Imperial Pathfinder (Samurai/Ranger)

Loyalty, courage, and resolve–these are all quintessential qualities of the noble samurai. However, there are those select few who are called to serve the emperor on behalf of the people by bonding with the land and wildlife of his homeland. The imperial pathfinder is by nature a rover, trained to ferret out the enemies of the empire from the most remote parts of the land. With his trusted animal companion at his side, he is able to track down elusive criminals high in the mountains, locate encampments of rebel armies in the deep forests, or expose traitors from within the imperial court itself. (Original Concept by Elghinn Lightbringer)

Primary Class: Samurai.

Secondary Class: Ranger.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d10.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The imperial pathfinder may select three ranger skills to add to his class skills in addition to the normal samurai class skills, one of which must be Survival. The imperial pathfinder gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The imperial pathfinder is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, plus the katana, naginata, and wakizashi. The imperial pathfinder is proficient with light and medium armor, but not with shields.

Animal Companion (Ex): At 1st level, an imperial pathfinder forms a close bond with an animal companion. An imperial pathfinder can choose from the following list: badger, bird, camel, cat (small), dire rat, dog, horse, pony, snake (viper or constrictor), or wolf. If the campaign takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic e