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    Default [3.5]The Planeswalker (PEACH)

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    It's been done before, but I wanted to take a crack at making Planeswalkers in D&D. Originally, it was a template. It was going to grant Plane Shift at will and some mental ability boosts. Then, I decided to make it a class, but make it something to always gestalt with. I wanted to capture that planeswalkers can come from all walks of life, and allow you to have a Planeswalker//Barbarian, Planeswalker//Wizard, etc. So the original run just had an escalating Plane Shift and a smattering of spells. It had no good saves, low BAB, and 2 skills/level, and no other class features.

    The more I worked on it the more weird it felt. The class looked awful and clunky. I started to add a few "color feats" to it, and then more, and then more...eventually I realized that it really ought to be a base class. So now it is: Good will, Medium BAB, d8 HD, excellent skill list, and a pile of class features.

    Four major notes:
    1) This was an attempt to make Planeswalker work in D&D, not to bend D&D into making the class. That means no new spells. Plane Shift is initially very nerfed and then gets "normal" at 14th level. This isn't a 100% faithful translation is what I'm trying to say; it's inspired by Magic: The Gathering but not a slave to it.

    2) Even with nerfed Plane Shift...this is a class that can Plane Shift 1/day at will starting at 1st level. That's going to impact how you run your games, and this class should never be used if you aren't counting on the party rambling across the multiverse with at least one and potentially a full party of Planeswalkers. Those that want to use the class should embrace the 'walkers gift and run a campaign that's a bit more like Sliders or Stargate in that it involved traveling to exotic places, meeting exotic races...obviously, this isn't for everyone.

    3) The overall goal of the Planeswalker was to allow for an incredibly versatile, high Tier 3 class that didn't just rob its class features from other base classes. As a result, there's very little "color restriction" (go ahead and make that Blue/Green/Red/Black mage!) and there's a lot of abilities that are a bit strange. Above all else, please let me know which of the "Boons" feels too strong/too weak, if you feel there's enough options, if you love or hate the way color restriction works and why (too restrictive/not restrictive enough), etc.

    4) This is my first homebrew base class. Please, be gentle


    The Planeswalker

    Creating a Planeswalker
    A Planeswalker is a gifted spellcaster and a paragon of their people who has the innate ability to travel the planes.

    Abilities: A Planeswalker's abilities are defined by their color, fighting style, and specialization. They choose which mental ability they want to govern their spellcasting ability, so clearly they need one of those abilities to be quite high. Beyond that it depends on color.

    Races: All races have the potential to discover their spark and walk the path of the planeswalker, although Human planeswalkers are by far the most common. Even Dragons, Golems, and Undead have been storied to have discovered their sparks and become some of the multiverse's most fearsome planeswalkers.

    Alignment: Planeswalkers come from all alignments. Embracing certain colors tends to also dictate an alignment (White planeswalkers are never chaotic, Green planeswalkers are often neutral, and Black planeswalkers are rarely good) but anything is possible. Some spell lists have certain alignment restrictions, but this does not bar a character of that color from being that alignment (you can have an Evil White Planeswalker who casts White spells, even good-aligned ones, even though said Planeswalker can't learn "Evil" spells from the Cleric list).

    Class Skills The Planeswalker’s class skills (And the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Knowledge: Arcana (Int), Knowledge: Geography (Int), Knowledge: The Planes (Int), Listen (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Speak Language, Spot (Wis), and Survival (Wis). A planeswalker also can gain additional class skills depending on their choice of color (see below).
    Skill Points at 1st Level: (6 + Int modifier) x4
    Skill Points at each Level: 6 + Int modifier

    Hit Die: d8

    Planeswalker
    {table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special|1|2|3|4|5|6
    1st|
    +0
    |
    +0
    |
    +0
    |
    +2
    |Walk the Planes 1/day, Color Skills, Minor Arcana, Boon (Novice)|1
    2nd|
    +1
    |
    +0
    |
    +0
    |
    +3
    |Mana Source 1/day|1
    3rd|
    +2
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |
    +3
    |Planeswalker’s Jaunt (Move)|2
    4th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |Boon|2|1
    5th|
    +3
    |
    +1
    |
    +1
    |
    +4
    |Baleful Shift|3|1
    6th|
    +4
    |
    +2
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |Easy Walking|3|2
    7th|
    +5
    |
    +2
    |
    +2
    |
    +5
    |Boon (Journeyman)|3|2|0
    8th|
    +6/+1
    |
    +2
    |
    +2
    |
    +6
    |Mana Source 2/day|3|3|1
    9th|
    +6/+1
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |
    +6
    |Walk the Planes 2/day, Favored Plane (+2)|3|3|2
    10th|
    +7/+2
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |
    +7
    |Boon (Expert)|3|3|2|0
    11th|
    +8/+3
    |
    +3
    |
    +3
    |
    +7
    |Planeswalker's Jaunt (Swift)|4|3|3|1
    12th|
    +9/+4
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    |
    +8
    |Emergency Walk 1/day, |4|3|3|2
    13th|
    +9/+4
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    |
    +8
    |Boon (Master), Walk the Planes 3/day|4|3|3|2|0
    14th|
    +10/+5
    |
    +4
    |
    +4
    |
    +9
    |Swift Traveler|4|4|3|3|1
    15th|
    +11/+6/+1
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |
    +9
    |Emergency Walk 2/day, Favored Plane +4|5|4|3|3|2
    16th|
    +12/+6/+1
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |
    +10
    |Boon|5|4|3|3|2|0
    17th|
    +12/+7/+1
    |
    +5
    |
    +5
    |
    +10
    |Planeswalker’s Jaunt (Immediate), Walk the Planes 4/day |5|4|4|3|3|1
    18th|
    +13/+8/+3
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |
    +11
    |Emergency Walk 3/day|5|5|4|4|3|2
    19th|
    +14/+9/+4
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |
    +11
    |Boon (Legend)|5|5|4|4|4|3
    20th|
    +15/+10/+5
    |
    +6
    |
    +6
    |
    +12
    |Mastery of the Planes, Walk the Planes 5/day|5|5|4|4|4|4[/table]

    Class Features:
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    Weapon and Armour Proficiencies: A Planeswalker is proficient with light armor and shields. A planeswalker is proficient with all simple weapons and a single martial weapon of their choice. Unlike normal arcane spellcasters, the Planeswalker may cast spells while wearing light armor and using light shields with no risk of spell failure.

    Spells A Planeswalker casts arcane spells which are drawn from the Planeswalker spell list. He can cast any spell he knows without preparing it ahead of time, the way a wizard or a cleric must (see below).

    At 1st level, a planeswalker chooses Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma; this governs the power of all of his spellcasting and spell-like abilities and is a permanent choice. To learn or cast a spell, a Planeswalker must have a score equal to at least 10 + the spell level in their primary spellcasting ability. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a planeswalker’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the planeswalker’s spellcasting ability modifier.

    Like other spellcasters, a planeswalker can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: The Planeswalker. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high score in his primary spellcasting ability.

