Gnome Artificer - Faerun Prestige Class
This is a Forgotten Realms Exclusive Class
Gnome artificers dabble in technology to create fantastic devices, delving into shadow magic when their mundane equipment is insufficient for the task. Their weapons, armor, and tools require frequent maintenance and repair but produce non-magical effects that rival some arcane spells.
Most gnome artificers are skilled artisans and craftsmen, usually rogues, bards, or wizards (illusionists in particular) make good artificers because of their access to shadow magic). A few rangers and clerics explore this field, but it is very rare for other classes to become artificers because of the breadth and depth of skills needed.
Gnome artificer NPCs enjoy trading information and share a healthy competition for invention and attention. Sometimes they work together in teams, while others prefer isolation and private study. Some artificers who retire from active invention study magic or become advisors on large engineering projects such as bridges and castles.
While this prestige class is called the gnome artificer, a few humans are known for their artificer skills, all of them from the island nation of Lantan. They refer to themselves as "Lantanese artificers" but otherwise have the powers of this prestige class.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a Gnome Artificer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Race: Gnome (or human from the Lantan region)
- Alignment: any non-evil
- Skills: Craft (alchemy) 3 ranks, Craft (armorsmithing, blacksmithing, gemcutting, locksmithing, metalworking, trapmaking, or weaponmaking) 8 ranks; Craft (any other two from the previous list) 4 ranks, Disable Device 2 ranks, Knowledge (architecture) 4 ranks, Knowledge (engineering) 4 ranks, Profession (apothecary, engineer, or siege engineer) 3 ranks.
- Feats: Lightning Reflexes, Skill Focus (any of the above Craft skills).
- Spellcasting: Able to cast 1st-level arcane spells of the Illusion school.
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