once a day on everyone taking a vow or signing a contract in a 30feet/9m radius. If a contractor willingly breaks the rule, it's the usual curse until behaviour is corrected. It can also end if the contract is fulfilled or if a pre-approved period is reached.
Of course, the simple existence of this capstone give respectability to any knot-binder. "If anyone of you doesn't intend to take this sacred union too seriously, please ask yourself, what do you think my level actually is, and do you feel lucky ? "

Finally, the rules if a knot binder gains an illegal alignment, commits Chaotic acts or violate their oath... it's the usual, loss of the powers until Atonement.

And we get a sample Knot Binder, Shem the LG gnome, cleric 7 / knot binder 4, loaded with magical armours, items, potions and scrolls and a terrible CON.



So, yeah, it's the necessary "Lawful Priest of Sacred Contracts" archetype, which is good, with in addition the thematic of marriage, with enough subtle mechanics in the working and interactions of the oath of Kaladis and the demands of the Witness that the questions of what is marriage actually and the place of the law and of the individuals therein will be placed front and center if you want it to be so. And, yes, you will have debates and schisms between the LG, LN and NG interpretations and answers...

And of course, the DM will have to arbiter the exact place of Kaladis (or equivalent deity) regarding hierarchy of authorities. Can a cleric of the god of marriages and contracts say to mortal authorities "He allowed me to finalize this union, it's by definition a marriage, like it or not ! " or "Kaladis doesn't care what is Lolth's opinion on the sentience on males, if he doesn't have his honest and enthusiast word to say, this is not a approved union ! ", or are the mortal authorities the ones who decide what a marriage is, and Kaladis is only a god of the process, whatever it may be, and his priests should defer to the form that unions take in this precise case ?
 

Monsieur Meuble

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And now, before your very eyes, the Prc that you have been warned about, the one that has nothing to do with the rest of this book and might be a tad overpowered, the Metaphysical Spellshaper !


He even gets his own picture ! And a little quote to vaguely try to justify his presence here : "You merely cast spells — I interact with a spell. It's the difference between masturbation and making love."

Little to no setting information or anything (just that NPC metaphysical spellshapers are all high-status among wizard organization and highly regarded, just to make it clear that the authors really like their own idea), the spellshaper is a wizard (or more rarely a sorcerer or cleric) who can abuse metamagical feats on the fly.

The requirements ? 3 ranks in Craft (sculpture or weaving), 5 in Knowledge (arcana), 5 in Spellcraft, two Metamagic feats, able to cast 3rd level spells.
Or, as they say in the milieu, "just about any lvl.5 wizard". At this point, they might as well have required a few ranks in Focus.


All numbered features are the same as for a wizard, and they get continuation of spellcasting levels. So, a wizard loses literally nothing at taking this PrC that he essentially automatically qualifies for, except a few minor features for their familiar. It's just gravy on the cake.

And so, what is actually in the gravy ? It's a short, 3 levels class, and the good stuff is frontloaded.
At lvl.1, you gain Metaphysical Metamagic, the ability to spontaneously apply a metamagical feat on a spell, and paying for it not with higher-level spell slots, by by taking ability damages instead.
there is no misunderstanding, it's as hilarious as you think it is. A Wizard6/spellshaper 1 wants to cast a Maximized Fireball, which would normally be a 7th-level spell ? No problem, he takes 3 damages to, say, STR (he chooses), boom ! 42 damages to all and every beasty in the blast radius, killing on the spot 9 densely packed minotaurs.
To vaguely compensate, the ability damages are resistant to restorative spells and the healer has to make a DC20 caster check... except, explicitely, for reasons, the Sacred Prostitute (a following PrC, if it needed to be told), who just can do it. And natural healing works no problem.
Also, the casting time is a bit longer, from action to full-round-action, and from full-round-action to two rounds. No word on what happens if you try to spontaneously quicken a spell...


Of course, as you know, the wizard is THE most MAD class out there, and there is litteraly no consequence for them to sacrifice their body and sociability for more power, as long as they don't touch their INT. At least, they are limited by typically having low values in all those sacrificial attributes that will knock them down if they go to 0...
Then, you have to remember that this book introduce Appearance, an ability score that does NOTHING and cannot be reduced under 1 by any mean, and without any consequences if it stays at this level. With APP enabled, the spellshaper can just decide to inflict the ability damages to their indestructible 1 point in APP and it won't get any worse than that.


At lvl.2, you gain a bonus Metamagical Feat. You lose literally nothing taking this PrC ! (Beyond one or two points of AC for your familiar)

At lvl.3, you gain Metamagical Mastery. All application of metamagical feats cost one level less than expected, to a minimum of one. A Maximised spell is now two levels higher than normal instead of three, for example. And yes, it explicitly applies to Metaphysical Metamagic.

We then get a full write-up of Larpurl, the True Neutral human Wizard 6 / Spellshaper 1 of your dreams with INT17 and a vast array of abilities to sacrifice to cheat his 5 metaphysical feats into battle, and Goldeye his owl familiar. If you want a wizard who can cast Heightened Orgasmic Vibration as if it was nothing, there you go.
And what name IS "Larpurl" ? Was he created by the author looking at the tabs opened on his internet browser, Usual Suspects style ? Is his catchphrase "My FRIENDS call me Larpurl. YOU VERMIN better call me Live Action Role Playing Uniform Resource Locator ! " ?



A purely mechanical entry to make the master class even more powerful at no cost. What do you want me to say ?
 

Evil Midnight Lurker

What Lurks at Midnight
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...with the Sacred Prostitute cheat, this sounds to me like the author had a pair of pet wish-fulfilment characters.

In fact, this would probably do well as a modern webnovel. :p
 

Azimer the Mad

Knight of Chaos
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Back in the day, we all assumed this was the anglerfish lure to get rules lawyers to buy the book.

It's ever better if you imagine the cleric just next to the wizard throwing an occasional lesser restoration out of a cheap wand.

Honestly, having this monster in the middle of the most weirdly fluff book is a page right out of Knights of the Dinner Table.
 
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