    A Planeswalker's list of spells known is fairly limited. They begin play knowing only a single 1st level spell. A planeswalker's spell list is split into the colors of magic. In order to learn a higher level spell of one color, she must know at least two spells of the preceding level. For example, to learn "Cure Serious Wounds", a planeswalker would need to know two 1st level White spells and two 2nd level White spells. Note that the Colors of Magic have certain areas of other spellcasting classes that they have access too (see below). If a spell appears for more than one color, the player must choose which color that spell is representing when they learn it. For example, Disguise Self is considered to be a Blue, Black, and Red spell. If a Planeswalker learns it, they must also declare which color it is; it does not count as all three colors for prerequisite purposes. The spells known by a Planeswalker at each level are listed in the table below
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    {table=head]Level|1|2|3|4|5|6
    1st|1
    2nd|2|
    3rd|3
    4th|3|2
    5th|4|3
    6th|4|3
    7th|4|4|2
    8th|4|4|3
    9th|4|4|3
    10th|4|4|4|2
    11th|4|4|4|3
    12th|4|4|4|3
    13th|4|4|4|4|2
    14th|4|4|4|4|3
    15th|4|4|4|4|3
    16th|5|4|4|4|4|2
    17th|5|5|4|4|4|3
    18th|5|5|5|4|4|3
    19th|5|5|5|5|4|4
    20th|5|5|5|5|5|4[/table]


    Minor Arcana: A planeswalker is innately skilled at magic, even if their true talents lie in hunting or jousting. A planeswalker may use any Cantrip or Orison in any combination a number of times per day equal to 3 + their spellcasting modifer.

    Walk the Planes (Su): A Planeswalker’s greatest talent is the ability to travel the multiverse through sheer willpower. Once per day at 1st level, they may teleport to another plane of existence. This is a spell-like ability that functions as the Plane Shift spell, with a few caveats. First, it may not be used on unwilling subjects. Second, it takes one minute to cast, rather than a standard action. Finally, the planeswalker and anyone who traveled with them is dazed for five rounds following the shift, and fatigued for the rest of the day. He gains additional uses of this ability again at 5th level and again every 5 levels thereafter.

    Color Skills: A Planeswalker’s allegiance to a color of magic grants them access to a few additional class skills. They must select a color at first level; this choice need not influence their later choices for spells or boons. Once made, the selection is permanent. All the class skills listed below are immediately added to the Planeswalker's class skill list.
    White: Knowledge: History, Knowledge: Nobility and Royalty, Ride, Sense Motive
    Blue: Disable Device Search, Swim, Use Magic Device
    Black: Bluff, Hide, Knowledge: Religion, Move Silently
    Red: Bluff, Intimidate, Jump Tumble,
    Green: Climb, Handle Animal, Heal, Knowledge: Nature

    Boon: At 1st level, and every three levels thereafter, a planeswalker embraces the special gifts of one of the colors of magic. At first level they may select any “Novice” boon. Starting at 7th level they may learn Journeyman boons, but to learn a higher level boon the Planeswalker must know a boon of the previous tier in the same color. For example, for a planeswalker to gain access to “Distortion Strike” (A journeyman Blue Boon), they must have selected one of blue’s novice boons at 1st or 4th level. Planeswalkers gain access to Expert boons at 10th level, Master boons at 13th level, and Legend boons at 19th level.

    Mana Source: A planeswalker’s spellcasting is closely tied to certain environments. At 2nd level, they choose a color. Once per day, while casting a spell of that color in the indicated environment, they may cast it at +1 caster level without expending a spell slot. At 8th level, they may choose to use this ability twice per day or to choose a second color to which this benefit can apply.
    White: Plains, open fields, deserts, urban environments
    Blue: Islands, the sea, large rivers or lakes, or while airborne with clouds nearby.
    Black: Swamps, cemeteries or tombs, and caves
    Red: Mountains, dungeons, and deserts
    Green: Forests, jungles, underground areas filled with fungus.

    Planeswalker’s Jaunt (Su): At 3rd level, a Planeswalker may analyze the geometry of the plane they currently reside on and use this ability to teleport themselves. To use this ability, make a Knowledge: The Planes check (DC 20). Success allows you to teleport anywhere within 20’ as a move action. You may teleport an additional 5’ for every five points you beat the check by, to a maximum of 60’. At 11th level, this ability is usable as a swift action. At 17th level, your skill with this ability allows you to avoid attacks: you may instead make a Knowledge (The Planes) check with a DC equal to the attack roll or save dc of an area spell in order to move 20’ as an immediate action. This ability is usable a number of times per day equal to your primary spellcasting modifier +3.

    Baleful Shift: At 5th level, the Planeswalker may take unwilling individuals with him when he Plane Shifts. The victim receives a will save (DC = 10+ ½ character level + spellcasting ability modifier) to resist this. Note that until higher levels, the casting time is still 1 minute so an unwilling target must be bound, helpless, or unconscious.

    Easy Walking: At 6h level, the Planeswalker is no longer fatigued after Walking the Planes, and is only dazed for one round upon arrival. Any passengers (willing and unwilling) still suffer the negative effects.

    Favored Plane: At 9th level, a planeswalker chooses a plane other than their home plane that they consider a safe haven. While on this plane, the planeswalker receives a +2 bonus on all Know: Geography, Survival, Spot, Listen, and Initiative checks. These bonuses improve to +4 at 15th level.

    Emergency Walk: At 12th level, in times of great need, the Planeswalker may teleport themselves out of danger much faster than normal. Once per day, she may use her “Walk the Planes” ability as a full-round action, rather than a one-minute action. He gains additional uses of this ability again at 15th level and every 3 levels thereafter.

    Swift Travel: At 14th level, you are able to planeshift much faster. Your “Walk the Planes” ability now takes only one round to cast. This is shortened to a standard action when you use your “Emergency Walk” ability.

    Master of the Planes (Ex):At 20th level you are an expert of interplanar travel. If you have been to a location before, you unerringly arrive where you desire when using your “Walk the Planes” ability, as the "Greater Planeshift" spell. You can make a Knowledge: The Planes check when an opponent uses a Conjuration[Teleportation] spell or spell-like ability to identify where they are traveling, and if you use your Walk the Planes ability afterwards, you can arrive within 20 miles of their location. You never risk landing somewhere dangerous when traveling to a plane, even if you have never been there before. Finally, the save DC to send an unwilling character on a “Walk” is increased by 2.


    White Boons and Spell List:
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    "One's blade is only as sharp as one's conviction."
    —Ajani Goldmane

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    Novice:

    Skills of the Plains: Upon selecting this boon, you add all of the White class skills to your class skill list.

    Enduring Ideal: Upon selecting this boon, you add a 1st level White spell to your list of spells known. Each time you gain a white boon, you may learn a new White spell of the highest level you are capable of casting.

