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Azure Talents

As a blue mage gains experience, she learns a number of talents that assist her in manipulating spells and other forms of magic. At 2nd level and every two levels thereafter, a blue mage gains one azure talent. A blue mage cannot select an individual talent more than once. Talents marked with an asterisk add effects to a blue mage’s spellcasting ability. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual spell and the decision must be made before the spell is cast.

Table: Azure Talents

Azure TalentBenefits
Arcane Fighter (Ex)The blue mage's levels stack with any fighter levels she possesses for the purposes of meeting the prerequisites for feats that specifically select her spells, such as Weapon Specialization (ray). The blue mage treats her spells as weapons for the purposes of taking feats like Improved Critical, or using feats like Arcane Strike.
Arcane Pool (Su)The blue mage gains an arcane pool, as if she was a red mage of the same level as her blue mage level. The blue mage does not naturally gain any ruby arcana, but may select extra ruby arcana feat. The blue mage treats her blue mage level as her red mage level for all ruby arcana, and must meet their prerequisites. The blue mage does not gain any other red mage class feature (such as spell combat, spellstrike, or spell recall), and cannot select ruby arcana that affect or depend on these abilities.
Broad Analysis (Ex)Prerequisite(s): Analysis class feature
When using an analysis ability that targets one creature only, the blue mage may spend an additional use of that ability to may apply it to all creatures of that race for the duration of the analysis ability.
Concentrate (Ex)The blue mage can reroll any concentration check she has just made with a +4 bonus. She must use this ability after the roll is made, but before the roll’s outcome is determined. The blue mage must take the second roll, even if it is worse. The blue mage can use this ability once per day.
Detect Traps (Su)Prerequisite(s): Scan class feature, improved scan azure talent
The blue mage can now reveal mundane traps within the area of the Scan ability. The blue mage also must also make a single Spellcraft check to reveal any magical traps in the area, and reveals any magical traps whose DC is reached (DC 15 + double the trap’s spell level). The blue mage can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Intelligence modifier.
Empowered Magic (Su)The blue mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Empower Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Familiar (Ex)The blue mage forms a powerful bond with a familiar. A familiar is a magical pet that enhances the blue mage's skills and senses and can aid her in magic. See this link for more information on familiars: Familiars
Field of Study: Adroitness (Su)Prerequisite(s): Analysis class feature
The blue mage with this talent adds this ability to her list of Analysis abilities. The blue mage learns how to better manipulate magic so to be more effective against creatures of that race, and informs her allies on how to do so, granting her allies a +1 bonus on caster level checks to overcome spell resistance made against them. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 5 or more, then this bonus increases to +2. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 10 or more, then this bonus increases to +3. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 20 or more, then this bonus increases to +4.
Field of Study: Torpefy (Su)Prerequisite(s): Analysis class feature
The blue mage with this talent adds this ability to her list of Analysis abilities. The blue mage’s knowledge of monsters allows her to bend the supernatural energies of a creature and weaken them against attacks. This ability can only be used against a single creature. On a successful Knowledge check, the creature must make a Will save (DC 10 + half of the blue mage’s level + her Intelligence modifier) or take a -1 penalty to saving throws. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 5 or more, then this penalty increases to -2. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 10 or more, then this penalty increases to -3. If the blue mage succeeds on her Knowledge check by 20 or more, then this penalty increases to -4.
Focused Analysis (Ex)Prerequisite(s): Analysis class feature
When using an analysis ability that targets creatures of the same race, the blue mage may reduce the number of targets affected. For each target reduced in this way, the bonuses granted increase by 1 (to a maximum increase of 4 if 4 targets were left unaffected).
Improved Scan (Su)Prerequisite(s): Scan class feature
A blue mage with this talent can scan multiple creatures using her Scan ability equal to her Intelligence modifier.
Mage Accuracy (Ex)*When the blue mage casts a spell with an area, as a free action, she may exclude a single target that would normally be affected. The blue mage must be able to see the target to exclude it. She may do this a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Intelligence modifier.
Mage TrainingThe blue mage may select an item creation or metamagic feat. The blue mage must still meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including caster level minimums.
Silent Magic (Su)The blue mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Silent Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Spell Guard (Su)*henever the blue mage casts a spell with a casting time of 1 standard action, she may instead cast it as a full round action. The blue mage channels some of the energy of the spell into a defensive shield around her, giving her a deflection bonus to her AC equal to the level of the spell being cast. This bonus lasts until the beginning of the blue mage’s next turn.
Spell Restraint (Ex)*Whenever the blue mage casts a spell with an area described as a radius, she may decide to make the radius smaller. She may reduce the radius down by any number of 5-foot increments, to a minimum of a 5-foot-radius.
Still Magic (Su)The blue mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Still Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.

Advanced Azure Talents

At 12th, and every two levels thereafter, a blue mage learns further talents to assist her in manipulating spells and other forms of magic. She may choose one of the following advanced azure talents in place of an azure talent. Talents marked with an asterisk add effects to a blue mage’s spellcasting ability. Only one of these talents can be applied to an individual spell and the decision must be made before the spell is cast.

Table: Advanced Azure Talents

Advanced Azure TalentBenefits
Greater Weakening Gaze (Su)Prerequisites: Libra class feature, weakening gaze and improved weakening gaze azure talents
As improved weakening gaze, but creatures must also succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + half of the blue mage’s level + her Intelligence modifier) or be affected by the Imperil status effect for a random element. This lasts for a number of rounds equal to the blue mage’s Intelligence modifier.
Improved Azure Counter (Su)Prerequisite: Azure Counter class feature
A blue mage attempting to counter a special attack with the Azure Counter ability no longer needs to ready an action, but must still use an immediate action.
Improved Weakening Gaze (Su)Prerequisites: Libra class feature, weakening gaze azure talent
As weakening gaze, but creatures are instead affected as if by a targeted Greater Dispel.
Intel (Ex)Prerequisite: Libra class feature
Whenever the blue mage may uses the Libra ability, he may add one of these two effects: Libra affects all creatures in a 60-foot-radius centered on the blue mage or the effects of Libra remain for a number of rounds equal to the blue mage’s Intelligence modifier. This talent may be taken twice. If taken a second time, the blue mage gains both abilities.
Mage Focus (Su)*When the blue mage casts a spell with an area, as a free action, she may choose to focus the entire might of the spell on a single target. The spell’s save DC is increased by +2, but only one target is affected by the spell. She may do this a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Intelligence modifier on a single target within that area.
Maximized Magic (Su)The blue mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Maximize Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Quick Check (Ex)Prerequisite: Libra class feature
This talent allows the blue mage to use Libra as a swift action.
Quickened Magic (Su)The blue mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Quicken Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Spell Diligence (Su)*As a swift action, the blue mage may focus all her attention on casting a single spell. Only spells with a casting time of 1 standard action and a range of personal or touch may be cast in this way. The blue mage adds her level to any concentration check made to cast a spell when using spell diligence. The blue mage may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + her Intelligence modifier.
Weakening Gaze (Su)Prerequisite: Libra class feature
A blue mage with this talent can, by increasing the action required for Libra to a standard action, affect creatures targeted by this ability as if by Dispel in addition to its usual effects.