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Another version of the archetype, based on the crusader archetype. Hope you like it.

Sacred First (Cleric Archetype)
Sacred fists are clerics who are also martial artists, found within many temples. Their ascetic members have turned their divine magic inward, bringing their bodies and wills into harmony. Sacred fists have forsworn the use of weapons and armor. They consider their bodies and minds gifts from their deity, and they believe that not developing those gifts to their fullest potential is a sin. They are strong in faith, will and body.

Alignment: Lawful good or lawful neutral.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Sacred fists are proficient with all simple weapons, plus the brass knuckles, cestus and the favored weapon of their deities. They are proficient with light armor, but not with shields.

Skills: The Sacred fist’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), and Swim (Str).

Diminished Spellcaster: A sacred fists chooses only one domain from her deity’s list of domains, and her number of non-domain spells per day for each spell level is one less than normal (for example, a 4th level sacred fist has three orisons, two 1st level spells, one 1st level domain spell, one 2nd level spell, and one 2nd level domain spell). If this reduces the number of spells per day for that level to 0, she gains only the bonus spells she would be entitled to, based on her wisdom score for that level, plus his domain spell for that level.

Channel Energy (Su): A sacred fist must channel positive energy.

Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, a sacred fist gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. This ability follows the rules presented in the monk’s class features. A sacred fist deals more damage with her unarmed strikes than a normal person would. She deals damage with her unarmed strike as if she were a monk of her cleric level -3. However, at the 1st level, she deals damage as a 1st level monk of her size. If the sacred fist has levels in monk, this ability stacks with levels to determine how much damage she can do with her unarmed strikes. A sacred fist who selects the Two-Weapon Fighting feat gain additional benefits. She applies her full Strength bonus to her damage rolls for all successful attacks made with Two-Weapon Fighting while fighting unarmed. She uses her normal base attack bonus while using this feat.

Martial Talent: Throughout her extensive training in martial arts a sacred fist improves her mind, body and spirit. She develops techniques that allow her to learn special abilities. Most of those are normal feats, but some of them are monk abilities that only a sacred fist can learn. A sacred fist gains a martial talent at 1st level, then again at 5th level and every five levels thereafter (to a maximum of five at 20th level). These must be chosen from the following list: Blind-Fight, Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, and Lightning Reflexes. At 5th level, a sacred fist may also choose from the following: Maneuver Training*, Still Mind*, and Two-Weapon Fighting. At 10th level, a sacred fist may also choose from the following: High Jump*, Mobility, and Purity of Body*. At 15th level, a sacred fist may also choose from the following: Diamond Body*, Improved Critical, and Spring Attack. At 20th level, a sacred fist may also choose from the following: Timeless Body*, and Tongue of the sun and moon*. Martial talents marked with an asterisk (*) are monk abilities. A sacred fist need not have any of the prerequisites normally required for these feats to select them.

Ki Pool (Su): At 6th level, a sacred fist gains a pool of ki points, supernatural energy she can use to accomplish amazing feats. The number of points in the sacred fist’s ki pool is equal to 1 / 3 her cleric level + her wisdom modifier. The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive. If the sacred fist possesses levels in another class that grants points to a ki pool, ki points gained from the sacred fist class stack with those gained from the other class to determine the total number of ki points in the combined pool, but only one ability score modifier is added to the total. The choice of which score to use is made when the second class ability is gained, and once made, the choice is permanent. The sacred fist can use ki points from this pool to power the abilities of every class he possesses that grants a ki pool. As long as she has at least 1 point in her ki pool, a sacred fist can make a ki strike. At 6th level, ki strike allows her unarmed attacks to be treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 8th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as cold iron and silver for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 10th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 16th level, her unarmed attacks are treated as adamantine weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction and bypass hardness. By spending 1 point from his ki pool, a sacred fist can do one of the following:

Increase his speed by 20 feet for 1 round,

Give himself a +4 dodge bonus to AC for 1 round,

Deal an extra 2d6 points of damage against evil opponents for 1 round.

Each of these powers is activated as a swift action.


Red Magic Upgrade:

0-Detect Poison, Guidance, Stabilize.

1st-Cure Light Wounds, Remove Fear, Remove Sickness.

2nd-Cure Moderate Wounds, Delay Poison, Lesser Restoration, Remove Paralysis.

3rd- Cure Serious Wounds, Remove Blindness / Deafness, Remove Disease, Silence.

4th- Cure Critical Wounds, Neutralize Poison, Remove Curse, Restoration.

5th- Breath of Life, Cleanse, Mass Cure Light Wounds.

6th- Greater Restoration, Mass Cure Moderate Wounds, Raise Dead.

This ability replaces spellstrike.

Thank you The Golux.


I forgot to mention that. He uses int for both.

Breath of life as 5th or 6th level spell?


Another version. Hope you like it.

Maverick (Rogue)

The maverick is a gambler, educated in the ways of the world. They may be smooth-talking diplomat, or light-fingered pick pocket. They might make their living fleecing tinhorns at the card table or serving as spies in the service of those who can pay. Whatever their specialty, they counts on their keen minds, amazing reflexes, good looks, and the old-fashioned luck to keep their scalp on their head.

Rogue Talents: A maverick adds the following to her rogue talents list:

Card Thrower (Su): A maverick with this talent gains Arcane Strike and Deadly Dealer feats while throwing cards. The caster level for this ability is equal to the maverick’s rank in the use magic device skill. A maverick must have at least four ranks in the Sleight of hands skill before selecting this talent.

Master Thrower (Ex): A maverick that selects this talent can apply grit abilities and regain grit points while using throwing weapons as if using a firearm.

Professional: A maverick that selects this talent gains Skill Focus as a bonus feat. A maverick can select this talent multiple times. Its effects do not stack and must be applies to a new skill.

Gambler’s Fate (Ex): At the 3rd level, a maverick can reroll any Bluff, Perception or Sense Motive skill check she has just made. This reroll is made at a -5 penalty. She must take the second result, even if it is worse. A maverick can use this ability only once on any given skill check. She can use this ability once per day at the 3rd level, plus one additional time per day for every 3 levels beyond 3rd. This ability replaces trap sense.

Gambler’s Luck (Su): At 8th level, a maverick gains a bonus equal to her charisma bonus (if any) on all saving throws. This ability replaces improved uncanny dodge.

Rogue Talents: The following rogue talents complement the maverick archetype: canny observer**, charmer**, convincing lie*, fast fingers**, and grit*.

Advanced Talents: The following advanced rogue talents complement the maverick archetype: another day**, defensive roll, hard to fool*, skill mastery, and slippery mind.


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Another version. Hope you like it.

Red Mage (Magus Archetype)
Some people want to learn divine magic to support and heal those in need. Some want to learn arcane magic to control and destroy the enemies from afar. Some wish to become great warriors, forging their names in the battle field. But there are some who wish to do everything at once. These skilled individuals are known as Red Mages.

Red Magic: The red mage learns arcane magic the same way a wizard does, through academic studies, research and seeking forgotten lore. However, they also understand the science of faith and secrets of the divine magic. Through that understanding, the red mage becomes capable of manipulating a limited portion of divine magic purely by science, and not through a deity. This fusion is called red magic.
Starting at the 2nd level, a red mage become capable of casting a limited number of divine spells, he automatically add those to his spellbook. He can cast those spells as magus spells and treat those as arcane spells.

Add the following spells to the red mage's spell list:

0-Detect Poison, Guidance, Stabilize.

1st-Cure Light Wounds, Remove Fear, Remove Sickness.

2nd-Cure Moderate Wounds, Delay Poison, Lesser Restoration, Remove Paralysis.

3rd- Cure Serious Wounds, Remove Blindness / Deafness, Remove Disease, Silence.

4th- Cure Critical Wounds, Neutralize Poison, Remove Curse, Restoration.

5th- Cleanse, Mass Cure Light Wounds.

6th- Mass Cure Moderate Wounds, Raise Dead.

This ability replaces spellstrike.

Magus Arcana (Su): A red mage gains access to the following magus arcana.

