Not all who wander are lost. . . .
Quote Originally Posted by Lucian the Wanderer


There are many wanderers.

Your father was a wanderer, once. Long before he settled down here, long before these great lands all paid fealty to him, your father was a poor vagrant. He walked across many lands, barefoot and alone. And he made a name for himself every where he went. He began his journeys a tramp; he ended them a king.

But not all wanderers make names for themselves. Not all wanderers are known. Oh, surely, a man of no consequence will never be remembered. But every now and then there is a great wanderer, one whose presence reverberates throughout the land, and yet none know him. He stays to the shadows, not because he must, but because he chooses to. And yet these men are sometimes the greatest of them all.

Have you ever heard of a man like that? No? Then let me tell you about Lucian...


-Excerpt from Queen Pilinia's memoirs to her daughter

Lucian the Wanderer, the Hidden Shadow
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Neutral Human, Shadowcaster 11/Shadowdancer 9

Str 8 / Dexterity 14 / Constitution 12 / Intelligence 16 / Wisdom 10 / Charisma 16

LUCIAN THE WANDERER
{table=head]Level|Class|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Skills|Feats|Class Features

1st|Shadowcaster 1|
+0
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+2
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+0
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+2
|Hide 4 ranks, Move Silently 4 ranks, Concentration 4 ranks, Spellcraft 4 ranks, Intimidate 4 ranks, Perform (dance) 2 ranks|Dodge, Mobility|Fundamentals of shadow, apprentice mysteries

2nd|Shadowcaster 2|
+1
|
+3
|
+0
|
+3
|Hide 5 ranks, Move Silently 5 ranks, Concentration 5 ranks, Spellcraft 5 ranks, Intimidate 5 ranks, Perform (dance) 2.5 ranks|Nocturnal Caster|

3rd|Shadowcaster 3|
+1
|
+3
|
+1
|
+3
|Hide 6 ranks, Move Silently 6 ranks, Concentration 6 ranks, Spellcraft 6 ranks, Intimidate 6 ranks, Perform (dance) 3 ranks|Combat Reflexes|Umbral sight (darkvision 30')

4th|Shadowcaster 4|
+2
|
+4
|
+1
|
+4
|Hide 7 ranks, Move Silently 7 ranks, Concentration 7 ranks, Spellcraft 7 ranks, Intimidate 7 ranks, Perform (dance) 3.5 ranks||Bonus fundamental

5th|Shadowcaster 5|
+2
|
+4
|
+1
|
+4
|Hide 8 ranks, Move Silently 8 ranks, Concentration 8 ranks, Spellcraft 8 ranks, Intimidate 8 ranks, Perform (dance) 4 ranks||Sustaining shadow (eat 1 meal/wk)

6th|Shadowcaster 6|
+3
|
+5
|
+2
|
+5
|Hide 9 ranks, Move Silently 9 ranks, Concentration 9 ranks, Spellcraft 9 ranks, Intimidate 9 ranks, Perform (dance) 4.5 ranks|Darkstalker|

7th|Shadowcaster 7|
+3
|
+5
|
+2
|
+5
|Hide 10 ranks, Move Silently 10 ranks, Concentration 10 ranks, Spellcraft 10 ranks, Intimidate 10 ranks, Perform (dance) 5 ranks||Apprentice mysteries (spell-like), initiate mysteries

8th|Shadowcaster 8|
+4
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+6
|
+2
|
+6
|Hide 11 ranks, Move Silently 11 ranks, Concentration 11 ranks, Spellcraft 11 ranks, Intimidate 11 ranks, Know (arcana) 1 rank|Favored Mystery (Shadows Fade)|Bonus fundamental

9th|Shadowdancer 1|
+4
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+6
|
+4
|
+6
|Hide 12 ranks, Move Silently 12 ranks, Bluff 5 ranks, Tumble 3 ranks|Path Focus (Unbinding Shade)|Hide in plain sight

10th|Shadowdancer 2|
+5
|
+6
|
+5
|
+6
|Hide 13 ranks, Move Silently 13 ranks, Tumble 11 ranks||Evasion, darkvision, uncanny dodge

11th|Shadowdancer 3|
+6/+1
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+7
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+5
|
+7
|Hide 14 ranks, Move Silently 14 ranks, Tumble 14 ranks, Diplomacy 5 ranks||Shadow illusion, summon shadow

12th|Shadowcaster 9|
+6/+1
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+7
|
+6
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+7
|Hide 15 ranks, Move Silently 15 ranks, Intimidate 13 ranks, Spellcraft 13 ranks|Greater Path Focus (Unbinding Shade)|

13th|Shadowcaster 10|
+7/+2
|
+8
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+6
|
+8
|Hide 16 ranks, Move Silently 16 ranks, Intimidate 15 ranks, Spellcraft 15 ranks||Sustaining shadow (sleep 1 hour/day)

