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The Cavalier's SteedD&D Insider Article
Class Acts
By Richard Baker

Mounted warfare is the cavalier’s forte, and all cavaliers possess a mystic bond to the spirit of a virtuous steed or charger ready to serve them in battle. For cavaliers who select the Pace of the Virtuous Charger class feature, this spirit settles over any mortal mount they ride, blessing the most ordinary horse with outstanding speed and stamina. However, other cavaliers choose to manifest their noble companion spirit by summoning it in the form of a celestial steed. The Summoned Steed ability provides these cavaliers with an alternate class feature to replace Pace of the Virtuous Charger.

In many realms and kingdoms, the mounted warrior stands at the apex of military effectiveness. Human knights riding heavily armored warhorses smash orc hordes in overwhelming massed charges; eladrin cavalry sweep through an enemy’s flanks, swords flashing in the starlight; goblin wolfriders bound across the battlefield, rending foes with fang and spear; mighty archmages soar over teeming armies on the vast leathery wings of manticores, wyverns, or dragons, raining down destruction from above.

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    About the Author

    Richard Baker is an award-winning game designer who has written numerous D&D adventures and sourcebooks, including Manual of the Planes, Draconomicon 2, and the Dark Sun Campaign Guide. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author best-selling author of Forgotten Realms novels such as Condemnation, the Last Mythal trilogy, and the Blades of the Moonsea series.

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