Pyromancer (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||What this stew needs is MORE FIRE!||”|
|—Mad Blazer Joral McGee, Gnome Evoker, The Book of Fire Preface|
While some mages wield powerful illusions, some summon all powerful beasts to do their bidding and some divine fascinating facts about the universe that even some gods aren't even aware of. However, a Pyromancer just wants to burn stuff with his immense mastery over the element of fire.
Becoming a Pyromancer
The Pyromancer is an advocate from squeezing all the power he needs from fire spells. Their true power is using Energy Substitution to change any damage dealing spell they know into a fire spell, allowing them to synergize with all their abilities that enhance their fire spells.
|Skills:||Knowledge (Arcana) 8 Ranks.|
|Spellcasting:||Must be able to cast 3rd level arcane spells.|
|1st||+0||+2||+0||+2||Focused Blast, Flame Armor||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+3||Inner Flame||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|3rd||+1||+3||+1||+3||Fire's Blessing||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|4th||+2||+4||+1||+4||Burning Conjuration||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|5th||+2||+4||+1||+4||Wreath of Blessed Fire||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|6th||+3||+5||+2||+5||Power of the Dragon||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|7th||+3||+5||+2||+5||Fire Manipulation||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|8th||+4||+6||+2||+6||Persisting Flame||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|9th||+4||+6||+3||+6||Hellfire Manipulation||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
|10th||+5||+7||+3||+7||Hellfire Master||+1 of existing arcane spellcasting.|
Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level)
Spellcasting: At every level, the Pyromancer 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 Pyromancer, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
Focused Blast (Sp): The Pyromancer can focus his energies into a wave of energy that knocks people down. As a standard action, the Pyromancer can make a ranged touch attack against a single enemy within 30 ft. of the Pyromancer. If successful, the Pyromancer may make a ranged bull rush attempt against the enemy using his intelligence modifier instead of his strength modifier. He can use this ability a number of times per day equal to his relevant spellcasting modifier.
Flame Armor (Su): The Pyromancer retains the heat energies from casting many fire spells and begins to meld them into armour. The Pyromancer gains a natural armor bonus equal to half his Pyromancer level rounded down. He is under a constant endure elements effect.
Inner Flame (Su): The Pyromancer delights in all forms of fire and he pulls in the energy from the world around him with ease. At second level, he casts any spell with the [Fire] descriptor with a bonus to his caster level equal to half his Pyromancer level (rounded down).
Fire's Blessing (Su): By mastering the elements of fire, the Pyromancer becomes unmatched in the art of manipulating fire energy to his will. At third level, any spell with the [Fire] descriptor that allows a saving throw the Pyromancer casts gains a +1 bonus to the DC per three Pyromancer levels (rounded down).
Burning Conjuration (Su): The Pyromancer's power of the fire benefits not only himself, but also those that he conjures or raises. At fourth level, whenever summoning a monster through a summon monster spell, the monster gains the Fire subtype and the spell gains the [Fire] descriptor. If raising an undead, the undead gains the Ashbound Fallen template.
Wreath of Blessed Fire (Su): The Pyromancer becomes one with the flame he wields, being blessed by it's power. At fifth level, he gains the Fire subtype. His unarmed attacks deal 1d6 fire damage and attacks against him using unarmed strikes or natural weapons cause the attacker to take 1d4 fire damage. Also, any spell with the [Fire] descriptor has no caster level limit.
Power of the Dragon (Su): The Pyromancer gains an inner reservoir of flames to call upon, allowing him to spew the flames from his mouth at his enemies. At sixth level, once every 1d4 rounds, he can use his breath weapon that deals 1d6/2 caster levels in fire damage in a 30 ft cone, usable as a standard action. This is treated a 6th level spell with the [Fire] descriptor.
Fire Manipulation (Su): The Pyromancer has become so adept at casting fire spells, normal metamagic is easier to apply to the burning flames. At seventh level, when you apply metamagic effects to spells with the [Fire] descriptor you decrease the total spell level by 1, down to a minimum of 0.
Persisting Flame (Su): The Pyromancer's fire spells don't just do normal damage, they leave burns and pains on his enemies and their damage persists. At eigth level, anyone damaged by one of the Pyromancer's spells that has the [Fire] descriptor that dealt damage takes half the damage dealt again at the start of their next turn.
Hellfire Manipulation (Su): The Pyromancer is beyond mere fire; he becomes attuned to the manipulation of Hellfire; a much more devastating fire source that burns at the very soul, rather than just the body. At ninth level, the Pyromancer can change any fire damage into Hellfire damage. Half the damage dealt is fire damage and the other half is negative energy.
Hellfire Master (Su): The Pyromancer is fully attuned to source of Hellfire; the everburning heat that pulsates throughout the depths of the plane of fire. At tenth level, he is healed by fire damage and gains a vulnerability to cold damage.
Playing a Pyromancer
Combat: As a spellcaster, the Pyromancer's place in combat is behind some big meatshield; it doesn't matter if it's a summoned monster or not, the Pyromancer focuses more on control using his fire abilties to move people around and seperate them (using his Blast Wave to push people about or creating a walls of fire. Keeping his enemies in a set position will allow him to use his area of effect spells to go nova.
Advancement: A Pyromancer will advance into another spellcasting class; one that may allow it to have more command over his area of effect spells or increase his caster level to squeeze more power out of fire spells. The Archmage is useful because of it's Master of Shaping and Spell Power abilities.
Resources: Pyromancers can expect support from any kind of magical establishment, due to their mage backgrounds, but also they might find allies from the Elemental Plane of Fire and Fire Elementals, due to their connection with fire.
Pyromancer in the World
|“||I used to have eyebrows before I met that pyromancer...||”|
|—Tim the Coward, Elf Monk|
Pyromancers can be anyway and any mage in a world. They show no outward sign of being a pyromancer before they start unleashing their massive torrent of fire spells at unsuspecting enemies. If not found in wizarding circles, they generally are found in warm areas; some are known to have made their sanctums in the side of a volcano to gather the heat from it.
NPC Reactions: Pyromancers are known to have flashy fire spells to the common people; their expert casting of spells can be a wonderous sight to behold, as their fling and manipulate fire to their heart's content.
Characters with ranks in Knowledge (Arcana) can research Pyromancer to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
|11||Pyromancers can dance in the flames they wield.|
|16||Pyromancers are wrapped in a dense sheet of extreme heat that somehow protects them from blows.|
|21||A Pyromancer becomes blessed by fire and they soon learn how to breathe fire.|
|26||Pyromancers can surpass normal fire and learn how to wield fire that burns the very soul.|
Pyromancer in the Game
Pyromancers are casters who have an unhealthy obsession with fire. They can be from anywhere; but they also, like Cryomancers, can be from the frozen wastelands; using their fires to keep people hot, rather than using the cold. But, utlimately; pyromania is just inherent in a lot of people who want to see things burn!
Adaptation: Pyromancers may already exist; they are the blasters who love to set things alight, they want to watch the world burn or they want to study the fires with delight. They are wherever mages are and they exist to blast.
Sample Encounter: Mad Blazer Joral McGee is a Gnome Pyromancer and the party have stumbled across his sanctum in the side of a volcano.
EL 14: Mad Blazer Joral McGee