Tyrant Cromwell

The Black Knight

Formerly a paladin, now a tyrant, Cromwell grants those whom he calls worthy the power to smite his foes with otherworldly anger and loathing.

Summoning Rules

Spirit Level: 2nd
Constellation: Hero
Binding DC: 18
Totems: You gain atotem bonus on the spirit’s binding check if you meet some or all of these conditions.

  • You are of evil alignmentor an orc or half-orc.
  • You possess a Strength score of 11 or better.
  • You can recite the black knight’s epitome, which requires 4 ranks in Knowledge (religion) or 1 level in the antipaladin alternate class).

Ceremony: You lay out a white cloth and smear the blood of an enemy you have recently slain onto it.
Manifestation: The blood swirls and writhes into the image of a bloodied knight and a fallen enemy. Tyrant Cromwell stands on top of the corpse as he negotiates with you.


Many kingdoms harbor a tale of the time when a powerful,vile man almost conquered the world. The man’s name was Cromwell, and according to legend as a lad he was once a squire in the church for a god of justice. The story goes that Cromwell fell madly in love with a dame that took no heed of him, so upon coming of age Cromwell set out on a crusade with his master, determined to return home a hero and win over the heart of his love. Although the tale differs in every region, all end with Cromwell’s return to his home with an army of the damned. Cromwell quickly enslaved the populace and sought to make his former love his queen, but the girl was long-gone. Cromwell vowed to spread his tyranny across this world and every world beyond in order to find her. Although no tale can agree on what, if anything, finally toppled Cromwell’s throne, all agree that Cromwell never sated his obsession.

Granted Abilities

Major Granted Abilities

  • Vestigial Might: You gain a +2 profane bonus to Strength for 1d4 rounds as a swift action. This strength bonus improves with your binder level, improving to +4 at 10th level. After using this ability, it becomes expended for 5 rounds.
  • Capstone Empowerment: The insight bonus granted by your vestigial might granted ability increases by +2 (+4 total, or +6 if you are a 10th level binder or higher).

Minor Granted Abilities

  • Indiscernible Alignment: Divination and scrying spells are unable to determine your alignment while you are bound to Tyrant Cromwell.
  • Phantom Armor: You gain a +2 insight bonus to your AC. At 6th level and every 3 binder levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1. The bonus granted by this granted ability is applied to your flat-footed AC and your touch AC.
  • Savage Attacks: You gain the feats Power Attack and Vital Strike for the duration of the pact, even if you do not possess the feats’ prerequisites.
  • Weapon Familiarity: You are proficient with the garrote, greatsword, and lance for the duration of the pact.

Signs and Influence

Physical Sign: Your gain blond hair and blue eyes. Whenever you activate one of Tyrant Cromwell’s granted abilities, your face is cast into shadows, making you appear sinister.
Personality: You act reckless and obsessed, causing others to believe you are mad. In addition, when others beg for mercy, you instead torture them mercilessly before killing them.
Favored Ally: Any (any Chaotic Evil)
Favored Enemy: Any (any Lawful Good)

Vestigial Companion

You gain a nuglub gremlin as a familiar. Treat your binder level as your wizard level to determine your familiar’s abilities. You are treated as chaotic evil for the purpose of adjudicating the familiar. This granted ability replaces savage attacks.

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