General Prestige Class : Geomancer
The cleric reaches out to a higher power. The wizard trusts only in eldritch tomes. The druid looks to nature for her spells. To the geomancer, however, all magic is the same.
Geomancy is the art of channeling magical energy from many sources through the land itself. A geomancer may research like a wizard, pray like a cleric, or sing like a bard, but he casts spells as only a geomancer can. In the area he calls home (be it high on a mountain, deep in a forest, or even beneath an ocean) he weaves ley lines - powerful connections to the land itself. The spells he casts through these connections with the earth are reflections of his own strength of will. As the geomancer progresses, however, the effort of gathering magic through the earth takes a physical toll on him, making him more and more like the land and its creatures.
Only characters with more than one spellcasting class can become geomancers. The most popular combinations are druid/sorcerer and druid/wizard. Clerics with arcane spellcasting ability can also qualify; those with access to the Plant or Animal domain are the most likely to consider this path. A bard or a ranger who picks up a second, more focused spellcasting class can also adopt this lifestyle.
To qualify to become a Geomancer, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 6 ranks, Knowledge (nature) 6 ranks.
- Spells: Ability to cast 2nd-level arcane spells and 2nd-level divine spells.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
The following are class features of the geomancer prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Geomancers gain no weapon or armor proficiencies.
Spells per Day/Spells Known: At each geomancer level, the character gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which he belonged before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (additional wild shape options, metamagic or item creation feats, or the like). Since the character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a geomancer, the player must decide to which class to add each geomancer level for determining spells per day and spells known.
Spell Versatility: At 1st level, the geomancer learns to blend divine and arcane magic. He still acquires and prepares his spells in the normal manner for his individual spellcasting classes. When he casts them, however, he can mix or match spellcasting parameters from any of his classes to gain the maximum possible advantage for any spell with a spell level equal to or less than his spell versatility score. Thus, as a 4th-level geomancer, he can cast any of his 3rd-level or lower sorcerer/wizard spells with no chance of arcane spell failure from armor. (The druidic prohibition against metal armor still applies to druid/geomancers, however, since this stricture stems from a spiritual oath rather than a practical limitation.) The geomancer may use his Wisdom bonus to set the save DC for arcane spells, or his Charisma or Intelligence bonus (whichever he would normally use for arcane spells) to set the save DC for divine spells. If a spell requires either an arcane material component or a divine focus, he may use either. A cleric/geomancer who also has levels of wizard, sorcerer, or bard can spontaneously convert any prepared arcane or divine spell (except a domain spell) of an appropriate level into a cure or inflict spell of equal or lower level, though he must be capable of casting the latter as a cleric.
Drift: The character slowly becomes closer to nature. At each geomancer level, choose a drift from the appropriate stage (see Drift, below).
Ley Lines: At 2nd level, the geomancer learns to create magical connections with a specific type of terrain. Choose one of the following terrain types: aquatic, desert, forest, hills, marsh, mountains, or plains. In that terrain, the geomancer's effective caster level for all spells increases by +1. At 6th level and again at 10th level, the character may either choose a new terrain in which to receive the benefit (at +1), or increase his effective caster level in a previously chosen terrain by an additional +1.
|Geomancer||Hit Die: d6|
|CL||BAB||Fort||Ref||Will||Special||Spells per Day/Spells Known|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Drift 1, spell versatility 0||+1 level of existing class|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+3||Drift 1, ley lines +1, spell versatility 1||+1 level of existing class|
|3rd||+2||+3||+1||+3||Drift 2, spell versatility 2||+1 level of existing class|
|4th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Drift 2, spell versatility 3||+1 level of existing class|
|5th||+3||+4||+1||+4||Drift 3, spell versatility 4||+1 level of existing class|
|6th||+4||+5||+2||+5||Drift 3, ley lines +2, spell versatility 5||+1 level of existing class|
|7th||+5||+5||+2||+5||Drift 4, spell versatility 6||+1 level of existing class|
|8th||+6||+6||+2||+6||Drift 4, spell versatility 7||+1 level of existing class|
|9th||+6||+6||+3||+6||Drift 5, spell versatility 8||+1 level of existing class|
|10th||+7||+7||+3||+7||Drift 5, ley lines +3, spell versatility 9||+1 level of existing class|
Drift is a gradual devolution into some other natural form. Those who experience this phenomenon gain attributes of animals and plants as time goes by. Geomancers experience drift at every level. As a variant rule, high-level druids who spend all their lives away from civilization may also experience drift at the Dungeon Master's discretion-perhaps once every ten years.
Drift is divided into stages. You must choose one drift from stage 1 the first time you experience the phenomenon. Your second drift must also be from stage 1. Thereafter, you may choose from a higher stage only after you have acquired at least two drifts from the previous stage. For example, a stage 4 drift maybe chosen only after you have at least two stage 1 drifts, two stage 2 drifts, and two stage 3 drifts. You may, however, choose drifts from stages below your maximum whenever you wish. For example, you if you have two stage 1 drifts, you may choose a third stage 1 rather than a stage 2, if desired.
Stage 1 drifts have no game effect. Each drift of stage 2 and beyond grants a permanent extraordinary ability. Natural attacks allow for Strength bonuses on damage rolls, except in the case of poison and acid.
- Leopard spots appear on your body
- You grow a cat's tail.
- You sprout feathers (but not wings).
- Your eyebrows become green and bushy
- Your hair becomes a tangle of short vines.
- Light, downy fur covers your skin.
- Your skin turns green and scaly
- Your touch causes flowers to wilt.
- Your voice sounds like a dog's, though it is still intelligible.
- Zebra stripes appear on your body
- A small camel's hump grows on your back. (You can go without water for up to five days.)
- You grow a coat of white fur like a polar bear's. (You gain a +8 bonus on Hide checks in snowy areas.)
- The pads of your feet become sticky, like those of a lizard. (You gain a +4 bonus on Climb checks.)
- You become as swift as an elk. (Your land speed increases by +5 feet.)
- You become as comely as a dryad. (You gain a +4 bonus on Diplomacy checks.)
- You become as graceful as a cat. (You gain a +4 bonus on Balance checks.)
- You sprout leaves and become photosynthetic. (You can subsist on 1 hour/day of sunlight in lieu of food, though you still require the same amount of water as before.)
- Your blood flows as slowly as tree sap. The speed at which progressive damage, such as that from wounding or decomposition, affects you is halved.
- Your eyes become as sharp as a rat's. (You gain low-light vision.)
- Your skin adapts like that of an octopus. (You ran change color to blend with your surroundings, gaining a +4 bonus on Hide checks.)
- Deer antlers grow from your forehead. (You gain a gore attack for 1d6 points of damage.)
- Thorns grow on your body (Your unarmed attacks do piercing damage, and those striking you with natural weapons suffer 1d3 points of piercing damage per successful hit.)
- You can constrict like a snake. (You deal 1d3 points of damage with a successful grapple check against a creature of your size category or smaller.)
- You can spin a web like a spider. (You can use your web to snare prey as described in the monstrous spider entry in the Monster Manual, but you cannot attack with it.)
- You sprout fish gills. (You can breathe both water and air
- Your eyes become as sharp as an eagle's. (You gain a +4 bonus on Spot checks in daylight.)
- Your eyes become as sharp as an owl's. (You gain a +4 bonus on Spot checks in dusk and darkness.)
- Your fingers grow hawklike talons. (You gain Weapon Finesse [claw] and can make two claw attacks per round for 1d3 points of damage each.)
- Your mouth extends like a crocodile's. (You gain a bite attack for 1d6 points of damage.)
- Your toes grow lionlike claws. (You can make two rake attacks for 1d4 points of damage each if you gain a hold on your target.)
- You grow an acid stinger like that of a giant ant. (You can sting for 1d4 points of piercing damage + 1d4 points of acid damage.)
- You can trip like a wolf. (If you hit with a natural attack, you can attempt to trip your target as a free action; see the wolf entry in the Monster Manual.)
- You can rage like a wolverine. (If you take damage, you rage as a 1st-level barbarian - see Barbarian - or gain +1 effective level of any class you have that grants rage as a class feature, but only for determining the benefits of rage.)
- You gain a boar's ferocity. (You continue to fight with out penalty even while disabled or dying.)
- You can grab like a bear. (You gain the improved grab ability.)
- You can pounce like a leopard. (If you leap on a foe in the first round of combat, you can make a full attack action even if you have already taken a move action,)
- Your hands become as strong as a gorilla's. (You gain a +2 bonus on Strength checks to break objects.)
- Your jaw becomes as powerful as a weasel's (You can attach to an opponent with a successful bite and inflict 1d3 points of damage per round until unattached. However, you lose your Dexterity bonus to AC while attached.)
- You can fire an ink cloud as does a squid. (In water, you can emit a cloud of jet-black ink 10 feet on a side once per minute as a free action; this provides total concealment and those within the cloud suffer the effects of total darkness.)
- Your nose becomes as sensitive as a hound's. (You gain the Scent feat.)
- You grow a unicorn horn. (You gain a +4 bonus on Fortitude saves against poison and a gore attack for 1d8 points of damage.)
- Feathered or batlike wings grow from your back. (You gain a fly speed of 60 feet.)
- You can curl into a spiny ball like a hedgehog. (When curled, you gain a +4 natural armor bonus to AC, but you may not move or attack. Curling or uncurling is a standard action.)
- You are as graceful as a pixie. (You gain a +2 bonus on Reflex saves.)
- You gain the tremorsense of an earthworm. (You can sense anything in contact with the ground within 30 feet of you.)
- Your canine teeth exude poison. (If you hit with a bite attack, your target must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 your character level + your Constitution modifier) against poison. Initial damage is 1d2 points of temporary Dexterity damage; secondary damage is 1d4 points of temporary Dexterity damage.)
- Your senses become as sharp as a bat's. (You gain the Blindsight feat.)
- Your feet extend to elephantine width. (You gain the trample ability. Your trample attack does 2d4 points of bludgeoning damage, and the Reflex save DC is 10 + 1/2 your character level + your Strength modifier.)
- You can move like a cheetah. (Once per hour, you can take a charge action to move ten times your normal speed.)
- Your skin becomes tree bark. (You gain a +1 natural armor bonus to AC.)