Classes

This is where I am experimenting with various classes for my own purposes. Do not take anything written here as something that I am using in any of my active games. I may change anything without notice.

Alchemist: Whether secreted away in a smoky basement laboratory or gleefully experimenting in a well-respected school of magic, the alchemist is often regarded as being just as unstable, unpredictable, and dangerous as the concoctions he brews. While some creators of alchemical items content themselves with sedentary lives as merchants, providing tindertwigs and smokesticks, the true alchemist answers a deeper calling. Rather than cast magic like a spellcaster, the alchemist captures his own magic potential within liquids and extracts he creates, infusing his chemicals with virulent power to grant him impressive skill with poisons, explosives, and all manner of self-transformative magic.

Arcane Mechanik: Known for their ingenuity, arcane mechaniks are masters of clockwork magic, capable of constructing all manner of contraptions powered by magic. They can be found throughout the Empire , performing many diverse roles —anything from a field mechanik on the battlefield to a construct repairman at your local mechworks.

Arcanist: Some spellcasters weave magic into a beautiful tapestry. Others draw upon their innate gift to produce magic. Arcanists, though, take a different route. By combining innate magical talent with studious research, arcanists can see magic for what it really is, allowing them to tear apart the bonds that hold it together and force it to obey their will. It is not an easy task, but this talent allows them to wield magic like no others. They can consume the raw essence of magic to forge powerful effects, both wondrous and deadly.

Assassin: A mercenary undertaking his task with cold, professional detachment, the assassin is equally adept at espionage, bounty hunting, and terrorism. At his core, an assassin is an artisan, and his medium is death. Trained in a variety of killing techniques, assassins are among the most feared classes.

Barbarian: For some, there is only rage. In the ways of their people, in the fury of their passion, in the howl of battle, conflict is all these brutal souls know. Savages, hired muscle, masters of vicious martial techniques, they are not soldiers or professional warriors—they are the battle possessed, creatures of slaughter and spirits of war. Known as barbarians, these warmongers know little of training, preparation, or the rules of warfare; for them, only the moment exists, with the foes that stand before them and the knowledge that the next moment might hold their death. They possess a sixth sense in regard to danger and the endurance to weather all that might entail. These brutal warriors might rise from all walks of life, both civilized and savage, though whole societies embracing such philosophies roam the wild places of the world. Within barbarians storms the primal spirit of battle, and woe to those who face their rage.

Bard: Untold wonders and secrets exist for those skillful enough to discover them. Through cleverness, talent, and magic, these cunning few unravel the wiles of the world, becoming adept in the arts of persuasion, manipulation, and inspiration. Typically masters of one or many forms of artistry, bards possess an uncanny ability to know more than they should and use what they learn to keep themselves and their allies ever one step ahead of danger. Bards are quick-witted and captivating, and their skills might lead them down many paths, be they gamblers or jacks-of-all-trades, scholars or performers, leaders or scoundrels, or even all of the above. For bards, every day brings its own opportunities, adventures, and challenges, and only by bucking the odds, knowing the most, and being the best might they claim the treasures of each.

Bloodrager: While many ferocious people can tap into a deep reservoir of rage somewhere in their very being, bloodragers have a more intrinsic power, one that seethes in their blood. Like sorcerers, bloodragers’ blood surges with arcane power. Many of their kin use this power primarily for spellcasting, but bloodragers enter an altered state where their bloodline becomes manifest—rage becomes reality, where the potency of strange ancestral unions and deeds lashes out with supernatural fury with devastating ends. And while in these states, they can as near-instinct cast some arcane spells. Fast, violent, and seemingly unstoppable, the bloodragers’ magic is murder.

Brawler: Deadly with their fists, brawlers eschew using the fighter’s heavy armor and the monk’s mysticism, focusing instead on perfecting many styles of brutal unarmed combat. Versatile, agile, and able to adapt to most enemy attacks, a brawler’s body is a powerful weapon.

Cavalier: While many warriors strive to perfect their art, spending all of their time honing their skill at martial arms, others spend as much effort dedicating themselves to a cause. These warriors, known as cavaliers, swear themselves to a purpose, serving it above all else. Cavaliers are skilled at fighting from horseback, and are often found charging across a battlefield, with the symbol of their order trailing on a long, fluttering banner. The cavalier’s true power comes from the conviction of his ideals, the oaths that he swears, and the challenges he makes.

Cleric: In faith and the miracles of the divine, many find a greater purpose. Called to serve powers beyond most mortal understanding, all priests preach wonders and provide for the spiritual needs of their people. Clerics are more than mere priests, though; these emissaries of the divine work the will of their deities through strength of arms and the magic of their gods. Devoted to the tenets of the religions and philosophies that inspire them, these ecclesiastics quest to spread the knowledge and influence of their faith. Yet while they might share similar abilities, clerics prove as different from one another as the divinities they serve, with some offering healing and redemption, others judging law and truth, and still others spreading conflict and corruption. The ways of the cleric are varied, yet all who tread these paths walk with the mightiest of allies and bear the arms of the gods themselves.

Doomguard:

Druid: Within the purity of the elements and the order of the wilds lingers a power beyond the marvels of civilization. Furtive yet undeniable, these primal magics are guarded over by servants of philosophical balance known as druids. Allies to beasts and manipulators of nature, these often misunderstood protectors of the wild strive to shield their lands from all who would threaten them and prove the might of the wilds to those who lock themselves behind city walls. Rewarded for their devotion with incredible powers, druids gain unparalleled shape-shifting abilities, the companionship of mighty beasts, and the power to call upon nature's wrath. The mightiest temper powers akin to storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes with primeval wisdom long abandoned and forgotten by civilization.

Feybinder:

Feywarden: Feywardens, so called by the laughing fey lords who train them, are woodland warriors dedicated to the ethos of the fey and imbued with their primordial magic in return. The feywarden epitomizes the legend of the wild hunt, springing with impossible ease through the woodlands upon his mysterious errands, whether as a hunter of those who transgress against the unwritten law of the wilds or as a merry trickster and guardian of the forest. Always by his side is his trusted faerie beast, a magical creature from the world of the fey bonded to the feywarden in exchange for his vows of allegiance to nature and the untamed wilderness. While certain feywardens are mortals kidnapped or otherwise taken in by the fey, some find their calling by having a fey creaturesave their life, offering them a chance to take their feywarden vows in return. Still others are converted rangers or cavaliers, who have taken up the creed of the fey realm as their own, out of a love of unbounded freedom or the sanctity of nature or both.

Fighter: Some take up arms for glory, wealth, or revenge. Others do battle to prove themselves, to protect others, or because they know nothing else. Still others learn the ways of weaponcraft to hone their bodies in battle and prove their mettle in the forge of war. Lords of the battlefield, fighters are a disparate lot, training with many weapons or just one, perfecting the uses of armor, learning the fighting techniques of exotic masters, and studying the art of combat, all to shape themselves into living weapons. Far more than mere thugs, these skilled warriors reveal the true deadliness of their weapons, turning hunks of metal into arms capable of taming kingdoms, slaughtering monsters, and rousing the hearts of armies. Soldiers, knights, hunters, and artists of war, fighters are unparalleled champions, and woe to those who dare stand against them.

Gun Mage: Gun mages are wild cards , their magic comes in fits-and-starts , and few truly understand the strange bond they form with their pistols. Like sorcerers , gun mages seem to be born with this talent, but it is one that requires intense training and practice. Due to their strong desire to wield pistols and their hours of training with them, their magic is more limited than that of the sorcerer or wizard. However, they are far better combatants, though their emphasis on the pistol has limited their knowledge of other weapons.

Gunslinger: To a renegade few, battle sounds different than it does for the typical fighter. The clash of steel and the sizzle of spell energy are drowned out by the thunderous rhythm of gunfire—the pounding beat of the gunslinger. Gunslingers are a bold and mysterious lot. While many treat the secrets of black powder with the care and reverence a wizard typically reserves for his spellbook, most gunslingers know that firearms are a secret that cannot remain concealed forever. While current firearms are simple, often imprecise, and even dangerous devices, they are a technology on the move, and one that will become even more powerful when fully fused with magic. The gunslinger is a pioneer of the firearm. Through grit, wit, and determination, she confronts the dangers of the world with a bang. She often seems fearless—a relatively lightly armored warrior who always seems to be in the thick of things, struggling to keep her volatile weapons from jamming and exploding, while pulling off daring deeds that leave cavaliers slack-jawed, clerics wideeyed with fear, and bards inspired to compose ballads of gunslingers’ exploits.

Healer:

Hexblade: There are warriors who play at learning the mystical arts; there are arcanists who learn to swing a sword. But the true path of the arcane warrior adept is that of the Hexblade, an arcanist who uses curses and luck-stealing to cripple his opponents. Although not as versatile or as powerful as a sorcerer or wizard, the Hexblade is able to blend sword and sorcery into a seamless whole and has a variety of options at his fingertips that can confound and confuse his opponents. In a similar vein, while not able to use the heaviest armor or shields, and not quite as effective in pure melee combat as a paladin, barbarian, or fighter, the Hexblade remains more than able to hold his own and possesses abilities that can quickly cripple those who rely only on physical might, as well as casters who rely on spells.

Hunter: Hunters are nature warriors who have forged close bonds with their trusted animal companions. Able to cast spells like druids and take on the abilities of various beasts, they focus their energies into fighting alongside their companion animals as a formidable team of two.

Inquisitor: Grim and determined, the inquisitor roots out enemies of the faith, using trickery and guile when righteousness and purity is not enough. Although inquisitors are dedicated to a deity, they are above many of the normal rules and conventions of the church. They answer to their deity and their own sense of justice alone, and are willing to take extreme measures to meet their goals.

Investigator: Whether on the trail of a fugitive, a long-lost treasure trove, or the mastermind behind a dangerous conspiracy, investigators are motivated by an intense curiosity about the world and use the knowledge they’ve gained about it as weapons. Mixing gumption and learning into a personal alchemy of daring, investigators are full of surprises. Observing the world around them, they gain valuable knowledge of the situation, process that information using inspiration and deduction, and cut to the quick of the matter in unexpected ways. Often seeing both quiet and reserve, investigators are always evaluating situations they encounter, sizing up potential foes, and looking out for secret dangers, all while using their vast knowledge and powers of perception to find the solutions to the most perplexing problems. Like alchemists, they possess knowledge of alchemical reagents and admixtures, and can infuse them with personal magic to great effect. Like rogues, they’re always on the lookout for traps and perils, and are nimble enough of both mind and body to enough to escape ensnarement.

Kineticist: Kineticists are living channels for elemental matter and energy, allowing them to manipulate the world around them by drawing upon inner reserves from their own bodies. Kineticists often awaken to their kinesis during a violent or traumatic experience, releasing their power involuntarily. As kinetic power is seldom simply passed from parent to child, kineticists are rarely able to find a mentor figure to help focus this raw power, so they must delve into the mystery on their own to learn to control their gifts.

Magus: There are those who spend their lives poring over ancient tomes and texts, unlocking the power of magic, and there are those who spend their time perfecting the use of individual weapons, becoming masters without equal. The magus is at once a student of both philosophies, blending magical ability and martial prowess into something entirely unique, a discipline in which both spell and steel are used to devastating effect. As he grows in power, the magus unlocks powerful forms of arcana that allow him to merge his talents further, and at the pinnacle of his art, the magus becomes a blur of steel and magic, a force that few foes would dare to stand against.

Marshal: Marshals inspire trust in those they lead. They earn that trust by slogging through harsh landscapes, dangerous battlefields, and haunted catacombs along with those under their command. With a look, they can see where to best deploy their resources or come up with a sneaky ruse to fool their enemies. A marshal has a tactician's mind, a cartographer's overview of the disputed landscape (or dungeon warren), and a way with words that can inspire battle-hardened fighters to give it their all when melee breaks out.

Medium:

Mesmerist:

Monk: For the truly exemplary, martial skill transcends the battlefield—it is a lifestyle, a doctrine, a state of mind. These warrior-artists search out methods of battle beyond swords and shields, finding weapons within themselves just as capable of crippling or killing as any blade. These monks (so called since they adhere to ancient philosophies and strict martial disciplines) elevate their bodies to become weapons of war, from battle-minded ascetics to self-taught brawlers. Monks tread the path of discipline, and those with the will to endure that path discover within themselves not what they are, but what they are meant to be.

Nightblade:

Ninja: When the wealthy and the powerful need an enemy eliminated quietly and without fail, they call upon the ninja. When a general needs to sabotage the siege engines of his foes before they can reach the castle walls, he calls upon the ninja. And when fools dare to move against a ninja or her companions, they will find the ninja waiting for them while they sleep, ready to strike. These shadowy killers are masters of infiltration, sabotage, and assassination, using a wide variety of weapons, practiced skills, and mystical powers to achieve their goals.

Spirit Binder: Spirit Binders are undisputed masters among pact magic users. While others flounder, struggling to house a single spirit within their souls, spirit binders excel at containing the energies of otherworldly beings and harnessing them for their own ends. Viewed as heretics and damned souls by the general public, spirit binders are both scholars and pioneers to those who seek to discern the secrets of the spirit realm. Other magic users may view pact-making as simplistic, but spirit binders prove otherwise. While simple at the start, the art takes a lifetime to truly understand. Spirit binders seek an apex: to bind multiple spirits at once and augment those pacts with sly bargains and insights into supernatural constellations.

Occultist:

Oracle: Although the gods work through many agents, perhaps none is more mysterious than the oracle. These divine vessels are granted power without their choice, selected by providence to wield powers that even they do not fully understand. Unlike a cleric, who draws her magic through devotion to a deity, oracles garner strength and power from many sources, namely those patron deities who support their ideals. Instead of worshiping a single source, oracles tend to venerate all of the gods that share their beliefs. While some see the powers of the oracle as a gift, others view them as a curse, changing the life of the chosen in unforeseen ways.

Paladin: Through a select, worthy few shines the power of the divine. Called paladins, these noble souls dedicate their swords and lives to the battle against evil. Knights, crusaders, and law-bringers, paladins seek not just to spread divine justice but to embody the teachings of the virtuous deities they serve. In pursuit of their lofty goals, they adhere to ironclad laws of morality and discipline. As reward for their righteousness, these holy champions are blessed with boons to aid them in their quests: powers to banish evil, heal the innocent, and inspire the faithful. Although their convictions might lead them into conflict with the very souls they would save, paladins weather endless challenges of faith and dark temptations, risking their lives to do right and fighting to bring about a brighter future.

Psychic:

Ranger: For those who relish the thrill of the hunt, there are only predators and prey. Be they scouts, trackers, or bounty hunters, rangers share much in common: unique mastery of specialized weapons, skill at stalking even the most elusive game, and the expertise to defeat a wide range of quarries. Knowledgeable, patient, and skilled hunters, these rangers hound man, beast, and monster alike, gaining insight into the way of the predator, skill in varied environments, and ever more lethal martial prowess. While some track man-eating creatures to protect the frontier, others pursue more cunning game—even fugitives among their own people.

Rogue: Life is an endless adventure for those who live by their wits. Ever just one step ahead of danger, rogues bank on their cunning, skill, and charm to bend fate to their favor. Never knowing what to expect, they prepare for everything, becoming masters of a wide variety of skills, training themselves to be adept manipulators, agile acrobats, shadowy stalkers, or masters of any of dozens of other professions or talents. Thieves and gamblers, fast talkers and diplomats, bandits and bounty hunters, and explorers and investigators all might be considered rogues, as well as countless other professions that rely upon wits, prowess, or luck. Although many rogues favor cities and the innumerable opportunities of civilization, some embrace lives on the road, journeying far, meeting exotic people, and facing fantastic danger in pursuit of equally fantastic riches. In the end, any who desire to shape their fates and live life on their own terms might come to be called rogues.

Samurai:

Shadowcaster: The only constant in life is that all things end; they pass into shadow and darkness, for darkness is not merely the absence of light but the true state of the universe. The shadowcaster understands this primordial truth and attunes herself to the Plane of Shadow, learning from the powers that dwell there mysteries the equal of any arcane or divine spell. A maestro of alien magics from a plane that reflects our own darkly, they possess an occult understanding of our own world and the Plane of Shadow that even other spellcasters find disturbing. They are the masters of a dark power … and many among the learned worry its servants as well.

Shaman: While some heroes speak to gods, draw inspiration from beyond, or even consort with otherworldly muses, the shaman commune with the spirits of the world and the energies that exist in every living thing, drawing upon their power to shape the world. Shamans have strong tie to these spirits, and while they form powerful bonds with particular spirits, as their power grows they learn to call upon other spirits in times of need.

Shifter:

Skald: Skalds are poets, historians, and keepers of lore, using their gift for song to inspire allies into a frenzied rage. They balance a violent spirit with the veneer of civilization, recording events such as heroic battles and the deeds of great leaders, enhancing these stories in the retelling to earn bloodier victories in combat. A skald’s poetry is nuanced and often has multiple overlapping meanings, and they apply similar talents to emulate magic from other spellcasters.

Skinchanger:

Slayer: Skilled at tracking down targets and bringing an end to them, slayers are consummate hunters, living for the chase and the deadly stroke that brings it to an end. Slayers spend most of their time honing their weapon skills, studying the habits and anatomy of foes, and practicing combat maneuvers. Theirs is a dedication to the art of death.

Sorcerer: Scions of innately magical bloodlines, the chosen of deities, the spawn of monsters, pawns of fate and destiny, or simply flukes of fickle magic, sorcerers look within themselves for arcane prowess and draw forth might few mortals can imagine. Emboldened by lives ever threatening to be consumed by their innate powers, these magic-touched souls endlessly indulge in and refine their mysterious abilities, gradually learning how to harness their birthright and coax forth ever greater arcane feats. Just as varied as these innately powerful spellcasters' abilities and inspirations are the ways in which they choose to utilize their gifts. While some seek to control their abilities through meditation and discipline, becoming masters of their fantastic birthright, others give in to their magic, letting it rule their lives with often explosive results. Regardless, sorcerers live and breathe that which other spellcasters devote their lives to mastering, and for them magic is more than a boon or a field of study; it is life itself.

