House Rules: Feats – Leadership
You attract followers to your cause and a companion to join you on your adventures.
    Prerequisites: Character level 7th.
    Benefit: This feat enables you to attract a loyal cohort and a number of devoted subordinates who assist you. A cohort is generally an NPC with class levels, while followers are typically lower level NPCs. See Table: Leadership for what level of cohort and how many followers you can recruit.
    Leadership Modifiers: Several factors can affect your Leadership score, causing it to vary from the base score (character level + Cha modifier). Your reputation (from the point of view of the cohort or follower you are trying to attract) raises or lowers your Leadership score:
Leader's Reputation Modifier
Great renown +2
Fairness and generosity +1
Special power +1
Failure –1
Aloofness –1
Cruelty –2
    Other modifiers may apply when you try to attract a cohort, as listed below.
The Leader… Modifier
Has a familiar, special mount, or animal companion –2
Recruits a cohort of a different alignment –1
Caused the death of a cohort –2*
* Cumulative per cohort killed.
    Followers have different priorities from cohorts. When you try to attract a follower, use the following modifiers.
The Leader… Modifier
Has a stronghold, base of operations, guildhouse, etc. +2
Moves around a lot –1
Caused the death of other followers –1

    Leadership Score: Your base Leadership score equals your level plus your Charisma modifier. In order to take into account negative Charisma modifiers, this table allows for very low Leadership scores, but you must still be 7th level or higher in order to gain the Leadership feat. Outside factors can affect your Leadership score, as detailed above.

Table: Leadership

Leadership Cohort Number of Followers by Level
Score Level 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
1 or lower
2 1st
3 2nd
4 3rd
5 3rd
6 4th
7 5th
8 5th
9 6th
10 7th 5
11 7th 6
12 8th 8
13 9th 10 1
14 10th 15 1
15 10th 20 2 1
16 11th 25 2 1
17 12th 30 3 1 1
18 12th 35 3 1 1
19 13th 40 4 2 1 1
20 14th 50 5 3 2 1
21 15th 60 6 3 2 1 1
22 15th 75 7 4 2 2 1
23 16th 90 9 5 3 2 1
24 17th 110 11 6 3 2 1
25 17th 135 13 7 4 2 2 1
26 18th 160 16 8 4 2 2 1
27 18th 190 19 10 5 3 2 1
28 19th 220 22 11 6 3 2 1
29 19th 260 26 13 7 4 2 1
30 20th 300 30 15 8 4 2 1
31 20th 350 35 18 9 5 3 2 1
32 21st 400 40 20 10 5 3 2 1
33 21st 460 46 23 12 6 3 2 1
34 22nd 520 52 26 13 6 3 2 1
35 22nd 590 59 30 15 8 4 2 1
36 23rd 660 66 33 17 9 5 3 2 1
37 23rd 740 74 37 19 10 5 3 2 1
38 24th 820 82 41 21 11 6 3 2 1
39 24th 910 91 46 23 12 6 3 2 1
40 25th 1000 100 50 25 13 7 4 2 1
per +1 +½* +100**
*The maximum cohort level increases by 1 for every 2 points of Leadership above 40.
**The number of 1st-level followers increases by 100 for every point of Leadership above 40.
†You can command one-tenth as many 2nd-level followers as 1st-level followers. You can command one-half as many 3rd-level followers as 2nd-level followers, one-half as many 4th-level followers as 3rd-level followers, and so on (round fractions up, except any fraction less than 1 rounds to 0). You can’t have a follower of higher than 20th level.

    Cohort Level: You can attract a cohort of up to this level. Regardless of your Leadership score, you can only recruit a cohort who is two or more levels lower than yourself. The cohort should be equipped with gear appropriate for its level (see Creating NPCs). A cohort can be of any race or class. The cohort's alignment may not be opposed to your alignment on either the law/chaos or good/evil axis, and you take a –1 penalty to your Leadership score if you recruit a cohort of an alignment different from your own.
    A cohort does not count as a party member when determining the party's XP. Instead, divide the cohort's level by your level. Multiply this result by the total XP awarded to you, then add that number of experience points to the cohort's total.
    If a cohort gains enough XP to bring it to a level one lower than your level, the cohort does not gain the new level—its new XP total is 1 less than the amount needed to attain the next level.
    Number of Followers by Level: You can lead up to the indicated number of characters of each level. Followers are similar to cohorts, except they're generally low-level NPCs. Followers can be no higher than two or more levels lower than your cohort. If you have a high enough Leadership Score to have followers of a higher level than your cohort, then these followers are not gained until your cohort increases in level. Up to 1/3 of your followers can have PC classes; the rest must be of NPC classes.
    Followers don't earn experience like PCs and cohorts. When you gain a new level, consult Table: Leadership to determine if you acquire more followers. Some of them may be higher level than the existing followers, while others may be more prominent followers who have increased in level. Don't consult the table to see if your cohort gains levels, however, because cohorts earn experience on their own.
    Monstrous Cohort: If you have 7 ranks in Handle Animal, and have an animal companion or a familiar, you may choose to have your animal companion or familiar as your cohort instead of a new character. To determine your animal companion or familiar's cohort level, consult Table: Effective Cohort Level. If your monstrous cohort's effective cohort level (ECL) is equal or above that which your Leadership Score allows, no changes are made. However, if their ECL below that maximum level, then your monstrous cohort gains class levels until it their ECL equals the level that your Leadership Score allows, or their ECL is two lower than your level, whichever is lower. A monstrous cohort continues to gain improvements as their master levels up, as indicated on Table: Animal Companion or Table: Familiar, whichever applies. Should their ECL ever becomes higher than the maximum cohort level, then it does not gain anymore class levels until their ECL goes below the cohort level limit. The Leadership Score modifier "Has a familiar, special mount, or animal companion" does not apply when determining your cohort's maximum level for a monstrous cohort.

Table: Effective Cohort Level

Effective Druid or Master Class Level Effective Cohort Level
7 4
8 5
9 6
10 6
11 6
12 7
13 8
14 9
15 9
16 9
17 10
18 11
19 11
20 12
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