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Time Mage

The control of time is something few can hope to obtain. Mages touch this strange and fragile art in a few of their spells, but their slender selection of arcane manipulations pale in comparison to what a time mage can do by altering the fabric of the time stream.
Role: Time mages are tacticians. They use their spells to control the battlefield, while bending time to get the advantage on their enemies. For those fighting them, the time mage poses an unexpected, unpredictable hazard. For those who work with them, a time mage can become a chaotic, but wise and dangerous ally, keeping his friends from unseen dangers.
Alignment: Time mages may be of any alignment. Because of the confusion that manipulating time often generates, many time mages are chaotic.
Hit Die: d6
Starting Wealth: 2d6 × 10 gil (average 70 gil.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gil or less.
Class Skills
The time mage’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int), Craft (Int), Fly (Dex), Knowledge (all) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).
Skill Points Per Level: 2 + Int modifier

Table: Time Mage

LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecialMPSpell Level
Type1/2BadBadGood
1st+0+0+0+2Temporal Hiccup, Motes of Time, Spell Proficiency, Cantrips, Limit Breaks11st
2nd+1+0+0+3Temporal Talent, Ahead of Time21st
3rd+1+1+1+3Quickening, Motes of Time (damage, dodge)42nd
4th+2+1+1+4Temporal Talent, Temporal Precognition72nd
5th+2+1+1+4Aevum103rd
6th+3+2+2+5Temporal Talent, Immunity to Slow153rd
7th+3+2+2+5Motes of Time (conditions), Temporal Attunement204th
8th+4+2+2+6Temporal Talent, Foretell274th
9th+4+3+3+6Aevum345th
10th+5+3+3+7Clear Mind, Temporal Talent435th
11th+5+3+3+7Motes of Time (move action)526th
12th+6/+1+4+4+8Advanced Temporal Talent636th
13th+6/+1+4+4+8Aevum747th
14th+7/+2+4+4+9Advanced Temporal Talent, Immunity to Countdown and Doom877th
15th+7/+2+5+5+9Motes of Time (conditions, improved)1008th
16th+8/+3+5+5+10Advanced Temporal Talent1158th
17th+8/+3+5+5+10Aevum, Immunity to Stop1309th
18th+9/+4+6+6+11Advanced Temporal Talent1479th
19th+9/+4+6+6+11Motes of Time (allies move)1639th
20th+10/+5+6+6+12Advanced Temporal Talent, Time Wizard1809th

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the time mage.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Time mages are proficient with the club, sling, power rod, power staff, and quarterstaff, but not with any type of armor or shield. Heavier armor interferes with a time mage’s movements, which can cause his spells with somatic components to fail.

Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the time mage receives the Limit Breaks (Foresight and Temporal Stasis).

Foresight (Su): This Limit Break grants the time mage a powerful temporal sixth sense in relation to himself. The time mage receives instantaneous warnings of impending danger or harm. For a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four time mage levels after 1st, the time mage can’t be surprised or flat-footed. In addition, the limit break gives the time mage a general idea of what action the character might take to best protect himself (duck, jump right, close the eyes, and so on) and gives the time mage a +2 insight bonus to AC and to Reflex saves. This bonus improves by 2 per four time mage levels after 1st. This insight bonus is lost whenever the time mage would lose a Dexterity bonus to AC.

Temporal Stasis (Su): This Limit Break allows the time mage to escape into a temporal stasis where he phases from normal time for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four time mage levels after 1st. While in this stasis, the time mage cannot perform any action except watch the time go by. He is also unaffected by any spells or effects while in temporal stasis. Enemies and allies alike cannot perceive or detect him. The time mage can cancel his Limit Break before the duration ends.

Spells

A time mage casts chronomancy spells which are drawn from the time mage spell list. A time mage begins play with 3 1st level chronomancy spells of his choice. The time mage also selects a number of additional 1st-level spells equal to his Intelligence modifier to add to his list of spells. Each time a character attains a new time mage level, he gains two spells of his choice to add to his list of spells. The two free spells must be of spell levels he can cast. Like most mages, a time mage can find or purchase scrolls with spells to add to his repertoire.

