For those of you who don't know what I mean by E8, it is the E6 variant with two extra levels.
This class assumes you have access to Libris Mortis & the SRD.
This class is intended to replace all
full casting classes.
For the following reasons:
1) The campaign isn't going to be High Magic. So I don't want things like CoDzilla available. While I could ban things like Divine Power, I like this approach better. Especially since it creates a psuedo-Mystic Theurge, if with very few spell slots compared to one.
2) I like the moral issues of effectively stealing some or all of another being's soul in order to power magic. Even if the 'good' wizards have to harm others (by removing their ability to ever learn magic by damaging that person's soul) to work more than a small amount of magic per day.
3) I just like the concept. :)
Any (See Constrained Ethos for how your alignment limits your class feature selection)
The Vitae Mage's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Profession (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).
Skill Points at 1st Level
(2 + Int modifier) ◊4.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level
2 + Int modifier.
Form of Power, Vitae Casting (1st), Turning or Rebuking Undead, Constrained Ethos
Channel Energy, Draw Power
Vitae Casting (2nd)
Bonus Metamagic Feat
Vitae Casting (3rd)
Bonus Metamagic Feat
Vitae Casting (4th)
Arts of the Archmagi
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
Vitae Mage's are proficient with the club, dagger, heavy crossbow, light crossbow, and quarterstaff, but not with any type of armor or shield. Armor of any type interferes with a vitae mage's movements, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.
A Vitae Mage casts arcane spells which are drawn from five of the schools on the sorcerer/wizard spell list as well as divine spells drawn from two clerical domains plus the Cure or Inflict line of spells. (See Form of Power Class Feature)
To learn, prepare, or cast a spell, the wizard must have both an Intelligence and Secondary Attribute Score (see Form of Power Class Feature) equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a wizardís spell is 7 + the spell level + the vitae mageís Intelligence modifier + the vitae mage's secondary attribute modifier. (See Form of Power Class Feature)
Like other spellcasters, a Vitae Mage may only cast a certain number of spells per day. However, this limit is purely that of the amount of lifeforce energy that Vitae Mage has drawn into his/her amulet plus his/her personal reserves. A Vitae Mage has personal reserves equal to his Secondary Attribute Modifier plus 1. (See Form of Power Class Feature) A Vitae Mage's personal reserve is refreshed once the Vitae Mage has rested for eight hours. Cantrips count as half a spell level for this purpose.
Unlike a bard, a Vitae Mage may know any number of spells. However, the Vitae Mage can only cast spells which he/she currently has memorized. A Vitae Mage must spend a full day in study to memorize a different list of spells. Vitae Mage may memorize a number of spell levels equal to his Class Level times his Natural (his 'starting' intelligence score plus his attribute increases from levels, only) Intelligence Modifier. For purposes of memorization, Cantrips count as half a spell level. A Vitae Mage may not memorize a spell which is of a higher level than he can cast. This capability functions like a spontaneous caster's 'spells known' list except it can be modified with greater frequency and breadth. A Vitae Mage may memorize a spell from a scroll (this counts as 'using up' the scroll) or from a traditional spellbook.
Vitae Mages are treated as spontaneous casters for purposes of applying Metamagic to their spells.
A Vitae Mage begins play with a spellbook containing all 0-level wizard/sorcerer spells (except those from his/her prohibited schools) plus three 1st-level spells of your choice. For each point of Intelligence bonus the Vitae Mage has, the spellbook holds one additional 1st-level spell of your choice. At each new Vitae Mage level, she gains two new spells of any spell level or levels that she can cast (based on his/her new Vitae Mage level) for her spellbook. At any time, a Vitae Mage can also add spells found in other Vitae Mages' spellbooks (or from scrolls) to her own.
Vitae Mage's may also research new spells as a wizard does.
Form of Power
A Vitae Mage's power comes in one of two basic forms, that of the Lifebond or 'white magic' and that of the Lifetheft or 'black magic'.
A master of the Lifebond relies on his Wisdom (This stat becomes a Lifebond Vitae Mage's Secondary Attribute) and finding people willing to sacrifice what little chance they may have at wielding magic to offer themselves as a power source for the Lifebond Mage. Masters of Lifebond magic are inexorably tied to Positive Energy. Whenever a new class feature is gained, the Lifebond Mage chooses the Positive path. Lifebond Mages add Sense Motive and Heal to their list of class skills.
A Lifebond Mage wields the strongest of Arcane Magics but lacks of the ability to store power over multiple days or the stronger capstone abilities of a Lifetheft Mage.
A master of Lifetheft relies on his Charisma (This stat becomes a Lifetheft Vitae Mage's Secondary Attribute) and his ability to capture the souls of the Slain. Masters of Lifetheft magic are inexorably tied to Negative Energy. Whenever a new class feature is gained, the Lifetheft Mage chooses the Negative Path. Lifetheft Mages tend towards the mysterious and charismatic rather than the openly helpful of their Lifebond kin, as such they receive Diplomacy and Bluff as class skills.
A Lifetheft Mage wields greater destructive potential and is, once he has truly mastered his art, is more powerful in open warfare than a Lifebond Mage. A Lifetheft Mage also may 'store' his power forever if he/she wishes.
The Lifebond Mages and their channeling of positive energy permits them access to the Arcane schools of Abjuration, Enchantment, Conjuration, Transmutation, and Divination. It also grants them access to the spells from the Clerical domains of Community, and Protection. Lastly, a Lifebond Mage may know spells from the Cure line of Clerical Spells.
