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Scholar Exploits

By bending and sometimes even breaking the rules of magic, the scholar learns to exploit gaps and exceptions in the laws of magic. Some of these exploits allow her to break down various forms of magic, adding their essence to her arcane reservoir. At 2nd level and every 2 levels thereafter, the scholar learns a new scholar exploit selected from the following list. A scholar exploit cannot be selected more than once. Once a scholar exploit has been selected, it cannot be changed. Most scholar exploits require the scholar to expend points from her arcane reservoir to function. Unless otherwise noted, the saving throw DC for a scholar exploit is equal to 10 + half of the scholar’s level + her Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier.

Table: Scholar Exploits

Scholar ExploitsBenefits
Acid Jet (Su)The scholar can unleash a jet of acid by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir and making a ranged touch attack against any one target within 30 feet. If the attack hits, it deals 1d6 points of earth damage + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, plus an additional 1d6 points of earth damage for every 2 levels beyond 1st (to a maximum of 10d6 at 19th level). The target is also sickened for 1d4 rounds. It can attempt a Fortitude saving throw to negate the sickened condition.
Arcane Barrier (Su)As a swift action, the scholar can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to create a barrier of magic that protects her from harm. This barrier grants the scholar a number of temporary hit points equal to her scholar level + her Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, and lasts for 1 minute per scholar level or until all the temporary hit points have been lost. Each additional time per day the scholar uses this ability, the number of arcane reservoir points she must spend to activate it increases by 1 (so the second time it is used, the scholar must expend 2 points from her arcane reservoir, 3 points for the third time, and so on). The temporary hit points from this ability do not stack with themselves, but additional uses do cause the total number of temporary hit points and the duration to reset.
Arcane Grimoire (Su)As a standard action, the scholar can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to enhance her grimoire. At 5th level, the grimoire gains a +1 enhancement bonus, which increases by 1 for every 4 levels beyond 5th (to a maximum of +4 at 17th level). These bonuses can be added to the grimoire, stacking with existing weapon bonuses to a maximum of +5. A scholar can also use this exploit to add one of the following weapon special abilities: dancing, distance, flaming, flaming burst, frost, icy burst, shock, shocking burst, speed, and spell storing. Adding these special abilities replaces an amount of enhancement bonus equal to the ability’s cost. Duplicate special abilities do not stack. If the grimoire is not magical, at least a +1 enhancement bonus must be added to it before any other weapon special abilities can be added. The benefits are decided upon when the exploit is used, and they cannot be changed unless the exploit is used again. These benefits only apply to the grimoire wielded by the scholar; if another creature attempts to wield the grimoire, it loses these benefits, though they resume if the scholar regains possession of the grimoire. The scholar cannot have more than one use of this ability active at a time. This effect lasts for a number of minutes equal to the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1).
Consume Magic Items (Su)The scholar can consume the power of potions, scrolls, staves, and wands, using them to fill her arcane reservoir. Using this ability is a move action that provokes an attack of opportunity. When using this exploit, the scholar adds a number of points to her arcane reservoir equal to 1/2 the level of the spell contained in the item (0-level and 1st-level spells do not recharge the scholar’s arcane reservoir). If used on a potion or scroll, the item is destroyed. If used on a wand, the wand loses 5 charges; if it has fewer than 5 charges, the wand is destroyed and the scholar gains no benefit. If used on a staff, it loses 1 charge and the scholar gains a number of points to his arcane reservoir equal to the level of the highest-level spell the staff can cast using only 1 charge; if the staff has no spells that require only 1 charge, the scholar cannot consume that staff ‘s magic. No more than 1 charge can be drawn from a staff each day in this way. Points gained in excess of the scholar’s reservoir’s maximum are lost. This exploit has no effect on magic armor, weapons, rings, rods, wondrous items, or other magic items besides those noted above.
Counterspell (Su)By expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir, the scholar can attempt to counter a spell as it is being cast. She must identify the spell being cast as normal. If she successfully does so, the scholar can attempt to counter the spell as an immediate action and by expending MP equal to at least one higher than the level of the spell being cast. To counterspell, the scholar must attempt a dispel check as if using dispel. If she expends 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of 1, she gains a +5 bonus on the dispel check. Counterspelling in this way does not trigger any feats or other abilities that normally occur when a spellcaster successfully counters a spell.
Dimensional Slide (Su)The scholar can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to create a dimensional crack that she can step through to reach another location. This ability is used as part of a move action or withdraw action, allowing her to move up to 10 feet per scholar level to any location she can see. This counts as 5 feet of movement. She can only use this ability once per round. She does not provoke attacks of opportunity when moving in this way, but any other movement she attempts as part of her move action provokes as normal.
Elemental Shield (Su)The scholar can protect herself from elemental damage as a standard action by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. She must pick one elemental type and gains resistance 10 against that elemental type for 1 minute per scholar level. This protection increases by 5 for every 5 levels the scholar possesses (up to a maximum of 30 at 20th level).
Face Thief (Su)The scholar can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to assume an illusory disguise as disguise self. If she expends 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of 1, the duration of the effect increases to 10 minutes per level.
Flame Arc (Su)The scholar can unleash an arc of flame by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. This creates a 30-foot line of flame that deals 1d6 points of fire damage + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, plus an additional 1d6 points of fire damage for every 2 levels beyond 1st (to a maximum of 10d6 at 19th level) to each target in the line. Creatures in the area of effect may attempt a Reflex saving throw to halve the damage.
Ice Missiles (Su)The scholar can unleash a freezing projectile by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir and making a ranged touch attack against any one target within 30 feet. If the attack hits, it deals 1d6 points of ice damage + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, plus an additional 1d6 points of ice damage for every 2 levels beyond 1st (to a maximum of 10d6 at 19th level). In addition, the target is staggered for 1 round. It can attempt a Fortitude saving throw to negate the staggered condition.
Illusion Catcher (Su)Prerequisite(s): Face Thief scholar exploit

