Black Sun Vigo Prestige Class

About

This prestige class is associated with the Black Sun Criminal Syndicate

In the Black Sun criminal hierarchy, the vigos, or lieutenants, fall just below the prince in their authority. They collectively oversee Black Sun’s operations in a variety of illegal industries and endeavors, from smuggling to political assassinations, all the while posing as legitimate businesspersons. The vigos answer only to their prince, and in return for their service and loyalty they are rewarded with power, luxury, and fabulous amounts of treasure.

Should a vigo fail Black Sun (or threaten the power of the prince), the vigo is rewarded with a swift but excruciating death. The roster of Black Sun vigos, not surprisingly, changes rather frequently. To ensure a long life, a vigo must be profitable and effective, while simultaneously being without ambition$-$at least, where the prince is concerned. Of course, such an individual must also measure how ardently he supports the prince. Despite all of their power, the various leaders of Black Sun have never learned the secret of living forever$-$and siding too loyally with one prince may be a fatal black mark in the next one’s book.

Requirements

To qualify to become a Black Sun Vigo, a character must fulfill the following criteria.
Skills: Bluff 10 ranks
Diplomacy 10 ranks
Intimidate 10 ranks
Knowledge (Streetwise) 10 ranks,Sense Motive 8 ranks
Feats: Influence
Underworld Connections
Reputation: +4
Dark Side Points: 5
Black Sun Sympathy: +4
Special: Only characters who have joined the Black Sun Criminal Syndicate can become Black Sun Vigos.

Game Rule Information

Vitality: A Black Sun Vigo gain 1d6 vitality points per level. The character’s Constitution modifier applies.

Class Skills

The Black Sun Vigo’s Class skills, and the key abilities for each skill, are as follows.
Apraise (Int)
Bluff (Cha)
Computer Use (Int)
Craft* (Int)
Diplomacy (Cha)
Forgery (Int)
Gamble (Wis)
Gather Information (Cha)
Intimidate (Cha)
Knowledge* (Int)
Sense Motive (Wis)
*This skill actually encompasses a number of unrelated skills. Each time this skill is learned, a specific category must also be chosen.
Skill Points at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.

Class Features

Starting Feats

The Black Sun Vigo gains the following feats.
Weapon Group Proficiency (Blaster Pistols)
Weapon Group Proficiency (Vibro Weapons)

Resource Access

At1st level, the Black Sun Vigo has access to a wide array of resources. Once per day, the Black Sun Vigo can make a Charisma check to use those resources.

The value of the resources gained equals the Black Sun Vigo’s class level x the result of the Charisma check x 50. Thus, a 4th-level Black Sun Vigo who rolled a 13 would gains 2,600 (4 x 13 x 50) credits’ worth of resources. These resources can take virtually any form the Black Sun Vigo chooses (within reason) and are his to do with as he pleases. The resources gained arrive in the Black Sun Vigo’s possession 1d6 hours after he makes the check. Note that these resources must be reasonably (though not necessarily commonly) available when and where he chooses to make the check. The Black Sun Vigo’s resource access can be combined with the noble’s resource access (but separate checks are required).

Favor

Black Sun Vigos have so much influence on the worlds around them that they can ask and usually receive favors from those they know. By make a favor check, the Black Sun Vigo can call upon contacts to gain important information without going through the time and trouble of doing a lot of research. Favors can also be used to acquire the loan of equipment or documents from influential acquaintances.

To call in a favor, the Black Sun Vigo makes a favor check. Roll a d20 and add the character’s favor bonus. The GM sets the DC based on the scope of the favor being requested. The DC ranges from 10 for a simple favor being requested to as high as 25 for highly dangerous, expensive, or illegal favors. The Black Sun Vigo can’t take 10 or take 20 on this check, nor can she retry for the same (or virtually the same) favor. Note that favors should help advance the plot of an adventure. A favor that would enable a character to circumvent an adventure should always be unavailable to the character, regardless of the result of a favor check.

A Black Sun Vigo can try to call in a favor a number of times in a week of game time that’s equal to half her Black Sun Vigo levels, rounded down (minimum of one).

If the Black Sun Vigo has levels in noble, he may add his favor bonus from that class when making a favor check. In addition, he may add his noble class levels to his Black Sun Vigo class levels when determining the number of times per week he can use this ability.

The GM should carefully monitor the Black Sun Vigo’s use of favors to ensure that this ability isn’t abused. The success or failure of a mission shouldn’t hinge on the use of a favor, and calling in favors shouldn’t replace good roleplaying or the use of other skills. The GM may disallow any favor deemed to be disruptive to the game (see favors and contacts for additional information on this).

Minions

Beginning at 2nd level, a Black Sun Vigo can add his Black Sun Vigo level to any Reputation checks made to attract followers (see Followers).

Inspire Fear

Beginning at 2nd level, the Black Sun Vigo’s infamy and reputation reach such a point that anyone of the same level or lower has trouble taking direct actions against the Black Sun Vigo. This results in a -2 penalty to any actions made to directly affect the Black Sun Vigo, including attacks, skill checks in opposition to the Black Sun Vigo, and Force-based skill uses. At 4th level, the penalty increases to -4.

If the Black Sun Vigo gains the inspire fear ability from some other source, such as the Black Sun Enforcer or Crime Lord prestige class, the penalties stack.

Exceptional Minions

At 5th level, the maximum total levels of the Black Sun Vigo’s minions is twice his Reputation bonus.

Ex-Vigos

A Black Sun Vigo whose Black Sun Sympathy drops below the required minimum loses all special abilities derived from this prestige class. When his Black Sun Sympathy meets the requirements again, the vigo can regain his former power.

A Black Sun Vigo who joins another faction is in deep trouble. Black Sun will spare no effort to execute and silence the traitor as soon as possible.

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Defense Bonus Reputation Bonus
1 +0 +1 +1 +1 Resource Access, Favor +1 +1 +1
2 +1 +2 +2 +2 Minions, Inspire Fear -2 +2 +2
3 +2 +2 +2 +2 Favor +2 +2 +2
4 +3 +2 +2 +2 Inspire Fear -4 +2 +3
5 +3 +3 +3 +3 Exceptional Minions, Favor +3 +3 +4
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