14th|Shadowcaster 11|
+7/+2
|
+8
|
+6
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+8
|Hide 17 ranks, Move Silently 17 ranks, Intimidate 17 ranks, Spellcraft 17 ranks||Umbral sight (see in darkness 60')

15th|Shadowdancer 4|
+8/+3
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+8
|
+7
|
+8
|Hide 18 ranks, Move Silently 18 ranks, Intimidate 18 ranks, Tumble 18 ranks, Diplomacy 7 ranks|Favored Mystery (Shadows Fade, Greater)|Shadow jump 20'

16th|Shadowdancer 5|
+8/+3
|
+8
|
+7
|
+8
|Hide 19 ranks, Move Silently 19 ranks, Spellcraft 18 ranks, Tumble 19 ranks, Diplomacy 12 ranks||Defensive roll, improved uncanny dodge

17th|Shadowdancer 6|
+9/+4
|
+9
|
+8
|
+9
|Hide 20 ranks, Move Silently 20 ranks, Intimidate 19 ranks, Tumble 20 ranks, Diplomacy 17 ranks||Shadow jump 40'

18th|Shadowdancer 7|
+10/+5
|
+9
|
+8
|
+9
|Hide 21 ranks, Move Silently 21 ranks, Spellcraft 19 ranks, Tumble 21 ranks, Diplomacy 21 ranks, Intimidate 19.5 ranks|Shadow Cast|Slippery mind

19th|Shadowdancer 8|
+11/+6/+1
|
+9
|
+9
|
+9
|Hide 22 ranks, Move Silently 22 ranks, Tumble 22 ranks, Diplomacy 22 ranks, Intimidate 20.5 ranks, Spellcraft 20 ranks||Shadow jump 80'

20th|Shadowdancer 9|
+11/+6/+1
|
+10
|
+9
|
+10
|Hide 23 ranks, Move Silently 23 ranks, Tumble 23 ranks, Diplomacy 23 ranks, Intimidate 22 ranks, Spellcraft 21 ranks, Disguise 1 rank||[/table]

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Mysteries Known
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1- Arrow of Dusk, Sight Obscured, Black Candle, Bend Perspective

2- Dusk and Dawn

3- Piercing Sight

4- Mystic Reflections, Shadow Skin

5- Killing Shadows

6- Dancing Shadows

7- Shadows Fade

8- Umbral Hand, Shadow Evocation

12- Unravel Dweomer

13- Feign Life

14- Shadows Fade, Greater



Lucian's Path
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Lucian the Wanderer prefers to travel the shadows, where he has always felt a calling. Though he never showed any interest in spellcasting, the pull of the Shadow was too great, and he began down the path of the shadowcaster.

Lucian primarily uses the shadowcaster's abilities to give himself unsurpassed stealth. His excellent hide skill only gets better when combined with Sight Obscured, and many of his mysteries focus on manipulating shadows and bending perception, giving him ample opportunities to hide. Though he is human, he can see well in the darkness thanks to his Umbral Sight ability (which explicitly extends the range of other darkvision abilities, for when he gains darkvision via Shadowdancer). He avoids battles whenever possible, and at low levels, generally hides and distracts, carefully firing away with his crossbow or using his Arrow of Dusk mystery.

By level 5, he has added several excellent defensive abilities, as well as the fairly potent Killing Shadows to increase his offensive output. His association with the darkness has also given him a very intimidating demeanor, which helps him outside of combat.

In the mid-levels, when he learns initiate mysteries, he begins to truly become a threat. The Unbinding Shade path, his primary focus, allows him to eliminate magical threats, while Shadow Evocation, as per the spell, offers incredible utility.

The shadowdancer is what truly makes him great, though. As someone who lives his life in shadows, who can manipulate them or create them as he wishes, the hide in plain sight ability is quite powerful. Evasion is also an excellent ability to pick up, as it means that enemies who cannot locate him can't just bombard the place with area damage. But the shadow companion is Lucian's real threat.

The shadow companion, being incorporeal, can go many places that Lucian cannot, which gives him much greater flexibility when scouting. He also uses it as his primary form of offense. As it is incorporeal and can only be harmed by spells or magic weapons, Lucian hides and uses Shadows Fade (and the greater version) to eliminate spells or suppress magic weapons, taking away his opponent's ability to harm the shadow. Lucian remains hidden, always moving, occasionally tossing in his own ranged attacks or assisting with mysteries such as Feign Life when necessary.


Places He Has Been
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Lucian the Wanderer needs only a few sources to work.

Shadowcaster (as well as Shadow mysteries in general and the shadow-related feats) is found in Tome of Magic.

The Darkstalker feat comes from Lords of Madness.

All other feats, classes and abilities are core and can be found in the PHB, DMG, or SRD.