*In an age long past, when mankind flourished under the radiance of arcane mastery, the island of Vylbrand was home to a city-state called Nym. Though the history of that age tells of countless wars waged with earth-shattering incantations, it was the brilliant strategic maneuvering of Nym’s sages that allowed their mundane army of mariners to throw back would-be conquerors time and again. These learned men and women defended the freedom of their tiny nation with their unique command over spell-weaving faeries, utilizing the creatures’ magicks to heal the wounded and bolster the strength of their allies.*

The sage is an archetype of the scholar class.

### Limit Breaks (Su)

At 1st level, the sage receives the Limit Breaks (Chain Stratagem and Vita Clypeus).

* Chain Stratagem (Su):* This Limit Break allows the sage to help himself and his allies, causing enemies’ weak points to be targeted more easily, allowing more critical strikes. The sage and all allies within 30 feet gain a +1 to their critical hit threat range plus an additional +1 per four scholar levels after 1st, for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four scholar levels after 1st. This limit break requires only a swift action.

* Vita Clypeus (Su): *This Limit Break causes the full manifestation of Lily, who heals and grants protection to everyone within 30 feet. The sage and all allies within the area of effect are healed for 2d6 points of damage + an additional 2d6 per four scholar levels after 1st. In addition, the healing applied is also converted into a shield, the sage and all allies gaining temporary hit points equal to half of the healing amount that lasts for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four scholar levels after 1st.

These abilities replace the scholar’s standard Limit Breaks.

### Grimoire (Su)

Beginning of 1st level, books and tomes become deadly weapons in the hands of a sage. Functioning only in the hands of a sage, a sage must choose whether they will deal 1d4 + his Intelligence modifier of shadow damage or 1d4 + his Wisdom modifier of holy damage when reading his book or tome. The sage must make a ranged touch attack that has a range of 25 feet + 5 feet per two scholar levels.

This ability modifies and replaces grimoire.

### Sprite Familiar (Ex)

The sage may spend a full-round action to summon the incarnation of Eos or Selene. Both familiars may not be on the field at the same time. If one is summoned, the other dissipates.

*1st Spell-Like Ability (Sp):* If a sage is 3rd level or higher, the familiar gains the ability to cast Embrace. Embrace functions like *Cure* except uses the scholar’s Wisdom modifier. Each time the familiar uses this spell-like ability, it costs the sage 1 MP. This ability is granted to both familiars.

At 7th level, Embrace functions like its 2nd level spell equivalent and costs the sage 2 MP per usage.

At 11th level, Embrace functions like its 3rd level spell equivalent and costs the sage 3 MP per usage.

At 15th level, Embrace functions like its 4th level spell equivalent and costs the sage 4 MP per usage.

*2nd Spell-Like Ability (Sp):* If a sage is 7th level or higher, Eos gains the ability to cast Whispering Dawn, while Selene gains the ability Slow Dusk. Whispering Dawn functions like *Renew*. Slow Dusk functions like *Slow*. Each time the familiar uses this spell-like ability, it costs the sage 3 MP.

At 15th level, Whispering Dawn functions like *Renew II* and Slow Dusk functions like *Slowga*. Each costs the sage 6 MP per usage.

*3rd Spell-Like Ability (Sp):* If a sage is 11th level or higher, Eos gains the ability to cast Fey Covenant, while Selene gains the ability Fey Glow. Fey Covenant functions like *Protectra*. Fey Glow functions like *Haste*. Each time the familiar uses this spell-like ability, it costs the sage 3 MP.

At 17th level, Fey Covenant functions like *Protectra II* and Fey Glow functions like *Hastega*. Each costs the sase 5 MP for Fey Covenant and 6 MP for Fey Glow per usage.

*4th Spell-Like Ability (Sp):* If a sage is 15th level or higher, Eos gains the ability to cast Fey Illumination, while Selene gains the ability Fey Caress. Fey Illumination functions like *Cura*. Fey Caress functions like *Esuna*. Each time the familiar uses this spell-like ability, it costs the sage 5 MP.

At 20th level, Fey Illumination functions like *Bless* and Fey Caress functions like *Esunaga*. Each costs the sage 5 MP per usage.