Divine Blending (Ex): When a red mage selects this arcana, he must select one spell from the cleric spell list that is at least one level lower than the highest magus spell level he can cast. He adds this spell to his spellbook and list of magus spells known as a magus spell one level higher than its cleric spell level. He can instead select two spells to add in this way, but both must be at least two levels lower than the highest-level magus spell he can cast. A magus can select this magus arcana more than once.


New Rogue Talent:

Card Thrower (Su): A maverick with this talent gains the Arcane Strike and Deadly Dealer feats while throwing cards. The caster level for this ability is equal to the rogue's level. A maverick must have at least four ranks in the Sleight of hands skill before selecting this talent.


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I marked as favorite, press f5, and then the option to edit appears.

Diminished spellcasting is a good option. I'll test the two versions and see which one works better.


Updated the first post with some changes.


I've edited the first post of the archetype with some updates. Hope you like it.


I'll try to find it, thank you.


New feat based on Stunning fist and one of Lasher's prestige class ability.

Stunning Snap (Combat)
You may stun opponents with a deft crack of your whip.
Prerequisites: Dex 13, Exotic Weapon (Whip), Whip Mastery, base attack bonus +8.
Benefit: You must declare that you are using this feat before you make your attack roll (thus, a failed attack roll ruins the attempt). Stunning Snap forces a foe damaged by your whip to make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 your character level + your Dex modifier), in addition to dealing damage normally. A defender who fails this saving throw is stunned for 1 round (until just before your next turn). A stunned character drops everything held, can’t take actions, loses any Dexterity bonus to AC, and takes a –2 penalty to AC. You may attempt a stunning attack once per day for every four levels you have attained, and no more than once per round. Constructs, oozes, plants, undead, incorporeal creatures, and creatures immune to critical hits cannot be stunned.


I don't know this book.


Did some changes.


Hello, I'm trying to convert the lasher prestige class to an archetype. This is something like a beta version and I would appreciate some opinions. Here we go:

LASHER (Fighter Archetype)

Lashers use the whip as an extension of themselves. A whip in the hands of a lasher is like onto a living thing, obeying theirs every command. Their ability with the whip makes them deadly warriors to be reckoned with.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A lasher is not proficient with heavy armor, or tower shield. Instead she gains Exotic Weapon Proficiency (Whip) feat.

Skills: Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), and Sleight of Hands (Dex) are class skills for a lasher.

Whip Mastery: At 1st level, a lasher gains the Whip Mastery feat as bonus feat. This ability replaces the 1st-level fighter bonus combat feat.

Third Hand (Ex): At 2nd level, a lasher gains a +1 bonus to CMB on disarm and trip checks with any kind of whip. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels after 2nd. This ability replaces Bravery.

Whip Training (Ex): At 5th level, a lasher gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with whips of any kind. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels beyond 5th. This ability replaces Weapon Training 1.

Whip Lash (Ex): At 9th level, a lasher gains the sneak attack ability, but the extra damage applies only to attacks made with a whip. She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage at 9th level, and this damage increases to 2d6 at 13th level, and to 3d6 at 17th level. If she already has the sneak attack ability from another class the bonuses stack. This ability replaces weapon training 2, 3, and 4.

That's it for now.


Did some new changes in the archetype.

Red Mage (Magus Archetype)

Some people want to learn divine magic to support and heal those in need. Some want to learn arcane magic to control and destroy the enemies from afar. Some wish to become great warriors, forging their names in the battle field. But there are some who wish to do everything at once. These skilled individuals are known as Red Mages.

Skills: Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (Religion) (Int) and Linguistics (Int) are class skills for a red mage.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A red mage is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, and shortsword. A red mage is also proficient with light armor and the buckler. He can cast magus spells while wearing light armor and using a buckler without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a magus wearing medium armor, heavy armor, or another type of shield incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass magus still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Red Magic: The red mage learns arcane magic the same way a wizard does, through academic studies, research and seeking forgotten lore. However, they also understand the science of faith and secrets of the divine magic. Through that understanding, the red mage becomes capable of manipulating a limited portion of divine magic purely by science, and not through a deity. This fusion is called red magic.

Starting at the 2nd level, a red mage chooses a number of orisons and 1st level spell from the cleric spell list equal to half his intelligence modifier (minimum 1) and add those to his spellbook. Each time he gains access to a new spell level, he adds the same amount of cleric spell of that level to his spellbook. Divine spells casted by the red mage are treated as arcane spells. This ability replaces spellstrike.

Magus Arcana (Su): A red mage gains access to the following magus arcana.

Divine Blending (Ex): When a red mage selects this arcana, he must select one spell from the cleric spell list that is of a red mage spell level he can cast. He adds this spell to his spellbook and list of red mage spells known as a red mage spell of its cleric spell level. He can instead select two spells to add in this way, but both must be at least one level lower than the highest-level red mage spell he can cast. While casting those spells, a red mage treats them as arcane spells. A red mage can select this magus arcana more than once.

Bonus Feat: A red mage adds lightning reflexes and improved lightning reflexes to his list of bonus feats.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 7th level, a red mage gains uncanny dodge, as the rogue class feature of the same name. This ability replaces medium armor proficiency.

Canny Defense (Ex): At 13th level, when a red mage is wielding a one handed melee weapon, he gains the canny defense ability. This is identical to the duelist prestige class ability of the same name, save that his magus level (rather than his duelist level) affects his Armor Class. This ability replaces heavy armor proficiency.


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Did some major changes.

Red Mage

Skills: Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (all) (Int) and Linguistics (Int) are class skills for a red mage.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A red mage is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, and shortsword. A red mage is also proficient with light armor and the buckler. He can cast magus spells while wearing light armor and using a buckler without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a magus wearing medium armor, heavy armor, or another type of shield incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass magus still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Red Magic: The red mage learns arcane magic the same way a wizard does, through academic studies, research and seeking forgotten lore. However, they also understand the science of faith and secrets of the divine magic. Through that understanding, the red mage becomes capable of manipulating a limited portion of divine magic purely by science, and not through a deity. This fusion is called red magic.
Starting at the 2nd level, a red mage chooses one orison and one 1st level spell from the cleric spell list and add those to his spellbook. Each time he gains access to a new spell level, he adds one cleric spell of that level to his spellbook. Divine spells casted by the red mage are treated as arcane spells. This ability replaces spellstrike.

Magus Arcana (Su): A red mage gains access to the following magus arcana.

Divine Blending (Ex): When a red mage selects this arcana, he must select one spell from the cleric spell list that is of a red mage spell level he can cast. He adds this spell to his spellbook and list of red mage spells known as a red mage spell of its cleric spell level. He can instead select two spells to add in this way, but both must be at least one level lower than the highest-level red mage spell he can cast. While casting those spells, a red mage treats them as arcane spells. A red mage can select this magus arcana more than once.

Lightning Reflexes: At 7th level, a red mage gains lightning reflexes as a bonus feat. This ability replaces medium armor proficiency.

Dualcast (Su): At 13th level, a red mage learns how to cast an arcane and divine spells at the same time. As a full-round action, by spending 2 arcane points, a red mage can cast one spell of each type. However, one of those spells must be at least one level lower than the other. The red mage can’t use this ability to cast two arcane or two divine spells. This ability replaces heavy armor proficiency.

See ya.


It will become too powerful with access to cleric and wizard spells, I think that bard spells is good enough.

I was thinking about give it back the bard spell list, keep medium armor at 13th level and replace spellstrike by uncanny dodge, what do you think?


Here we go again.

Red Mage

Skills: Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (all) (Int) and Linguistics (Int) are class skills for a red mage.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A red mage is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, and shortsword. A red mage is also proficient with light armor and the buckler. He can cast magus spells while wearing light armor and using a buckler without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a magus wearing medium armor, heavy armor, or another type of shield incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass magus still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Magus Arcana (Su): A red mage gains access to the following magus arcana.

Harmonic Blending (Ex): When a red mage selects this arcana, he must select one spell from the bard spell list that is of a red mage spell level he can cast. He adds this spell to his spellbook and list of red mage spells known as a red mage spell of its bard spell level. He can instead select two spells to add in this way, but both must be at least one level lower than the highest-level red mage spell he can cast. While casting those spells, a red mage treats them as arcane spells. A red mage can select this magus arcana more than once.

