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Beholder MageEdit

Through ritual destruction of its central eye, a beholder can learn to channel and use magic much more quickly and efficiently than can almost any other race.

RequirementsEdit

Race: True beholder (beholderkin cannot become beholder mages). Special: Must put out central antimagic eye.

Hit dieEdit

d4

Skill pointsEdit

2 + Int

Class FeaturesEdit

Spells: A beholder mage gains the ability to cast arcane spells. These spells are drawn from the sorcerer/wizard spell list. At 1st level, a beholder mage masters all the cantrips detailed in the Player's Handbook and also knows two 1st-level spells. Each time it gains a level, it automatically learns two more spells of any level it can cast.

To learn or cast a spell, a beholder mage must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a beholder mage's spell is 10 + the spell level + the beholder mage's Intelligence modifier. A beholder mage's spells function at a caster level equal to twice its beholder mage level.

A beholder mage can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. Its base daily spell allotment is given in Table 3—1. In addition, it receives bonus spells per day if it has a high Intelligence score.

A beholder mage combines the best of two worlds; it can learn new spells as a wizard can, and there is no upper limit to the number of spells it can learn and know. However, it casts its spells on the fly like a sorcerer. A beholder mage of high level typically knows a huge number of spells and can call upon any one of them at any time, providing it has a spell slot open of the appropriate spell level.

Starting at 1st level, whenever a beholder mage gains the ability to cast a new level of spells, it must sacrifice the use of its eye rays from one of its ten small eyestalks. From then on, that eyestalk casts spells of that level and is referred to as a spell-stalk. At 10th level, all of its eyestalks are spell-stalks.

As with its eye rays, casting a spell from a spell-stalk is a free action (although a single spell-stalk can cast only one spell per round). The spell is technically considered a cast spell (as opposed to the use of a spell-like ability), and thus the act of casting provokes attacks of opportunity normally. A spell cast from a spell-stalk otherwise resolves normally; unlike an eye ray, it does not need to make a ranged touch attack to successfully strike a target (unless the spell itself requires a touch attack). The standard beholder limitation against turning more than three eyestalks in any particular direction (that is, forward, backward, left, right, up, or down) still applies.

Beholder mages do not require material components to cast their spells. The ruined central eye acts as an arcane focus for all the creature's spells. If a spell normally requires a material component that carries with it a gold-piece cost, the beholder mage instead spends a number of experience points equal to one-fifth of the normal gold-piece cost (minimum of 1 experience point). The somatic components of a beholder mage's spells are supplied by the weaving and waving of its spell-stalks. The verbal component of a beholder mage's spells is the creature's special spellcasting song. The song takes effort; a beholder mage that is casting spells cannot speak or use its mouth to do anything else that round, including making bite attacks.

Arcane Hands (Su): A beholder mage develops the ability to manipulate objects as if with a mage hand spell. This ability is constantly active and can not only manipulate objects but also use magic items like wands, staffs, rods, and some wondrous items (like a bag of tricks). The hand cannot activate items that must be worn to utilize an effect (such as a helm of brilliance).

A beholder mage's arcane hand has an effective Strength score equal to the creature's beholder mage class level. An arcane hand can be used to perform any attack or defensive action for which a regular hand can be used. Using an arcane hand to make an unarmed strike provokes attacks of opportunity unless the beholder mage has the Improved Unarmed Strike feat. Theoretically, a beholder mage with monk levels could use its arcane hand for its unarmed attacks.

Ocular Transformation (Su): At 10th level, a beholder mage's ruined central eye undergoes a supernatural transformation and can absorb magic energy directed at the beholder. This grants the beholder spell resistance equal to its Hit Dice +5 (maximum spell resistance of 30).

If the creature's spell resistance succeeds in preventing the effect of a spell, its central eye begins to glow with red light equivalent to that of a torch. While it glows, the eye no longer grants spell resistance. In order to regain spell resistance, the beholder must spend a full-round action to absorb the energy stored in the eye. At the end of the full-round action, the eye stops glowing, and the beholder's spell resistance is again effective.

Absorbing the energy stored in the eye does not provoke attacks of opportunity, and it heals the beholder of 5 points of damage per spell level absorbed. Hit points gained in excess of the beholder's normal maximum are lost. Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty

AdvancementEdit

Spells Per Day

Level 

BAB 

Fort 

Ref 

Will 

Special 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 

5th 

6th 

7th 

8th 

9th 

1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Arcane hands 6 3
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 6 5 3
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 6 6 5 3
4th +2 +1 +1 +4 6 6 6 5 3
5th +2 +1 +1 +4 6 6 6 6 5 3
6th +3 +2 +2 +5 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
7th +3 +2 +2 +5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
8th +4 +2 +2 +6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
9th +4 +3 +3 +6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 3
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Occular Transformation 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5

Class skillsEdit

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Appraise INT n n
Concentration CON n n
Craft INT y n
Decipher Script INT y n
Knowledge (arcana) INT y n
Knowledge (architecture and engineering) INT y n
Knowledge (dungeoneering) INT y n
Knowledge (geography) INT y n
Knowledge (history) INT y n
Knowledge (local) INT y n
Knowledge (nature) INT y n
Knowledge (nobility and royalty) INT y n
Knowledge (psionics) INT y n
Knowledge (religion) INT y n
Knowledge (the planes) INT y n
Speak Language None y n
Spellcraft INT y n
Use Magic Device CHA y n

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