Knight of the Eclipse (War Wizards in Pathfinder)
The knights of the medieval era where the special forces of their time. Heavily armored, highly trained men on horseback. So why would the "special forces" of a fantasy game still be knights? What good is a cavalry charge against a fireball?
Therefore the special forces should be wizards train in battle with access to versatile spellpower, to always be able to push the advantage in a fight. Chivalrous, steadfast & loyal. They are diplomats & warriors of valor. It is not unhonorable to fight with magic, it is just another tool of war.
So it's always annoyed me that you can't find any battle mage support outside of the wizards of Cormyr prestige class, which in my opinion very outdated. Most archetypes/classes turn you into a gish, & that isn't quite what I'm wanting
So for use in Pathfinder I propose this:
Wizard Archetype: Knight of the Eclipse
No school specialization.
Banned Schools of Necromancy & Illusion. There practices are not honorable & are shady at best
Arcane Bond is a pair of warcaster gauntlets. They give the wearer +1 Caster Level, as well as the normal bonuses of an Arcane Bond
Arcana Pool (Level/3) just like the Magus.
Level 1: They gain the three abilities bellow
Force Blade- Conjure a blade in a free hand,Swift action to conjure & maintain, doesn't interfere with spellcasting, +(level) to hit 1d8+Int damage, 1 Arcana pt per round
Force Ward- +Int Shield Bonus, Immediate action, doesn't interfere with spellcasting, 1 Arcana pt per round
Burning Focus- Any spell with a duration longer than one round can be extended by one round per spell level, Swift action to sustain
Other Arcana that they have access to,
They gain a new arcana every three levels, they do not gain wizard feats.
Level Four they get Spell Recall & at level six they get Improved Spell Recall
They belong to the organization Knights of the Eclipse (working title) They have to be lawful. They must abide by the laws & rules of the Knights or be kicked out & can't advance this class
What do you think? Too overpowered? Not enough uniqueness to warrant this Archetype? How can I make it better?
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