Heartseeker - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Kin to the mystical arcane archers that protect and defend elven communities, heartseekers (or the quelaenvyn, as the elves name them in their ancient language) defend the hidden enclaves of their people from draconic invasion through the skillful blending of physical prowess and arcane might. Masters of the traditional elven art of archery and devotees of magic, heartseekers specialize in delivering ranged attacks designed to pierce the physical and magical defenses that make dragons and their kin such feared adversaries. They are often the elves' first line of defense against the depredations of a dragon.
Unlike the insular arcane archers, members of this renowned order have spread their special blend of archery and magic to other races. Because of this, heartseekers enjoy a special place in many communities, although they can still seem abrupt and standoffish to those outside the order. Despite their perceived haughtiness, they recognize acts of bravery and skill in battle no matter its source and members of the order are willing stretch out their hand in friendship to any who consistently demonstrate such traits. Once befriended by a heartseeker, a person can find no better companion.
Elven leaders often deploy heartseekers among bands of arcane archers to holster the former's magical abilities with the arcane prowess of these more spell - oriented elven defenders. Few non-elven communities boast more than a handful of heart-seeker's, making their role in large engagements somewhat limited.
Heartseekers have also been known to travel beyond the confines of their homeland and join with small bands of adventurers, usually to fulfill a perilous quest relating to the defense of an elven community.
Wizards and sorcerers (often with a few levels of fighter or ranger) who devote themselves to time martial side of combat are the most likely adventurers to become heartseekers. Fighters, rangers, and even rogues who dabble in arcane study occasionally find themselves members of this order. Monks, barbarians and paladins rarely become heartseekers.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a Heartseeker, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Concentration 8 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks, Listen 5 ranks, Spot 5 ranks
- Feats: Combat Casting, Spell Penetration, Weapon Focus (any bow),
- Base Attack Bonus: +4
- Spellcasting: Ability to cast arcane spells.
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