Cryomancer (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||The frozen wastelands were my home, now I endeavour to freeze the world, so they may feel the pain of my ancestors.||”|
|—Kirina the Frozen Mad, Human Cryomancer, The Legend of the Frostland|
The Cryomancer is a caster who has a strong connection to the frozen colds of the ice deserts, they become great conduits for the elemental plane of ice and cold. By channelling this frozen power, they wreak havoc with powerful spells of cold. The Cryomancer is an elemental specialist and fully capable of spellcasting abilities beyond the norm in her chosen element.
Becoming a Cryomancer
The Cryomancer represents more power from cold spells. Their true power is from using Energy Substitution to change any damage dealing spell they know into a cold spell, allowing synergy from their ability to enhance cold spells.
|Skills:||Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks.|
|Feats:||Energy Substitution (Cold), any other metamagic feat.|
|Spellcasting:||Must be able to cast 3rd level arcane spells.|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+2||Cold Snap, Ice Spike||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|2nd||+1||+0||+0||+3||Chilling Conjuration, Ice Armor||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|3rd||+1||+1||+1||+3||Frost Spell Focus||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+4||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|5th||+2||+1||+1||+4||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|6th||+3||+2||+2||+5||Cold Breath||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|7th||+3||+2||+2||+5||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|8th||+4||+2||+2||+6||Fell Frost||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|9th||+4||+3||+3||+6||Chilling Power||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|10th||+5||+3||+3||+7||Uttercold Master, Gift of the Frozen||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
The Cryomancer mixes her magic with cold and ice, creating powerful cold spells to devastate opponents. All of the following are class features of the Cryomancer.
Spellcasting: At every level, the Cryomancer gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in a arcane spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class level. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If she had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming a Cryomancer, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
Cold Snap (Su): At 1st level, the Cryomancer can walk on any form of ice without any hindrance. ALso she can touch the ground and freeze it. As a standard action, the Cryomancer can create a thin layer of ice over a radius of 5ft/class level, centered on herself. The ice lasts for 1 round/class level. Moving on this ice is similar to moving on a grease spell. The reflex save DC 11 + spellcasting modifier. This ability can be used 1 day/4 caster levels (rounded down).
Chilling Conjuration (Ex): At 2nd level, the Cryomancer's growing frozen powers are conferred unto her summons. Whenever summoning a monster through a summon monster , the monster gains the Cold subtype. If raising an undead, the undead gains the Rimebound Fallen template.
Ice Armor (Su): At 2nd level, the Cryomancer is under the constant effects of an endure elements spell. Also, 1/day as a standard action that provokes an attack of opportunity, the Cryomancer can draw in cold from the surrounding area, forming frozen armor that protects her body, gaining a natural armor bonus equal to her class level for 1 round/class level.
Frost Spell Focus (Ex): At 3rd level, the Cryomancer has begun to learn the secrets of the tundra and the frozen wastelands. Any spell you cast with the [Cold] descriptor has the Spell Focus Feat applied to it. At level 10, any spell she casts with the [Cold] descriptor is treated as if she was one caster level higher.
Cold Breath (Su): At 5th level, the Cryomancer gains a breath weapon similar to those of the mighty White Dragons of the frozen north. Usable once per day as a standard action, a cryomancer can spew forth in a 30ft cone that deals 1d8 cold damage/2 caster levels. A successful Reflex save (DC 10 + ½ caster level + half-dragon’s Con modifier) reduces damage by half.
Fell Frost (Su): At 8th level, the Cryomancer's mastery of the frozen tundra allows her spells to bestow freezing on those hurt by her spells. Anyone damaged by one of the Cryomancer's spell that has the [Cold] descriptor must make a Will save (DC calculated as normal for the spell) or be slowed for 1d4 rounds.
Chilling Power (Ex): At 9th level, the Cryomancer has mastered cold spells, able to easily apply metamagic much easier than normal spells. Metamagic feats applied to spells with the [cold] descriptor have their cost reduced by 1, to a minimum of 1.
Uttercold Master (Su): The Cryomancer ascends past the frozen tundra and becomes a conduit for the Plane of Cold. At 10th level, she is healed by cold damage. She gains the Chill Shield version of fire shield as a spell-like ability usable 3/day.
Gift of the Frozen (Ex): At 10th level, the Cryomancer becomes at one with the elemental cold. She gains the Cold subtype. Her unarmed attacks deal +1d6 cold damage and attacks made against her using unarmed strikes or natural weapons cause the attacker to take 1d4 cold damage. Also, any spell with the [Cold] descriptor has no caster level limit.
Playing a Cryomancer
Combat: The Cryomancer is, first and foremost, a caster. Although their Ice Armor ability provides some defense, their party members provide a better defense as a body wall instead. Their damaging spells are either area of effect or targeted spells, normally converted into cold spells, that lets her to increase their power using her Frostfell and Frozen Death abilities. Combat control is a must for a Cryomancer, using their spells to create pockets of enemies and summons (with the Cold subtype thanks to Chilling Conjuration) to cause area of effect spells that damage enemies. When reaching sixth level, the Cryomancer can use their breath weapon in place of spells (as to conserve their power) and at seventh, the use of metamagic feats to boost power from their cold spells is a must. Their Cold Snap power is useful for keeping enemies moving slowly across the floor, but has the unfortunate backfire of affecting the Cryomancer's allies.
Advancement: A Cryomancer will generally advance in another prestige class that increases the power of their spells and possibly one that focuses still on the cold powers that they have gained from their levels in Cryomancer. Archmage is a good choice for altering the shape of spells (with Mastery of Shaping) or increasing the caster levels of spells even further.
Resources: Cryomancers are specialized wizards and can support on the resources that any wizarding community can offer. They are often from the frozen lands and ice deserts that always exist somewhere, and these places can offer a Cryomancer shelter or things that may be of help.
Cryomancers in the World
|“||It was like the frozen tundra submitted wholly to her will; it didn't object and it only lived to satisfy her needs.||”|
|—Tim the Coward, Elf Monk|
Cryomancers usually come from frozen lands, learning to control the cold around them and then manipulating it to even more powerful extremes. They are wizard and sorcerers alike who specialize in the art of manipulating the cold and frozen wastes, learning how to focus it's power arcane energy into potent and devastating spells.
NPC Reactions: Cryomancers are often quite recognizable, by their cold exterior and sometimes they have blue skin from their frozen body. Their ability to freeze and manipulate the cold is well known as spectacular in it's power and their ability to command the ice is a trait that awes common folk.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Arcana) can research Cryomancers to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||Cryomancers manipulate the cold.|
|16||Cryomancers cast cold spells much more powerful than normal.|
|21||Cryomancers can manipulate the air to create a thin layer of ice on their body, shielding them.|
|26||Eventually, Cryomancers become so powerful they can channel Uttercold into their magic, freezing even those immune to the cold.|
Cryomancer in the Game
Cryomancers are casters from frozen wastelands, generally, and they can often be seen as quite eccentric from a view of their cold-like fetish. A Cryomancer can easily fill the slot of a maniacal wizard out to conquer the world or freeze it over, using cold minions and blasting her opponents. They can also be helpful wizards in a cold climate, guides through frozen tundras and such.
Adaptation: As just another prestige class for Wizard, Cryomancers are easily be slotted into the world, as villains or helpful aids.
Sample Encounter: Kirina the Frozen Mad is a crazed Cryomancer from the frozen wastelands, obsessed with the idea that she's trying to save the world by freezing it and creating an Age of Ice. The party has infiltrated her ice fortress and are ready for battle.
EL 17: Kirina the Frozen Mad