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Old 05-15-2019, 09:59 AM   #1
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Okay, so there was a discussion over on Facebook about the first edition D&D Bard and how you had to take levels of Fighter and Thief first before you started Bard progression. I realized this was probably where the idea of prestige classes came from, and I was wondering if anybody had instituted a system like this for other "base" classes. For example, to become a Paladin, you had to take levels in Fighter and Cleric; for a Ranger, Fighter and Druid. I imagine a base spellcaster class of 2 or 3 levels before a caster decided which, if any, type of magic he would specialize in (Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric).

Has anybody worked up a system like that in D20 or later?
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Old 05-15-2019, 12:28 PM   #2
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One of the 3e books had prestige class versions of the ranger and paladin.
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The SRD includes this notion with the Unearthed Arcana material, as in here. They're called "prestigious classes." For example, you can qualify to become a paladin with 4 levels of fighter (with the right skill and feat choices) and 1 level of cleric. It then gives 15 levels of advancement. The prestige paladin has slightly stronger spellcasting and slightly less strength in the class features.
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The SRD includes this notion with the Unearthed Arcana material, as in here. They're called "prestigious classes." For example, you can qualify to become a paladin with 4 levels of fighter (with the right skill and feat choices) and 1 level of cleric. It then gives 15 levels of advancement. The prestige paladin has slightly stronger spellcasting and slightly less strength in the class features.
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