Arcane Card Master (3.5e Class)

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Arcane Card Master[edit]

The Arcane card master looks like an average person of their race. When a situation arises they use the powers of their cards called their "Power Deck" to transform into creatures that they have bested in combat and enslaved to handle it.

Making an Arcane Card Master[edit]

The Arcane Card Master is a Multifunction Utility class. This class is meant for party combat.

Abilities: The most important stat for a Arcane Card Master is Intelligence, second is Constitution.

Races: Human, Elf or Doppleganger.

Alignment: Arcane Card Masters Must be Chaotic. Chaos powers the Soul Capture technique they use, so if they lose the "Chaotic" Aspect of their alignment, they forever lose the ability to summon from the cards. The also lose the ability to Soul Steal.

Starting Gold: 4d4×10 gp (100 gp).

Starting Age: Complex

Table: The arcane card master

Hit Die: d8

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Damage Deck spells per level
Fort Ref Will 0 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
1st +0 +0 +0 +0 Power Deck, Soul Capture, Soul Form, Chosen Card, Power Intervention, Damage Deck 4 2
2nd +1 +0 +0 +0 Bonus Feat, Soul Extension 1 5 3
3rd +2 +1 +1 +1 Card Storage, Extra-Dimensional deck holding 5 3 2
4th +3 +1 +1 +1 Card XP Bonus 1 5 4 3
5th +3 +2 +2 +2 5 4 2
6th +4 +2 +2 +2 Bonus Feat, Card Creation 1 5 5 4 3
7th +5 +3 +3 +3 Capture Other Soul 5 5 4 3 2
8th +6/+1 +3 +3 +3 Card XP Bonus 2 5 5 4 4 3
9th +6/+1 +4 +4 +4 Soul Extension 2 5 5 5 4 3 2
10th +7/+2 +4 +4 +4 Bonus Feat, 5 5 5 4 4 3
11th +8/+3 +5 +5 +5 Create Magic Item 5 5 5 5 4 3 2
12th +9/+4 +5 +5 +5 Modify Card, Bonus Feat, Card Creation 2 5 5 5 5 4 4 3
13th +9/+4 +6 +6 +6 Card Purification 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 2
14th +10/+5 +6 +6 +6 Bonus Feat, Soul Devour 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3
15th +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +7 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 2
16th +12/+7/+2 +7 +7 +7 Card XP bonus 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 2
17th +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +8 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 2
18th +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +8 Bonus Feat, Card Creation 3 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 3
19th +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +9 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4
20th +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +9 Bonus Feat 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

Class Skills (8 + Int modifier per level, ×2 at 1st level)
Appraise (Int), Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disable Device (Int), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Forgery (Int), Gather Information (Cha), Heal (Wis), Hide (Dex), (Cha), Jump (Str), Knowledge (Arcana),(religion),(Nature), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Open Lock (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex), Use Magic Device (Cha), Use Rope (Dex).


Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Arcane Card Master.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Arcane Card Masters are proficient with all simple weapons. They are proficient with Light and Medium armor types, However they cannot use a shield.


Power Deck: When you become a Arcane Card Master, you gain a Power Deck. This is a special deck, it is soulbound and cannot be stolen. It is used to hold the soul slaves that the Arcane Card Master captures. There are 75 cards in this deck, making the Arcane Card Master a very versatile player in the field. Each creature captured has the equipment it had upon death. The cards in the deck gain experience at half the rate of the card master.

Chosen Card: This ability is how most card masters make their money "legitimately". They can make the card of choice appear in their hand from any deck.

Soul Capture: - At Level 1, an Arcane Card Master gains the ability to take the soul of any opponent that he has bested in combat and store it on a card. The base chance is only 40%, and increases 5% every 2 levels.


Extra-Dimensional deck holding Arcane card master's can store there deck's into an Extra-Dimensional pocket and draw a deck/card at will.

Soul Form - The Arcane Card Master uses his "slaves" soul to summon the form of the "slave" like the Wild Shape Ability . This is the primary way the Arcane Card Master participates in combat. Each form can be sustained for 1 hour.Each card is able to used once a day after using the card it is expended for the day and replenishes after the arcane card master sleep's.

Damage Deck - the arcane card master at level 1 gets a second deck that has 50 cards in it. each card is able to be used once a day after using the card it is expended for the day and replenishes after the arcane card master sleep's.