To learn or cast a spell, the time mage must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level (Int 11 for 1st-level spells, Int 12 for 2nd-level spells, and so forth). The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a time mage’s spell is 10 + the spell level + the time mage’s Intelligence modifier. In addition, a time mage gains additional MP for having a high attribute (Intelligence—see Table: Bonus MP per Day (by Spell Level) on the MP System page).

Spell Proficiency (Ex)

Time mages are considered to have the Precise Shot feat while casting spells or using any magical items that require ranged touch.

Cantrips

Time mages learn a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they do not consume MP and may be used again. Time mages begin with 4 0-level spells and gain an additional 0-level spell every three levels after 1st level.

Temporal Hiccup (Su)

At 1st level, a time mage is able to cause a temporal “hiccup” to reroll a single action that the time mage rolls (e.g., attack roll, skill check, or saving throw). The time mage may spend an additional use of temporal hiccup to affect an ally or enemy within 30 feet. If affecting an enemy, they receive a Will save (DC 10 + half of the time mage’s level + his Intelligence modifier) to be unaffected. A time mage can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Intelligence modifier as an immediate action.

Motes of Time (Su)

A mote is a tiny split-second of time that a time mage steals from his own future. The motes taken are inconsequential slivers of continuance that even the time mage will not notice being missing from his activities. However, a time mage can use these motes to affect his present timeline, allowing him to re-try actions and slow down time around him so he can act more carefully and alertly in fast-moving situations. Each day, the time mage has a pool of motes equal three plus his class level. Once a round, as a free action, a time mage can expend a mote to do any one of the following things:

  • Gain a bonus to one attack roll, skill check, ability check, or saving throw. The roll must represent a single action that occurs entirely within a single round. (A time mage could use a mote to add a bonus to an Acrobatics check to leap over a chasm, but not to a Craft check made to determine how much progress was made after a day of work.) The bonus gained is equal to +1d4. This increases to +2d4 at 8th level, and +3d4 at 16th level. The time mage can decide to add this bonus immediately after seeing the result of the original die roll.
  • Take a swift action that does not count against the time mage’s normal limit of one swift action per round that can be used with time mage class features or spells.
  • Act in the surprise round when the time mage would not normally be able to do so.

At 3rd level, a time mage gains the ability to add the bonus from spending a mote of time to a single damage roll, or to his armor class (as a dodge bonus) until the beginning of his next turn.

At 7th level, the time mage may spend a mote to reduce the duration of any negative condition or effect he is suffering. By accelerating the speed with which only the negative influences on his travel through time, the time mage can reduce the duration of any one condition, affliction, or spell effect by 1d6 rounds (to a minimum of 0). This increased to a 2d6 round reduction at 15th level.

At 11th level, the time mage may spend a mote to take a move action as a swift action.

At 19th level, the time mage may use a mote to grant any ally within 60 feet that he can see an additional move action on that ally’s next turn.

A time mage may gain additional options for use of a mote by taking temporal talents, though he is still restricted to spending motes only once each round.

Ahead of Time (Ex)

At 2nd level, the time mage’s growing control over time grants him an additional +2 bonus to initiative rolls. This bonus stacks with the bonus granted by the improved initiative feat.

Quickening (Su)

At 3rd level, a time mage is able to speed his internal processes to a remarkable rate. The time mage is considered to have Haste (as the spell) cast upon himself until canceled. This ability is a swift action that can be activated for a duration equal 1 round per time mage level + his Constitution modifier. The rounds do not need to be consecutive. A time mage can end his quickening as a free action and is fatigued afterwards for a number of rounds equal to 2 times the number of rounds spent in the quickening.

Temporal Precognition (Su)

At 4th level, the time mage gains the ability to see small instances of the future, and gains a +1 insight bonus on attack rolls, skill checks, or saving throws. At the beginning of each round, he can choose where to apply his insight bonus to, and this bonus applies to any actions related to his choice until the end of the round. This insight bonus increases by 1 for every four levels after 4th.