Spiritualist:

Summoner: While many who dabble in the arcane become adept at beckoning monsters from the farthest reaches of the planes, none are more skilled at it than the summoner. This practitioner of the arcane arts forms a close bond with one particular outsider, known as an eidolon, who gains power as the summoner becomes more proficient at his summoning. Over time, the two become linked, eventually even sharing a shard of the same soul. But this power comes with a price: the summoner’s spells and abilities are limited due to his time spent enhancing the power and exploring the nature of his eidolon.

Swashbuckler: Whereas many warriors brave battle encased in a suit of armor and wielding large and powerful weapons, swashbucklers rely on speed, agility, and panache. Swashbucklers dart in and out of the fray, wearing down their opponents with annoying lunges and feints, and foiling the powerful attacks with a flick of the wrist and a flash of the blade before delivering a fatal riposte that is carnage made an art form. Some may be arrogant, self involved, and very devil-may-care, but behind this veneer are people deeply dedicated to her craft. Swashbucklers spend much of their time practicing footwork, stances, and precise strikes. Those of smaller races are particularly out to prove that the right mix of discipline and daring is the perfect counter to size and strength. They enjoy nothing more than to take down lumbering brutes and bullies.

Valkyrie:

Vanguard: Vanguards are masters of defense, able to shrug off attacks that would destroy lesser combatants, and even increase the survivability of those around them. The vanguard is built around maximizing the benefit of armor and shields. With large hit point totals, special defense-related talents, and an aptitude for shields, vanguards can carry the fight forward under the most difficult circumstances. The best vanguards often find themselves the main thing standing between victory and a total party kill.

Warlock: Born with eldritch power coursing through their veins, Warlocks are a breed apart from more traditional wielders of arcane magic. They see things that no child should notice, and they know things that none of such an age should be aware of. From their childhood years onward, Warlocks are isolated, as their neighbors begin to sense the strange power within him. Eventually, all fledging Warlocks grow angry, and manifest their first eldritch blast, often with tragic consequences. For those who are not simply killed by frightened peasants or do not go mad over the results of their actions, it is the first step on a perilous career to harness the raw energy exuding from within them. Those few discover that they do not wield magic, they are magic: a living, breathing avatar of eldritch energy.

Warlord: Dynamos on the field of combat, warlords walk the line of victory and ruin through their determination to achieve glory. Where some may talk tactics, the warlord dives in. Where some may fight in strategic units, the warlord shines alone as an inspirational beacon on the field of combat; to be a warlord is to be a lord of war.

Warmage: Trained for war, the few who survive the arduous Collegium Bellum Arcanum to graduate as Warmages are proud individuals who yearn for the day when their talents can be unleashed on their foes. The Arcane War College is brutal in its training, but its graduates emerge with abilities that few other arcane casters can match. Skilled not only in magic, but in the mundane art of war, these warmages lead armies and use their talents to wipe their enemies from existence.

Warpriest: Warrior of the faith, skilled at arms and armor, the warpriest is a soldier for his faith. Capable of calling upon the power of the gods in the form of blessings and spells, the warpriest blends divine magic with martial skill. Although many think of the paladin as the ultimate warrior of faith, the warpriest can serve any deity and his morals can more closely match those of his god.

Witch: Some gain power through study, some through devotion, others through blood, but the witch gains power from her communion with the unknown. Generally feared and misunderstood, the witch draws her magic from a pact made with an otherworldly power. Communing with that source, using her familiar as a conduit, the witch gains not only a host of spells, but a number of strange abilities known as hexes. As a witch grows in power, she might learn about the source of her magic, but some remain blissfully unaware. Some are even afraid of that source, fearful of what it might be or where its true purposes lie.

Wizard: Beyond the veil of the mundane hide the secrets of absolute power. The works of beings beyond mortals, the legends of realms where gods and spirits tread, the lore of creations both wondrous and terrible—such mysteries call to those with the ambition and the intellect to rise above the common folk to grasp true might. Such is the path of the wizard. These shrewd magic-users seek, collect, and covet esoteric knowledge, drawing on cultic arts to work wonders beyond the abilities of mere mortals. While some might choose a particular field of magical study and become masters of such powers, others embrace versatility, reveling in the unbounded wonders of all magic. In either case, wizards prove a cunning and potent lot, capable of smiting their foes, empowering their allies, and shaping the world to their every desire.

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