Seven Virtuous Feats of Charity, No. 1

So, yeah, I am actually going to delay finishing the Sinful Feats of Sloth…

(Don’t worry, they’ll be back.)

Instead, I’m going to start exploring Virtuous Feats. And since I am giving these away for free, I thought I’d begin with Charity. Which also means I am setting on which Seven Virtues I’m going with –Chastity, Charity, Diligence, Humility, Kindness, Patience, and Temperance.

I’m also up front that these are for virtuous characters, not necessarily virtuous players. They are supposed to give real game mechanical benefits, worthy of spending a feat on, without asking the player to be any more moral than the baselines expected of friends having fun. That may cause some cognitive dissonance, so I’m mentioning it now.

Also, virtuous feats have their own rules, much as sinful feats do.

The Virtuous Feat Type

While virtuous feats are not restricted to good characters (you don’t have to be entirely without virtues in order to be an evil person), and using them is not an inherently good act (overzealous virtue can easily turn toward evil) they do draw on the power of virtue itself. As a result characters who gain power in part from having an evil alignment (such as antipaladins, who must remain chaotic evil) cannot gain or use sinful feats. If such a character loses her alignment and the power that comes with it as a result of an act tied to one of the seven cardinal virtues (Chastity, Charity, Diligence, Humility, Kindness, Patience, and Temperance) the GM may choose to allow the character to swap out any feats relating to the lost power for virtuous feats linked to the appropriate virtue.


When you give, your radiate an aura of assisting others.

Prerequisites: Cha 13.

Benefit: When you are in a state of virtuous charity, you may select one of the following benefits to grant allies within a 30 foot radius: a +1 bonus to AC, a +1 bonus ot all saving throws, or a +1 bonus to opposed skill checks. You never benefit from your own Charitable feat bonuses. You may select what bonus to grant at the beginning of each of your turns.

You enter a state of virtuous charity for 1 round by by aiding another, taking a standard or longer action to grant a bonus to someone else, or using a standard action or longer ability or attack of opportunity to take damage targeted at another character (such as with the In Harm’s Way feat).

If, as a result of charitable giving to NPC institutions that does not benefit you or any of your allies,  you are 15% of more below the typical wealth per level of a character of your class and level for your campaign (standard for PCs if you are a PC, standard for NPCs if an NPC, and as compared to the norm established by your GM if different from the Core Rulebook), you are in a constant state of virtuous charity.

You cannot have more than one benefit from this feat active at a time.

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About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

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