    Healing Salve: This boon empowers your healing magic. When you cast a Cure spell, it heals an additional 2 points of damage for every White Boon you've selected, including this one

    Knighthood: Gain Mounted Combat as a bonus feat.

    Undead Slayer: Gain “Turn Undead” as a cleric of your level.

    Journeyman:
    Crusade: Upon selecting this boon, your Planeswalker levels are retroactively assumed to have granted full Base Attack Bonus, like a fighter. All future Planeswalker levels also grant full Base Attack Bonus. As an extra bonus, once per day you can invoke a Smite attack. This attack adds your Charisma modifier to your next attack roll and deals 2 additional points of damage per White Boon you've selected, including this one.

    Heroic Resolve: You may now cast spells in Medium armor and while using Heavy shields with no chance of spell failure. Furthermore, you may "taunt" foes into attacking you. You gain Goad as a bonus feat (see Complete Adventurer or sidebar for details).

    Swords to Plowshares: You can sacrifice a spell slot in order to weave white magic into a blast that makes a creature harmless but restores its life. As a standard action, you may designate a foe within 100' to make a will save (DC = 10+ level of spell slot lost + spellcasting ability modifier). The creature is stunned for 1 round and suffers a penalty on attack rolls equal to the spell level used for 1d6+1 rounds, but gains an equal amount of Fast Healing for as long as they have the attack penalty. A succesful save negates the stun and halves the duration.


    Expert Boons:
    Austere Command: All allies within 30' (but not the Planeswalker) gain a +2 Morale bonus on attack rolls and saves versus fear.

    Mox Pearl: You cast all "White" spells at +1 Caster Level.

    Beacon of Immortality: Whenever you cast a [Healing] spell, it is automatically affected as if you had used Empower Spell on it, but with no increase in spell level or casting time.

    Master Boons:
    Shelter: You gain a permanent “Sanctuary” effect. Until you act against a foe with a harmful action, they must make a Will save (DC 10+ 1/2 character level + spellcasting ability modifier) to directly attack you or cast a spell targeting you. They may still indirectly harm you (such as with an area attack), and a foe who successfully saves is immune to this effect for 24 hours.

    Pulse of the Fields: You gain Fast Healing 2 for each White Boon you have selected, including this one.


    Legend Boon:

    Serra’s Embrace: You are elevated to angelic status. Your type is changed to Outsider. You gain Resistance to Acid, Cold, and Electricity 10 as well as Damage Reduction 10/Evil and Magic. You also sprout large, feathery wings that grant you a fly speed of 60' (good maneuverability).

    Decree of Justice: You gain Gate 2/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your character level.


    Spells: The following spells are considered "White" spells
    - Any non-evil, non-inflict* spell from the Cleric spell list
    - Any spell from the Paladin spell list
    - Abjuration spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list

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    - Any spell with "Inflict" in its name.
    - Harm and Mass Harm


    Blue Boons and Spell List:
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    "The mind: a great weapon and an even greater weakness." - Jace Beleren
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    Novice:
    Skills of the Sea: Upon selecting this boon, you add all of the Blue class skills to your class skill list.

    Thirst for Knowledge: You begin to train in the ways of the artificer. You gain the Trapfinding ability (as a Rogue), Scribe Scroll as a bonus feat, and a craft reserve of 50 that can be used in place of XP when creating magic items.

    Eternal Dominion: Upon selecting this boon, you add a 1st level Blue spell to your list of spells known. Each time you gain a blue boon, you may learn a new Blue spell of the highest level you are capable of casting.

    Dizzy Spell: When a foe is targeted by a Blue spell that you cast, whether the spell is successful or not, that enemy suffers a -1 penalty to AC for each Blue boon you have taken (including this one) for one round.

    Raven Familiar: You gain the services of a Raven familiar, as a wizard of your level.

    Journeyman:
    Distortion Strike: You gain a number of Sudden Strike dice equal to the number of Blue boons you have taken (including this one).

    Artificer’s Intuition: You become a more skilled artificer. You may take any Craft feat as a bonus feat as long as you meet the prerequisites. You gain a 100 point craft reserve (this overwrites a previous craft reserve). Finally, you may make Use Magic Device checks to emulate spells that you do not have while crafting magic items.

    Mana Drain: You gain a +2 bonus on all dispel checks. In addition, if you successfully counter a spell, the opposing caster loses a prepared spell slot or spell at random.

    Expert:
    Cryptic Command: Allies within 30' of the Planeswalker (but not the planeswalker themselves) cast spells at +1 caster level.

    Sapphire Medallion: You cast blue spells at +1 caster level.

    Beacon of Tomorrows: All spells you cast from the Illusion school have their duration doubled as though they had been cast using the Extend Spell feat.

    Master:
    Tinker: You become a master artificer. You gain the service of up to 10 HD worth of Hommonculi without spending any gold or XP. This may be split up as you wish (one 10HD homonculus, or ten 1 HD homonculi, etc). You gain the "Create Homonculus" ability as an artificier, but only the homonculi granted by this ability are free. Should they be destroyed, you must pay the cost as normal. Likewise, should you wish to create more homonculi or upgrade the one granted by this feat, you pay the costs as normal. You gain another craft feat that you qualify for as a bonus feat, and a craft reserve of 300.

    Cloak of Mists: You gain a bonus on all saves versus spells or spell-like abilities equal to the number of Blue boons you have taken.

    Legend:
    Time Twister: Once per round, you may cast any spell you know of 3rd level or lower as a swift action, as though it had been prepared with the Quicken Spell feat, without any increase in casting time or spell level.

    Time Walk: You may cast Time Stop 2/day as a spell-like ability.

    Spells: The following are considered "Blue" spells
    - Abjuration, Divination, Enchantment, Illusion, and Transmutation spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list
    - Any "Teleport" spell*

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    - Benign Transposition
    - Baleful Transposition
    - Dimension Door
    - Greater Dimension Door
    - Teleport
    - Greater Teleport

    Other spells may qualify, at your DMs discretion



    Black Boons and Spell List:
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    "Death is no excuse for disobedience." - Liliana Vess
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    Novice
    Skills of the Swamps: Upon selecting this boon, you add all of the Black class skills to your class skill list.

    Unholy Strength: You have DR X/bludgeoning, where X is the number of Black boons you possess (including this one)

    Demonic Tutor: Upon selecting this boon, you may take any feat as a bonus feat. However, you suffer a permanent -1 to will saves. Unlike other boons, you may select this boon multiple times (the penalty is cumulative).

    Zombie Master: You gain the ability to Rebuke undead, as a cleric of your level.

    Neverending Torment: Upon selecting this boon, you add a 1st level Black spell to your list of spells known. Each time you gain a black boon, you may learn a new Black spell of the highest level you are capable of casting.

    Journeyman:
    Hatred: All of your attacks (including magical touch attacks) inflict an additional 1d6 damage for each Black boon you possess. However, each time you deal damage, you also take 1d6 points of damage.

