Jade Phoenix Mage - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
Most Jade Phoenix mages begin their careers as sorcerers, warmages, or wizards. From this beginning, two paths lead to membership in the fellowship of the Jade Phoenix - multiclassing in a martial adept class (crusader, swordsage, or warblade), or choosing Martial Study and Martial Stance feats to master the required number of martial maneuvers. The latter path is costly, since the number of feats you must spend to pursue this path is high, but that option is advantageous in that you do not need to take a level in a class that will not improve your arcane spellcasting ability.
As with any spellcaster, your primary spellcasting ability remains your most important ability score. After that, you will find good Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores highly useful, since you will risk melee combat much more frequently than most arcane spellcasters. Of these, Dexterity and Constitution are most important - your class abilities and martial maneuvers provide you with ways to compensate for a mediocre Strength score.
If you choose to take a level in this prestige class, you can safely assume that you are the reincarnation of one of the thirteen ancient guardians whose lives keep the Souldrake bound in its prison. Your Dungeon Master might require you to seek out an existing member of the order to determine if this is true. Alternatively, if you have earned fame and renown for your deeds, the Jade Phoenix masters might come looking for you.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a Jade Phoenix Mage, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Alignment: Any nonevil
- Skills: Concentration 9 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 2 ranks, Knowledge (history) 2 ranks, Knowledge (religion) 2 ranks
- Spells: Able to cast 2nd-level arcane spells.
- Martial Maneuvers: Must know at least two martial maneuvers, including one strike.
Martial Stances: Must know at least one martial stance.
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