Penumbracarnate

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The Penumbracarnate is a master of both Shadow Magic and Incarnum. Despite the apparent disparity between the two, a skilled Penumbracarnate can use both to equal (if not greater) effectiveness than she normally would.

Abilities: Intelligence and Charisma set the maximum level of your mysteries and the DC for your mysteries, respectively, making these both important. Also important is a high Constitution (and potentially a high Wisdom) for your meldshaping.

Races: Azurin make up the majority of Penumbracarnates, though there are also many duskling Penumbracarnates.

Alignment: Penumbracarnates can be of any alignment.

HD: d8

Requirements

Mysteries: Ability to cast third-level mysteries.

Meldshaping: Ability to shape soulmelds.

Skills: Knowledge (The Planes) 5, Spellcraft 5

Class Features

Class Skills (2 + Int): Concentration, Craft, Hide, Intimidate, Knowledge (Arcana), Knowledge (The Planes), Move Silently, Profession, Spellcraft, Spot

Mysteries: At each of the indicated levels, a Penumbracarnate gains new mysteries and an increase in mysteries known as if she had also gained a level in her mystery-using class. She does not, however, gain any other benefits a character of that class would have gained. If she had more than one myster-using class before becoming a Penumbracarnate, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining mysteries per day, caster level, and mysteries known.

Meldshaping: At each of the indicated levels, a Penumbracarnate increases her meldshaper level, the number of soulmelds she can shape, the number and kinds of chakra binds she can create, and her essentia pool as if she had gained a level in the meldshaping class to which she belonged to prior to gaining the Penumbracarnate level. She does not, hwever gain any other abilities of that class. If she had more than one meldshaping class before becoming a Penumbracarnate, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purpose of determining her essentia pool, meldshaper level, and the number of soulmelds and chakra binds available.

Shadowsight (Su): Starting at first level, a Penumbracarnate can use her affiliation with the Plane of Shadows to see through even magical darkness. Whenever a Penumbracarnate has a soulmeld bound to her brow chakra, she gains the ability to see in any darkness (even magical darkness) for 15' per point of essentia invested in the chakra bound to her brow. If there are four essentia invested in the chakra bound to her brow, she also is affected as if by a see invisibility spell.

Shadow Chakra: At second level, a Penumbracarnate gains the use of a unique chakra: the shadow chakra. Instead of binding a soulmeld to a chakra on her body, she binds it to a chakra on her shadow. The Penumbracarnate can bind any soulmeld she knows to her shadow chakra, just as if it were bound to any other chakra on her body that she could bind soulmelds to. However, due to the fact that it is bound to her shadow and not to her, each two points of essentia invested in the soulmeld bound to her shadow chakra only act as if one essentia were invested in it. For the purposes of binding, the Penumbracarnate can treat her shadow chakra as if it were any other chakra she has access to and may bind soulmelds to it even if she already has another soulmeld bound to the chakra the shadow chakra is mimicing.

Penumbracarnum (Su): At third level, a Penumbracarnate learns to channel the energies she draws from the Plane of Shadow to power her soulmelds. She may sacrifice a use of one of her mysteries to immediately gain a number of 'shadow essentia' equal to the level of the mystery sacrificed. These shadow essentia can be invested as any other essentia can be, but disappear in a number of rounds equal to the level of the sacrificed spell.

Shadowstride (Su): At fourth level, a Penumbracarnate's attunement with both her meldshaping and her mysteries furthers. Whenever a Penumbracarnate has a soulmeld bound to her feet chakra, she gains the ability to travel from shadow to shadow as if by a dimension door spell. the limitation is tha thte magical transport must begin and end in an area with at least some shadow. The Penumbracarnate can jump up to a total of 15' for each point of invested essentia, usable once every five rounds.

Split Shadow Chakra (Ex): At fifth level, a Penumbracarnate's shadow chakra can have two soulmelds bound to it, each emulating a different chakra that the Penumbracarnate has access to. One of these chakra uses essentia as a normal chakra does, providing a 1:1 ratio for invested essentia. The second, being the weaker chakra, act as the shadow chakra described in the Shadow Chakra ability.

Shadowmantle (Su): At sixth level, a Penumbracarnate's admixture of meldshaping and shadow magic refines. Whenever a Penumbracarnate has a soulmeld bound to her shoulders chakra, she gains an insight bonus on saving throws equal to the amount of essentia invested in the soulmeld bound to her shoulders. If the soulmeld bound to her shoulders has four essential invested in it, she is also affected as if by the blur spell.

Penumbral Grasp (Su): At seventh level, a Penumbracarnate attunes her arms chakra to the powers of shadow. Whenever a Penumbracarnate has a soulmeld bound to her arms chakra, she gains a touch attack that deals 1d6 points of negative energy damage per point of essentia invested in the soulmeld bound to her arms. If the soulmeld bound in her arms has four essentia invested in it, she also deals 1d4 points of Wisdom damage.

Penumbracarnum Infusion (Su): At eighth level, a Penumbracarnate can unshape one of the soulmelds bound to her shadow chakra as a swift action to infuse the rest of her soulmelds. For a number of rounds equal to her Charisma modifier, all of the Penumbracarnate's bound soulmelds are treated as if invested with the maximum possible essentia for her class level.

Sustaining Shadow (Timeless Body) (Su): At ninth level, a Penumbracarnate's connection to both the essential lifeforce of the universe as well as the all-pervading energies of the Plane of Shadow becomes so complete that she no longer feels the physical effects of aging. She no longer takes penalties to her ability scores for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any such penalties that she has already taken, however, remain in place. Bonuses still accrue, and she still dies of old age when her time is up.

Perfect Shadow Chakra (Su): At tenth level, a Penumbracarnate's shadow chakra becomes an incredible font of power. Any soulmeld bound to the Penumbracarnate's shadow chakra is treated as having twice the essentia invested in it as it actually does (to a maximum of four), so that a soulmeld bound to the Penumbracarnates shadow throat chakra with 2 essentia invested in it would be treated as having four.

Penumbracarnate Progression

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Mysteries Meldshaping
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Shadowsight +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Shadow Chakra +1 level of existing mystery-using class -
3rd +2 +1 +1 +3 Penumbracarnum - +1 level of existing meldshaping class
4th +3 +1 +1 +4 Shadowstride +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
5th +3 +1 +1 +4 Split Shadow Chakra +1 level of existing mystery-using class -
6th +4 +2 +2 +5 Shadowmantle - +1 level of existing meldshaping class
7th +5 +2 +2 +5 Penumbral Grasp +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
8th +6 +2 +2 +6 Penumbracarnum Infusion +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
9th +6 +3 +3 +6 Sustaining Shadow (Timeless Body) +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
10th +7 +3 +3 +7 Perfect Shadow Chakra +1 level of existing mystery-using class +1 level of existing meldshaping class
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