Gemcaster

 

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Gemcaster (prestige class)

The rare gems and jewels of the Underworld are greatly valued by Upperworlders, but to the subterranean denizens of Aventyr, they are even more precious. Svirfneblin especially love exotic crystals, going to extreme lengths to quarry the rare stones. Some of these deep gnomes have learned to utilize gems to enhance their magical abilities, making them invaluable to the gemcasters of the Underworld.

Role: These spellcasters are extremely versatile. While they give up a certain amount of potency in their magic, their control over spells is greatly increased in the exchange. They can serve several roles within a party because of the wide range of abilities possible through gemcasting, but at heart they are spellcasters of the traditional variety.

Alignment: Gemcasters may be of any alignment.

Race: Svirfneblin are the most common gemcasters. While outsiders are likely never to find out how or why, the use of magical jewels in the undergnomes’ devices is critical, making these specialized spellcasters essential to any svirfneblin settlement. Other races, however, have seen their fair share of gemcasters (though, sensibly, many attempt to hide the true, costly source of their abilities).

Hit Dice 1d6

 

REQUIREMENTS

Feats Any three metamagic feats

Skills Appraise 8 ranks, Spellcraft 8 ranks

 

Class Skills

The gemcaster’s class skills are Appraise (Int), Craft (gems) (Int), Knowledge (dungeoneering), Profession (merchant) (Wis), Survival, Use Magic Device (Cha)

Skill Ranks at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.

LevelBase Attack FortRefWillClass AbilitiesSpells per Day
1st+0+0+0+1Gem expert, gem transformation+1 level of spellcasting class
2nd+1+1+1+1Peridot gem magic+1 level of spellcasting class
3rd+1+1+1+2Cymophane gem magic, spectrum summons
4th+2+1+1+2Amethyst gem magic+1 level of spellcasting class
5th+2+2+2+3Opal gem magic, sublime gem magic+1 level of spellcasting class
6th+3+2+2+3Gem healing, sapphire gem magic
7th+3+2+2+4Emeralds gem magic+1 level of spellcasting class
8th+4+3+3+4Ruby gem magic+1 level of spellcasting class
9th+4+3+3+5Diamond gem magic
10th+5+3+3+5Exquisite jewel magic+1 level of spellcasting class

 

 

CLASS FEATURES

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Gemcasters do not receive any proficiencies with weapons or armor.

 

Gem Expert (Ex) Gemcasters are highly skilled at activities related to gems. At 1st-level, a gemcaster gains a bonus on all Appraise, Craft, and Diplomacy checks relating to gems equal to her gemcaster level.

 

Gem Transformation (Su): By concentrating for 10 minutes, a gemcaster can transform one or more cut gems of any type and value into one or more cut gems of any type and value, so long as the end value is the same. However, gem transformation is demanding and at the end of the period the gemcaster is fatigued and suffers two temporary Constitution damage. A gemcaster recovers one point of Constitution lost in this way per hour, and after all temporary Constitution damage is healed, is no longer fatigued. If a gemcaster attempts to use this ability while fatigued, he becomes exhausted until he rests and suffers four temporary Constitution damage. A gemcaster cannot use this ability while exhausted. Gems so transformed revert to their component types and values if ownership of the gems passes from the gemcaster to anyone else.

 

Gem Magic: Gemcasters enhance their spells with metamagic effects by using gems. Using a gem is a standard action that is subsumed into the casting time of the spell, and any gem used to enhance a spell (which still requires any other components as normal) is consumed in the casting. If a spell takes longer than a standard action to cast, using a gem effect is subsumed into the casting time. Unless otherwise stated, a gemcaster may utilize any gem metamagic ability up to 3 times per day per ability. Note that the feats that gemcasters choose to emulate do not enable them to create equivalent rods of metamagic and that a gemcaster cannot combine gemcasting with a rod of metamagic.

All of the spell-level costs listed below are after applying metamagic feats that increase spell level. Spontaneous spellcasters using gem magic do not increase the casting time of a spell for using a metamagic feat. Gemcasters can always choose to use the Heighten Spell metamagic feat instead of the metamagic feat tied to a level of gem magic.