Lightning Reflexes: At 7th level, a red mage gains lightning reflexes as a bonus feat. This ability replaces medium armor proficiency.

Improved Lightning Reflexes: At 13th level, a red mage gains improved lightning reflexes as a bonus feat. This ability replaces heavy armor.

He is now back to his magus spell list but can access bard spells through Harmonic Blending. Decided to exclude divine blending to limit his spell access, and receives lightning reflexes instead of light shield proc(or medium armor). I still don't know about if its better keep improved lightning reflexes or give him medium armor on 13th level. What do you think?


I don’t know if I want to take spell combat and spell strike out. But if I did, what could replace it? I was thinking about let the red mage use the magus spell list but give him access to cure spells like the bard, but again, what could I take out to balance it?

I was also thinking about leave the red mage with only light armor and replace medium and heavy. At first I wanted to give lightning reflexes and improved lightning reflexes by those two,what do you think? I’ll add a note about the buckler on the next update.

Thanks for the help.


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Hello, I'm trying to build an archetype based on the red mage from final fantasy serie. I need opinions to know if the archetype is ok or too strong. Here we go.

Red Mage

Some people want to learn divine magic to support and heal those in need. Some want to learn arcane magic to control and destroy the enemies from afar. Some wish to become great warriors, forging their names in the battle field. But there are some who wish to do everything at once. These skilled individuals are known as Red Mages.

Skills: Diplomacy (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (Religion) (Int) and Linguistics (Int) are class skills for a red mage.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A red mage is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, and shortsword. A red mage is also proficient with light armor. He can cast magus spells while wearing light armor without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a magus wearing medium armor, heavy armor, or shields incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass magus still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Red Magic: The red mage learns arcane magic the same way a wizard does, through academic studies, research and seeking forgotten lore. However, they also understand the science of faith and secrets of the divine magic. Through that understanding, the red mage becomes capable of manipulating a limited portion of divine magic purely by science, and not through a deity. This fusion is called red magic.
Starting at the 2nd level, a red mage chooses one orison and one 1st level spell from the cleric spell list and add those to his spellbook. He can cast those spells as magus spells. At each new magus level, he may add one cleric spell of any spell level or levels that he can cast (based on his new magus level) for his spellbook. This ability replaces spellstrike.

Magus Arcana (Su): A red mage gains access to the following magus arcana.

Divine Blending (Ex): When a red mage selects this arcana, he must select one spell from the cleric spell list that is of a magus spell level he can cast. He adds this spell to his spellbook and list of magus spells known as a magus spell of its cleric spell level. He can instead select two spells to add in this way, but both must be at least one level lower than the highest-level magus spell he can cast. A red mage can select this magus arcana more than once.

Dualcast (Su): At 13th level, a red mage gains the Quickened Magic magus arcana. He can use it a number of times per day equal to his Intelligence modifier, but he must cast different spells. This ability replaces heavy armor proficiency.

Greater Spell Access (Su): This ability works exactly like the magus ability, but the red mage can choose spells from the cleric and wizard spell list.

This is it.


What do you think about this to replace Channel Bolt?

Ki Pool (Su): At 8th level, a sacred fist gains a pool of ki points, supernatural energy he can use to accomplish amazing feats. The number of points in the sacred fist’s ki pool is equal to 1 / 3 his cleric level + his Wisdom modifier. The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive. If the sacred fist possesses levels in another class that grants points to a ki pool, ki points gained from the sacred fist class stack with those gained from the other class to determine the total number of ki points in the combined pool, but only one ability score modifier is added to the total. The choice of which score to use is made when the second class ability is gained, and once made, the choice is permanent. The sacred fist can use ki points from this pool to power the abilities of every class he possesses that grants a ki pool.
As long as he has at least 1 point in his ki pool, a sacred fist can make a ki strike as a monk whose level is equal to his cleric level -3. As a swift action, he may spend 1 point of ki to gain one of the following benefits.

Ki Magic: Add +1 to the DC of the next spell he casts on his turn.

Ki Speed: Increases his speed by 20 feet for 1 round.

Ki Insight: Gain a +4 insight bonus on Spellcraft checks for 1 round.

The Shigenjo, oracle archetype from the advanced race guide, learns this ability at 7th level. I thougth it would be nice to replace channel bolt by this. About channel bolt, I was thinking about leave it as a feat or replace it by channel energy from the beginning and leave channel energy (channel bolt) with the standard progression. What do you think?


Paths of Prestige is on my list, but I didn't get it yet. When I was designing the archetype I got stuck on which monk abilities I should choose. Considering that it is a class with 9 level spells and a lot of boost spells, full base attack would be overpower. Also, I don't think that stunning fist would be a necessity.


Zonr_0 wrote:

One of my players wanted to try this out for a character in a campaign I'm running. You're more then welcome to follow along on our Obsidian Portal once the campaign begins running soon.

http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/fateful-journey

I'm honored!


I really liked the idea of this archetype, but there are too much abilities. Based on this one, I came out with the following:

A specialist wizard who calls himself a necromancer or a cleric with the death domain has significant power over undead and the forces of negative energy, but the true necromancer is their real master. He calls upon restless, tormented spirits of the dead, seeking their arcane secrets and bind diverse forms of necromancy in a very unique art.

Prerequisite: A Wizard must be of a non-good alignment and must be a Necromancer Wizard with the Undead focused school to take this archetype.

Spellcasting: The True Necromancer's spellcasting functions like that of any other wizard; however, due to their intense focus on the black arts of Necromancy, they neglect their traditional realms of arcane study even more than other necromancers. The True Necromancer chooses 4 restricted schools instead of the 2 a normal specialist chooses. However, in return for this sacrifice, the True Necromancer adds all necromancy spells from all spell lists to their class spell list. These spells are treated and cast as any other spells the True Necromancer could learn and cast, despite their list of origin. So these spells remain arcane, remain intelligence based, etc. Any of these spells, including those that are ordinarily divine can be learned from any kind of written text, even if those texts are not wizard/sorcerer or arcane texts. So a True Necromancer could learn the spell "destruction" from a divine scroll despite the fact a normal wizard could not do the same. These spells can also be chosen as bonus spells gained from leveling up. If a spell added this way already appears on the wizard/sorcerer spell list, it can be learned by a True Necromancer as a spell of the lowest level it appears on all spell lists. So a True Necromancer could learn Animate Dead as a level 3 spell instead of a level 4 spell, for example.

Dark Channeling (Su): While a standard Necromancer wizard can only use his channel energy attempts to use the Command Undead feat, the True Necromancer' learns to channel energy just like the servants of the divine. The True Necromancer loses the limited channel energy he gains from being a necromancy specialist (but keeps the command undead feat) and instead gains the ability to channel negative energy as an evil cleric of his class level a number of times per day equal to 3 + his charisma modifier. He can use this ability in any and all ways a cleric can, and can take any channeling feats, including feats such as alignment channel that alter this ability. This class feature alters the Arcane School wizard class feature.

Dark Art (Ex or Su): The True Necromancer’s knowledge of the forbidden arts is vast, but commonly manifests in the form of a corpse companion or improved battle prowess. At 1st level, the true necromancer must choose one of the following abilities:

Corpse Companion (Su): With a ritual requiring 8 hours, a true necromancer can animate a single skeleton or zombie whose hit dice do not exceed his wizard level. This corpse companion automatically follows his commands and does not need to be controlled by him. He cannot have more than one companion at a time. It does not count against the number of hit dice of undead controlled by other methods. He can use this ability to create a variant skeleton such as a bloody or burning skeleton, but its hit dice cannot exceed half his wizard level. He can dismiss his companion as a standard action, which destroys it.

Reaper (Ex): A True Necromancer becomes proficient with simple weapons and with one melee martial weapon of his choice. He is also proficient with light armor, but not with shields. While wearing light armor, a true necromancer can cast spells of the necromancy and universal school without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. He still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells from the other schools and derived from other classes. In addition, if a true necromancer wears medium or heavy armor, or uses a shield, he incurs the same chance of arcane spell failure as normal.
This ability replaces Arcane Bond.

