I am trying to make a variant for Tenebrous Apostate focused on the 2nd level vestige Malphas. I want this to be a prestige class for multiclass binders that either have a magical bent or a rogue like nature. This class will focus on being sneaky and enhancing malphas existing abilities to stronger versions.
Please Evaluate and Critique Honestly
, both on balance and on style.
Able to bind Malphas
Skills: Hiding 5 ranks, Move Silently 5 Ranks, Craft (Poison-making) 5 Ranks
|Level||BAB||Fort||Ref||Will||Special||Spellcasting or Sudden Strike|
|1st||+0||+0||+2||+0||Soul Binding+1, Master of Poison||+1 level of spellcasting class or +1d6 sudden strike|
|2nd||+1||+0||+3||+0||Soul Binding+2, Improved Bird's Eye Viewing||+1 level of spellcasting class or ---|
|3rd||+2||+1||+3||+1||Soul Binding+3, Pass without Trace||+1 level of spellcasting class or +1d6 sudden strike|
|4th||+3||+1||+4||+1||Soul Binding+4, Farther Strike||+1 level of spellcasting class or ---|
|5th||+3||+1||+4||+1||Soul Binding+5, Greater Invisibility||+1 level of spellcasting class or +1d6 sudden strike|
A Scion of Malphas may choose one of these two abilities (Spellcasting or Sudden Strike).
At each Scion of Malphas level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in an spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a Scion of Malphas mage, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
This ability is like the ninja (complete adventure) ability of the same name. You gain 1d6 sudden strike damage at Scion of Malphas class level 1, and it advances to 2d6 at level 3, and 3d6 at class level 5.
At each Scion of Malphas, your soul binding ability improves as if you had also gained a level in the binder class. Your Scion of Malphas levels and binder levels stack for the purpose of determining your bonus on binding checks, the effectiveness of your vestige-granted abilities, your ability to bind higher-level vestiges, and the number of vestiges you can bind. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a binder would have gained.
Eternal Bondage (Ex):
You no longer need to summon Malphas every day; you are bound to him constantly. You cannot choose to bind a different vestige in his place. However, you can still attempt a binding check each day to negate his influence.
Master of Poison:
You gain the Master of Poison (Drow of the Underdark) feat as a bonus feat
Improved Bird's Eye Viewing:
This ability improves the Malphas Bird's Eye Viewing ability. You can now summon a number of simultaneous birds equal to your class level. When you try to summon more birds than your class level one of the older birds disappears (your choice.) Commanding said birds still remains a standard action but you can command all of your birds with a single standard action. You can see and hear everything the birds see concurrently with what you see and hear.
At 4th level, you can now use your own skill modifiers through the bird (if your modifiers are higher) through the bird for Bluff, Search, Spot, Listen
At 5th level, you can now command the birds as a free action.
Pass without Trace:
Whenever you use Malphas invisibility ability, you are concurrently affected with the effect of a pass without trace spell for a number of rounds equal to your binder level.
Your sudden strike ability now has a range equal to 30ft or 1 range increment of the used weapon, whichever is farther.
Malphas invisibility ability is now treated as greater invisibility instead of invisibility.