Here’s the Heroic Ur-Priest class:
Download: Essentials Ur-Priest (Invoker) v.1

I want to say that the Ur-Priest speaks for himself, but I have no way of tracking whether you download the class, so I’m forced to say something about him.

I have a ridiculous infatuation with the Ur-Priest class that has persisted since I first read about it in the Third Edition Book of Vile Darkness. I think it’s a crime that this class wasn’t ported to Fourth Edition, so I’ve taken it upon myself to do it.

I’ll be the first to admit the original prestige class doesn’t strictly have much to offer beyond an idea — that of leeching Divine energy from the gods. It’s basically just a fast-tracked cleric for all the spells it provides — so I had to start from scratch.

Channel Malignity is a pair of at-will powers the Ur-Priest uses to control his enemies. I gave you a preview of Act of Betrayal last Friday — now let’s take a gander at the Demand Obedience power:

Demand Obedience [Shadow, Implement, Fear]
Standard action * At-will * Close burst 5
Target: One or two enemies in burst
Attack: Intelligence vs. Will
Hit: You pull each target up to 3 squares and knock it prone. Until the end of your next turn, the target provokes opportunity attacks when it stands up.
Effect: One ally in the burst can shift up to 3 squares as a free action.

If there’s something 4e is sorely lacking, it’s exploitation of forced movement that pulls a target. This power draws inspiration from the Invoker power, “Summons of Justice,” which is kind of a cool power but normally locked behind encounter limitations.

I called the original version of the power, “Kneel Before Zod.”

While the Ur-Priest is primarily a controller, it has a secondary role as leader however minimal its capacity for healing is limited at first. Covenant of Lies enables the Ur-Priest to heal himself or an ally whenever he uses a Shadow encounter power.

It’s a form of “surge-less healing” but he can only do it once at 1st level. As the Ur-Priest advances in power however, he gains additional uses of his encounter attack power Crushing Despair, plus the Wave of Exhaustion, Dawning Horror, and Malign Exaltation encounter utility powers.

At 5th level, the Ur-Priest gains the False Idol feature, which enables him to heal an ally within 5 squares whenever he is the recipient of a healing power. At 9th level, the Ur-Priest gains the Price of Failure feature, which allows him to knock down does who miss him with an attack.

This class was a lot of fun to make. I hope it’s fun to play too.