The scholar gains a +2 bonus on saving throws against illusions. If the scholar successfully disbelieves an illusion, she can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to try to negate or steal control of the illusion. The scholar attempts a caster level check as if she were dispelling the effect with dispel. If she succeeds, she can either end the effect or alter it as if she were the spell’s caster. If the spell’s duration is concentration, the scholar must concentrate on the new effect or it ends.
Item CraftingThe scholar can select one item creation feat as a bonus feat. She must meet the prerequisites of this feat.
Lightning Lance (Su)The scholar can unleash a lance of lightning by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir and making a ranged touch attack against any one target within 30 feet. If the attack hits, it deals 1d6 points of lightning damage + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, plus 1d6 points of lightning damage for every 2 levels beyond 1st (to a maximum of 10d6 at 19th level). The target’s vision is also impaired, causing the target to treat all creatures as if they had concealment (20%) for 1 round. It can attempt a Fortitude saving throw to negate the impaired vision.
Metamagic KnowledgeThe scholar can select one metamagic feat as a bonus feat. She must meet the prerequisites of this feat.
Potent Magic (Su)Whenever the scholar expends 1 point from her arcane reservoir to increase the caster level of a spell, the caster level increases by 2 instead of 1. Whenever she expends 1 point from her arcane reservoir to increase the spell’s DC, it increases by 2 instead of 1.
See Magic (Su)The scholar can see magical auras. If she expends 1 point from her arcane reservoir, for 1 minute she instantly recognizes magic item auras and spell effects (as detect magic). During this time, she is treated as if she had studied each aura for 3 rounds and she treats her Knowledge (arcana) skill check as if she had rolled a 15 on the d20. In addition, if she touches a magic item during this time, she can immediately identify its properties using Spellcraft without needing to spend 3 rounds examining the object. If an enemy possesses the object, the scholar must first succeed at a melee touch attack to identify the item.
Shadow Veil (Su)By expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir, a scholar can pull a veil of shadows around her, making her more difficult to spot and strike. The scholar gains concealment (20% miss chance) and a +5 bonus on Stealth checks. This effect lasts a number of rounds equal to 1 + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier.
Sonic Blast (Su)The scholar can release a deafening blast of sonic energy by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir and succeeding at a ranged touch attack against any one target within 30 feet. The blast deals an amount of non-elemental damage equal to 1d6 + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, plus an additional 1d6 points of non-elemental damage for every 2 levels beyond 1st (to a maximum of 10d6 at 19th level). The target is also deafened for 1 minute. The target can attempt a Fortitude save to halve the damage and negate the deafness.
Spell Disruption (Su)The scholar can temporarily disrupt a spell by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir and succeeding at a dispel check against the spell, as dispel. This ability suppresses a spell effect for a number of rounds equal to the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1). If the spell affects multiple creatures, this ability only suppresses the spell for one creature. At the end of this duration, the spell resumes and the suppressed rounds do not count against its total duration. This ability can be used on unwilling targets, but the scholar must succeed at a melee touch attack, and the target may attempt a Will saving throw to negate the effect. This ability has no effect on spells that are instantaneous or have a duration of permanent.
Spell Resistance (Su)The scholar can grant herself spell resistance for a number of rounds equal to her Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1) as a standard action by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. This spell resistance is equal to 6 + her scholar level and cannot be suppressed, but it can be ended as a free action on her turn.
Spell Tinkerer (Su)The scholar can alter an existing spell effect by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. To use this ability, she must be adjacent to the spell effect (or the effect’s target) and be aware of the effect. She can choose to increase or decrease the remaining duration of the spell by 50%. This ability can be used on unwilling targets, but the scholar must succeed at a melee touch attack, and the target may attempt a Will saving throw to negate the effect. This ability cannot be used on a given spell effect more than once. This ability has no effect on spells that are instantaneous or have a duration of permanent.
Swift Consume (Ex)The scholar can use the consume MP class feature or the consume magic items exploit as swift actions instead of as move actions.

