Arachnomancer - Underdark Prestige Class
This Prestige class uses elements that may not be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Many creatures of the Underdark are drawn to the power of the spider and that of the master of spiders - the arachnomancer. The attractiveness of the arachnomancer class depends more upon the candidate's race, culture, and personal interest than it does upon class. However, all arachnomancers are spellcasters - specifically arcanists. Clerics with the Spider domain sometimes multiclass in arcane studies just so that they can develop as arachnomancers.
Most drow worship their spider goddess Loith, and they tend to extend that reverence to most of spiderkind as well. Thus, arachnomancers usually enjoy high standing in drow society. Many other Underdark races, such as aranea or chitines, are spiderkind themselves, so they particularly enjoy the abilities that this prestige class grants them.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become an Arachnomancer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any Evil
- Skills: Climb 3 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 4 ranks
- Base Save Bonus: Fortitude +4
- Spells: Able to cast spider climb, summon swarm, and web as arcane spells.
- Special: The candidate must undergo a scarification ritual. (To demonstrate his seriousness and devotion to the study of arachnomancy, a candidate for this prestige class must undergo a scarification ritual that involves searing his flesh with brands and rubbing dark ash or other pigmentation into the wound to create a raised, dark scar. The end result of this rite is a face well marked with a spider insignia.)
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