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Red Mage

Everyone wants to do something. Some people want to heal and help others, whether by magical or non-magical means. Some wish to become great warriors, forging their names in battle and increasing their martial prowess. Some wish to become better magicians, learning new spells or having better control over powers they already have. Others wish to become more skillful, learning new skills and becoming better at the skills they already have. But there are a rare few who wish to do everything at once. These skilled individuals are known as red mages. Red magic is an ancient arcane tradition that blends offensive spells, curative magic, and melee combat. While red mages do not belong to an organization, they tend to wear distinctive garb and share mannerisms and signals, allowing them to recognize each other and work together on short notice.
Role: Red mages spend much of their time traveling the world, learning whatever martial or arcane secrets they can find. They might spend months learning a new sword-fighting style from a master warrior, while simultaneously moonlighting in the local library, poring through tomes of ancient lore. Most who take this path dabble in all sorts of lore, picking up anything that might aid them in their search for perfection.
Alignment: Any
Hit Die: d8
Starting Wealth: 4d6 × 10 gil (average 140 gil.) In addition, each character begins play with an outfit worth 10 gil or less.
Class Skills
The red mage’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Acrobatics (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Fly (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Swim (Str), and Use Magic Device (Cha).
Skill Points Per Level: 4 + Int modifier

Table: Red Mage

LevelBase Attack BonusFort SaveRef SaveWill SaveSpecialMPSpell Level
Type3/4GoodBadGood
1st+0+2+0+2Red Magery, Ruby Knowledge, Spell Combat, Spell Proficiency, Cantrips, Limit Breaks11st
2nd+1+3+0+3Arcane Pool, Quick Learner (Minor), Spellstrike21st
3rd+2+3+1+3Armored Mage (Light), Ruby Arcana31st
4th+3+4+1+4Quick Cast (1/day)52nd
5th+3+4+1+4Red Magery, Convert (1/day)82nd
6th+4+5+2+5Quick Learner (Minor), Ruby Arcana102nd
7th+5+5+2+5Armored Mage (Medium)133rd
8th+6/+1+6+2+6Improved Spell Combat, Quick Cast (2/day)183rd
9th+6/+1+6+3+6Red Magery, Ruby Arcana, Convert (2/day)223rd
10th+7/+2+7+3+7Clear Mind, Quick Learner (Moderate), Armored Mage (Shield)264th
11th+8/+3+7+3+7Jack-of-All-Trades, Fighter Training334th
12th+9/+4+8+4+8Quick Cast (3/day), Ruby Arcana394th
13th+9/+4+8+4+8Red Magery, Convert (3/day)445th
14th+10/+5+9+4+9Greater Spell Combat, Quick Learner (Moderate)535th
15th+11/+6/+1+9+5+9Doublecast (1/day), Ruby Arcana615th
16th+12/+7/+2+10+5+10Counterstrike, Quick Cast (4/day)676th
17th+12/+7/+2+10+5+10Red Magery, Convert (4/day)786th
18th+13/+8/+3+11+6+111 MP Spell (3/day), Ruby Arcana886th
19th+14/+9/+4+11+6+11Quick Learner (Major)996th
20th+15/+10/+5+12+6+12Red Wizard1056th

Class Features

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

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Red Mages are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, including power rods and power staves. They are also proficient with light armor, medium armor, and shields (except tower shields).

Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the red mage receives the Limit Breaks (Dual Spells and Flexibility).

Dual Spellcasting (Su): This Limit Break allows the red mage to cast a healing spell and a damage spell in the same round for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four red mage levels after 1st. MP must be paid for both spells. This limit break requires only a swift action.

Flexibility (Su): This Limit Break allows the red mage to change his current HP total and current MP total on the fly. As an immediate action, for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four red mage levels after 1st, the red mage can swap any number of points from HP to MP or from MP to HP on a 1 for 1 basis. The red mage cannot swap below 1 hit point. This limit break requires only a swift action.

