Knight Specter (3.5e Prestige Class)
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A knight specter is a spellcaster/warrior who use the power of incorporeality to defeat her foes. 5 Arcane Spellcasting Partial
|“||Too spooky for me!||”|
|—Barr, Human Barbarian, on Knight Specters|
Since time primeval the tales of ghosts and spectral being terrified mortals, but also showed great promise to those who would tap into it. The Order of the White Specters delved into this unexplored avenue. A knight specter is a powerful spellcaster and a mighty combatant, supplementing his skills with unique abilities. Advanced knight specters can walk through walls, can strike ethereal creatures and some can even turn into full ghost for a time.
Becoming a Knight Specter
|Base Attack Bonus:||+5.|
|Skills:||Knowledge (Arcana) 5 ranks, Ride 5 ranks, Spellcraft 5 ranks.|
|Feats:||Combat Casting, Combat Reflexes, Lightning Reflexes.|
|Spellcasting:||Must be capable of casting 1st level arcane spell.|
|Special:||Must be part of the Order of the White Specter or have been trained by a member or former member.|
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+0||Expanded Spellcasting, Ghostblade, Ghostly Steed, Quick Counter, Warrior Mage||—|
|2nd||+2||+3||+3||+0||Counterstroke||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|3rd||+3||+3||+3||+1||Ghostly Movement, Mounted Bonus Feat||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|4th||+4||+4||+4||+1||Ghostly Steed (Improved Mount), Invisible Stalker||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+1||Phantom Flanker||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|6th||+6/+1||+5||+5||+2||Swift Etherealness, Mounted Bonus Feat||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|7th||+7/+2||+5||+5||+2||Phantom Strike||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|8th||+8/+3||+6||+6||+2||Geistform, Ghostly Steed (Unstoppable Mount)||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level)
All of the following are class features of the Knight Specter.
Spellcasting: At every level except the first, 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 arcane 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 knight specter, you must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining spells per day, caster level, and spells known.
Expanded Spellcasting (Ex): A 1st level knight specter add the following spells to her class spell list, if she is a spontaneous caster she add those spell to her spell known as well whenever they would become available to pick (either at the spell's original level or at the level indicated below, whichever come first).
- 1st- Silent Image
- 2nd- Wraith StrikeSpC
- 3rd- Fear, Major Image
- 4th- Ghostly Chant, Hallucinatory Terrain
- 5th- Magic Jar, Persistent Image
- 6th- Spectral Vanish
- 7th- Spiritual Channeling
- 8th- Trap the Soul
- 9th- Etherealness, Phantasmagorical Image
These spell are automatically added to your spell known or spellbook whenever they are be made available. No expenditure of resource are necessary for adding those spells and they do not count toward your limit of spell known.
If the knight specter's weapon is already ghost touch it instead deal an additional 2d6 damages against incorporeal creatures.
Ghostly Steed (Su): A knight specter is able to cast phantom steed as a supernatural ability at will as a standard action, with a caster level equal to her character levels. Unlike the spell the duration is permanent, the movement speed of the phantom steed is not capped and it gain 5 bonus hit point per class level. A knight specter may only have a single ghostly steed at any one time, if she summon another the old one disappear. Additionally the Knight Specter gain Mounted Combat as a bonus feat.
At 4th level the knight specter's phantom steed gain all benefits of a Paladin's Special Mount when applicable (keep in mind it is not quite a creature). Her phantom steed also benefits from her Ghostly Movement class feature whenever the knight specter is mounted on it.
At 8th level the knight specter's phantom steed has it speed double and by riding for 10 minutes in a straight line can replicate the effect of shadow walk except using the Ethereal Plane instead of the Shadow Plane. It is not slowed by difficult terrain or any spell or effect as if it had freedom of movement, though it is not immune to grapples, paralysis, or other effects which physically encase them in a solid object. It take any damage from crossing hazardous surfaces as normal.
Quick Counter (Ex): A 1st level Knight Specter receive Quick Counter as a bonus feat even if she do not meet the prerequisites. If she already possess it she may choose another feat she meet the prerequisites for instead.
Warrior Mage (Ex): Knight Specter can cast even if their hands are full of swords and shields. A knight specter can still employ somatic components with items in her hand. This does not remove the need for somatic components, they still will be unable to cast if bound or not free to move their arms. A knight specter can cast in light armor without incurring arcane spell failure.
Additionally your caster level increases by +1. This can't increase your caster level beyond your HD. However, even if you can't benefit from the full bonus immediately, if you later gain levels in a non-caster class you may be able to apply the rest of the bonus. If the Knight Specter had at least a level in fighter she count her knight specter levels as fighter level for the purpose of meeting prerequisites and benefiting from feats.
Counterstroke (Ex): A 2nd level Knight Specter receive Counterstroke as a bonus feat even if she do not meet the prerequisites. If she already possess it she may choose another feat she meet the prerequisites for instead.
Ghostly Movement (Su): A 3rd level knight specter can briefly turn into a ghostly apparition when moving, when she move willingly she may assume the incorporeal subtype until the end of her movement, all items she carry are also made incorporeal. If she is already incorporeal or possess partial incorporeality she instead gain a bonus feat she meet the prerequisite of.
Phantom Flanker (Ps): As a swift action, a 5th level knight specter may duplicate the effect of phantom flanker as a psi-like ability with a manifester level equal to the knight specter's character level. She may use this ability once per day per class level.
Geistform (Su): A 8th level knight specter is capable of embracing the supreme aspect of the Knights of the White Specter and become an ethereal creature herself. As a swift action she may gain the geist template, She may return to her normal existence as a swift action and may persist in geist form for 1 hour per character level per day, the use need not to be consecutive but is always used in 1 hour increment.
Additionally if she dies she rise may as a geist with no level adjustment. She cans stay in this state for 1 day per character level after which she dissipate and dies for real, so she often use her time as a geist to engineer her resurrection.
|Article Balance||Very High +|
|Base Attack Bonus Progression||Good +|
|Class Ability||Arcane Spellcasting +|
|Class Ability Progression||Partial +|
|Fortitude Save Progression||Good +|
|Identifier||3.5e Prestige Class +|
|Minimum Level||5 +|
|Reflex Save Progression||Good +|
|Skill||Balance +, Bluff +, Climb +, Concentration +, Craft +, Decipher Script +, Diplomacy +, Disguise +, Escape Artist +, Forgery +, Gather Information +, Heal +, Hide +, Intimidate +, Jump +, Knowledge +, Listen +, Move Silently +, Perform +, Profession +, Ride +, Search +, Sense Motive +, Speak Language +, Spellcraft +, Spot +, Swim +, Tumble + and Use Rope +|
|Skill Points||4 +|
|Summary||A knight specter is a spellcaster/warrior who use the power of incorporeality to defeat her foes. +|
|Title||Knight Specter +|
|Will Save Progression||Poor +|