    Raise Dead: You gain a skeletal servant. It is a normal Human Warrior skeleton, except as noted here. The skeleton has a number of Hit Dice equal to the planeswalker's class level. Add one-half the planeswalker's class level to the skeleton's natural armor bonus. Add one-third of the planeswalker's class level to the skeleton's Strength and Dexterity scores. if your skeleton should be destroyed, a ritual requiring 24 hours of meditation, an assembled skeleton, and 100 gold worth of materials can create a new one.

    Cover of Darkness: Whenever one of your Black spells requires a saving throw, the victim must also make a will save (DC = 10+1/2 character level +spellcasting ability modifier) or be shaken for 1 minute.

    Expert:
    Profane Command: All enemies within 30' of you receive a -2 penalty to AC and all saving throws.

    Jet Medallion: You cast Black spells at +1 caster level.

    Beacon of Unrest: Whenever one of your spells creates undead (Animate Undead, Summon Undead), you create one additional undead of that type at no additional cost (you must have a dead body in the case of Animate Dead or a similar spell, but you create both undead with the materials, time, and spell slot of one).

    Master:
    Necropotence: When you cast a spell, you may take an amount of damage equal to the level of that spell times three. If you do, you regain that spell slot for the day.

    Dark Ritual: You gain a number of bonus spell slots based on the number of Black Boons you possess. For instance, if you possess 5 Black Boons, you may gain a bonus 5th level spell, or a bonus 2nd and 3rd level spell, or five bonus 1st level spells. You may redistribute this bonus each morning, when you regain your spells for the day.

    Legend:
    Lich: Your type becomes Undead. You lose your constitution score. All of your HD are retroactively turned into D12 hit die, and you gain bonus hitpoints based on your charisma modifier instead of your (now non-existant) constitution modifier. You also add your charisma modifer to all constitution checks and constitution-based skills. You have +4 Turn Resistance, and receive a +2 bonus to Strength and Intelligence. Finally, you receive a +2 bonus on all checks to Rebuke or Command undead.

    Damnation: You may cast Sphere of Ultimate Destruction 2/day as a spell-like ability with a caster level equal to your character level.

    Spells: The following are considered "Black" spells:
    - Any non-good, non-healing* spell from the Cleric spell list
    - Any spell from the Assassin spell list
    - Necromancy spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list
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    - Any spell with "Cure" in its name.
    - Any spell with "Vigor" in its name.
    - The "Heal" and "Mass Heal" spells
    - Regeneration




    Red Boons and Spell List:
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    "Of course you should fight fire with fire. You should fight everything with fire." - Jaya Ballard
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    RED BOONS

    Novice Boons:
    Reckless Rage: You gain the ability to fly into a rage 1/day, as the Barbarian ability.

    Cave Sense: You get a +1 bonus on Reflex saves for each Red boon you have, including this one.

    Sizzle: You gain Fiery Burst (see Complete Mage or sidebar for details) as a bonus feat, even if you do not meet the prerequisites.

    Skills of the Mountains: Upon selecting this boon, you add all of the Red class skills to your class skill list.

    Undying Flames: Upon selecting this boon, you add a 1st level Red spell to your list of spells known. Each time you gain a red boon, you may learn a new red spell of the highest level you are capable of casting.

    Journeyman:
    Bedlam: You have Skirmish +Xd6/+X (See Sidebar), where X is equal to the number of Red Boons you have (including this one).

    Pyromatics: You gain Evasion (as the Rogue ability) and Resist Fire 10.

    Rite of Flame: Whenever you cast a Red spell, you may sacrifice a second spell slot of any level as part of that action. If you do, you increase the spell's effective level and your caster level while casting it by an amount equal to the spell level. For example Chandra, a 7th level Planeswalker, casts Fireball. She invokes her Rite of Flame, losing a 2nd level spell slot as she casts Fireball. The Fireball she is casting is treated as though it were a 5th level spell, and Chandra's CL is treated as 9 (so it inflicts 9d6 damage with a save DC of 15+primary casting attribute, instead of 7d6 with a save of 13+primary casting stat). Fireball.

    Expert:
    Beacon of Destruction: Any spell you cast with the [Fire] descriptor is automatically affected as though by the Empower Spell feat, with no increase in spell level or casting time.

    Incendiary Command: All allies within 30' (but not the planeswalker) have their weapons imbued with fire, inflicting an additional 2d6 fire damage per melee attack.

    Ruby Medallion: You cast Red spells at +1 caster level.

    Master:
    Fervor: You may act as if under the effects of a Haste spell for 10 rounds/day. This ability is activated and deactivated as a free action, and the rounds need not be consecutive.

    Volcanic Strength: Whenever you deal damage with an attack, spell, or ability you deal an additional 2 damage for each Red boon you have, including this one.

    Legend:
    Comet Storm: You may cast Meteor Swarm 2/day, as a spell-like ability.

    Form of the Dragon: Upon taking this boon, you take on a Draconic visage. You sprout draconic wings enabling you to fly at a speed equal to your normal movement speed with average maneuverability. You also gain a breath weapon which can be used every 1d4 rounds and inflicts 5d6 fire damage in a 30' cone (Reflex for half). The save DC is based on 16+your primary casting attribute.


    Spells: The following are considered Red spells:
    - Spells taken from the Bard spell list
    - Evocation, Conjuration, and Transmutation spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list
    - Any spell with the [Fire], [Cold], [Electricity], or [Sonic] descriptor


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    Novice Boons:
    Skills of the Forest: Upon selecting this boon, you add all of the Green class skills to your class skill list.

    Animal Magnetism: You gain the Wild Empathy ability, as a druid.

    Endless Swarm: Upon selecting this boon, you add a 1st level Green spell to your list of spells known. Each time you gain a Green boon, you may learn a new Green spell of the highest level you are capable of casting.

    Gift of the Woods: You gain a +1 bonus on Fortitude saves for each Green boon you have, including this one.

    Overrun: You gain Augment Summoning as a bonus feat, even if you don't meet the prerequisites.

    Journeyman Boons:

    Bounty of the Hunt: Upon selecting this boon, you gain a Favored Enemy (as the ranger ability). Each time you select a new green boon, you may choose an additional favored enemy and increase your bonus to a favored enemy by +2.

    Predatory Focus: Upon selecting this boon, your Planeswalker levels are retroactively assumed to have granted full Base Attack Bonus, like a fighter. All future Planeswalker levels also grant full Base Attack Bonus. As an additonal bonus, you get a +2 bonus to attack and damage on all attacks of opportunity.

    Wild Pair: You gain an animal companion, as a druid of your level -3.


    Expert Boons:

    Beacon of Infestation: The duration of any summoned creature under your control is doubled, as if by the Extend Spell feat, with no change in spell level or casting time.

    Emerald Medallion: You cast Green spells at +1 caster level.

    Primal Command: Allies within 30' (but not the planeswalker themselves) get a +2 luck bonus to Strength and gain Fast Healing 3 as long as they are at or below 50% of their maximum hitpoints.