I tried to transport the feeling of the dread necromancer to this archetype. I think that the other abilities of the class and those created by Takhisis would be great as arcane discoveries. What do you think?


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I really liked the idea of this archetype, but there are too much abilities. Based on this one, I came out with the following:

A specialist wizard who calls himself a necromancer or a cleric with the death domain has significant power over undead and the forces of negative energy, but the true necromancer is their real master. He calls upon restless, tormented spirits of the dead, seeking their arcane secrets and bind diverse forms of necromancy in a very unique art.

Prerequisite: A Wizard must be of a non-good alignment and must be a Necromancer Wizard with the Undead focused school to take this archetype.

Spellcasting: The True Necromancer's spellcasting functions like that of any other wizard; however, due to their intense focus on the black arts of Necromancy, they neglect their traditional realms of arcane study even more than other necromancers. The True Necromancer chooses 4 restricted schools instead of the 2 a normal specialist chooses. However, in return for this sacrifice, the True Necromancer adds all necromancy spells from all spell lists to their class spell list. These spells are treated and cast as any other spells the True Necromancer could learn and cast, despite their list of origin. So these spells remain arcane, remain intelligence based, etc. Any of these spells, including those that are ordinarily divine can be learned from any kind of written text, even if those texts are not wizard/sorcerer or arcane texts. So a True Necromancer could learn the spell "destruction" from a divine scroll despite the fact a normal wizard could not do the same. These spells can also be chosen as bonus spells gained from leveling up. If a spell added this way already appears on the wizard/sorcerer spell list, it can be learned by a True Necromancer as a spell of the lowest level it appears on all spell lists. So a True Necromancer could learn Animate Dead as a level 3 spell instead of a level 4 spell, for example.

Dark Channeling (Su): While a standard Necromancer wizard can only use his channel energy attempts to use the Command Undead feat, the True Necromancer' learns to channel energy just like the servants of the divine. The True Necromancer loses the limited channel energy he gains from being a necromancy specialist (but keeps the command undead feat) and instead gains the ability to channel negative energy as an evil cleric of his class level a number of times per day equal to 3 + his charisma modifier. He can use this ability in any and all ways a cleric can, and can take any channeling feats, including feats such as alignment channel that alter this ability. This class feature alters the Arcane School wizard class feature.

Dark Art (Ex or Su): The True Necromancer’s knowledge of the forbidden arts is vast, but commonly manifests in the form of a corpse companion or improved battle prowess. At 1st level, the true necromancer must choose one of the following abilities:

Corpse Companion (Su): With a ritual requiring 8 hours, a true necromancer can animate a single skeleton or zombie whose hit dice do not exceed his wizard level. This corpse companion automatically follows his commands and does not need to be controlled by him. He cannot have more than one companion at a time. It does not count against the number of hit dice of undead controlled by other methods. He can use this ability to create a variant skeleton such as a bloody or burning skeleton, but its hit dice cannot exceed half his wizard level. He can dismiss his companion as a standard action, which destroys it.

Reaper (Ex): A True Necromancer becomes proficient with simple weapons and with one melee martial weapon of his choice. He is also proficient with light armor, but not with shields. While wearing light armor, a true necromancer can cast spells of the necromancy and universal school without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. He still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells from the other schools and derived from other classes. In addition, if a true necromancer wears medium or heavy armor, or uses a shield, he incurs the same chance of arcane spell failure as normal.
This ability replaces Arcane Bond.

I tried to transport the feeling of the dread necromancer to this archetype. I think that the other abilities of the class and those created by Takhisis would be great as arcane discoveries. What do you think?


I would create him as a monster!


I've been working on a factotum's conversion and I found this one by Michael Klawitter. I used some of the changes made by him and tried to fulfil dead levels. This is the result:

FACTOTUM

1-Inspiration, Cunning Insight, Trapfinding
2-Arcane Dilettante, Cunning Knowledge
3-Brains Over Brawn, Cunning Strike +1d6
4-Cunning Defense
5-Cunning Brilliance, Opportunistic Piety
6-Bonus Feat
7-Cunning Strike +2d6
8-Cunning Surge
9-Opportunistic Piety (+1 use)
10-Cunning Brilliance
11-Cunning Breach, Cunning Strike +3d6
12-Bonus Feat
13-Cunning Dodge, Opportunistic Piety (+1 use)
14-Improved Cunning Insight
15-Cunning Brilliance, Cunning Strike +4d6
16-Improved Cunning Defense
17-Opportunistic Piety (+1 use), Skill Mastery
18-Bonus Feat
19-Cunning Strike +5d6
20-Ultimate Brilliance

Inspiration: A factotum is a dabbler, a professional explorer who plunders a wide variety of fields to find the tools he needs to survive. He reads through tomes of arcane magic to get a basic understanding of spells. He offers prayers to a variety of different deities to gain their blessings. He observes warrior stances and exercises to understand the art of fighting. But while a factotum learns many paths, he masters none of them. Rather than train in a given field, he masters all the basics and manages to pull out something useful when the situation is desperate enough.
To represent this seemingly random body of knowledge, a factotum gains inspiration points that he can spend to activate his abilities. At the beginning of each encounter, he gains a number of inspiration points equal to half his factotum level (minimum 1) plus his intelligence modifier.

Cunning Insight (Ex): Before making an attack roll, damage roll, combat maneuver roll, initiative roll, or saving throw, a factotum can spend 1 inspiration point to gain a competence bonus on the roll equal to his Intelligence modifier. Cunning insight does not require an action, and he can use it as often as he wishes during his turn or others turns — provided that he has the inspiration points to spend. Because this ability provides a competence bonus, it doesn’t stack with itself.

Trapfinding (Ex): A factotum adds 1/2 her level to Perception skill checks made to locate traps and to Disable Device skill checks (minimum +1). A factotum can use Disable Device to disarm magic traps.

Arcane Dilettante (Ex): At 2nd level, a factotum acquires a vague understanding of magic. He knows that with a few weird hand gestures and an array of grunts and bizarre words, he can conjure up something that looks like a spell. By spending 1 inspiration point, he can mimic a spell as a spell-like ability.

At the start of each day, a factotum chooses a number of spells from the sorcerer/wizard spell list based on his factotum level. He can choose one spell at 2nd level, and he gains additional spells as shown on the spell table. The maximum level of spell he can choose, according to his class level, is also shown on the table. He can select any sorcerer/wizard spell up to that level, but he can prepare only one spell of his maximum level. His caster level equals his factotum level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against his spell is 10 + spell level + his Int modifier.

Once a factotum has used a spell, he cannot use it again until he has rested for eight hours. After resting for this time, he chooses new spells and loses any unused spells from the previous day, though he can select the same spell on consecutive days. He cannot prepare the same spell multiple times to use it more than once during the same day.

Once a factotum has used a spell, he cannot use it again until he has rested for eight hours. After resting for this time, he chooses new spells and loses any unused spells from the previous day, though he can select the same spell on consecutive days. He cannot prepare the same spell multiple times to use it more than once during the same day.

He must provide the necessary material components of spells as normal.
If a factotum wishes to enhance a spell with metamagic feat, he must apply the feat when he prepares the spell. In addition, he must be capable of using a spell of the modified spell’s level.

Level-Spell Level-Number of Spells
1--
2-0-1 spell
3-1-
4-1-2 spells
5-2-
6-2-3 spells
7-2-
8-3-4 spells
9-3-
10-4-5 spells
11-4-
12-4-6 spells
13-5-
14-5-7 spells
15-6-
16-6-8 spells
17-6-
18-7-9 spells
19-7-
20-7-10 spells

Cunning Knowledge (Ex): At 2nd level, when making a check involving a skill in which he has at least 1 rank, a factotum can spend 1 inspiration point to gain a competence bonus on the skill check equal to his class level. Because this ability provides a competence bonus, it doesn’t stack with itself. He can use it a number of times per day equal to his intelligence modifier.