Spells: The Card master may not directly cast spells gained from progression in the class. The Card master must instead choose a number of spells equal to his daily spell allotment( e.g at lv1 6 cards , lv2 8 cards so at lv 20 they have 50) and imbue the spells onto cards in his deck (on a one to one basis). Any spells from the Wizard, Cleric, and Druid spell list may be imprinted.Once the Card master has used a card during combat, the card is removed from the deck until the Card master has rested for eight hours and taken the time to prepare spells (as a Wizard would). The Card master automatically knows all spells in a spell level when he gains access to it. While preparing spells, the Card master may reset all imbued cards and reassign spells to different cards.

Soul Extension - Soul Extension 1 allows the card master to summon for 2 hours .

Sense Ability (Su): card masters gain a supernatural insight to the beings around them. Starting at 2nd level, if a card masters gets within close range (30 feet + 5 feet/2 levels) of a creature or person that possesses spells or special abilities, he feels a tingling sensation (this does not include party members and other creatures he has become familiar with). He can then focus for a number of rounds to gain more insight.

-One round: The card masters learns how many beings within close range possess abilities and where they are. At this point, the card masters "locks on" to one person with an ability and can continue focusing on them as long as they remain within Medium range (100 feet + 10 feet/level).

-Two rounds: The card masters learns which creature has the ability, and learns what abilities they have (Spells or special abilities, or both).

-Three rounds: The card masters learns how many spells and how many special abilities the creature possesses. In addition to this, if a spell or special ability is used within close range of the card masters, the card masters instantly knows what kind of ability it was. Finally, if a card masters attempts to copy a randomly selected ability from a target, he can instantly sense exactly what the selected spell or ability does and can choose not to copy the ability at the last minute (this does not grant him another chance to copy before his next action).

Card Storage - At level 3, The Arcane Card Master gains the ability to keep items in his cards.like bag of holding (bag type 1).

Card XP bonus - At levels 4,8, and 16 the card master is allowed to pick one favored form. this form progresses in level faster than the other forms. Instead of half xp, they would gain 3/4 xp. The bonus must be used on 3 separate cards.

Card Creation - At levels 6, 12, and 18 the card master gains the ability to make 3 cards. To use this ability they must have a blank card, ink and a quill. The card master draws the creature, concentrating on what he wants its abilities to be. The CR of these created creatures is the characters level.

Capture Other Soul At level 6, the card master gains the ability to capture souls of enemies that have been dead for up to 1 day for every 3 levels.

Create Magical Item At level 11, After writing so many magical cards you have learned the secrets to making a certain kind of magical item. You gain one of the following as a bonus feat: Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Staff, Craft Wand, or Craft Wondrous Item.

Card Purification At level 13 the Card master learns to purify cards to clear them, allowing the card master to store a new soul in the purified card.

Soul Devour At level 14, the card master gains the ability to devour the souls of its slaves and of the recently dead. When he devours the soul the creature’s soul and adds it to their own, giving them permanent abilities. They get one random ability, racial bonus, stat or HP bonus for each recently fallen soul they devour, as determined by the GM.

Ability: Special Abilities such as Breath Weapons, Flight, or Regeneration.

Racial Abilities: Natural Armor Class bonus, Base Attack Bonus, Saving Throw Bonus.

Stats: Str, Dex, Con, Int, Wis, Cha.

The abilities gained are permanent. Racial abilities can be stacked as such: The Card Master gains the Base Attack of a Chimera when he devours one time.(+9) He then gains the same from a Nalfshee. (+14) The two abilities are then added together to get his new Base Attack Bonus. (+23) The Stats DO NOT STACK. If the card master gets a new stat from devouring a soul, it overwrites his original. Obviously if a soul is devoured, it can NOT be captured into a card.

Starting Package: Power Deck (with 5 creatures, 75 blank cards. Initial Creatures must be chosen from this list; locust swarm, ogre, Large Spider, Dire wolf, giant Eagle, gelatinous cube, fire Mephit. Others may be added at DM discretion.Damage Deck (50 cards),Leather Armor, Deluxe Backpack, Waterskin, Short Sword, 50' Hemp Rope, Grappling hook, 3 torches, Flint and Steel, card holster, bedroll.



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