    Master:
    Giant Growth: You may give yourself the effects of Enlarge Person as a free action for up to 10 rounds per day. These rounds need not be consecutive. In addition, you gain an inherent +1 bonus to strength for each Green boon you have, including this one, at all times.

    Beastmaster Ascension: You gain the ability to Wildshape, as a druid of your level, up to 2/day. You may only take the form of small to large sized animals, however.

    Legend:
    Might of Oaks: Upon selecting this boon, your skin hardens and becomes more plantlike. You gain a +3 natural armor bonus and 25% fortification against critical hits. In addition, the first "Summon" spell of 3rd level or lower you cast each round is cast as a swift action instead of a full round.

    Epic Proportions: You gain the ability to cast Shapechange 2/day as a spell-like ability.


    Spells: The following are considered "Green" spells:
    - Any spell from the Druid spell list.
    - Any spell from the Ranger spell list.
    - Any Conjuration spell from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list.

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    Arcane Spark
    Prerequisite: Walk the Planes ability
    Benefit: When you cast a Planeswalker spell, you may sacrifice a daily use of your Walk the Planes ability. If you do, you regain the spell slot used to cast that spell.

    Extra Boon
    Prerequisite: Planeswalker 3rd level
    Benefit: You may select an additional boon for which you meet the prerequisites.

    Heroic Spark
    Prerequisite: Walk the Planes ability
    Benefit: As a free action, you may sacrifice a daily use of your Walk the Planes ability in order to reroll a die that has just been rolled. You must take the new result, even if it is lower.

    Life Spark
    Prerequisite: Walk the Planes ability
    Benefit: As an immediate action, you may sacrifice a daily use of your Walk the Planes ability to heal yourself for 1d10+1/2 character level hitpoints. This ability may be used even if you have recently been dealt lethal damage.

    Mana Adept
    Prerequisite: Mana Savant, ability to cast 3rd level Arcane spells
    Benefit: As you fight, you gain a pool of "mana" that you can use to power metamagic feats. During the first round of combat, and every five rounds thereafter, you add 1 "mana" to your "mana pool". This can be spent to partially or completely negate the cost of some metamagic. This pool resets at the end of combat.
    Example: After five rounds of combat, the Mana Adept Planeswalker has 2 mana stored. She could choose to Empower a spell with no cost, or Quicken a spell at only +2 cost, or cast a Still spell and still have 1 mana remaining.

    Mana Savant
    Prerequisite: Novice-level Boon
    Benefit: You may apply metamagic to your spells without increasing the cast time.

    Plane Jumper
    Prerequisite: Two Boons
    Benefit: You may use your Walk the Planes ability an additional time per day.
    Special: You may take this feat multiple times. Its effects stack.

    War Spark
    Prerequisite: Walk the Planes ability
    Benefit: As a swift action, you may sacrifice a use of your Walk the Planes ability to gain a +2 moral bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls for 1 minute.


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    HD: d8

    Skills: 6+int/level

    {table=header]Level|Class Features
    21st|
    22nd|
    Boon, Mythic Boons

    23rd|
    Walk the Planes 6/day

    24th|
    Bonus Feat

    25th|
    Emergency Walk 4/day, Boon

    26th|
    Walk the Planes 7/day

    27th|
    28th|
    Boon, Bonus Feat

    29th|
    Walk the Planes 8/day

    30th|
    Emergency Walk 5/day
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    Spells: The planeswalker's caster level is equal to his or her class level. The epic planeswalker does not gain additional spells per day or spells known unless they select a boon or feat that grants them.

    Emergency Walk, Walk the Planes: The epic planeswalker gains additional uses of these abilities per day, as indicated on the table.

    Boons: The epic planeswalker continues to gain new boons at each indicated level. At 22nd level, they may select a "Mythic" boon, assuming they meet the normal prerequisites.

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    All Colors:
    Black Lotus: When you roll for initiative, you may cast any spell planeswalker spell you know of 4th level or lower as an immediate action.

    Perhaps you've met my cohort?: Once per day as a full-round action, you may summon a planeswalker cohort to aid you. This cohort is a 20th level planeswalker who's alignment is within one step of yours. This planeswalker serves you faithfully for 1 hour before vanishing.

    White:
    Oath of Lieges: You gain two 7th-level spell slots and one 8th-level spell slots. You gain bonus 7th and 8th level spells for having a high primary casting attribute as usual. You also learn two new white spells.

    Transcendence: All your ability scores below 20 are raised to 20, and you gain a +20 inherent bonus to hitpoints.

    Blue:
    Mind's Desire: Once per day you may cast any spell in existence of 9th level or lower, even if you do not know that spell or would not normally have access to it.

    Oath of Scholars: You gain two 7th-level spell slots and one 8th-level spell slots. You gain bonus 7th and 8th level spells for having a high primary casting attribute as usual. You also learn two new blue spells.

    Black:
    Mind Twist: Your very touch wrecks opponent's sanity. You gain access to a touch attack. This touch attack strips away 5 spell slots or prepared spells from the victim (starting with the highest level ones), and they must make a fortitude save (DC 20+primary spellcasting modifier) or have 50% spellcasting failure for 1 minute.

    Oath of Ghouls: You gain two 7th-level spell slots and one 8th-level spell slots. You gain bonus 7th and 8th level spells for having a high primary casting attribute as usual. You also learn two new black spells.

    Red:
    Gratuitous Violence: All damage you deal is doubled.

    Oath of Mages: You gain two 7th-level spell slots and one 8th-level spell slots. You gain bonus 7th and 8th level spells for having a high primary casting attribute as usual. You also learn two new red spells.

    Green:
    Oath of Druids: You gain two 7th-level spell slots and one 8th-level spell slots. You gain bonus 7th and 8th level spells for having a high primary casting attribute as usual. You also learn two new green spells.

    Survival of the Fittest: You share a link with your summoned allies and animal companion. Whenever you are dealt damage, you may redirect up to half that damage to a summoned creature under your control or your companion. Likewise, when damage is dealt to them

    Bonus Feats: The epic planeswalker gains a bonus epic feat every 4th level. They may select from the following list of epic feats:
    Armor Skin, Energy Resistance, Epic Endurance, Epic Prowess, Epic Skill Focus, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Toughness, Great Charisma, Great Intelligence, Great Wisdom, Improved Metamagic, Polyglot, Master Staff, Master Wand, Spell Knowledge, Superior Initiative
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    EDIT2: O-Chul v Shark. Snuggles v. that pansy Good Cat. Pun-Pun, full stop.

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    This looks awesomesauce, actually.
    At 19th level I think it should be Boon (Legend), not Boon (Master).
    Lastly, an offering for the Black spell list - I think I found a Damnation stand-in.

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    This looks awesomesauce, actually.
    At 19th level I think it should be Boon (Legend), not Boon (Master).
    Lastly, an offering for the Black spell list - I think I found a Damnation stand-in.
    Thank you . You're right on the boon; that's fixed.

