The design of Erenel prestige classes aims to provide exciting specialized class options by covering thematic concepts in a broader term outside of single feats or generalized subclasses. Prestige classes should have character investment leading up to gaining a level in prestige!
Prestige classes are designed to allow more in-depth customization of your 5th edition character and represent additional abilities and empowered features. They do not take the place of subclasses and instead build alongside the subclass choice. When using Prestige classes in your game, the dungeon master should consider using the prestige class as a reward or backstory goal. Once the player has unlocked a prestige class, they can choose to prestige while leveling up, gaining all features up to their current level. However, choosing to prestige is not without its cons – the player gives up ASI (ability score improvements) at certain levels dependant upon the prestige class. Once a prestige class is selected, it is locked in with any previous ASI slots lost retroactively, and replaced by the prestige class features at that level. If the prestige class does not provide a feature at a class level which would offer an ASI (ability score improvement), the player takes the ASI. Example: If you’ve taken +2 in an ability score at 4th level but prestige at 7th level, you lose the +2 ability score and gain the prestige class feature at 4th level.
Taking up a prestige class requires a minimum character level, a minimum score in at least one ability, as well as requiring the completion of a specific deed before being able to take up the prestige class. You cannot have class levels in other classes when you take up a prestige class and cannot multi-class after you prestige.
All Erenel classes will have prestige classes coming out over the next few months. Stay tuned for more prestige releases!