This ability modifies and replaces sprite familiar.

### Aetherflow (Su)

At 1st level, the sage may section off a part of his own aether to be used in a more efficient way. This grants the sage one stack of aetherflow. In addition, at 2nd level, this also grants the sage additional number of points to their arcane reservoir equal to his Wisdom and Intelligence modifiers. At 7th level, the number of stacks is increased to two. At 13th level, the number of stacks are further increased to three. Stacks of aetherflow are renewed each day after 8 hours of rest.

This ability replaces light arts/dark arts.

### Scholar Exploits

In addition to the normal exploits a scholar may choose from, the following are added.

* Bane (Su): *The sage chooses a target that has damage over time effects that he has placed on them. By spending 1 point from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow, the sage may spread all of those damage over time effects to every enemy within a 30-ft.-radius. There are no saving throws for this to spread, but they may resist the effects as normal when allowed. **Prerequisite:** The sage must be 6th level to select this exploit.

* Lustrate (Su):* The sage may spend 1 point from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow to conjure up a powerful burst of healing from within an individual. This causes damage to be healed equal to the target’s hit dice. The number of dice is equal to 1 + 1 per two scholar levels after 2nd. (For example: A 4th level sage uses Lustrate on a fighter (hit die of d10), this would heal the fighter for 3d10 hp. That same sage uses it on a black mage (hit die of d6) next, that would heal the black mage for 3d6 hp.) **Prerequisite:** The sage must be 4th level to select this exploit.

* Rouse (Su):* As a swift action, by spending 1 point from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow, the sage rouses his familiar to perform greater healing for a time. For a duration of rounds equal to 1 + his Wisdom modifier, the familiar gains Empower Spell feat for all her healing abilities. **Prerequisite:** The sage must be 8th level to select this exploit.

### Adloquium (Su)

At 3rd level, whenever a sage casts a single target healing spell, as a free action, he may spend 1 point from his arcane reservoir cast it as an Adloquium. This causes the target to receive the full healing effect that the spell would grant and gain temporary hit points equal to half of the healing received.

This ability replaces light arts: penury and dark arts: parsimony.

### Succor (Su)

At 7th level, whenever a sage casts an area of effect healing spell, as a free action, he may spend 2 points from his arcane reservoir and cast it as a Succor. This causes the targets to receive the full healing effect that the spell would grant and gain temporary hit points equal to half of the healing received.

This ability replaces light arts: accession and dark arts: manifestation.

### Sacred Soil (Su)

At 11th level, the sage has learned to sanctify soil and turn it into protective grounds for himself and his allies. By spending 2 points from his arcane reservoir, the sage may turn the ground in a 30-ft.-radius into Sacred Soil. This grants the sage and his allies within the area of effect damage reduction 1/- per two scholar levels and spell resistance 2 per two scholar levels (both override current damage reduction and spell resistance if better). This ability lasts for a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four scholar levels.

This ability replaces light arts: celerity and dark arts: alacrity.

### Advanced Scholar Exploits

In addition to the normal advanced exploits, a sage may choose from, the following are added.

* Deployment Tactics (Su):* As a swift action, by spending 1 point from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow, the sage may spread the temporary hit points on a target to all allies within a 30-ft.-radius of the target.

* Emergency Tactics (Su):* As a swift action, by spending 1 point from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow, the sage causes the next healing spell that would grant temporary hit points to heal them for that amount instead.

* Indomitability (Su):* As a swift action, by spending 2 points from his arcane reservoir and 1 stack of aetherflow, the sage chooses an ally. That ally is treated as if they were the target of a Lustrate, but that heal radiates to everyone within a 30-ft.-radius. **Prerequisites:** The sage must be 14th level and must have the *lustrate* exploit to select this exploit.

### Excogitation (Su)

At 15th level, the sage has learned to preempt the need to keep an ally alive. By spending 2 points from his arcane reservoir, the sage chooses an ally. For a duration of 1 round + 1 round per four scholar levels, whenever the ally is below half health or when the duration expires, she is healed as if the sage has cast his best single target healing.

This ability replaces light arts: rapture and dark arts: ebullience.