    I'll keep Sphere in mind although I'm a bit leery of putting any 9s on any color spell list. If I do (or if I add a "ultimate spell" 1/day at 20th as a Capstone) black will probably get the Sphere. As a bonus note, I have all the Boons scribbled out and just need to template them, but I haven't hit the spell lists as hard yet. If anyone has any advice, please post it!
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    Well, my only advice is stick to what the colors are typically about;

    White - You've got that down
    Blue - You've probably got that down, but make sure there's some mind control/heavy enchantment/knowledge themed (Think Scholar's Touch)
    Black - Necromancy/Debuffing
    Green - Buff/Summoning
    Red - BURRRRRRRRRRRN!!!!!!!!!!

    But you knew that, so i'm just being pedantic.

    Other than that, you might want to specfy in Blue's Tinkerer about what happens when the Hommunculus/Hommonculi kick the bucket.

    In short, keep up the good work.
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    So yet another Charisma-based arcane class? The Planeswalker class appears to be the opposite of Paizo's Summoner class in that it sends the character to other planes of existence,instead of summoning creatures.
    One thing I've noted is the very limited number of spells known. Since its stated in the text that the Planeswalker needs to learn two spells of the same color to learn a higher level spell,most Planeswalkers will only have access to two colors at best. Was this intentional?
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    Well, my only advice is stick to what the colors are typically about;

    White - You've got that down
    Blue - You've probably got that down, but make sure there's some mind control/heavy enchantment/knowledge themed (Think Scholar's Touch)
    Black - Necromancy/Debuffing
    Green - Buff/Summoning
    Red - BURRRRRRRRRRRN!!!!!!!!!!

    But you knew that, so i'm just being pedantic.

    Other than that, you might want to specfy in Blue's Tinkerer about what happens when the Hommunculus/Hommonculi kick the bucket.

    In short, keep up the good work.
    Thanks, will do . That was my general idea. Most schools don't map on well but my rough sketch is...

    WHITE: White gets to heal. Lame, I know. Anything that provides a boost to attack, AC, or saves tended to get tossed into white as well. To give them a bit more versatility, banishment effects got lumped into white due to the inspiration of cards like this.

    BLUE: The Dispel/spell-busting abjurations, illusions, mind-controlling enchantments, divinations, and MAYBE (I'm really torn) Teleports and a few transmutation effects (probably just Alter Self and Baleful Polymorph due to power level concerns). Basically they'll look a lot like a modified Beguiler's list.

    BLACK: If it's a necromancy effect, it's black. Black will get some enchantment/transmutation effects of the ability damage variety (Touch of Idiocy, Ray of Clumsiness), as well as some Undead/Demon summoning and the occasional damage spell.

    RED: If there's a halfway decent spell that does fire or electric damage (and occasionally sonic or cold damage), Red gets it. To make sure they're not a one-trick pony, Red also gets a smattering of trickster spells from Illusion, Confusion/Rage effects from Enchantment, and anything that boosts speed (including Haste).

    GREEN: Will look an awful lot like a druid's list without the blasting: lots of battlefield control, summoning, and buffing with some delayed healing progression to boot.

    This will clearly make Blue and Green the "best" colors, so I was hoping the Boons would be more balanced so we at least saw some intriguing "multicolor" 'walkers. What do you guys think?

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    So yet another Charisma-based arcane class? The Planeswalker class appears to be the opposite of Paizo's Summoner class in that it sends the character to other planes of existence,instead of summoning creatures.
    One thing I've noted is the very limited number of spells known. Since its stated in the text that the Planeswalker needs to learn two spells of the same color to learn a higher level spell,most Planeswalkers will only have access to two colors at best. Was this intentional?
    Originally the planeswalker got to designate which mental stat governed their casting. The idea appealed to me but was dropped for simplicity's sake, but I could be persuaded to bring the idea back.

    The color restriction on spells known was intentional. While I wanted this class to offer way more freedom than some other adaptations I've seen, I also wanted players to have to make a clear and serious choice between the colors and didn't get to just have access to the entire game's spell list. I was hoping that making the color restrictions of each thing separate (ie you can learn Black and Blue spells while focusing on White boons with a Red skill list) would be enough freedom.

    I'm not sure I'd give the 'walker too many more spells known (they are based off bardic casting); the "guide" to them might strongly suggest "Extra Spell" as an important feat for characters wanting to have more breadth in their spellcasting. What I might be convinced to do is...

    - Say that when learning a spell of a high level, they may always instead learn a lower level spell. Like boons, you can start sacrificing your ability to get 6th levels in more than one color (or any color) in order to gain 5th levels from 3 colors.

    - Implement a "swap spells" like every other spontaneous caster in the game, allowing planeswalkers who've learned high level magic in one color to start branching into other colors at higher levels.

    Thoughts?
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    Busy week of school has been busy, but Black boons and Blue spells are up! I also put up my notes on the other boons, although they need a loooot of formatting.
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    Not a lot to comment about right now, or rather I have not read it well enough to make a real appropriate comment. I will be sure to read and re-read it soon though. But for now, just want to give a big ol' thumbs up, I approve of this idea. (and it blows my own planeswalker - class adaption out of the water, bravo).
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    Why does Skills of the Swamps give Blue skills, and not Black skills?

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    Why does Skills of the Swamps give Blue skills, and not Black skills?
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    Casting stat should probably be dependant on color involved. White and green should cast on wis, red is cha, blue is int, and black could go cha or int. It fits flavorfully, and could add an interesting angle to the class.

    Boon save dcs are useful at the level you get them, but quickly become crap. Something like 10+relevant ability mod+1/2 lvl is pretty standard for most class abilities that give saves. Maybe reduce to 1/3lvl if you want them weaker.

    While not so often in recent years, red has also had cold type stuff in it's color pie. Other non-burn for the red caster: Haste(representing haste of course, and first/double strike), Daze effects (target creature can't block this turn), damage increasing buffs (target creature gets +x/+0), and maybe some luck related stuff (since redc has most of the coin flipping).
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    Casting stat should probably be dependant on color involved. White and green should cast on wis, red is cha, blue is int, and black could go cha or int. It fits flavorfully, and could add an interesting angle to the class.
    Only if a given character always has a single casting stat determined by his initial color allegiance. A single character with multiple casting stats is a terrible idea and a huge nerf.

