Arcane Duelist - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
The duelist is a well-known figure in many taverns, streets, and roadways. Exchanging bulk for speed, the duelist's sword flashes as its wielder mocks her heavier, slower opponents. However, not all possess the skill of the duelist. Some, like the arcane duelist, attempt to achieve through spells and trickery what the duelist achieves through skill.
The arcane duelist is a tricky, evasive opponent who relies on her foe's perceptions of her abilities as much as her actual abilities. Through magic, the arcane duelist can appear to be as dangerous as a duelist, but in general she does not do as much damage to her opponents. She prefers to win by cowing her opponent into defeating himself. Thus, Dexterity and Charisma are the arcane duelist's most valuable ability scores.
Rogues, bards, and sorcerers make excellent arcane duelists, since each class hides its own surprises in addition to this class's abilities. Some fighters become arcane duelists if they prefer not to kill opponents unless absolutely necessary. Paladin arcane duelists are unheard-of because of the trickery involved, and barbarians don't usually have the subtlety for the class. Humans and elves become arcane duelists more often than dwarves or half-orcs, but halfling and gnome arcane duelists are not uncommon.
Hit Die: d8
To qualify to become an Arcane Duelist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Perform 5 ranks, Tumble 5 ranks.
- Feats: Dodge, Mobility, Weapon Focus (rapier, short sword, dagger, or any variation of these weapons as given in Sword and Fist).
- Base Attack Bonus: +6.
- Spellcasting: Able to cast 1st-level arcane spells.
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