Arcane Savant (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Arcane Savant
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Arcane Savant[edit]

Along the paths traveled by the most accomplished of sages, on the crossroad of profound knowledge and great innate prowess, there is the Arcane Savant, who relegates all her time to the study and understanding of any form of arcane magic. She is the result of astute learning mixing with inner fire and finds an equilibrium in prepared intellect and spontaneous casting, as well as throughout the entire spectrum of magic schools. As such, the entry level to this demanding colloquium lies in a profound understanding of all facets of arcane magic.

Prerequisites[edit]

Feats: Skill Focus (Spellcraft)

Skills: Knowledge (arcana) 10 ranks, Spellcraft 10 ranks

Spells: Able to cast 2nd-level arcane spells from a prepared arcane full-spellcasting class and 2nd-level arcane spells from a spontaneous arcane full-spellcasting class.

Table: The Arcane Savant
Hit Die: d4

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Fort
Save
Ref
Save
Will
Save
Special Spells per Day/Spells Known
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Swap Spells 1 +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
4th +2 +1 +1 +4 Swap Spells 2 +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
5th +2 +1 +1 +4 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
6th +3 +2 +2 +5 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
7th +3 +2 +2 +5 Swap Spells 3 +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
8th +4 +2 +2 +6 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
9th +4 +3 +3 +6 +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class / +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Arcane Gestalt +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Knowledge (all skills taken separately) (Int), Profession (Wis), Spellcraft (Int).

Class Features[edit]

All the following are class features of the Arcane Savant:

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Arcane savants gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.

Spells per Day: This prestige class may only be used in conjunction with a single prepared and a single spontaneous arcane spellcasting class. At 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th level, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in either his prepared spellcasting class or his spontaneous spellcasting class. When another arcane savant level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had gained a level in both his prepared and spontaneous spellcasting classes.

Swap Spells: At 1st level, both the arcane savant's spell lists lose up to 1 spell slot of every spell level that is mutually available to both his modes of spellcasting. These lost spell slots combine into a separate gestalt spell list that has up to 2 spell slots of every mutual spell level. The spell slots in this gestalt spell list can be used both for the preparation of spells known through prepared casting and for the spontaneous conversion to spells known through spontaneous casting. At 4th level, both spell lists lose a second spell slot per mutual spell level (if available) and the gestalt spell list grows to a maximum of 4 slots per available mutual spell level. At 7th, both spell lists lose a third spell slot of every mutual spell level (if available), and the gestalt spell list holds up to 6 slots of every mutual spell level. This mutual spell list can not hold more spell slots of a certain mutual spell level than both the arcane savant's combined modes of spellcasting have available.

Arcane Gestalt: At 10th level, the arcane savant's two spell lists integrate fully, becoming one spell list with the combined number of spell slots of both spell lists. She may henceforth use all her spell slots to prepare spells, and may also henceforth use all her spell slots to spontaneously convert to spells she knows from her spontaneous arcane spellcasting class. Essentially, the new spell list overlaps for both the arcane savant's modes of spellcasting. She still may not use her arcane savant spell slots for spellcasting classes that are not tied to her arcane savant prestige class.

The Epic Arcane Savant[edit]

Table: The Epic Arcane Savant
Hit Die: d4

Level Special Spells per Day/Spells Known
11th +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class
12th +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
13th +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class
14th +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
15th +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class
16th Bonus Feat +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
17th +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class
18th +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class
19th +1 level of existing prepared arcane spellcasting class
20th +1 level of existing spontaneous arcane spellcasting class

Skill Points Per Level
(2 + Int modifier per level).

Class Features[edit]

All the following are class features of the Epic Arcane Savant.

Spells per Day: When an odd-numbered epic Arcane Savant level above 10th is gained she gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable), as if she had gained a level in a prepared arcane spellcasting class she belonged to previously, up to the maximum spells per day and spells known by that class. Her caster level in that class also increases by +1. When an even-numbered epic Arcane Savant level above 10th is gained she gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable), as if she had gained a level in a spontaneous spellcasting class she belonged to previously, up to the maximum spells per day and spells known by that class. Her caster level in that class also increases by +1.

Bonus Feats: The epic Arcane Savant gains a bonus feat every 6 levels after 10th.

Arcane Savants in the World[edit]

Arcane Savants are often sorcerers with a scholarly bent. They often developed sorcerer abilities, but had the mind to unlock arcane secrets through study. Without their natural sorcerer abilities they would have probably grown up to be accomplished wizards anyways. Having an innate sorcerous knowledge of magic is a great help to wizards, especially those researching new spells or those trying advanced techniques - spontaneous intuition helps a wizard to know how to "get it right" - they can worry about repeating and scribing after they've mastered it.

On the other end of the spectrum, some extremely accomplished wizards enter this class once they've unlocked (through years of study) the secrets to spontaneous casting. Many accomplished wizards seek to increase their versatility, and after discovering the secrets to spontaneous casting, they can apply that knowledge to develop sorcererous abilities (albiet slowly) and further increase their power and versatility.

Daily Life[edit]

Notables[edit]

Organizations[edit]

There are no known organizations that deal specifically with Arcane Savants. However in any major arcane institution it is possible to run across one.

NPC Reactions[edit]

Arcane Savants are excellent go-betweens for wizards and sorcerers. They combine the best features of both classes. NPCs of either sorcerer or wizard class always treat them as they would a sorcerer or wizard, whichever would be more favorable in the situation.



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