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but all the spells on the list are (obviously) copied from existing spells. (at least to my knowledge). I also notice the lack of 0-level spells. Not a huge issue, but it did bring an idea to mind. You can take it or leave it as you see fit of course. But if you incorporated 0-level spells from all sources (and possibly all classes? I dunno on that one) as an at-will thing, I don't see it being too broken (if I am wrong, correct me). This could at least give the planeswalker more of their "Constantly spellslinging" feel.
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    I'd support the at-will cantrips idea, possible with Cure and Inflict replaced with Stabilize and Bleed (or whatever Pathfinder calls them). If Pathfinder thinks at-will cantrips from level 1 isn't broken, it probably isn't. Plus, some of my favorite spells are cantrips. XD
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    Well it is not the cantrips so much that seem to be broken, at least from my experience, but rather the way they are used. But to be fair, take away ALL magic, and a clever PC will still ruin everything if they want to.
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    It's true, prestidigitation is wish for creative people. The things that I can do by RAW with mage hand would make your head spin.
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    Here's an idea for a Novice Boon:
    Mastery of a Color: You gain an extra spell known of your first color. For every Boon you have of the same color,you gain an extra known spell of the next higher level; i.e. an extra 2nd-level spell known at 4th level,an extra 3rd-level spell known at 7th-level etc.
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    Casting stat should probably be dependant on color involved. White and green should cast on wis, red is cha, blue is int, and black could go cha or int. It fits flavorfully, and could add an interesting angle to the class.

    Boon save dcs are useful at the level you get them, but quickly become crap. Something like 10+relevant ability mod+1/2 lvl is pretty standard for most class abilities that give saves. Maybe reduce to 1/3lvl if you want them weaker.

    While not so often in recent years, red has also had cold type stuff in it's color pie. Other non-burn for the red caster: Haste(representing haste of course, and first/double strike), Daze effects (target creature can't block this turn), damage increasing buffs (target creature gets +x/+0), and maybe some luck related stuff (since redc has most of the coin flipping).
    Thank you very much . It seems to me that the desire for more casting stat freedom is pretty high; I'll be going back to the "choose Charisma, Int, or Wis; this choice is permanent at 1st level" from my original pass. Also I'll consider modding the save DCs on the boons and SLAs .

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but all the spells on the list are (obviously) copied from existing spells. (at least to my knowledge). I also notice the lack of 0-level spells. Not a huge issue, but it did bring an idea to mind. You can take it or leave it as you see fit of course. But if you incorporated 0-level spells from all sources (and possibly all classes? I dunno on that one) as an at-will thing, I don't see it being too broken (if I am wrong, correct me). This could at least give the planeswalker more of their "Constantly spellslinging" feel.
    You are very much correct. I'm lazy like that . I like my current, Duskblade-esque cantrips (3+casting stat mod/day), but I'll consider expanding the list, potentially just to "All 0 level spells in all source books forever" rather than just Detect Magic, Cure Minor Wounds, Read Magic, and Mage Hand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Cross View Post
    Here's an idea for a Novice Boon:
    Mastery of a Color: You gain an extra spell known of your first color. For every Boon you have of the same color,you gain an extra known spell of the next higher level; i.e. an extra 2nd-level spell known at 4th level,an extra 3rd-level spell known at 7th-level etc.

    I love this and I already know what I'll call the line (Enduring Ideal, Eternal Dominion, Neverending Torment, Eternal Swarm, and Undying Flame). Should I just throw it in, or should I replace the skills one since it's largely uninteresting?
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    1: Black spells are up!

    2: I'm considering a second legend boon, some sort of "Legend Spell" that grants an 8th or 9th level spell appropriate to that color as an SLA 1/day (Mass Heal/Gate, Time Stop/Disjunction, Gate/Sphere of Destruction, Meteor Swarm/Shapechange, Shapechange/Storm of Vengeance/Summon Elemental Monolith). Thoughts on this?
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    I'd say add it in. Otherwise only the Blue Planeswalkers will get Use Magic Device as a class skill.
    I also like the idea of a second Legend boon. Not only does it increase customization at higher levels, but it gives Planeswalkers limited access to 8 & 9th level spells.
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    Perhaps no-one will be surprised, but I have power concerns on Necropotence and Dark Ritual. Dark Ritual doesn't seem insane, really, but I think it may be stronger than the other colors 'per-boon bonus' boons. Just keep an eye on it.

    Necropotence gives you unlimited spells per day, by virtue of Cure Light Wounds costing 3HP to cast and restoring 1d8+5 HP per casting. So, you easily (boon and a 1st-level white spell) have infinite health, which this boon immediately converts to infinite spells. Or you could use a wand or something, point being the drawback is very easily overcome. Heck, even without healing, it only costs 18 HP to get a free 6th-level spell, and at level 13 (when you first get this) you will have 62 HP with average rolls and 10 Con, so 3 free max-level spells at least.

    The flavor is spot-on however, trading your life force for magical power. So, there are two ideas i have for balancing this.
    1) Increase the damage to 5, 8, or 10 HP/spell level. 5 isn't a big jump, and is still easily healed, but 8 isn't shrugged off so easily, and 10 makes it dangerous to use on high-level spells.
    2) Have limited uses per day, perhaps 1/2 class level.

    I'd suggest either increasing the HP cost to 5 plus some uses/day limit(a significant number of 'free' spells, but not infinite), or increasing the cost to 8-10 with no daily limit (high enough cost that healing yourself after use is non-trivial).

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    Perhaps no-one will be surprised, but I have power concerns on Necropotence and Dark Ritual. Dark Ritual doesn't seem insane, really, but I think it may be stronger than the other colors 'per-boon bonus' boons. Just keep an eye on it.

    Necropotence gives you unlimited spells per day, by virtue of Cure Light Wounds costing 3HP to cast and restoring 1d8+5 HP per casting. So, you easily (boon and a 1st-level white spell) have infinite health, which this boon immediately converts to infinite spells. Or you could use a wand or something, point being the drawback is very easily overcome. Heck, even without healing, it only costs 18 HP to get a free 6th-level spell, and at level 13 (when you first get this) you will have 62 HP with average rolls and 10 Con, so 3 free max-level spells at least.

    The flavor is spot-on however, trading your life force for magical power. So, there are two ideas i have for balancing this.
    1) Increase the damage to 5, 8, or 10 HP/spell level. 5 isn't a big jump, and is still easily healed, but 8 isn't shrugged off so easily, and 10 makes it dangerous to use on high-level spells.
    2) Have limited uses per day, perhaps 1/2 class level.

    I'd suggest either increasing the HP cost to 5 plus some uses/day limit(a significant number of 'free' spells, but not infinite), or increasing the cost to 8-10 with no daily limit (high enough cost that healing yourself after use is non-trivial).
    It's surprising that Necropotence is overpowered?

    Heck, without a delay, It's essentially Yawgmoth's Bargain instead.

    Heck, is it surprising that Black/White is overpowered? It represents the game so well!

    That said, this should probably be fixed for the sake of balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackmage View Post
    Perhaps no-one will be surprised, but I have power concerns on Necropotence and Dark Ritual. Dark Ritual doesn't seem insane, really, but I think it may be stronger than the other colors 'per-boon bonus' boons. Just keep an eye on it.

    Necropotence gives you unlimited spells per day, by virtue of Cure Light Wounds costing 3HP to cast and restoring 1d8+5 HP per casting. So, you easily (boon and a 1st-level white spell) have infinite health, which this boon immediately converts to infinite spells. Or you could use a wand or something, point being the drawback is very easily overcome. Heck, even without healing, it only costs 18 HP to get a free 6th-level spell, and at level 13 (when you first get this) you will have 62 HP with average rolls and 10 Con, so 3 free max-level spells at least.