Brains over Brawn (Ex): At 3rd level, a factotum use his Intelligence modifier instead of strength and dexterity modifier on strength checks, dexterity checks, and skills based on strength and dexterity.

Cunning Strike (Ex): With a quick study of a vulnerable opponent’s defenses, a factotum can spot the precise area he needs to hit to score a telling blow. Starting at 3rd level, he can spend 1 inspiration point to make extra damage, like the sneak attack ability. The extra damage is 1d6 at 3rd level, and increases by 1d6 every four factotum’s level thereafter. He must spend the inspiration point to activate this ability before making the attack roll. When determining if he can use sneak attack against a target that has uncanny dodge, a factotum uses his factotum level as his rogue level.

Cunning Defense (Ex): At 4th level, a factotum studies his opponents and learns to anticipate their attacks. Starting at 3rd level, he can spend 1 inspiration point to gain his Intelligence bonus as a dodge bonus to Armor Class and CMD checks for 1 round. Using this ability is a free action usable once per round. He gains this benefit even while wearing medium or heavy armor.

Cunning Brilliance (Ex): At 5th level, a factotum can copy abilities from other classes. At the start of each day, he can choose an extraordinary class ability of any basic class. The ability must be available to a member of that class equal to the Factotums level -4. At 10th level the Factotum can copy an additional extraordinary ability and again at 15th level, both at his factotum’s level -4. The Factotum uses the same penalty to determine his effective level on that ability.
If the ability is passive this ability is always active for the factotum. If this ability is usable multiple times per day the Factotum may spend 3 Inspiration points to use it once per encounter. If it is usable at will the Factotum must spend 2 Inspiration points to use the ability.

Opportunistic Piety (Su): Factotums are legendary for the number of holy symbols, lucky trinkets, and blessed items they keep handy. As the saying goes, there are no atheists in the dungeon. Starting at 5th level, a factotum can spend 1 inspiration point to channel divine energy as a standard action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity.
He can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Wisdom bonus (if any), and can use this energy to heal injuries or harm undead. This ability works like channel energy and the factotum is considered a cleric of the same level when using it.
He gains one extra daily use of this ability at 9th level, 13th level, and 17th level. He cannot use opportunistic piety if he has exhausted his daily uses, even if he has the inspiration points to spend.

Bonus Feat: The factotum gains a bonus feat. He must meet the prerequisites for this feat. At the start of each day, he can choose to change his bonus feat to any other feat for which he meet the prerequisites.

Cunning Surge (Ex): Starting at 8th level, a factotum learns to push himself when needed. By spending 3 inspiration points, he can take an extra standard action during his turn.

Improved Cunning Insight (Ex): When the factotum spend inspiration points to make a reflex saving throw while wearing light armor or no armor, he gains the benefit of the evasion ability. Also, if he spends inspiration points to make an attack roll and score a critical hit, he keeps the competence bonus on attack roll made to confirm critical hits.

Cunning Breach (Su): Starting at 11th level, a factotum’s broad knowledge allows him to study an opponent and gain a brief flash of insight to breach her defenses. By spending 2 inspiration points as a free action, a factotum can ignore a single target’s spell resistance and damage reduction for 1 round.

Cunning Dodge (Ex): Starting at 13th level, a factotum’s luck, reflexes, and intuition allow him to avoid an attack or spell that would otherwise defeat him. If a factotum takes damage that would reduce him to 0 or fewer hit points, he can spend 4 inspiration points as an immediate action to ignore the damage. He dodges out of the way, takes cover from a spell, or otherwise escapes. He can use this ability once per day.

Improved Cunning Insight (Ex): At 14th level, at the start of each day, a factotum may choose between melee and ranged attacks. If he chooses melee, he may use his intelligence modifier on all melee attack rolls instead of strength for the rest of the day. If he chooses ranged, he may use his intelligence modifier on all ranged attack rolls instead of dexterity for the rest of the day. He cannot use Cunning Insight with the type of attack he chooses for the day, but he can use it normally for the other.

Improved Cunning Defense (Ex): At 16th level, a factotum gains his Intelligence bonus as a dodge bonus to his Armor Class. He no longer needs to spend an inspiration point to gain this benefit. Unlike the standard cunning defense ability, he does not gain this ability when wearing medium or heavy armor.

Skill Mastery: At 17th level, a factotum becomes so confident in the use of certain skills that he can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. Upon gaining this ability, he selects a number of skills equal to 3 + his Intelligence modifier. When making a skill check with one of these skills, he may take 10 even if stress and distractions would normally prevent him from doing so.

Ultimate Brilliance (Ex): At 20th level, a factotum becomes the ultimate jack of all trades. His sharp mind and keen sense of his surroundings allows him to duplicate almost any ability he witness. This ability follows the rule of cunning brilliance with the following changes:

-The factotum can copy an additional ability (totaling 4 abilities).

-At the start of each day, he can choose between extraordinary abilities and supernatural abilities at his factotum’s level -4.

-If the ability is passive or usable at will, these abilities are always active for the factotum. If this ability is usable multiple times per day the Factotum may spend 1 Inspiration points to use it once per encounter.

What do you think?

Credits goes to Michael Klawitter.


One more try:

Swashbuckler

Bab: Good.
Saves: Good Fort and Ref/ Poor Will

Class Skills
The Swashbuckler’s class skills are Acrobatic (Dex), Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Local) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Cha), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Stealth (Dex), and Swim (Str).
Skill Ranks per Level: 6 + Int modifier.

1 - Canny Defense, Weapon Finesse
2 - Precise Strike +1d6
3 - Bonus Feat
4 - Evasion
5 - Improved Reaction +2, Improved Flanking
6 - Precise Strike +2d6, Uncanny Dodge
7 - Acrobatic Charge, Bonus Feat
8 - Find the Mark
9 - Bonus Feat
10 - Improved Reaction +4, Precise Strike +3d6
11 - Bonus Feat
12 - Improved Uncanny Dodge
13 - Deflect Arrows
14 - Precise Strike +4d6
15 - Bonus Feat, Improved Reaction +6
16 - Improved Evasion
17 - Acrobatic Mastery
18 - Precise Strike +5d6
19 - Bonus Feat
20 - Exceptional Reflexes

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Swashbucklers are proficient with all simple and martial weapons. They are proficient with light armor and the buckler.

Canny Defense (Ex): At 1st level, when wearing light armor or no armor and not using a shield (except for a buckler), a swashbuckler adds 1 point of Intelligence bonus (if any) per swashbuckler class level to his Dexterity bonus to modify Armor Class while wielding a melee weapon. If a swashbuckler is caught flat-footed or otherwise denied his Dexterity bonus, he also loses this bonus.

Weapon Finesse (Ex): While proficient in all martial weapons, dexterous swashbucklers are particularly effective with light weapons. At 1st level, a swashbuckler gets Weapon Finesse as a bonus feat.

Precise Strike (Ex): At 2nd level, the swashbuckler gains the ability to strike precisely with a light or one handed piercing weapon, dealing extra damage. When making a precise strike, a swashbuckler cannot attack with a weapon in his other hand or use a shield. He may use it whenever his opponent is denied her dexterity bonus to Armor Class (whether the target actually has a dexterity bonus or not) or when he flanks his opponent. This extra damage is indicated on the swashbuckler’s table. A swashbuckler’s precise strike only works against living creatures with discernible anatomies. Any creature that is immune to critical hits is also immune to a precise strike. Should the swashbuckler score a critical hit with precise strike, this extra damage is not multiplied. This ability functions as the rogue’s sneak attack for the purpose to qualify for feats and rogue talents.

Bonus Feat: At 3rd level, and every 4 levels thereafter, a swashbuckler gains a bonus feat in addition to those gained from normal advancement. These bonus feats must be selected from those listed as Combat Feats. A swashbuckler can also select a Rogue Talent instead of a Combat Feat. He treats his swashbuckler levels as rogue levels for the purpose of qualifying for Rogue Talents.

