Faceless Legion

Faceless Legion

It is strange that those who are named ‘Faceless’ are among the most recognisable orders on all the planes. The mercenary group all wear heavy helms of black metal that have neither visor nor air holes. The only identifying mark on a helm is a number written in the runes of chaos. The Faceless Legion have fought bravely in thousands of wars; theirs is a history drenched in blood. Their eyeless masks have seen more atrocities and sorrow than any man should bear. Yet there is never a shortage of new recruits for their ranks.

Their helms are magical, but their chief property is not one that can be reckoned in auras and dweomers. Each of the helms is, in essence, an artificial soul. When someone puts on one of these helms, his soul is wrapped in that of the helmet. He is judged in all things as if he were the wearer of the helmet, not himself. When the wearer dies, he is sent to the appropriate afterlife for one who has done the things the helm has done and when a new wearer puts on the helm, it is as though the helm-soul has been resurrected. The helm is proof against all forms of scrying and Divination – attempts to scry the wearer using his true name instead of the number of the helm also cause the spell to fail.

Faceless Helms

The faceless helms of the Legion are in truth minor artefacts; the Legion’s headquarters sits atop a vault that is rumoured to contain many thousands of them, although only twenty thousand are in service. Each helm is identical and has the following properties: † Darkvision out to 60 feet. † The helm provides air in airless environments, such as underwater. † See invisibility once per day. † Message (to other helm wearers only) at will. † +2 deflection bonus to Armour Class.

Those who have committed terrible crimes or who want a second chance at life are drawn to the Faceless Legion. Each new member is given a faceless helm and assigned to a unit. The Legion’s mercenaries serve as everything from city watch and bodyguards to foot soldiers in demonic wars. After twenty-five years of service, a Legionnaire may retire, keeping his helm until he dies. Alternatively, he may remove the helm and pass it onto another, but few do. There is one little known catch to service in the Faceless Legion. As each helm carries the weight of the sins committed by its previous wearers, there are certain helms which would condemn a saint to the Infernum, should she wear one.

Organisation

The Legion is commanded by the First Helm, which is always worn by the most skilled leader among the Faceless, as voted by a council of the twenty generals. Each general commands one thousand troops (an army), divided into ten centuries commanded by centurions. Each century is further divided into five companies of twenty.

The Legion has a base on the fortress plane of Azimuth, where a race of strange squid-like servitors well. These creatures, the Kjakti, deal with many of the day-to-day operations of the Legion. The Legion’s wealth is spent on new weapons, healing and equipment, while members are paid a stipend of a few silvers a week.

Member of the Faceless Legion

You are a member of the Faceless Legion. Prerequisites: Knowledge (the planes) 5 ranks. Benefit: You have a faceless helm.

All members of the Faceless Legion are referred to officially using their numbers, but they usually also have nicknames.

Faceless Warrior

Hit Dice: d10

Requirements

To become a Faceless Warrior, a character must fulfil all the following criteria: Feats: Member of the Faceless Legion.

Class Skills

The Faceless Warrior class skills (and the key abilities for each) are Balance (Dex), Climb (Dex), Handle Animal (Wis), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Str), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis) and Swim (Str). Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Faceless Warrior

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special 1st +1 +2 +0 +0 2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Faceless Dread 3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Memories of the Dead Class Features

All of the following are class features of the Faceless Warrior prestige class.

Weapon and Armour Proficiency: Faceless Warriors gain any one of the following feats for free: Armour

Proficiency (any), Simple Weapon Proficiency, Martial Weapon Proficiency, Combat Expertise, Toughness.

Faceless Dread (Ex): The Faceless have a fearsome reputation. The Faceless Warrior gains a +1 morale modifier to his Intimidate checks for every other member of the Faceless Legion within 30 feet, to a maximum of +10.

Memories of the Dead (Su): The helm-soul contains echoes of the memories of all those who wore it before. Once per day, the wearer can gain a +5 insight bonus to one skill check. He may even make checks on skills that he does not possess.