    The flavor is spot-on however, trading your life force for magical power. So, there are two ideas i have for balancing this.
    1) Increase the damage to 5, 8, or 10 HP/spell level. 5 isn't a big jump, and is still easily healed, but 8 isn't shrugged off so easily, and 10 makes it dangerous to use on high-level spells.
    2) Have limited uses per day, perhaps 1/2 class level.

    I'd suggest either increasing the HP cost to 5 plus some uses/day limit(a significant number of 'free' spells, but not infinite), or increasing the cost to 8-10 with no daily limit (high enough cost that healing yourself after use is non-trivial).
    An alternate option would be to limit what level of spells you can use it on based on your class level. At level 13, unlimited first- or second-level spells isn't a big deal, and unlimited third-level spells is still only a mildly big deal. By the time you hit 20, unlimited sixth-level spells is still piddles compared to what the real casters are pulling off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackmage View Post
    Perhaps no-one will be surprised, but I have power concerns on Necropotence and Dark Ritual. Dark Ritual doesn't seem insane, really, but I think it may be stronger than the other colors 'per-boon bonus' boons. Just keep an eye on it.

    Necropotence gives you unlimited spells per day, by virtue of Cure Light Wounds costing 3HP to cast and restoring 1d8+5 HP per casting. So, you easily (boon and a 1st-level white spell) have infinite health, which this boon immediately converts to infinite spells. Or you could use a wand or something, point being the drawback is very easily overcome. Heck, even without healing, it only costs 18 HP to get a free 6th-level spell, and at level 13 (when you first get this) you will have 62 HP with average rolls and 10 Con, so 3 free max-level spells at least.

    The flavor is spot-on however, trading your life force for magical power. So, there are two ideas i have for balancing this.
    1) Increase the damage to 5, 8, or 10 HP/spell level. 5 isn't a big jump, and is still easily healed, but 8 isn't shrugged off so easily, and 10 makes it dangerous to use on high-level spells.
    2) Have limited uses per day, perhaps 1/2 class level.

    I'd suggest either increasing the HP cost to 5 plus some uses/day limit(a significant number of 'free' spells, but not infinite), or increasing the cost to 8-10 with no daily limit (high enough cost that healing yourself after use is non-trivial).
    Thanks for the feedback! I think you are most likely correct on Necropotence (no big shock, eh? ). One thing I'm going to immediately do is make it so that it can only recover black spells: at least that way the "infinite battery" can't be fueled by the 'walker alone by using Necropotence to recover Cure Light Wounds or Lesser Vigor for less than the cost of the spell.

    I think I'm also going to go with raising the damage to 10 for now. The 'walker is a d8 HD class that is also very SAD, so they should be able to take it. Sound good?

    Midterms were a killer, but hopefully this class will be 100% finished in the next day or so. One thing I worry about is white's "ultra-spell": Gate as their 2nd Legend Boon. It seems way, way too strong...but giving them Summon Monster IX or Heavenly Host instead seems awfully weak. I'm okay with white being a bit stronger just because I think it's the weakest color (spell and boon-wise) otherwise, but is Gate too much? Any good alternatives you guys can suggest? And any good suggestions for green? Right now it's ultra spell is probably going to be Shambler, Shapechange, or Greater Whirlwind but I'm open to ideas .
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    This... would probably be better on Green, given that they are the most melee-centric planeswalkers. Seriously, just look at Garruk- only green mana, and he has potent melee prowess. And Ajani Vengeant, while having a red mana cost, in the books, he has a connection to green mana. I would seriously consider giving green this power...
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    I love this class!

    But I found something that doesn't add up...

    Walk the Planes (Su): A Planeswalker’s greatest talent is the ability to travel the multiverse through sheer willpower. <snip> with a maximum of 4/day at level 16.
    And on the table you have it going up to 5/day at level 20. I'll let you figure out which one is right.

    Also, for spell lists, think it might be easy to consolidate each separate school of thought and magic (psionic, druidic, clerical, arcane, etc. but mostly the schools of transmutation, evocation, destruction and the like) into different pieces of the color pie, rather than trying to compile a list of names? That way no two 'walkers of even the same color would be of the same (See Jace and Tezzeret, or Liliana and Sorin)
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    I suggest that if you're using Gate as the optional Legend Boon for White Planeswalkers,then you nerf it in some way. At the very least, the type of creatures summoned should be dependent on alignment-good Planeswalkers shouldn't be able to Gate in evil outsiders,and vice versa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMofDarkness View Post
    This... would probably be better on Green, given that they are the most melee-centric planeswalkers. Seriously, just look at Garruk- only green mana, and he has potent melee prowess. And Ajani Vengeant, while having a red mana cost, in the books, he has a connection to green mana. I would seriously consider giving green this power...
    After some thought, I agree. While there could be a barbarian planeswalker, currently we've seen spellcasters from red (Jaya, Chandra, Koth) and fighters from green and white (Ajani, Elspeth, Gideon, Garruk). I'll make the switch I think. It's low-enough hanging fruit that most red "fighter" types can still access it via Green anyways.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZaneLaCoix View Post
    Also, for spell lists, think it might be easy to consolidate each separate school of thought and magic (psionic, druidic, clerical, arcane, etc. but mostly the schools of transmutation, evocation, destruction and the like) into different pieces of the color pie, rather than trying to compile a list of names? That way no two 'walkers of even the same color would be of the same (See Jace and Tezzeret, or Liliana and Sorin)
    Thanks for the feedback (I'm not sure you'll see this, but thanks nonetheless). This is something I'm strongly considering because it's just good for my sanity...how does this look as a tentative list?

    Spell lists: Planeswalkers pull from a vast array of magical backgrounds, giving them untold flexibility in terms of spellcasting prowess. Certain sources of spellcasting are considered aligned with a color, and dictate spells known in the way indicated in the original table. If a spell appears on more than one list (for example, Invisibility is accessible to Black, Blue, and Red mages) the player must declare which "color" the spell is aligned with when it is learned.

    WHITE: Spells from the Cleric spell list and Paladin spell list, as well as all Abjuration spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list, are considered to be "white" spells.

    BLUE: Abjuration, Divination, Enchantment, Illusion, and Transmutation spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list, as well as all Teleportation effects, are considered to be "blue" spells.

    BLACK: Spells from the Cleric spell list and Assassin spell list, as well as Necromancy spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list, are considered to be "black" spells.

    RED: Spells from the Bard spell list, as well as Conjuration, Evocation, and Transmutation spells from the Wizard/Sorcerer spell list, are considered to be red spells. Any spell with the [Fire], [Electric], [Sonic], or [Cold]
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    I really like it from what I've seen, I only have one question (not even an important one) Why did you pick Jaya Ballard over Chandra Nalaar for the red planeswalker? Not that its a big issue, I was just curious.
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