Spells

A red mage casts red magic spells which are drawn from the red mage spell list. A red mage begins play with 3 1st level red mage spells of his choice. The red mage also selects a number of additional 1st-level spells equal to his Charisma modifier to add to his list of spells. Each time a character attains a new red 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 red mage can find or purchase scrolls with spells to add to his repertoire.

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

Red Magery (Ex)

At 1st, 5th, 9th, 13th, and 17th level, a red mage increases his power with his spells. At each such opportunity, he can choose from the list of the following (with a maximum of 2 per):

  • Extra Quick Casts: This grants the red mage an additional use of Quick Cast per day.
  • Quick Mind: This grants the red mage an additional swift or immediate action per round that can be used with red mage class features or spells.
  • Ruby Knowledge Mastery: This increases the Intelligence/Wisdom score for Ruby Knowledge as if it were four points higher.
  • Spell Combat Expertise: This lowers the attack penalty by 2.

Spell Proficiency (Ex)

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

Cantrips

Red 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. Red mages begin with 2 0-level spells and gain an additional 0-level spell every four levels after 1st level.

Ruby Knowledge (Ex)

A red mage is specialized in dealing and healing damage with his spells. Whenever a red mage casts a spell that deals hit point dice damage, he adds his Intelligence modifier (if any) to the amount of damage dealt. Whenever a red mage casts a spell that heals hit point dice damage, he adds his Wisdom modifier (if any) to the damage healed. A single spell can never gain this extra damage or healing more than once per casting. If a spell deals or heals damage for more than 1 round, it does not gain the benefit of the ruby knowledge ability. The bonus from this ability applies only to spells that he casts as a red mage, not to those he might have by virtue of levels in another class.

Spell Combat (Ex)

At 1st level, a red mage learns to cast spells and wield his weapons at the same time. This functions much like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast. To use this ability, the red mage must have one hand free, while wielding a light or one-handed melee weapon in the other hand. As a full-round action, he can make all of his attacks with his melee weapon at a –4 penalty and can also cast any spell from his red mage spell list with a casting time of 1 standard action (any attack roll made as part of this spell also takes this penalty). If he casts this spell defensively, he can decide to take an additional penalty on his attack rolls, up to his Charisma bonus, and add the same amount as a circumstance bonus on his Concentration check. If the check fails, the spell is wasted, but the attacks still take the penalty. A red mage can choose to cast the spell first or make the weapon attacks first, but if he has more than one attack, he cannot cast the spell between weapon attacks.

Arcane Pool (Su)

At 2nd level, the red mage gains a reservoir of mystical arcane energy that he can draw upon to fuel his powers and enhance his weapon. This arcane pool has a number of points equal to half his red mage level (minimum 1) + his Charisma modifier. The pool refreshes once per day when the red mage rests for a full 8 hours.

At 2nd level, a red mage can expend 1 point from his arcane pool as a swift action to grant any weapon he is holding a +1 enhancement bonus for 1 minute. For every four levels beyond 2nd the weapon gains another +1 enhancement bonus, to a maximum of +5 at 18th level. These bonuses can be added to the weapon, stacking with existing weapon enhancement to a maximum of +5. Multiple uses of this ability do not stack with themselves.

At 6th level, these bonuses can be used to add any of the following weapon properties: dancing, flaming, flaming burst, frost, icy burst, keen, shock, shocking burst, speed, or vorpal.

Adding these properties consumes an amount of bonus equal to the property’s base price modifier. These properties are added to any the weapon already has, but duplicates do not stack. If the weapon is not magical, at least a +1 enhancement bonus must be added before any other properties can be added. These bonuses and properties are decided when the arcane pool point is spent and cannot be changed until the next time the red mage uses this ability. These bonuses do not function if the weapon is wielded by anyone other than the red mage.

A red mage can only enhance one weapon in this way at one time. If he uses this ability again, the first use immediately ends.