Advanced Scholar Exploits

At 12th level and every 2 levels thereafter, a scholar can choose one of the following advanced scholar exploits in place of a scholar exploit.

Table: Advanced Scholar Exploits

Advanced Scholar ExploitBenefits
Alter Enhancements (Su)Prerequisite(s): Arcane Grimoire scholar exploit

A scholar with this exploit can modify the enhancements placed on a weapon, suit of armor, or shield. The scholar can use this exploit to change one weapon or armor special ability to another with an equal cost. This ability can only be used to change the item’s special abilities, not its enhancement bonus. Using this ability requires the scholar to touch the item as a full-round action and expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir, and doing so provokes an attack of opportunity. This ability cannot be used on an item in the possession of an unwilling creature. This change lasts for a number of minutes equal to the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1).
Burning Flame (Su)Prerequisite(s): Flame Arc scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the flame arc exploit, she can expend 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of one. If she does, each target catches on fire if it fails its saving throw. Until the fire is extinguished, the target takes 3d6 points of fire damage at the start of each of its turns. The target can attempt a Reflex saving throw as a full-round action to extinguish the flames. Applying at least 1 gallon of water to the target automatically extinguishes the flames.
Counter Drain (Su)Prerequisite(s): Counterspell scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar successfully counters a spell, she regains a number of points to her arcane reservoir, which is determined by the level of the spell countered. Spells of 2nd level or lower do not restore any points to her arcane reservoir. Spells of 3rd and higher restore 1 point to her arcane reservoir.
Dancing Electricity (Su)Prerequisite(s): Lightning Lance scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the lightning lance exploit, she can expend 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of one. If she does, all creatures adjacent to the target take an amount of damage equal to half the amount of lightning damage rolled. Adjacent creatures can attempt a Reflex saving throw to halve this damage. Whether or not the target makes its saving throw has no effect on adjacent targets.
Elemental Absorption (Su)Prerequisite(s): Elemental Shield scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar is using the elemental shield exploit, and the shield prevents 10 or more points of damage, she can absorb a portion of that elemental energy and use it to fuel her exploits. After absorbing the damage, she can use any exploit that deals the same type of elemental damage as the type her shield absorbed, reducing the cost to her arcane reservoir by 1 point. She must use this elemental energy within 1 minute or it is lost. The scholar does not gain more than one such use of elemental energy per round, and she cannot store more than one use of this elemental energy at a time.
Fast Healing (Su)A scholar can spend 1 point from her arcane reservoir and expend MP (maximum of 6) to grant her allies the fast healing ability. Allies within 30 feet gain fast healing equal to the MP spent. This effect lasts for a number of rounds equal to the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1).
Greater Counterspell (Su)Prerequisite(s): Counterspell scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the counterspell exploit, she can expend MP equal to the same level or greater than the spell to be countered (instead of the spell level +1).
Greater Metamagic KnowledgePrerequisite(s): Metamagic Knowledge scholar exploit

