Latest NewsKefka Icon

Somewhat close to middle ...

Home > Classes > Base Classes > Time Mage >

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.

Table: Temporal Talents

Temporal TalentBenefits
Accelerate* (Su)When casting a chronomancy spell, the time mage can spend a mote of time to apply the effects of haste to one creature within 30 feet until the end of the time mage’s next turn.
Aging Touch* (Su)The time mage’s touch ages living creatures and objects. As a melee touch attack, by spending a mote of time, the time mage can deal 1 point of Strength damage for every two time mage levels to living creatures. Against objects or constructs, he can deal 1d6 points of damage per time mage level. If used against an object in another creature’s possession, treat this attack as a sunder combat maneuver.
Empowered Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Empower Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Erase from Time* (Su)As a melee touch attack, by spending a mote of time, the time mage can temporarily remove a creature from time altogether. The target creature must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + half of the time mage’s level + his Intelligence modifier) or vanish completely for a number of rounds equal to half the time mage’s level. No magic can detect the creature during this time, as it exists outside of time and space—in effect, the creature ceases to exist for the duration of this ability. At the end of the duration, the creature reappears unharmed in the space it last occupied (or the nearest possible space, if the original space is now occupied).
Evasion (Ex)The time mage can avoid even magical and unusual attacks with great agility. If he makes a successful Reflex saving throw against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, he instead takes no damage. Evasion can be used only if the time mage is wearing no armor. A helpless time mage does not gain the benefit of evasion.
Extended Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Extended Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Familiar (Ex)The time mage forms a powerful bond with a familiar. A familiar is a magical pet that enhances the time mage’s skills and senses and can aid him in magic. See this link for more information on familiars: Familiars
Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex)Prerequisite(s): Uncanny Dodge temporal talent or class feature
A time mage with this talent can no longer be flanked. This defense denies a thief the ability to sneak attack the character by flanking him, unless the attacker has at least four more levels in a class that grants sneak attack than the time mage’s class level. If a character already has uncanny dodge from another class, the levels from the classes that grant uncanny dodge stack to determine the minimum level in a class that grants sneak attack required to flank the character.
Insight* (Su)As a free action, by spending a mote of time, the time mage can immediately gain a bonus to his initiative roll equal to his time mage level.
Knowledge of the Ages* (Su)The time mage can search through time to recall some bit of forgotten lore or information. By spending a mote of time, the time mage can retry any Knowledge skill check he had made within the past minute, gaining an insight bonus on the check equal to his Intelligence modifier.
Mage TrainingThe time mage may select an item creation or metamagic feat. The time mage must still meet all prerequisites for a bonus feat, including caster level minimums. This talent may be taken more than once. Each time, a different feat must be selected.
Old Wounds* (Su)As a standard action, the time mage can channel time into a wound, causing it to experience rapid healing, as if many days had passed. The time mage may spend a mote to heal his own wounds, or the wounds of an ally touched. The wounds heal for 1d8 damage + 1 per class level of the time mage. This ability increases by an additional 1d8 every 4 levels to a maximum of 5d8.
Prescient Attack* (Su)The time mage may spend a mote as an immediate action after hitting a target with a weapon, ranged touch, or touch attack, allowing him to anticipate his opponent’s defenses. The target is denied its Dexterity bonus against the time mage’s attacks until the end of the time mage’s next turn.
Prescient Defense* (Su)The time mage may spend a mote as an immediate action after hitting a target with a weapon, ranged touch, or touch attack, granting him a premonition of his enemy’s intentions. The time mage gains a bonus to his AC and on Reflex saves equal to his Intelligence modifier (minimum 0) against attacks by that opponent until the beginning of his next turn.
Reach Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Reach Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Silent Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Silent Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Spell Guard (Su)Whenever the time mage casts a spell with a casting time of 1 standard action, he may instead cast it as a full round action. The time mage channels some of the energy of the spell into a defensive shield around him, giving him a deflection bonus to his AC equal to the level of the spell being cast. This bonus lasts until the beginning of the time mage’s next turn.
Spell Lore (Ex)The time mage adds his level to all Spellcraft checks made to identify a spell being cast. (This is most often useful when attempting to counterspell.)
Spell Sage (Ex)When the time mage attempts a Use Magic Device check to cast a spell from materia, he gains a +4 competence bonus to the check.
Steady Hand* (Su)The time mage can rewind time by small amounts to erase any minor mistakes he makes as a result of distraction around him. By spending a mote, the time mage may use skills reliably even under adverse conditions. Once he spends the mote, he may take 10 on any single skill check made before the end of his next round, even if stress and distractions would normally prevent him from doing so.
Steal Fate* (Su)As a standard action, the time mage can attempt to steal a crucial moment from a target’s future, reducing the chance the target will enjoy a happy and prosperous future. The time mage spends a mote and the target must make a Will save (DC 10 + half of the time mage’s level + his Intelligence modifier) or suffer a penalty to all attack and damage rolls, skill checks, and saving throws. This effect lasts for 1 round per time mage level. The penalty suffered is equal to –1, and increases to –2 at 8th level, and –3 at 16th level, while the time mage gains this as a bonus as he uses the stolen fate to carefully plan each action he takes. Steal Fate has a range of 30 feet.
Steal Time* (Su)As a standard action, with this talent, a time mage can steal time from a target. The time mage spends a mote and the target must make a Will save (DC 10 + half of the time mage’s level + his Intelligence modifier) or suffer a penalty to AC, Reflex saves, and movement speed. This effect lasts for 1 round per time mage level. The penalty suffered is equal to –1 to AC and Reflex saves as well as a –5 foot movement speed, and increases to –2 and –10 foot at 8th level, and –3 and –15 at 16th level, while the time mage gains this as a bonus as he uses the stolen time to move quickly. Steal Time has a range of 30 feet.
Still Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Still Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost or the level of the spell.
Time Hop* (Su)As a move action, by spending a mote of time, the time mage can teleport up to 5 feet per time mage level. This movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity. The time mage must have line of sight to his destination to use this ability. He can bring other willing creatures with him, but he must expend an equal amount of distance for each creature brought.
Uncanny Dodge (Ex)A time mage with this talent can react to danger before his senses would normally allow him to do so. He cannot be caught flat-footed, even if the attacker is invisible. He still loses his Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. A time mage with this ability can still lose his Dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against him.