Evasion (Ex): The swashbuckler is adept at avoiding unusual attacks. Starting at 4th level, if he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can only be used if the swashbuckler is wearing light or no armor. A helpless swashbuckler does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Improved Flanking (Ex): At 5th level, a swashbuckler who is flanking an opponent gains +4 bonus on attacks instead of +2 while using any light or one-handed piercing weapon that is covered under the weapon finesse feat. Other characters flanking with the swashbuckler don’t gain this increased bonus.

Improved Reaction (Ex): At 5th level, a swashbuckler gains +2 on initiative checks. At 10th level, the bonus increases to +4 and the swashbuckler can always take 10 on initiative checks. At 15th level, the bonus increases to +6. This bonus stacks with the benefit provided by the Improved Initiative feat.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): Starting at 6th level, a swashbuckler can react to danger before his senses would normally allow him to do so. He cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does he lose his Dex bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. He still loses his dexterity bonus to Ac if immobilized. A swashbuckler with this ability can still lose his dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action (see Combat) against him. If a swashbuckler already has uncanny dodge from a different class, he automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.

Acrobatic Charge (Ex): At 7th level, a swashbuckler gains the ability to charge in situations where others cannot. He may charge over difficult terrain that normally slows movement. Depending on the circumstance, he may still need to make appropriate checks to successfully move over the terrain.

Find the Mark (Ex): At 8th level, the swashbuckler gains Improved Critical feat while using any light or one-handed piercing weapon that is covered under the weapon finesse feat.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): At 12th level and higher, a swashbuckler can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a rogue the ability to sneak attack the swashbuckler by flanking him, unless the attacker has at least four more rogue levels than the target has swashbuckler levels.

Deflect Arrows (Ex): At 13th level, the swashbuckler may use any light or one-handed piercing weapon that is covered under the weapon finesse feat to deflect ranged attacks. This ability functions exactly as the feat of the same name, except that the swashbuckler uses a weapon instead of his bare hands.

Improved Evasion (Ex): At 16th level, a swashbuckler gains improved evasion. This works like evasion, except that while the swashbuckler still takes no damage on a successful reflex saving throw against attacks, he henceforth takes only half damage on failed save. A helpless swashbuckler does not gain the benefit of this ability.

Acrobatic Skill Mastery (Ex): At 17th level, a swashbuckler becomes so certain in the use of his acrobatic skills that he can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. When making acrobatic checks, a swashbuckler may take 10 even if stress and distraction would normally prevent him from doing so.

Exceptional Reflexes (Ex): At 20th level, the swashbuckler’s sense of danger and reflexes becomes honed to a hair trigger. The swashbuckler always acts first in combat, and may make full actions in the surprise round. If two or more swashbuckler with this ability is in combat, they roll initiative normally to determine which of them acts first between them. Also, while wielding a melee weapon, he keeps his Canny Defense bonus in the surprise rounds.

I'm thinking about transform the others class features of the Duelist prestige class into swashbuckler's unique feats. With this version of the class I tried to clean it up (there was to many abilities) and make a decent substitute for the duelist. Waiting for opinions.


OK. Thank you guys.


Hello,

I was thinking about to give to the player’s of my new campaign the possibility to get two medium saves instead of one good save. For example: a fighter could have fort and ref as medium saves instead of fort as good save. Here’s the medium save progression:

Lvl Bonus
1 ..+1
2 ..+1
3 ..+2
4 ..+2
5 ..+3
6 ..+3
7 ..+3
8 ..+4
9 ..+4
10 .+5
11 .+5
12 .+5
13 .+6
14 .+6
15 .+7
16 .+7
17 .+7
18 .+8
19 .+8
20 .+9

So, here’s the question, is this unbalanced? Should I create a feat to do this or its fine as a class option for a first level character?


Artificer class would be a great addition.


Much better now!

I would like to suggest some things:

Nimble Swashbuckler could be gained at 1st level, It's not a powerful ability.

If its not unbalanced, I would trade Weapon focus and Improved Weapon Focus by this:

Finesse Focus: At 4th level, a swashbuckler receives weapon focus feat as a bonus feat, but he applies the benefit on all piercing melee weapons that is covered under the weapon finesse feat.

Improved Finesse Focus: At 11th level, a swashbuckler receives improved weapon focus feat as a bonus feat, but he applies the benefit on all piercing melee weapons that is covered under the weapon finesse feat.

What do you think?


Some changes:

1 - Evade +1, Weapon Finesse
2 - Thrust +1d6, Uncanny Dodge
3 - Improved Reaction +2, Rogue Talent
4 - Bonus Feat, Evade +2
5 - Evasion, Weapon Training
6 - Thrust +2d6
7 - Improved Uncanny Dodge, Rogue Talent
8 - Bonus Feat, Find the Mark
9 - Evade +3, Improved Reaction
10 - Acrobatic Charge, Thrust +3d6
11 - Rogue Talent
12 - Bonus Feat
13 - Deflect Arrows
14 - Evade +4, Thrust +5d6
15 - Advanced Talents, Improved Reaction +4
16 - Bonus Feat
17 - Acrobatic Mastery
18 - Thrust +5d6
19 - Evade +5, Rogue Talent
20 - Bonus Feat, ???(maybe Crippling Critical from Duelist)

New Class Features

Improved Reaction (Ex): At 3rd level, a swashbuckler gains a +2 bonus on initiative checks. At 9th level, the bonus increases to +3. At 15th level, the bonus increases to +4. This bonus stacks with the benefit provided by the Improved Initiative feat.

Find the Mark (Ex): At 8th level, the swashbuckler gains Improved Critical feat while using any piercing melee weapon that is covered under the weapon finesse feat.

Acrobatic Charge (Ex): At 10th level, a swashbuckler gains the ability to charge in situations where others cannot. He may charge over difficult terrain that normally slows movement. Depending on the circumstance, he may still need to make appropriate checks to successfully move over the terrain.

Advanced Talents: At 15th level, a swashbuckler can choose one advanced talent in place of a rogue talent. He can choose another advanced talent at 19th level.


I'll try to answer everyone:

Kexle: I really like your suggestions. I’ve posted this version knowing that it wasn’t good enough and I wanted opinions to know what I could do to make it playable. I’ll soon post a new version based on your post. Thank you.

Kalavas: I like the concept of this class, but I think that it’s a little unbalanced too, that’s what I’m trying to fix, but I need help. I came with the possibility to drop Thrust to a maximum of 5d6 and drop Find the Mark and Improved Mark (I’m very uncomfortable with those two).

Tarinor: Both classes have swashbucklers like archetypes, but I need a full class to run my next campaign.

Wildonion: Could you write about this houserule? It might help me a lot.


I like the concept of the swashbuckler presented in TOS, still, it looked incomplete to me and weak in comparison to the core classes. Because of that, I tried to improve the class a little bit, but I neet help to balance it.

Swashbuckler

BAB: Good.
Saves: Good Fort and Ref / Poor Will.

Class Skills
The Swashbuckler’s class skills are Acrobatic (Dex), Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Local) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Cha), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Stealth (Dex), and Swim (Str). Skill Ranks per Level: 4 + Int modifier.

1 - Evade +1, Weapon Finesse
2 - Thrust +1d6, Uncanny Dodge
3 - Bonus Feat, Rogue Talent
4 - Evade +2
5 - Evasion, Thrust +2d6, Weapon Training
6 - Bonus Feat
7 - Improved Uncanny Dodge, Rogue Talent
8 - Find the Mark, Thrust +3d6
9 - Bonus Feat, Evade +3
10 - Improved Evasion
11 - Rogue Talent, Thrust +4d6
12 - Bonus Feat
13 - Acrobatic Skill Mastery, Deflect Arrows
14 - Evade +4, Thrust +5d6
15 - Bonus Feat, Rogue Talent
16 - Improved Mark
17 - Slippery Mind, Thrust +6d6
18 - Bonus Feat
19 - Evade +5, Rogue Talent
20 - Thrust +7d6, Weapon Mastery

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Swashbucklers are proficient with all simple and martial weapons. They are proficient with light armor and the buckler.