The scholar can select a metamagic feat as a bonus feat. She must meet the prerequisites of this feat. Each morning, when she prepares her spells, the scholar can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to exchange this bonus feat for another metamagic feat, as long as she meets the prerequisites of the new feat.
Greater Spell Resistance (Su)Prerequisite(s): Spell Resistance scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the spell resistance exploit, the spell resistance is equal to 11 + the scholar’s level.
Greater Spell Disruption (Su)Prerequisite(s): Spell Disruption scholar exploit

The scholar can disrupt a spell effect or magic item by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. This acts like a targeted dispel with a range of touch. The scholar can add her Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier to the dispel check.
Icy Tomb (Su)Prerequisite(s): Ice Missile scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the ice missile exploit, she can expend 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of one. If she does, the target is coated in rime if it fails its saving throw. As long as the ice remains (typically 1 minute per level in a warm area), the target is entangled (although not anchored) and takes 1 point of Dexterity damage at the start of each of its turns. The target can break free from the ice as a standard action by making a Strength check with a DC equal to 10 + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier. If the target takes more than 10 points of fire damage from a single attack, the ice melts and the effect ends.
Lingering Acid (Su)Prerequisite(s): Acid Jet scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar uses the acid jet exploit, she can expend 2 points from her arcane reservoir instead of one. If she does, the target takes additional damage on the following rounds if it fails its saving throw. The target takes 1d6 points of earth damage on the following round for every 2d6 points of earth damage dealt by the initial attack. On subsequent rounds, the target continues to take 1d6 points of earth damage for every 2d6 points of earth damage dealt on the previous round. The damage continues until the amount of earth damage dealt on the previous round by this effect is 1d6. For example, a 9th level scholar would deal 5d6 points of earth damage + the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier, 2d6 points of earth damage on the following round, and 1d6 points of earth damage on the third and final round.
Redirect Spell (Su)The scholar can gain control of a spell cast by another spellcaster. As a standard action by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir, the scholar can make a caster level check opposed by the creature controlling the spell. If the scholar is successful, she can direct the spell as a free action for 1 round, making any decisions allowed by the spell. This only functions on spells that can be directed or changed once they have been cast, such as flaming sphere or elemental weapon. The spell returns to its owner’s control at the start of the scholar’s next turn, unless the scholar expends another point from her arcane reservoir at the start of her turn to extend the duration of control by another round. She can continue to control the spell for as long as the spell lasts, provided she keeps spending points from her arcane reservoir.
Resistance Drain (Su)Prerequisite(s): Greater Spell Resistance scholar exploit

Whenever the scholar is using the spell resistance exploit, she can end the effect as an immediate action whenever her spell resistance successfully protects her from a spell cast by a foe. If she does so, she adds a number of points to her arcane reservoir equal to 1/2 the level of the spell. These points are temporary and are lost after 1 minute unless used. Points gained in excess of her arcane reservoir’s maximum are lost.
Siphon Spell (Su)Prerequisite(s): Greater Spell Disruption scholar exploit

When the scholar uses the greater spell disruption exploit, she can siphon some of the power of the targeted spell to restore her arcane reservoir. If the caster level of the spell is equal to or higher than that of the scholar, and she exceeds the DC of the dispel check by 5 or more, she adds 1 point to her arcane reservoir. If she exceeds this check by 10 or more, she instead adds 2 points to her arcane reservoir. This has no effect on magic items.
Spell Thief (Su)Prerequisite(s): Spell Tinkerer scholar exploit

The scholar can steal a spell affecting one creature by expending 1 point from her arcane reservoir. If the creature is unwilling, she must succeed at a melee touch attack to steal the spell; the target can attempt a Will saving throw to negate the effect. The scholar can specify a spell affecting the target to steal, but if she’s incorrect or doesn’t know what spells are affecting the target, the spell stolen is determined randomly from all those affecting the target. If successful, the spell effect transfers to the scholar, affecting her for the remaining duration. Unless the effect normally allows for a new saving throw during its duration (such as at the end of each round), this ability doesn’t grant the scholar a saving throw against it. The scholar cannot use this ability to steal a spell with a range of personal or a duration of permanent.
Suffering Knowledge (Su)The scholar can learn to cast a spell by suffering from its effects. When the scholar fails a saving throw against a spell cast by an enemy, as an immediate action she can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to temporarily acquire the spell. She can cast the spell as if it was a spell she had acquired. The spell must be on the black mage/white mage spell list and must be of a level that she can cast. The ability to cast this spell remains for a number of rounds equal to the scholar’s Intelligence or Wisdom (whichever is higher) modifier (minimum 1).