Temporal Talents

As a time mage gains experience, he learns a number of talents that aid him and confound his foes. Starting at 2nd level, a time mage gains one temporal talent. He gains an additional temporal talent every even level except 20. A time mage cannot select an individual talent more than once. Talents marked with an asterisk require a time mage to spend motes, which he may do only once per round. The evasion talent is not marked with an asterisk because its use does not require the use of a mote, despite the fact that it does allow a time mage to spend a mote to enhance its effect.

Aevum (Su)

At 5th level, the time mage gains the ability to control aevum—distinct moments of important time, stolen from the future and used to power the time mage’s abilities. Unlike a mote, which is a very minor split second of time, an aevum is a more noteworthy moment, a crucial instance when something important happened. While a time mage has a ready supply of motes to spend on minor effects, aevum represent more major manipulations of time and are thereby a rarer commodity. When first gained, the time mage must select a single power from the list below, and has a single aevum per day to spend. He gains additional aevum powers at 9th, 13th, and 17th level, and also increases his daily aevum pool by +1 at each of the levels. Spending an aevum is a standard action unless the ability description says otherwise.

Bolt Time (Su): By spending an aevum, the time mage can accelerate his movements to a speed that allows him to easily see and react to the movement of a crossbow bolt or other projectile as it flies toward a target. The time mage remains in bolt time for one round per class level. This ability counts as a haste effect. While in bolt time, the time mage gains the following benefits:

  • Once per round, the time mage can cast a 1st level spell as a swift action. Every four levels thereafter, the time mage can cast a spell of one higher spell level as a swift action.
  • The time mage gains a +1 bonus on attack rolls and a +1 dodge bonus to AC and Reflex saves.
  • All of the time mage’s modes of movement (including land movement, burrow, climb, fly, and swim) increase by 30 feet, to a maximum of twice his normal speed using that form of movement. This increase counts as an enhancement bonus and it affects the time mage’s jumping distance as normal for increased speed.
  • Each round, the time mage may automatically dodge the first ranged attack he is aware of that would otherwise strike him.

Entropy (Su): The time mage can force a target to suddenly feel the effects of aging, which damages and weakens it. He spends an aevum and makes a ranged touch attack as a standard action against any target he can see within 100 ft. + 10 ft./time mage level. If he hits the target, it takes 1d8 points of damage per class level of the time mage (to a maximum of 15d8). This damage bypasses hardness and DR.

Personal Time (Su): The time mage can take risky actions and, if things go badly, simply reverse his personal timeline to before he made the effort. At the beginning of his turn, the time mage spends an aevum as a free action. He then takes one normal round of actions, with all results noted temporarily. After his round of activity, before the next creature’s turn begins, the time mage must decide if he is going to keep the round of activity he just took, or rewind himself. If he keeps the round of activity, any changes made to any character during his turn become permanent. If he decides to reverse his timeline, he goes back to the moment he spent the aevum, and all changes that occurred during his round are erased from all creatures and items. The time mage is left with a standard action, but is considered to have spent an aevum and made use of his move action already. No one but the time mage remembers actions that took place during a round of time he reverses. If a time mage is killed or knocked unconscious during a round of personal time, he automatically reverses back to the beginning of his turn.

Shatter Time (Su): The time mage can break up the bigger, more important moments of stolen time under his control into smaller, more easily manipulated pieces. By spending an aevum, the time mage can recharge his daily uses of motes. He regains a number of motes of time equal to 1d4 + his Intelligence modifier. This cannot increase the number of motes available to above his daily mote total.

Temporal Stasis (Sp): Once per day, the time mage can spend an aevum to attempt to inflict temporal stasis (as the spell of the same name) on one touched creature. The time mage uses his class level as his caster level for this ability. If the time mage’s initial touch attack fails, he can attempt this again as a standard action until he succeeds or six rounds pass. Once she successfully touches a target he loses the ability to try again, even if the target makes its Fortitude save. Prerequisite: A time mage must be at least 17th level to select this aevum ability.