Quick Learner (Minor)

At 2nd and 6th level, a red mage chooses one of the following abilities to add to his list of class features:

  • Advanced Learning (Ex): The red mage can add a new spell from the black or white mage spell list to his list with a level of his highest known spell level or lower. He may select this special ability multiple times, each time he adds a different spell to his spells known.
  • Bonus Metamagic Feat: The red mage gains a bonus metamagic feat he meets the prerequisites for.
  • Weapon Bond (Ex): The red mage selects one weapon he is proficient with. He gains Weapon Focus with this weapon, even if he does not meet the prerequisites for it. The red mage can only take this ability once.

Spellstrike (Su)

At 2nd level, whenever a red mage casts a touch (melee or ranged) spell from the red mage spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. Instead of the touch attack normally allowed to deliver the spell, a red mage can make one free melee attack with his weapon (at his highest base attack bonus) as part of casting this spell. If successful, this melee attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If the red mage makes this attack in concert with spell combat, this melee attack takes all the penalties accrued by spell combat melee attacks. This attack uses the weapon’s critical range (20, 19–20, or 18–20 and modified by the keen weapon property or similar effects), but the spell effect only deals ×2 damage on a successful critical hit, while the weapon damage uses its own critical modifier.

Armored Mage (Ex)

At 3rd level, normally, armor heavier than light armor interferes with a spell-caster’s gestures, which can cause spells to fail if those spells have a somatic component. A red mage’s limited focus and specialized training, however, allows him to avoid spell failure so long as he sticks to light armor and light shields. This training does not extend to medium armor or to heavy shields. This ability does not apply to spells gained from a different spell-casting class. At 7th level, a red mage learns to use medium armor with no chance of spell failure. At 10th level, a red mage learns to use heavy shields with no chance of spell failure.

Ruby Arcana

As he gains levels, a red mage learns arcane secrets tailored to his specific way of blending martial puissance and magical skill. Starting at 3rd level, a red mage gains one ruby arcana. He gains an additional ruby arcana for every three levels of red mage attained after 3rd level. Unless specifically noted in a ruby arcana’s description, a red mage cannot select a particular ruby arcana more than once. Ruby arcana that affect spells can only be used to modify spells from the red mage spell list unless otherwise noted.

  • A complete list of ruby arcana can be found here: Ruby Arcana

Quick Cast (Ex)

Beginning at 4th level, once per day, a red mage can cast one spell up to 6th level spells as a swift action, so long as the casting time of the spell is 1 standard action or less. He can use this ability an additional time per day for every four red mage levels thereafter.

Convert (Ex)

Beginning of 5th level, a red mage can convert hit points into MP as a swift action. For every 5 hit points converted, the red mage receives 1 MP. The red mage cannot convert below 1 hit point and can only convert MP equal to his red mage level. He can use this ability twice per day at 9th level, three times per day at 13th level, and four times per day at 17th level.

Improved Spell Combat (Ex)

At 8th level, the red mage’s ability to cast spells and make melee attacks improves. When using the spell combat ability, the red mage receives a +2 circumstance bonus on concentration checks, in addition to any bonus granted by taking an additional penalty on the attack roll.

Clear Mind (Ex)

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

Quick Learner (Moderate)

At 10th and 14th level, the red mage may add one of the following abilities to his list of class features.

  • Advanced Learning (Ex): The red mage can add a new spell from the black or white mage spell list to his list with a level of his highest known spell level or lower. He may select this special ability multiple times, each time he adds a different spell to his spells known.
  • Bonus Metamagic Feat: The red mage gains a bonus metamagic feat he meets the prerequisites for.
  • Improved Weapon Bond (Ex): The red mage selects a weapon for which he has the Weapon Bond ability. He is treated as having the Weapon Specialization feat for that weapon, even if he does not meet the prerequisites. The red mage can only take this ability once.

Fighter Training (Ex)

Starting at 11th level, a red mage counts half his total red mage level as his fighter level for the purpose of qualifying for feats. If he has levels in fighter, these levels stack.