Evade (Ex): A swashbuckler is a fluid combatant, relying on quickness rather than heavy armor to deflect blows. When wearing light armor or no armor, the swashbuckler adds his Evade bonus to his armor class. This is considered a dodge bonus and whenever the swashbuckler is denied his Dexterity bonus to armor he also loses his Evade bonus. Evade may be substituted for the dodge feat as a prerequisite for other feats (for example, a swashbuckler with evade +1 need not take the dodge feat in order to select the Mobility feat).

Weapon Finesse (Ex): While proficient in all martial weapons, dexterous swashbucklers are particularly effective with light weapons. The swashbuckler gets Weapon Finesse as a bonus feat.

Thrust (Ex): At 2nd level, the swashbuckler learns how to exploit an opening, dealing extra damage. The swashbuckler may thrust whenever his opponent is denied her dexterity bonus to her armor class (whether the target actually has a dexterity bonus or not) or when he flanks his opponent. This extra damage is indicated on the table below. Should the swashbuckler score a critical hit with a thrust, this extra damage is not multiplied.
A swashbuckler may only thrust with a piercing melee weapon that is covered under the weapon finesse feat. The thrust bonus stacks with the rogue’s sneak attack and similar abilities.
The swashbuckler must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. A swashbuckler cannot thrust while striking a creature with concealment. Creatures immune to sneak attack are also immune to thrust ability.

Uncanny Dodge (Ex): Starting at 2nd level, a swashbuckler can react to danger before his senses would normally allow him to do so. He cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does he lose his Dex bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. He still loses his dexterity bonus to Ac if immobilized. A swashbuckler with this ability can still lose his dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action (see Combat) against him.
If a swashbuckler already has uncanny dodge from a different class, he automatically gains improved uncanny dodge (see below) instead.

Bonus Feat: At 3rd level, and every 3 levels thereafter, a swashbuckler gains a bonus feat in addition to those gained from normal advancement. These bonus feats must be selected from those listed as Combat Feats. A swashbuckler counts 1/2 his total swashbuckler level as his fighter level for the purpose of qualifying for feats. If he has levels in fighter, these levels stack.

Rogue Talent (Ex): As the swashbuckler gains experience, he learns a number of talents that aid him and confound his foes. At 3th level, a swashbuckler gains one rogue talent. He gains am additional rogue talent for every 4 levels of swashbuckler attained after 3rd level. A swashbuckler cannot select an individual talent more than once.

Evasion (Ex): At 5th level the swashbuckler is adept at avoiding unusual attacks. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can only be used if the swashbuckler is wearing light or no armor. A helpless swashbuckler does not gain the benefit of evasion.

Weapon Training (Ex): At 5th level, a swashbuckler receives weapon training as per the fighter special ability, but he must select the light blades group. He gains this benefit with only this group, but the bonus increases normally, as shown on the fighters’ ability.

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): A swashbuckler of 7th level or higher can no longer be flanked. This ability functions exactly like the rogue’s ability.

Find the Mark (Ex): At 8th level, the swashbuckler increases his threat range by one when using any melee weapon with which he has weapon finesse. A weapon that would threaten a critical on 20 would now do so on a 19-20, and one which threatens on a 19-20 would now do so on 18-20. This ability works with other abilities which increases threat ranges.

Improved Evasion (Ex): At 10th level, the swashbuckler’s evasion improves. In addition to take no damage on successful saves, the swashbuckler now takes only half damage on failed saves.

Acrobatic Skill Mastery (Ex): At 13th level, a swashbuckler becomes so certain in the use of his acrobatic skills that he can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. When making acrobatic checks, a swashbuckler may take 10 even if stress and distraction would normally prevent him from doing so.

Deflect Arrows (Ex): At 13th level, the swashbuckler may use any weapon covered under the weapon finesse feat to deflect ranged attacks. This ability functions exactly as the feat of the same name, except that the swashbuckler uses a weapon instead of his bare hands.

Improved Mark (Ex): At 16th level, the swashbuckler becomes even more adept at finding marks. The threat range now improves by two when the swashbuckler uses his Find the Mark ability.

Slippery Mind (Ex): At 17th level, a swashbuckler receives a second chance to wriggle free from a magical effect that would otherwise control or compel him. If a swashbuckler is affected by an enchantment spell or effect and fails his saving throw, he can attempt it again 1 round later at the same DC. He gets only this one extra chance to succeed on his saving throw.

Weapon Mastery (Ex): At 20th level, a fighter chooses one weapon, such as the rapier, dagger, or hand crossbow. Any attacks made with that weapon automatically confirm all critical threats and have their damage multiplier increased by 1 (x2 becomes x3, for example). In addition, he cannot be disarmed while wielding a weapon of this type.

That's all.


Added Lucky Grit and Master Thrower Rogue Talents.


Added Timeless Body and Tongue of the Sun and Moon to the Martial Discovery List and Code of Conduct to make things more balanced. I also have the intend to create some feats for the archetype soon.


I've edited the first post to change it to the final version of the archetype.

So, this is the end for now. Thanks to all of you who have helped me.

I also worked on another archetype, the maverick (rogue). If you could take a look and tell me what you think, I would be very grateful:

http://paizo.com/forums/dmtz5bt0?Maverick-from-Deadlands-d20#1

Thank you again.


No problem, it will be great to know the result of a playtest.

Thank you for the help and coments.


I prefer channel at reduced rate because it helps to slow down a bit the frequency a sacred fist learns abilities.

With these late changes, do you think that it's ok? Game Over?


The archetype receives too many abilities, I think that diminishing channel energy is the most logic thing to do. I thought about something like this:

Channel Energy (Su): A sacred fist’s channel energy is less potent than the standard cleric. The amount of damage dealt or healed is equal to 1d6 points of damage plus 1d6 points of damage for every three sacred fist levels beyond 1st, to a maximum of 7d6 at the 19th level. Beyond that, this ability functions exactly like the cleric ability.

I didn't want to give a 20th level power to the archetype for the following reasons:

1: It's a cleric archetype, and the cleric doesn't receive 20th level powers, I don't think the archetype should have one.

2: The archetype already has too many abilities as it is. To give something else would make it more powerful than I originally intended it to be, when compared to the original class.

I feel that maybe this will be the last modification it really needs. I had no intention to change BAB, Saves or anything that defines the cleric as a class, and Beckett pointed out the reasons why in a great way.

Thanks for all the help, I hope to count on you again if I create other projects like this in the future. Soon enough I'll post the final version, always taking into consideration all the comments you may have (even after this post).


Sacred Fist
(Version 4)

Sacred Fists are clerics who are also martial artists, found within many temples. Their ascetic members have turned their divine magic inward, bringing their bodies and wills into harmony. Sacred Fists have forsworn the use of weapons and armor. They consider their bodies and minds gifts from their deity, and they believe that not developing those gifts to their fullest potential is a sin. They are strong in faith, will and body.

Alignment: Any Lawful.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Sacred fists are proficient with brass knuckles, cestus, club, dagger, quarterstaff, sling and their deity’s favored weapon. They are not proficient with any armor or shields.

Class Skills: The Sacred Fist’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Appraise (Int), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (nobility) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex) and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks per level: 4 + Int modifier.

Diminished Spellcaster: A Sacred Fist chooses only one domain from her deity’s list of domains, and her number of non-domain spells per day for each spell level is one less than normal (for example, a 4th level Sacred Fist has three orisons, two 1st level spells, one 1st level domain spell, one 2nd level spell, and one 2nd level domain spell). If this reduces the number of spells per day for that level to 0, she gains only the bonus spells she would be entitled to, based on her Wisdom score for that level, plus her domain spell for that level.

Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, a Sacred Fist gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. This ability follows the rules presented in the monk’s class features. A Sacred Fist deals more damage with her unarmed strikes than a normal person would. At 1st level, a medium size Sacred Fist deals 1d4 points of damage. At 4th level, and every five levels thereafter, her unarmed strikes increases by one step, to a maximum of 1d10 at 14th level.

