Countercaster

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Countercasters are arcane agents who attempt to both control and subsume their foe's magics for their own.

Alignment: Cartogramancers may be of any alignment.

Hit Die: d4

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Requirements

The following are required to take levels in the Countercaster prestige class:

Feats: Improved Counterspell, Reactive Counterspell

Skills: Spellcraft 8 ranks

Magic: Ability to cast 3rd level spells

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A countercaster gains no proficiencies with weapons or armor.

Class Skills (2 + Int modifier per level): Concentration, Craft, Knowledge (all skills taken individually), Spellcraft, Use Magic Device

Spells: At each level but fourth and eighth, a countercaster gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if he had also gained a level in whatever arcane spellcasting class in which he could cast 3rd-level spells before he added the prestige class level. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If a character had more than one arcane spellcasting class in which he could cast 3rd-level spells before he became a countercaster, he must decide to which class he adds each level of countercaster for the purpose of determining spells per day.

Innate Counterspell: At 1st level, you can attempt to counter a spell without using a readied action. Once per day, you can counter a spell as an immediate action, by expending a spell slot or spell use as long as the spell expended is of the same level or higher of the splell to be countered. You gain extra uses of this ability at third, fifth, seventh, and ninth levels.

Absorptive Counterspell: At fourth level and beyond, you gain the ability to absorb some of the energy of a spell you counter. After contering a spell, you may regain the use of aspell or recover an expended spell slot of no more than one-half the level of the countered spell.

Reflective Counterspell: At sixth level and beyond, any time you counter a spell, you may reflect that spel lback at the orginal caster. Treat the spell's functions (if any) as if you were the original caster and the caster as the original target. This ability cannot be used on area-of-effect spells, and it cannot be used in conjunction with Absorptive Counterspell.

Countercast: At tenth level, any time you counter a spell, you may cast a spell of your own as part of the counterspelling process. This spell does not take an action, and cannot be of a level higher than the countered spell's spell level -1. You may not use this ability in conjunction with Absorptive Counterspell or Reflective Counterspell.

Playing A Countercaster

Countercasters find that the best offense is a good defense, and do their best to shut down opposing spellcasters while slinging spells of their own. Most find good use of the Quicken Spell metamagic, and almost all have brash, assertive personalities.

Countercaster Progression

Level BAB Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Spells
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Innate Counterspelling 1/day +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 - +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
3rd +1 +1 +1 +3 Innate Counterspelling 2/day +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
4th +2 +1 +1 +4 Absorptive Counterspell -
5th +2 +1 +1 +4 Innate Counterspelling 3/day +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
6th +3 +2 +2 +5 Reflective Counterspell +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
7th +3 +2 +2 +5 Innate Counterspelling 4/day +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
8th +4 +2 +2 +6 - -
9th +4 +3 +3 +6 Innate Counterspelling 5/day +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
10th +5 +3 +3 +7 Countercast +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
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