Jack-of-All-Trades (Ex)

Also at 11th level, the red mage can use any skill, even if the skill normally requires him to be trained. At 15th level, the red mage considers all skills to be class skills. At 19th level, the red mage can take 10 on any skill check, even if it is not normally allowed.

Greater Spell Combat (Ex)

At 14th level, the red mage gains the ability to seamlessly cast spells and make melee attacks. Whenever he uses the spell combat ability, his concentration check bonus equals double the amount of the attack penalty taken.

Doublecast (Su)

At 15th level, a red mage can cast two spells using one standard action. Both of the spells must have the same casting time. The red mage can make any decisions concerning the spells independently of each other. Any target affected by both of the spells takes a –4 penalty on saves made against each spell. A red mage receives a +4 bonus on caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance with these two spells. The red mage may use this ability once per day at 15th level and one additional time per day at 20th level.

Counterstrike (Ex)

At 16th level, whenever an enemy within reach of the red mage successfully casts a spell defensively, that enemy provokes an attack of opportunity from the red mage after the spell is complete. This attack of opportunity cannot disrupt the spell.

1 MP Spell (Su)

At 18th level, three times per day, as a free action, a red mage can reduce the cost of his next spell to 1 MP. The use of this ability cannot be used with metamagic feats.

Quick Learner (Major)

At 19th level, the red mage may add one of the following abilities to his list of class features:

  • Advanced Learning (Ex): The red mage can add a new spell from the black or white mage spell list to his list with a level of his highest known spell level or lower. He may select this special ability multiple times, each time he adds a different spell to his spells known.
  • Greater Weapon Bond (Ex): The red mage selects a weapon for which he has the Improved Weapon Bond ability. He is treated as having the Greater Weapon Focus feat for that weapon, even if he does not meet the prerequisites.
  • Innate Spell (Su): A red mage with this ability selects one 1st level red mage spell that he knows. He may now cast that spell as a spell-like ability at will.

Red Wizard (Su)

At 20th level, the red mage becomes a master of spells and combat. Whenever he uses his spell combat ability, he does not need to make a concentration check to cast the spell defensively. Whenever the red mage uses spell combat and his spell targets the same creature as his melee attacks, he can choose to either increase the DC to resist the spell by +2, grant himself a +2 circumstance bonus on any checks made to overcome spell resistance, or grant himself a +2 circumstance bonus on all attack rolls made against the target during his turn.

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 red mage as their favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed favored class reward.

  • Burmecian: Add +1/4 to the red mage’s arcane pool.
  • Dwarf: Select one known ruby arcana usable only once per day. The red mage adds +1/6 to the number of times it can be used per day. Once that ruby arcana is usable twice per day, the red mage must select a different ruby arcana.
  • Elvaan: The red mage gains 1/6 of a new ruby arcana.
  • Galka: Add +1/3 on critical hit confirmation rolls when using spell combat (maximum bonus of +5). This bonus does not stack with Critical Focus.
  • Hume: Add +1/4 point to the red mage’s arcane pool.
  • Mithra: Add a +1/6 bonus to melee weapon attack rolls when using spell combat and fighting with unarmed strikes or natural weapons.
  • Moogle: Add a +1/2 circumstance bonus on critical hit confirmation rolls when using spellstrike (to a maximum of +4). This bonus does not stack with Critical Focus.
  • Nu Mou: Add a +1/2 bonus on concentration checks made to cast defensively.
  • QuAdd +1/4 to the number of times the red mage can use the Convert ability. A red mage must be at least 5th level to select this benefit.
  • QuadavAdd +1/4 point to the red mage’s arcane pool.
  • SylphThe red mage gains 1/6 of a new ruby arcana.
  • Tarutaru: Add one of the following to the red mage’s list of arcane pool weapon special abilities: allying, conductive, corrosive, corrosive burst, defending, ghost touch, menacing, merciful, mighty cleaving, or vicious. Once selected, it cannot be changed.
  • Vanu Vanu: The red mage gains 1/6 of a new ruby arcana.
  • Viera: Add +1/4 point to the red mage’s arcane pool.

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