Weary Scholar (3.5e Class)
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Spending years in school can take a heavy toll on a character, physically, mentally, and financially. A Weary Scholar has learned to make peace with, and even channel, the ever present fatigue that an endless chain of all nighters and cram sessions can result in. (Please note that this class is only semi serious and is presented as an exercise in creative writing. It is not currently balanced or meant to be played in game).
Making a Weary Scholar
A Weary Scholar typically does not belong in combat. While she can provide a range of support abilities to her party members, she must be very careful to remain out of the line of fire. A well made Weary Scholar can fulfill all of the social and investigative jobs of a group, leaving others free to focus their abilities on the combat roles. The Study Focus class feature provides a great deal of flexibility, however, and many builds are possible.
Abilities: A typical Weary Scholar depends on a high Charisma to perform her social duties. Intelligence provides a greater range of skills for the Weary Scholar, and may impact spellcasting if she takes a Study Focus in an arcane discipline. Similarly, a high Wisdom score benefits a Weary Scholar who takes on the ability to cast divine spells. Dexterity and Constitution scores may contribute to survivability when she makes the error of ending up in combat. Strength is nearly useless to this class and is most often used as a dump stat.
Races: Humans are by far the most common race for the Weary Scholar. Very few members of other races are willing to sacrifice their mental and physical health for an education as the humans are, though exceptions exist.
Starting Gold: 10 gp starting gold. The demands of college leave the majority of students extremely strapped for cash. As a result, they typically own and carry very little. 1st level Weary Scholars do receive a flask of Minotaur Blood at creation, however. The flask is enchanted with a Gentle Repose spell to preserve the contents. This component is of little use to other characters and cannot be sold. If lost, it can be replaced at a cost of 500GP at any alchemist shop in a city that produces Weary Scholars.
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Class Skills ( + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the Weary Scholar.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Weary Scholar is proficient with the sap, and carries no other weapon proficiencies. Any such proficiencies granted by a race or template are nullified. Proficiencies granted by another class are unaffected.
Spells: Weary Scholars do not natively cast spells. However, the "Study Focus" class feature is often used to emulate the arcane or divine spellcasting abilities of another class. In this case, the spells are drawn from the same list that that class draws from and uses the same ability score(s) to determine save DCs, spells known, and bonus spells. Regardless of the class being emulated, Weary Scholars must prepare their spells ahead of time (no spontaneous casting). Weary Scholars also add the following Intensive Study domain spells to their list (but do not gain a bonus spellcasting slot and so are not required to prepare any spells from this list). These spells may be prepared as either divine or arcane spells, as appropriate to the feature being emulated.
Minotaur Blood Extract (Ex): Early in their careers, Weary Scholars learn how to make a stimulant brew from minotaur's blood. Once per day at first level, a Weary Scholar may make a special Craft: Alchemy check using her class level in place of her skill rank to craft an Extract. The process takes 5 minutes and requires an empty vessel, a fresh source of minotaur blood, and alchemy components costing 5 gold. The potion uses a negligible amount of the minotaur blood and does not consume the flask, but if the Weary Scholar fails to meet the DC 15 skill check, the other alchemy components are wasted. When quaffed, the Minotaur Blood Extract has the effect of Toreen's Restoration as a nonmagical effect and is always at Caster Level 5. As the Weary Scholar advances in levels, the concoction gains additional effects. These effects are imparted at creation, thus a higher level Weary Scholar may brew extracts for a lower level student, however the additional effects will not work on other classes. If a cleric, for example, drinks a Minotaur Blood Extract, he receives the effect of Toreen's Restoration but none of the secondary effects.
Players who exit the Weary Scholar class retain all the benefits of the class, but may never again take levels in the class. If the new class has class features that were emulated by the Weary Scholar, the character's Weary Scholar effective level for that feature stacks with levels in the new class for purposes of determining the progression of that feature (and only that feature). Since the Weary Scholar emulates some class features as if at a lower level, this does not mean that all the Weary Scholar levels stack. For example, a Level 5 Weary Scholar/Level 1 Cleric/Level 1 Wizard who has a Study Focus (Major) in divine spells and a Study Focus (Minor) in Arcane spells may cast as a 6th level Cleric but only a 2nd level Wizard.
Epic Weary Scholar
+ Int modifier skill points per level.
Bonus Feats: The epic gains a bonus feat (selected from the list of epic bonus feats) every levels after 20th.
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Weary Scholar Starting Package
Skill Selection: Pick a number of skills equal to 4 + Int modifier.
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Playing a Weary Scholar
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Weary Scholar Lore
Characters with ranks in can research to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
Weary Scholars in the Game
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