Bonded Summoner - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
He who learns to leash the furies of the Elemental Planes is known as a bonded summoner. The mightiest manifestation of those planes, in their various potencies, is the elemental. And the bonded summoner knows elementals, has studied their ways, means, origins, and formation. He instinctively knows an elemental's strengths and develops an unbreakable bond with a powerful elemental companion. As this bond deepens over time, the bonded summoner's kinship with the elemental forces he controls deepens, blurring the line between summoner and summoned. Eventually, this journey of discovery leads to his own ability to take on the form of that which he could formerly only summon.
The knowledge required to learn the secrets of the Outer Planes is arcane in nature, and thus this prestige class is filled mostly with sorcerers and wizards - though anyone else who meets the requirements may choose to take the journey of a bonded summoner.
NPC bonded summoners are usually loners, though they may organize with specialists or fellow bonded summoners of their element if threatened. Other NPC bonded summoners are content to join their abilities with companies of adventurers to explore all the avenues of elementals. Because a bonded summoner brings with him a powerful ally, most groups are happy to form such an alliance.
Hit Die: d4
To qualify to become a Bonded Summoner, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Knowledge (the planes) 8 ranks, Speak Language (Aquan, Auran, Ignan, or Terran).
- Spells: Able to cast 2nd-level arcane spells.
- Special: Must have a familiar.
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