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.

Table: Advanced Temporal Talents

Advanced Temporal TalentBenefits
Abbreviate Magic* (Su)A time mage can sometimes shorten an opposing spell’s duration. A time mage can spend 2 motes of time as a standard action to attempt to decrease the duration of a spell or effect within 30 feet that has a duration of rounds per level. On a successful caster level check (1d20 + caster level) against a DC of 11 + the target spell’s caster level, the duration of that spell or effect is decreased by a number of rounds equal to half the time mage’s level, rounded down. If the duration is thereby reduced to zero or less, the spell ends immediately. The target spell’s duration can only be shortened once in this way. Additional motes spent to further shorten the duration of a spell are wasted.
Back to the Future* (Su)The time mage can spend two motes to fling himself briefly into the future to observe the results of proposed acts or decisions in his present. Since the time mage is only in his future for a moment, he is not certain to receive meaningful information. The base chance for receiving meaningful information is 70% + 1% per class level. This roll is made secretly by the GM. If the ability succeeds, the time mage gets one of the following four results:

Weal (if the action will probably bring good results).
Woe (for bad results).
Weal and woe (for both).
Nothing (for actions that don’t have especially good or bad results).

If the ability fails, the time mage gets the “nothing” result. There is no way to tell if a “nothing” result is the consequence of an action with no particular results or a failed use of this ability. This ability can see into the future only about ten minutes per level of the time mage, so anything that might happen after that does not affect the result. Thus, the result might not take into account the long-term consequences of a contemplated action. All efforts to use this ability by the same person about the same topic use the same die result as the first use of the ability.
Butterfly Effect* (Su)As an immediate action, the time mage can make minor changes in his past, which creates a cascade of minor changes in the timeline to generate brief favorable circumstances for an ally in his present. The time mage can spend two motes to add a bonus to one attack roll, skill check, ability check, or saving throw made by an ally within 30 feet. 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 ally’s Acrobatics check to leap over a chasm, but not to his Craft check made to determine how much progress was made after a day of work.) The bonus gained is equal to +2d3. This increases to +3d3 at 16th level. The time mage can decide to add this bonus immediately after seeing the result of the original die roll.
Déjà Vu* (Su)Prerequisite(s): Steady Hand temporal talent
By spending two motes, a time mage can draw information from his future or past, allowing him to instantly gain the benefits of considerable study and reflection. He can even peer briefly into the future to see how others react to his various attempts at negotiation or subterfuge. The time mage can make a single Intelligence-, Wisdom- or Charisma-based skill check with a result equal to 20 + his total skill bonus.
Improved Evasion (Ex)Prerequisite(s): Evasion class feature or temporal talent
This works like evasion, except that while the time mage still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks, he henceforth takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless time mage does not gain the benefit of improved evasion.
Quickened Magic (Su)The time mage can cast one spell per day as if it were modified by the Quicken Spell feat. This does not increase the MP cost of the spell.
Retroactive* (Su)Prerequisite(s): Steady Hand temporal talent
By spending two motes, a time mage can attempt the same physical action over and over, hopping back to his starting point each time if things don’t work out for him. The time mage can make a single Strength-, Dexterity- or Constitution-based skill check with a result equal to 20 + his total skill bonus.
Rewind* (Su)As an immediate action, after losing a spell due to a failed concentration check or after casting a spell that had no effect (such as due to successful saving throws, a failed caster level check to overcome spell resistance, or other immunities), the time mage can spend two motes of time to immediately gain half the MP spent (minimum 1).
Time After Time (Su)The time mage gains advanced ability to manipulate time. The time mage may now spend motes twice per round, if he wishes.
Time Bandit (Su)The time mage’s access to motes increases. The time mage can spend an additional number of motes per day equal to his Intelligence modifier.
Time Runner* (Su)The time mage can move briefly through time, taking an action that does not exist in the normal sequence of reality. The time mage spends two motes to gain an additional move action. The time mage does not set off traps during this move action (though he may cause them to be triggered if, at the end of his run, the proper triggering situation still exists). He does not provoke attacks of opportunity during this move action, nor may other characters make Perception checks to notice the time mage during this move action. After the move action time catches up to the time mage, allowing triggered traps to go off and other creatures to immediately notice the time mage where he now stands.
Time Slip* (Su)Prerequisite(s): Accelerate temporal talent
A master of the fabric of space-time, the time mage learns how to tug some threads while avoiding others. As a free action while casting a chronomancy spell with a duration longer than instantaneous, the time mage can spend two motes to cause 1 object or allied creature per three time mage levels (max. 6 targets) within 90 feet of the time mage to be unaffected for the duration of the spell. Once a target has been excluded, they cannot become affected by that spell, even by leaving the area and returning. If the spell can affect both creatures and objects, creatures and their equipment must be targeted independently. Due to their nature as space-time aberrations, summoned creatures cannot be designated for a Time Slip.