Order of the Dragon's Heart

A cavalier who belongs to this order seeks to honor both his draconic heritage and serve those unable to defend themselves from the tyranny of the world. Cavaliers of this order are of dragon descent, such as dragonborn, half-dragons, and similar kin. This order is restricted to the Dragon Knight dragonborn racial archetype.

Edicts: The cavalier must seek to further the cause of dragonkind, protect those of draconic descent (dragonborn, kobolds, dragon disciples, sorcerers of the draconic bloodline), and do all within his power to ensure the survival of his mount. He must always act in a manner becoming his noble heritage. The cavalier must ensure his actions are in the best interest of the dragon race above all others, and destroy those who seek to slay dragons or their kin without just cause.

Challenge: Whenever a dragon’s heart cavalier issues a challenge, he receives a +1 morale bonus on all attack and damage rolls made against the target of his challenge. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the cavalier possesses. Furthermore, should the dragon’s heart cavalier use Intimidate to demoralize the target of his challenge, the cavalier of the dragon’s heart gains a +2 bonus on all such skill checks until the end of the challenge.

Skills: An order of the dragon’s heart cavalier adds Knowledge (arcana) (Int) and Knowledge (nobility) (Int) to his list of class skills. In addition, an order of the dragon’s heart cavalier adds his Charisma modifier to any Knowledge (arcana) checks related to dragons or races of draconic descent.

Order Abilities: A cavalier that belongs to the order of the dragon’s heart gains the following abilities as he increases in level.

Claws (Su): At 2nd level, the cavalier grows claws as a free action. These claws are treated as natural weapons, allowing him to make two claw attacks as a full attack action using his full base attack bonus. Each of these attacks deals 1d4 points of damage plus the cavalier’s Strength modifier (1d3 if he is Small). At 5th level, these claws are considered magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming DR. At 7th level, the damage of these claws increases by one step to 1d6 points of damage (1d4 if he is Small).

Draconic Resistances (Ex): At 8th level, the cavalier gains energy resistance 5 against his breath weapon’s energy type and a +1 natural armor bonus. At 13th level, his energy resistance increases to 10 and natural armor bonus increases to +2. At 18th level, his natural armor bonus increases to +4.

Dragon Form (Sp): At 15th level, the cavalier can assume the form of a dragon once per day. This ability functions like form of the dragon I. At 19th level, this ability functions as form of the dragon II and the cavalier can use this ability twice per day. His caster level for this effect is equal to his cavalier level. Whenever he uses his dragon form ability, he must assume the form of a dragon of the same dragon subtype as his dragon parentage (see the racial Breath Weapon ability).