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Thaumaturge

Thaumaturgy is a form of arcane manipulation that allows the practitioner to unleash his will as deadly manifestations of primal power. The origin of their art can be found in the cumbersome magicks of their ancestors – subsequently focused and refined through their use in the funeral rites of the Order of Nald’thal. Though, once used exclusively for the preparation of the dead, these incantations of destruction soon found new purpose on the battlefield. “Death,” of course, is still very much the central focus of the discipline.

The thaumaturge is an archetype of the black mage class.

Intuitive Thaumaturgy (Su)

Beginning at 1st level, a thaumaturge can prepare two additional cantrips each day, and can prepare a third additional cantrip at 3rd level. The true power of the intuitive thaumaturgy takes effect later.

Beginning at 5th level, whenever a thaumaturge gains access to a new spell level, he can choose a spell of up to the second highest level spell he can now cast. This spell is known as his intuitive spell. A thaumaturge can cast an intuitive spell a number of times per day equal to his Intelligence modifier without spending MP. Temporary increases or decreases to Intelligence do not affect the number of times per day a thaumaturge can cast his intuitive spells. Once a thaumaturge chooses an intuitive spell, he cannot change it. This spell cannot be modified by metamagic feats or abilities. The spell must be one gained from the black mage spell list, and not a spell gained through some other character class. This spell is otherwise treated exactly like any other spell the thaumaturge casts.

This ability replaces black magery.

Arcane Reservoir (Su)

At 2nd level, the thaumaturge gains the scholar’s arcane reservoir class feature. The thaumaturge uses his black mage level as his scholar level for determining how many arcane reservoir points he gains at each level.

This ability replaces elemental shield.

Thaumaturgy Exploit

At 2nd level and every four levels thereafter, the thaumaturge gains a single scholar exploit. The thaumaturge uses his black mage level as his scholar level for determining the effects and DCs of his scholar exploits.

This ability replaces mage talents.

Focused Spells (Su)

At 3rd level, once per day the thaumaturge’s understanding of spells allows him to increase his caster level by 4 for a single spell cast. He can do this twice per day at 10th level, and three times per day at 17th level.

This ability replaces dark affliction.

Arcane Surge (Ex)

Beginning at 5th level, a thaumaturge may, once a day, cast a single spell as a swift action. The spell must have a casting time of 1 standard action or less, and the thaumaturge may not cast any other spell during the same round. The spell must be one gained from the black mage spell list, and not a spell gained through some other character class. The thaumaturge can use this ability twice per day at 10th level, three times a day at 15th level, and four times a day at 20th level.

This ability replaces metamagic enhancement.