If things don't seem right, claw, scratch and bite!
That is the motto of the Rippers, an order of fighters dedicated to using their own natural weaponry just as effectively as most use an axe or sword. Harnessing the animal within, Rippers learn new martial
techniques to capitalize on their own racial abilities, most notably their claws. They often push their bodies to the breaking point in search of a better understanding of the animal inside. Trainers are typically found out in the wild, as they tend to be shunned by polite society. Like all Prestige Classes, they retain the base class's
Prime Requisite, in this case, Strength.
The integration of the Ripper's feral self is a surprisingly harmonious one, such that the cannot become Berserkers. Likewise, they cannot become Paladins as the Paladin's weapon bond is antithetical to Ripper
Sometimes, the Ripper's predeliction for wanton carnage and corpse mutilation catches the attention of the Dark Powers, allowing them to become Sorcerors, albeit at higher level than Mages.