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Cavalier Class Details | Banners | Orders | Archetypes

Cavalier/Samurai Orders

Description Source: Advanced Player's Guide
At 1st level, a cavalier must pledge himself to a specific order. The order grants the cavalier a number of bonuses, class skills, and special abilities. In addition, each order includes a number of edicts that the cavalier must follow. If he violates any of these edicts, he loses the benefits from his order's challenge ability for 24 hours. The violation of an edict is subject to GM interpretation.

A cavalier cannot change his order without undertaking a lengthy process to dedicate himself to a new cause. When this choice is made, he immediately loses all of the benefits from his old order. He must then follow the edicts of his new order for one entire level without gaining any benefits from that order. Once accomplished, he gains all of the bonuses from his new order. Note that the names of these orders might vary depending upon the campaign setting or GM's preference.

Description Source: Ultimate Combat
The following orders can be chosen by both samurai and cavaliers, although the former are far more likely to do so. Samurai can also select any of the cavalier orders presented in the Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player's Guide.

Order of the Monument

Source Disciple's Doctrine pg. 15
Cavaliers who join the order of the monument dedicate themselves to the protection and service of a particular city or settlement and often follow or respect the faiths of their home locale. Cavaliers belonging to this order hold themselves to their city’s laws and customs even when traveling abroad.

Edicts: The cavalier must strive to protect the settlement, all those who reside within it, and those travelers who hail from it. He must adhere to the settlement’s laws even while away from its borders and promote its populace’s overarching ideals and values whenever possible.

Challenge: Whenever an order of the monument cavalier issues a challenge, he gains a +1 dodge bonus to his AC against attacks made by the target of his challenge when the cavalier is flanked, as well as a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against fear and mind-affecting effects. This bonus increases by 1 for every 4 levels the cavalier has.

Skills: An order of the monument cavalier adds Knowledge (local) and Knowledge (religion) to his list of class skills. An order of the monument cavalier chooses one of these two skills. He can attempt skill checks with his chosen skill untrained. If he has ranks in the skill, he receives a bonus on the check equal to half his cavalier level (minimum +1) as long as the check involves his chosen settlement or a faith with a significant presence in his chosen settlement.

Order Abilities: A cavalier belonging to the order of the monument gains the following as he increases in level.

Sworn Defender (Ex): At 2nd level, the cavalier gains a +1 morale bonus on saving throws to resist effects created by creatures whose alignments are at least two steps away from his settlement’s alignment (e.g., a cavalier of a lawful good settlement and an opponent of neutral alignment). If the creature’s alignment is three or more steps away from his settlement’s alignment, the bonus increases to +2.

Protector of the People (Ex): At 8th level, the cavalier can inspire the people around him as a swift action. Each creature within 30 feet that is either a resident of his chosen settlement or whose alignment is within one step of the cavalier’s settlement gains a morale bonus on saving throws equal to the cavalier’s Charisma modifier for 1 round. This bonus doubles if a creature meets both requirements. The cavalier can use this ability once per day, plus one additional time per day at 12th level and every 4 levels thereafter.

Bastion of the Monument (Ex): At 15th level, the cavalier defends his homeland with unmatched ferocity. As a swift action, the cavalier can declare an opponent an enemy of his settlement. This grants the cavalier and his allies a +4 bonus on attack rolls, damage rolls, and ability and skill checks against the opponent, as well as on saving throws to resist effects originating from that opponent. The cavalier can end this ability as a swift action. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to half his cavalier level. This duration need not be continuous but must be used in 1-round increments.