As long as she has at least 1 channel energy daily use unspent, she can make a ki strike. At 4th level, a Sacred Fist’s unarmed attacks are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 9th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 14th level, her unarmed attacks are treated as evil or good weapons (depending of the Sacred Fist’s alignment) for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

AC Bonus (Ex): A Sacred Fist’s is highly trained at dodging blows, and she has a sixth sense that allows her to avoid even unanticipated attacks. When unarmored and unencumbered, the sacred fist adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC and her CMD. In addition, sacred fists gain +1 bonus to AC and CMD at 5th level. This bonus increases to +2 at 11th level and to +3 at 17th level. These bonuses to AC apply even against touch attacks or when the Sacred Fists are flat-footed. She loses the bonus when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears any armor, when she carries a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.

Martial Discovery: Throughout her extensive training in martial arts a Sacred Fist improves her mind, body and spirit. She develops techniques that allow her to learn special abilities. Most of those are normal feats, but some of them are monk abilities that only a Sacred Fist can learn.

A Sacred Fist gains a martial discovery at 2nd level and every four levels thereafter (to a maximum of five at 18th level). These martial discoveries must be chosen from the following list: Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Dodge, Endurance, Improved Grapple and Lightning Reflexes. At 6th level, a Sacred Fist may also choose from the following discoveries: High Jump*, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Disarm, Improved Feint, Improved Lightning Reflexes, Improved Trip, Maneuver Training and Mobility. At 10th level, the following are added to the list: Diamond Body, Improved Critical, Purity of Body, Snatch Arrow and Spring Attack. A Sacred Fist need not have any of the prerequisites normally required for these feats to select them.

* High Jump’s additional effect can be activated by spending 1 channel energy daily use.

Channel Bolt: At 8th level, a sacred fist can channel energy in the form of a bolt allowing her to strike a single target at a greater distance. As a standard action, she can use her channel energy ability as a ranged touch attack with a 100 ft. max range.
In all other respects the bolt functions as a daily use of channel energy ability, but it can only be used to harm, regardless of what type of energy the Cleric normally Channels or if the target is Living or Undead.

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I excluded Sacred Ki because clerics already have spells up to 9th level and they also have channel energy to worry about. If I kept Sacred Ki as it was, the class would be way too powerful and complex. Furthermore, there are multiclass feats that already cover ki abilities (check "The Genius Guide To Feats Of Multiclassing"), thus making the presence of sacred ki pretty much useless.


Pc version really sucks, I know that. I've changed Channel Bolt to be an automatic hit (like a spell) and can only be used to do damage. Here's the updated version, but I think that the description is confusing (english is not my native language). I really could use some help to improve it.

Channel Bolt: At 8th level, a sacred fist can channel energy in the form of a bolt allowing her to strike a single target at a greater distance. As a standard action, she can use her channel energy ability as targeted bolt with 100 ft. range rather than an area effect. In all other respects the bolt functions as a daily use of channel energy ability, but it can only be used to harm.

Thanks again.


I took it from here:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy89qv?Undefeatable-2-Clerics

I'll put it back in the archetype, but a little bit different.


Thank you, I'll be waiting for your review.

I know the prestige class. I love the concept but I don't like the mechanics, that's why I wanted to rebuilt it.

Before working on it as an archetype I made it as a prestige class, but I wanted an option that unifies a cleric/monk concept from the beginning. Here's my prestige class version:

http://www.4shared.com/office/jgCI52eB/file.html?

Back to the archetype, I'm very uncomfortable with Sacred Ki idea. I think it's too powerful for a class that casts 9 level spells. I'm working on another version without it.


No Replies! Is that means that the archetype is ok?


Updated the sacred fist to version 3 above.


Looks like the end is coming. To post the final version I would like to ask for your opinion about the following:

1 - It's ok all saves as good saves?

2 - Are the mechanic of monk abilities as bonus feats confusing?

3 - Leave High Jump as a separate ability or put it back in the 6th level bonus feats list?

4 - Sacred Ki is Balanced?

5 - Overall, is the archetype well balanced?

Thanks for the help you all gave me. I really appreciate that.


I like the idea to change channel energy to rely on Wis for this archetype, but I would make a feat to do it.

I'm not sure about high jump as a separate ability. Maybe I'll put it back in the 6th level bonus feat list. Don't know yet.


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Sacred Fist (Version 3)

Here we go again:

Sacred Fists are clerics who are also martial artists, found within many temples. Their ascetic members have turned their divine magic inward, bringing their bodies and wills into harmony. Sacred Fists have forsworn the use of weapons and armor. They consider their bodies and minds gifts from their deity, and they believe that not developing those gifts to their fullest potential is a sin. They are strong in faith, will and body.

Alignment: Any Lawful.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Sacred Fists are proficient with brass knuckles, cestus, club, dagger, quarterstaff, sling and their deity’s favored weapon. They are proficient with light armor, but not with shields.

Class Skills: The Sacred Fist’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Appraise (Int), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (history) (Int), Knowledge (nobility) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Knowledge (religion) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex) and Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks per level: 4 + Int modifier.

Diminished Spellcaster: A Sacred Fists chooses only one domain from her deity’s list of domains, and her number of non-domain spells per day for each spell level is one less than normal (for example, a 4th level Sacred Fist has three orisons, two 1st level spells, one 1st level domain spell, one 2nd level spell, and one 2nd level domain spell). If this reduces the number of spells per day for that level to 0, she gains only the bonus spells she would be entitled to, based on her Wisdom score for that level, plus her domain spell for that level.

Unarmed Strike: At 1st level, a Sacred Fist gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. This ability follows the rules presented in the monk’s class features. A Sacred Fist deals more damage with her unarmed strikes than a normal person would. At 1st level, a medium size Sacred Fist deals 1d4 points of damage. At 4th level, and every five levels thereafter, her unarmed strikes increases by one step, to a maximum of 1d10 at 14th level.

Martial Discovery: Throughout her extensive training in martial arts a Sacred Fist improves her mind, body and spirit. She develops techniques that allow her to learn special abilities. Most of those are normal feats, but some of them are monk abilities that only a Sacred Fist can learn.

A Sacred Fist gains a martial discovery at 2nd level and every four levels thereafter (to a maximum of five at 18th level). These martial discoveries must be chosen from the following list: Combat Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Dodge, Endurance, Improved Grapple and Lightning Reflexes. At 6th level, a Sacred Fist may also choose from the following discoveries: High Jump, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Disarm, Improved Feint, Improved Trip, Maneuver Training and Mobility. At 10th level, the following discoveries are added to the list: Diamond Body, Improved Critical, Purity of Body, Snatch Arrow and Spring Attack. A Sacred Fist need not have any of the prerequisites normally required for these feats to select them.

Sacred Ki (Su): At 4th level, the Sacred Fist learns the secrets of the ki energy. But unlike the monk, she manifests it through the power of her faith. A Sacred Fist can spend uses of her channel energy per day to use ki abilities. As long as she has at least 1 use of channel energy unspent, she can make a ki strike. At 4th level, a Sacred Fist’s unarmed attacks are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 9th level, her unarmed attacks are also treated as lawful weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. At 14th level, her unarmed attacks are treated as evil or good weapons (depending of the Sacred Fist’s alignment) for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

By spending 1 use of channel energy, a Sacred Fist can increase her speed by 20 feet for 1 round. Also, a Sacred Fist can spend 1 use to give herself a +4 insight bonus on Concentration checks for 1 round. Each of these powers is activated as a swift action. This ability functions as ki pool for the purpose of qualifying for prerequisites. Also, a Sacred Fist counts 1/2 of her total Sacred Fist level as her monk level for the purpose of qualifying for feats. If she has levels in monk, these levels stack.

AC Bonus (Ex): A Sacred Fist’s is highly trained at dodging blows, and she has a sixth sense that allows her to avoid even unanticipated attacks. When unencumbered and wearing light or no armor, a Sacred Fist gains a +1 bonus to her AC and CMD. This bonus increases to +2 at 11th level and to +3 at 17th level. Additionally, when unarmored, a Sacred Fist adds her wisdom modifier to her AC and CMD.

This bonus to AC applies even against touch attacks or when the Sacred Fists are flat-footed. She loses the bonus when she is immobilized or helpless, when she wears any armor heavier than light armor, when she carries a shield, or when she carries a medium or heavy load.

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