House Priestess

Prerequisite: Female, drow, any divine class.

Drow society thrives on infighting, treachery, and ruthless ambition, and nowhere is this more apparent than among the priestesses of the Spider Queen. Lolth demands that the strong survive to rule the weak, and every drow house follows this most sacred of commandments. If you fall to a rival’s machinations, then you did not deserve your position in the first place.
    You were born to rule. As the daughter of a matron mother, you claimed the divine power of Lolth as your birthright, and with it you mean to advance your station and secure your destiny. You spent fifty years in training at Arach-Tinilith, but the endless cycle of ritual was not for you. You prefer the chaotic arena of your own house, battling your sisters for dominance. You excel at betrayal and don’t hesitate to turn against enemies and allies alike.
    One day, you will succeed your matron mother—most likely by the edge of a sacrificial blade. Until then, you lurk and scheme, weaving a web of intrigue.

    House Priestess Starting Feature (1st level): You gain the devious strike power.
    House Priestess Level 5 Feature (5th level): You gain a +2 power bonus to Diplomacy checks and Intimidate checks.
    House Priestess Level 10 Feature (10th level): While you are not bloodied, minions and bloodied enemies take a -2 penalty to attack rolls against you. This is a fear effect.

House Priestess Attack Devious Strike

The Spider Queen blesses your stealthy attack.

Encounter  
Free Action      Personal

Trigger: You hit a creature granting combat advantage to you.

Effect: Your attack deals 5 extra damage, and you gain a +2 power bonus to attack rolls and skill checks until the end of your next turn.


House Priestess Utility 2Obey Your Betters

You issue a command, enforced with an undisguised threat of painful death.

Encounter  
Free Action      Personal

Trigger: You make a Diplomacy check or an Intimidate check and dislike the result.

Effect: You reroll the check with a +4 bonus, and you can use either result.


House Priestess Utility 6Promise of Regret

You vow swift vengeance to the fool who dared strike you.

Encounter  
Immediate Reaction      Personal

Trigger: An enemy hits you with an attack.

Effect: Until the end of the triggering enemy’s next turn, you gain a +2 power bonus to all defenses against that enemy’s attacks, and each of your attacks against that enemy can score a critical hit on a roll of 19–20.


House Priestess Utility 10Deny Favor

As your foe strikes, you beseech Lolth to repay the insult with her divine curse.

Daily        Divine, Fear
Immediate Reaction      Close burst 10

Trigger: An enemy hits you with an attack.

Effect: Until the end of its next turn, the triggering enemy takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls, grants combat advantage, cannot regain hit points, and cannot recharge powers.


Published in Council of Spiders, Dragon Magazine 413.