The Uhlan is a skilful mounted warrior and expert on the back of any riding animal. Although land bound Uhlans are not normally found at sea many aquatic races have Uhlans amongst their numbers as fast strike troops or skirmishers.


Alignment: Any.

Hit Die: d10.

Class Skills

The Uhlan’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Ride (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).


Skill Points at 1st Level: (4 + Int modifier) x

Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Table: The Uhlan
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +1 +2 +0 +0 Fast mount, animal companion, illiteracy, Born to the Saddle
2nd +2 +3 +0 +0 Uncanny dodge
3rd +3 +3 +1 +1 Trap sense +1
4th +4 +4 +1 +1 Ride Like the Wind
5th +5 +4 +1 +1 Improved uncanny dodge
6th +6/+1 +5 +2 +2 Trap sense +2
7th +7/+2 +5 +2 +2 Damage reduction 1/—
8th +8/+3 +6 +2 +2 Ride-By Attack
9th +9/+4 +6 +3 +3 Trap sense +3
10th +10/+5 +7 +3 +3 Damage reduction 2/—
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +3 +3 Superb Rider
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +4 +4 Trap sense +4
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +4 +4 Damage reduction 3/—
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +4 +4 Spirited Charge
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +5 +5 Trap sense +5
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +5 +5 Damage reduction 4/—
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +5 Uncanny Rider
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +6 Trap sense +6
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +6 Damage reduction 5/—
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +6 Master Rider

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the Uhlan.


Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An Uhlan is proficient with all simple and martial weapons and light armor but not shields.


Fast Mount (Ex): Any mount that an Uhlan rides has a land speed is faster than the norm for its race by +10 feet. This benefit applies only when the mount’s speed is not reduced due to armor or load.


Animal Companion (Ex): An Uhlan may begin play with an animal companion selected from the following list: camel, riding dog, warhorse (light or heavy), or warpony. If the campaign takes place wholly or partly in an aquatic environment, the following creatures are also available: porpoise and medium shark. This animal is a loyal companion that provides a mount for the Uhlan on his adventures as appropriate for its kind.

A 1st-level Uhlan’s companion is completely typical for its kind except as noted below. As An Uhlan advances in level, the animal’s power increases as shown on the Druid’s Animal Companion table. If An Uhlan releases his companion from service, he may gain a new one by performing a ceremony requiring 24 uninterrupted hours of meditation. This ceremony can also replace an animal companion that has perished.

An Uhlan of 4th level or higher may select from alternative lists of animals (see below). Should he select an animal companion from one of these alternative lists, the creature gains abilities as if the character’s Uhlan level were lower than it actually is. Subtract the value indicated in the appropriate list header from the character’s Uhlan level and compare the result with the druid level entry on the table to determine the animal companion’s powers. (If this adjustment would reduce the Uhlan’s effective level to 0 or lower, he can’t have that animal as a companion.)


Illiteracy: Uhlans do not automatically know how to read and write. An Uhlan may spend 2 skill points to gain the ability to read and write all languages he is able to speak.

An Uhlan who gains a level in any other class automatically gains literacy. Any other character who gains an Uhlan level does not lose the literacy he or she already had.


Born to the Saddle (Ex): An Uhlan gains Mounted Combat and Mounted Archery as bonus feats at 1st level, even if he does not have the prerequisites for the feats. In addition An Uhlan has a +2 bonus to Ride checks.


Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 2nd level, An Uhlan retains his Dexterity bonus to AC (if any) even if he is caught flat-footed or struck by an invisible attacker. However, he still loses his Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. If An Uhlan already has uncanny dodge from a different class, he automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.


Trap Sense (Ex): Starting at 3rd level, An Uhlan gains a +1 bonus on Reflex saves made to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks made by traps. These bonuses rise by +1 every three Uhlan levels thereafter (6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, and 18th level). Trap sense bonuses gained from multiple classes stack.


Ride Like the Wind (Ex): An Uhlan gains Shot on the Run as a bonus feat at 4th level, even if he does not have the prerequisites for the feat. In addition the Uhlan’s bonus to Ride checks increases to +4 and he can choose to take 10 on a Ride check even if rushed or threatened.


Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 5th level and higher, An Uhlan can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the Uhlan by flanking him, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target has Uhlan levels. If a character already has uncanny dodge (see above) from a second class, the character automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead, and the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum level a rogue must be to flank the character.


Damage Reduction (Ex): At 7th level, An Uhlan gains Damage Reduction. Subtract 1 from the damage the Uhlan takes each time he is dealt damage from a weapon or a natural attack. At 10th level, and every three Uhlan levels thereafter (13th, 16th, and 19th level), this damage reduction rises by 1 point. Damage reduction can reduce damage to 0 but not below 0.


Ride-By Attack (Ex): An Uhlan gains Ride-By Attack as a bonus feat at 8th level, even if he does not have the prerequisites for the feats.


Superb Rider (Ex): At 11th level An Uhlan uses the better of his or his mounts saving throws whenever he or his mount must make a save. In addition the Uhlan’s bonus to Ride checks increases to +6.


Spirited Charge (Ex): An Uhlan gains Spirited Charge as a bonus feat at 14th level, even if he does not have the prerequisites for the feats.


Uncanny Rider (Ex): At 17th level An Uhlan takes no penalties for using a ranged weapon while mounted no matter what speed his mount is moving. In addition An Uhlan may attempt to negate every hit against his mount with a Ride check.


Master Rider (Ex): At 20th level An Uhlan may take 20 on any Ride check even if rushed or threatened.