The Lifetheft Mages and their channeling of negative energy permits them access to the Arcane schools of Evocation, Necromancy, Illusion, and Divination. It also grants them access to the spells from the Clerical domains of Magic and Undeath. Lastly, a Lifetheft Mage may know spells from the Inflict line of Clerical Spells.
The number in parenthesis governs the maximum spell level the Vitae Mage can memorize and cast.
Turning or Rebuking Undead (Su)
Once per day, a Lifebond Mage may attempt to Turn Undead. This attempt functions as the Cleric Class Ability of the same name.
Once per day, a Lifetheft Mage may attempt to Rebuke Undead. This attempt functions as the Cleric Class Ability of the same name.
Constrained Ethos (Su)
A Lifebond Mage must be of Good or Neutral (on the Good-Evil axis). If at any time the Lifebond Mage fails to meet this requirement, he/she loses all class features until the Mage has been re-trained as a Lifetheft Mage or regains at least a Neutral alignment (on the Good-Evil axis).
A Lifetheft Mage must be of Evil or Neutral (on the Good-Evil axis). If at any time the Lifetheft Mage fails to meet this requirement, he/she loses all class features until the Mage has been re-trained as a Lifebond Mage or regains at least a Neutral alignment (on the Good-Evil axis).
Channel Energy (Su)
A Lifebond Mage holds a reserve of positive energy within his flesh. He may draw some of the that power out to cast Cure Minor Wounds a number of times per day equal to his Secondary Attribute Modifier times his Class Level.
A Lifetheft Mage holds a reserve of negative energy within his flesh. He may draw some of the that power out to cast Inflict Minor Wounds a number of times per day equal to his Secondary Attribute Modifier times his Class Level.
Draw Power (Su)
A Lifebond Mage who has moved beyond the basics of magery may draw power from sentient (who have not learned to use Magic, yet) beings. A Lifebond Mage may draw one spell level worth of 'power' per 2 HD of targets per day. Such power cannot be stored and the Lifebond Mage may only draw power from a number of HD equal to his Natural (Just the starting stat plus stat gains from leveling) Secondary Attribute Modifier times his class level minus one. Any being who has had power drawn from them in this manner may never enter the Vitae Mage class.
A Lifetheft Mage who has moved beyond the basics of magery may draw power from sentient beings who have been struck down by his magic (spell, magic item, raised undead, or a creature compelled to obedience through supernatural means. e.g. A Kobold Zombie commanded by Rebuking). A Lifetheft mage's allies may permit him to draw the souls from beings struck down by mundane (not a spell or a supernatural ability) means. This power is stored, until used, in an amulet (which does not 'use' an item slot) worn around the Lifetheft Mage's neck. Amoral Lifetheft Mages often murder their colleagues to acquire said colleague's amulet, it is a quick way to obtain more power when compared to hunting goblins or other undesirables. For each soul drawn from a corpse, the Lifetheft Mage's amulet gains a spell level worth of power for 3 HD. (e.g. Killing 3 goblins would net a Lifetheft Mage one spell level worth of power. Killing a Troll would net a Lifetheft Mage two spell levels worth of power.)
Sentience is stat'd as an Int score of 3 or higher.
Bonus Metamagic Feat
At 4th and 6th Level, the Vitae Mage gains a Bonus Metamagic Feat. The Vitae Mage may select any Metamagic feat for which he/she qualifies for. This feat is in addition to any gained from advancing in levels.
Arts of the Archmagi (Su)
Choose one of the following abilities:
Aura of Life
All allies of the Lifebond Mage gain Fast Healing 2 and Immunity to Fear Effects when within 60' of the Lifebond Mage.
Mastery of Power
A Lifebond Mage who has mastered the art of manipulating lifeforce is able to negate the metamagic cost of a single application of any metamagic feat the Lifebond Mage knows. This ability functions twice per day.
Shields of the White Archmage
The Lifebond Mage gains Spell Resistance equal to 10 + Class Level.
Choose one of the following abilities:
Aura of Fear and Decay
The Lifetheft Mage projects an aura of Fear and Decay over a radius of 60'. All enemies of the Lifetheft Mage affected by this Aura are shaken. All beings affected by this Aura take 2 points of negative energy damage (Like the Inflict Light Wounds spell, beings healed by negative energy are healed by this ability rather than harmed.).
Pact with Darkness
The Lifetheft Mage has made a pact with the Darkness That Devours. In exchange for the Lifetheft Mage's soul (when the Lifetheft Mage dies), the Darkness That Devours grants the Lifetheft Mage greater power over the Undead. The Lifetheft Mage is able, once per day, to Command anything he normally could Rebuke. The normal HD cap for Commanding undead via Rebuking still applies (e.g. An 8th level Liftheftmage with this ability can't compel 3 wights into obedience, but he could manage 2 plus a 2HD skeleton.). In addition, a Lifetheft Mage may Command (via Rebuking) an extra 2HD worth of Undead.
Pact with Hell
The Lifetheft Mage has made a pact with a Duke of Hell. In exchange for the Lifetheft Mage's eternal servitude once his mortal existence ends, the Duke provides a loyal evil outsider to aid the Lifetheft Mage. Such Champions can only be defeated, not destroyed. A Champion that reaches 0hp returns to Hell for 24 hours to regain his/her strength.
This Champion is a Chain Devil.