Spell Breaker, Variant (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Spell Breakers are sorcerers and wizards who have dedicated themselves to disrupting others from using magic against them or their comrades.

Spell Breaker[edit]

"If you had half a brain you'd know not to attempt another fireball!"
—Katya, Half-Elf Spell Breaker

Spell Breakers are sorcerers and wizards who, through sheer arcane mastery, have dedicated themselves to disrupting others from using magic against them or their comrades. They typically specialize in Abjuration magic, nullifying hostile spellcasters whilst freely slinging Evocation spells across the field. Spell Breakers often follow their path for a philosophical purpose, with most believing that reckless use of magic brings harm onto the world. Though uncommon, it is also possible for Spell Breakers to malevolently believe that all the magic in the world is theirs only to wield.

Becoming a Spell Breaker[edit]

Entry Requirements
Alignment: Any.
Skills: Spellcraft 10 ranks, Knowledge (Arcana) 6 ranks.
Feats: Spell Focus (Abjuration).
Spellcasting: Able to cast 5th level wizard/sorcerer spells. Is not restricted from any one magic school.
Table: The Spell Breaker

Hit Die: d6

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special Spellcasting
Fort Ref Will
1st +1 +2 +0 +2 Spontaneous Counterspelling +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
2nd +2 +3 +0 +3 Swift Counterspelling +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
3rd +3 +3 +1 +3 Aura of Disruption +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
4th +4 +4 +1 +4 Spell Bender, Natural Counterspelling +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
5th +5 +4 +1 +4 Arcane Ruin (1d4/1d6) +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
6th +6 +5 +2 +5 Reverse Metamagic, Dispel At Will +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
7th +7 +5 +2 +5 Arcane Ruin +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
8th +8 +6 +2 +6 Antimagic Shield +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
9th +9 +6 +3 +6 Neutralize Magic +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
10th +10 +7 +3 +7 Counterspell Mastery +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class

Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level)
Concentration, Decipher Script, Knowledge (Arcana), Knowledge (The Planes), Speak Language, Spellcraft, Use Magic Device.

Class Features[edit]

All of the following are class features of the Spell Breaker.

Spellcasting: At each level, you gain new spells per day and an increase in caster level (and spells known, if applicable) as if you had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which you belonged before adding the prestige class level. You do not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If you had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming a Spell Breaker, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.

Spontaneous Counterspelling: A level 1 Spell Breaker can Counterspell a spell using any spell he knows provided they are on the same level or higher.

Swift Counterspelling: A Spell Breaker of level 2 no longer needs to ready himself as a standard action for using counterspell, he can instead do it as a swift action. He can use his "ready" action for a second counterspell, so by spending a swift and a standard action he can counterspell 2 spells on the same round.

Aura of Disruption: Anyone trying to cast a spell within 30ft of the Spell Breaker must succeed on a Concentration check of 10 + the spell's level + 1/2 of the Spell Breaker's level, or fail to cast that spell. This is considered a gaze ability.

Spell Bender: A Spell Breaker may choose to attempt a counterspell making a Spellcraft check with double the spell's level, and instead of simply cancelling the spell, he can redirect it to anyone he chooses. The Spell Breaker must roll for the attack again, but gains a bonus equal to half the original caster's spellcasting modifier.

Natural Counterspelling: A Spell Breaker gets his Spell Breaker level as a bonus in spellcraft checks used to Counterspell.

Arcane Ruin: Whenever someone gets countered by a Spell Breaker, he must roll two Will saves equal to the DC of the spell that the Spell Breaker used to counter the spell. On the first failed roll, he who got countered is unable to cast any spell for one round (1d2 rounds on the 7th and 1d2+1 on the 9th Spell Breaker level). For the next check, a failed save would mean the opponent takes 1d6 typeless magic damage for every level of the countered spell. For example, if a wizard casts a 6th level spell yet is successfully countered by a Spell Breaker, the wizard rolls two Will saves; if he fails both, the wizard is unable to cast any spell for 1d2+1 rounds and takes 6d6 points of typeless magic damage. This is not applied when spell bending or with reverse metamagic and dispel magic.

Reverse Metamagic: A Spell Breaker can attempt to cancel a single metamagic feat added to a spell instead of the whole spell, by making a successful Spellcraft check equal to (15 + the spell's level + (the metamagic level increasement)X2) you can provide a spell slot equal to the increasement of the spell's level by the metamagic and cancel it's properties. For example, a Spell Breaker attempts to dispel a maximize spell metamagic feat, he succeeds on his spellcraft check and because the maximize feat has a level increasement +3 he burns a 3rd level spell slot and cancels the feat, the spell then continues its effect normally but without the maximize metamagic feat.

Dispel At Will: At this point, a Spell Breaker can cast Dispel Magic at will.

Antimagic Shield: A Spell Breaker can cast a shield as a reaction 1/day for ever three level he posses in the Spell Breaker class that grants magical damage reduction 60 for as long as he concentrates. The shield burns a random spell slot for every 20 damage dealt to it on a single attack (roll a d10, if you roll 10, reroll). For every spell slot burnt this way, both the damage reduction and the damage needed for a new slot to get expended are reduced by 5 (to a minimum of 5). If the Spell Breaker runs out of spell slots, the antimagic shield vanishes.

Neutralize Magic: A Spell Breaker at this level can suppress the powers of magic items for long periods. The magic item is allowed a Will save with its wielder's Will modifier, or if unattended a simple d20 against (15 + the Spell Breaker's Int modifier + half his Spellcraft ranks). On a failed save, its powers vanish for 1d10 days. Items of divine origin or powerful artifacts are not affected by this ability. Items of legacy are affected no matter their origin but get a +10 to the suppression check. The bonus from Natural Counterspelling applies.

Counterspell Mastery: A Spell Breaker can now attempt a counterspell as many times as he wants without being "ready," BUT he must be able to see the source of the spell to do so.

Epic Spell Breaker[edit]

Table: The Epic Spell Breaker

Hit Die: d6

Level Special
23rd Bonus Feat
25th +1 to Will saves
26th Bonus Feat
29th Bonus Feat

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