Compassionate Warlord (Samurai/Paladin)

While samurai hold to a form of personal honor, not all feel they are of a noble or virtuous heart. As such, there are those who seek to purify themselves, becoming a vessel of the divine and serving in the capacity of a compassionate warlord. Compassionate warlords are imbued with holy power. This power allows the compassionate warlord to both strike down the enemies of mankind, and provide relief to those who stand in need. These latter abilities allow the warlord to serve his fellow man in a kind and compassionate manner, and meant to teach the often boisterous samurai humility. Whether standing against a vile fiend of the outer planes or a tyrannical warlord bent of grinding the commoners of his realm underfoot, the compassionate warlord holds the line in the cause of light and virtue. (Original Concept by Elghinn Lightbringer)

Primary Class: Samurai.

Secondary Class: Paladin.

Alignment: Any good.

Hit Dice: d10.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The compassionate warlord may select three paladin skills to add to his class skills in addition to the normal samurai class skills. The compassionate warlord gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The compassionate warlord is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, plus the katana, naginata, and wakizashi. The compassionate warlord is also proficient with all types of armor (heavy, light, and medium, and with shields (except tower shields).

Aura of Good (Su): At 1st level, a compassionate warlord gains the paladin’s aura of good. The power of a compassionate warlord’s aura of good (see the detect good spell) is equal to his compassionate warlord level.

Order: This is exactly like the samurai’s ability of the same name, except that the compassionate warlord may also select a divine order or the new Order of the Merciful Sword.

Smiting Challenge (Su): This is exactly like the samurai’s challenge ability, except that if the target of the compassionate warlord’s challenge is evil, he also adds his Charisma modifier to all damage rolls made against the target of his challenge. If the target of his challenge is an outsider with the evil subtype, an evil-aligned dragon, or an undead creature, the bonus to damage on the first successful attack increases to twice the compassionate warlord’s Charisma modifier. Regardless of the target, smiting challenge attacks automatically bypass any DR the evil creature might possess. Smiting challenge counts for feats with challenge or smite evil as prerequisites. This ability otherwise functions as and replaces challenge.