Time Cross (Su): The time mage can focus his timeline-stealing powers on a target, and steal from it a moment of success. He spends an aevum to make a ranged touch attack against any target he can see within 100 ft. + 10 ft./time mage level. If the time mage misses with this ranged attack he can try again (with each new attempt being its own standard action) for up to one minute per level. Once a target is hit, as an immediate reaction, the time mage can force the target to re-roll a single attack roll, damage roll, skill check, or saving throw he is aware of that occurs while the time cross is active (a time period equal to one minute per time mage level). The target must take the result of the second roll. After the target re-rolls once, the ability is discharged regardless of the outcome of the re-roll.

Time Stop (Sp): Once per day, the time mage can spend an aevum to create a time stop effect (as the spell of the same name) on himself. Prerequisite: A time mage must be at least 17th level to select this aevum ability.

Immunity to Slow (Ex)

Also at 6th level, a time mage’s power of time makes him immune to the Slow status effect.

Temporal Attunement (Su)

At 7th level, a time mage is able to manipulate time with spells or effects in relation to himself. Any spells or effects with a duration can be halved or doubled. A time mage must know or identify the spell or effect being cast upon him. A time mage can only attune himself to one spell or effect per round as an immediate action. This can also be used with the Quickening ability.

Foretell (Su)

At 8th level, the time mage can utter a prediction of the immediate future. While his foretelling is in effect, he emits a 30-foot aura of fortune that aids his allies or hinders his enemies, as chosen by the time mage at the time of prediction. If he chooses to aid, the time mage and his allies gain a +1 luck bonus on ability checks, attack rolls, caster level checks, saving throws, and skill checks. If he chooses to hinder, his enemies take a –1 penalty on those rolls instead. The bonus/penalty increases by 1 for every four levels after 8th level. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to his time mage level. These rounds do not need to be consecutive.

Clear Mind (Ex)

At 10th level, a time mage can regain his MP quicker. The time mage must be relaxed and must be free from overt distractions, such as combat raging nearby or other loud noises. The time mage regains MP equaling his Intelligence modifier per hour.

Advanced Temporal Talents

Beginning at 12th level, a time mage adds the following advanced temporal talents to his choices when picking a new temporal talent. Many advanced talents require a time mage to spend two of his daily uses of his mote of time ability. This still qualifies as spending a mote once during his turn, even though multiple motes are spent.

Immunity to Countdown and Doom (Ex)

At 14th level, a time mage’s superior manipulation of time makes him immune to Countdown and Doom spells and effects.

Immunity to Stop (Ex)

At 17th level, a time mage’s mastery of time makes him immune to the Stop status effect.

Time Wizard (Su)

The ultimate expression of the time mage’s power is the ability to eliminate time and age from his personal time line. The time mage no longer ages physically, preventing him from dying of age or suffering any reduction to his ability scores due to age. If he is older than middle age for his race he reverts to a physical form at the prime of his health, gaining back any Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution lost due to aging. He is now immune to age effects. Additionally, the time mage’s daily pool of aevum increases by an amount equal to his Intelligence modifier, and can spending aevum now counts as a move action (unless a power specifies otherwise). The time mage can spend a maximum of two aevum in a single round.

Favored Class Bonuses

Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a favored class, some races have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their favored classes. The following options are available to the listed race who have time mage as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.

  • Dwarf: Add 1/6 of an additional d4 added to armor class when you spend a mote to boost your AC. (+1d4 for every six times you select this option.)
  • Elvaan: Add +1/2 mote per day. (One additional mote for every two times you select this option.)
  • Galka: Add 1/6 of an additional d4 to one damage roll when you spend a mote to boost damage. (+1d4 for every six times you select this option.)
  • Genome: Add 1/6 of a temporal talent.
  • Guado: The time mage gains +1/6th of a temporal talent.
  • Hume: Add 1/6 of a temporal talent. (One additional temporal talent for every six times you select this option.)
  • Mithra: Add +1/4 of an additional d4 to a roll when the time mage spends a mote to boost an Acrobatics or Climb check.
  • Moogle: When using the steal time temporal talent, add +1/2 to the effective class level of the time mage, but only to determine the ability’s duration.
  • Nu Mou: Add +1/6 of an additional d4 to one skill check or ability check when you spend a mote to boost such a check.
  • Tarutaru: Add 1/6 of an additional d4 to one saving throw when you spend a mote to boost a saving throw. (+1d4 for every six times you select this option.)

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