 

Peridot Gem Magic (Su) At 2nd level, the gemcaster chooses one metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by one level* (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing a peridot of a value equal to 100 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

* For ease of reference, this includes Bouncing, Disrupting, Ectoplasmic, Elemental, Enlarge, Extend, Flaring, Focused, Intensified, Lingering, Piercing, Reach, Rime, Selective, Silent, Still, and Toppling metamagic effects.

 

Cymophane Gem Magic (Su) At 3rd level, the gemcaster chooses a second metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by one level (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing a cymophane jewel of a value equal to 100 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

 

Spectrum Summons (Su) At 3rd level, the creatures summoned by a gemcaster are surreal, composed of shifting hues that cover the entire range of the color spectrum. Whenever the gemcaster casts summon monster or any other spell with a visible effect and from the conjuration school of magic while using gem magic, the milieu of shifting colors that compose the creatures cause any opponents with visual-based sight within 5 feet to be dazzled (no save). In addition, during any turn a spectrum summons creature takes two move actions or the Run action, enemies that can see it must make a Will save (DC 10 + spell level + spellcasting attribute modifier) or become fascinated until the beginning of the summoned creature’s next turn.

 

Amethyst Gem Magic (Su) At 4th level, the gemcaster chooses a third metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by one level (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing an amethyst of a value equal to 100 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

 

Opal Gem Magic (Su) At 5th level, the gemcaster chooses one metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by two levels* (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing an opal a value equal to 300 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

* For ease of reference, this includes Burning, Concussive, Empower, Persistent, Sickening, Thanatopic, Threnodic, and Thundering metamagic effects.

 

Sublime Gem Magic (Su) At 5th level, the gemcaster may reduce the cost of a metamagic spell cast using gem magic by -1 spell level, and at 10th level the gemcaster may reduce the cost by -2 spell levels. For example, a wizard 8/gemcaster 5 can cast a prepared silent fireball spell using a 2nd-level spell slot and a gem (a peridot, cymophane, amethyst, or opal—whichever is tied to his Silent Spell gem magic). Gems utilized this way can be of any value, but a gemcaster can only prepare a number of sublime gem magic spells per day equal to their gemcaster level.

 

Gem Healing (Su) At 6th level, the gemcaster learns to use their mystical control over magic and jewels to heal themselves with gems. Once per day per 2 gemcaster levels, the gemcaster can eat a gem of 100 gp or more as a swift action, healing 1d10+1 hit points. For every additional 100 gp of the gem’s value, increase the amount of healing received by 1d10+1. A gemcaster can only consume gems of a value no greater than 100 gp x gemcaster level.

 

Sapphire Gem Magic (Su) At 6th level, the gemcaster chooses a second metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by two levels (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing a sapphire of a value equal to 300 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

 

Emerald Gem Magic (Su) At 7th level, the gemcaster chooses one metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by three levels* (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing an emerald of a value equal to 500 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

* For ease of reference, this includes Dazing, Echoing, Maximize, and Widen metamagic effects.

 

Ruby Gem Magic (Su) At 8th level, the gemcaster chooses a second metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by three levels* (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing a ruby of a value equal to 500 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

 

Diamond Gem Magic (Su) At 9th level, the gemcaster chooses one metamagic feat that normally increases a spell by four levels* (this cannot be changed once selected). By utilizing a diamond of a value equal to 700 gp x spell level, you may emulate the chosen metamagic feat without modifying the spell level or its slot in the gemcaster’s daily allotment.

* For ease of reference, this includes Quicken Spell.

 

Exquisite Jewel Magic (Su) At 10th level, a gemcaster learns to utilize two gem magic abilities at the same time or any single metamagic spellcasting feat they do not have access to through this prestige class (with costs comparable to metamagic feats of equal additional spell level). The diamond used for this class ability must be of a value equal to both the requirements of the gem magic abilities in question (or the single ability not accessible to the gemcaster through this prestige class) x 1.5. A gemcaster may only use this ability once per day, and can only combine metamagic effects whose total spell modifier is no higher than +4 (though they are no longer restricted to metamagic feats gained through level progression or gem magic—all are applicable to this ability).