Elemental Blade (Fighter/Wizard)

The majority of fighters are trained solely with martial techniques, elemental blades are fighters with the smallest spark of arcane talent. Their trainers focus this talent into an elemental focus allowing them to cast an extremely limited selection of spells, though this comes at a cost to their martial skills. (Original Concept by Browman)

Primary Class: Fighter.

Secondary Class: Wizard (elemental).

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d10.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The elemental blade may select three wizard skills to add to his class skills in addition to the normal fighter class skills. The elemental blade gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 2 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An elemental blade is proficient with all simple and martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, and with shields (except tower shields). An elemental blade can cast arcane spells while wearing light or medium armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, an elemental blade wearing heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass elemental blade still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Cantrips: An elemental blade can prepare a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Elemental Blade under “Spells per Day.” These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again. An elemental blade cannot prepare a cantrip from his opposition school.

Elemental School: At 1st level, an elemental blade gains the wizard’s arcane school ability, except that he must choose one of the four elemental schools (Air, Earth, Fire, or Water). He also gains the first listed school power, and each additional listed power at 4th level and 12th level respectively. An elemental blade only gains spells from his elemental school (see Elemental Spells). This ability and elemental spells replace the bonus feat gained at 1st level, armor training, and armor mastery.

Elemental Spells: Beginning at 4th level, an elemental blade gains the ability to cast a small number of arcane spells which are drawn from the wizard spell list of his chosen elemental school. An elemental blade must choose and prepare his spells ahead of time.

Like other spellcasters, an elemental blade can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: Elemental Blade. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Intelligence score. When Table: Elemental Blade indicates that the elemental blade gets 0 spells per day of a given spell level, he gains only the bonus spells he would be entitled to based on his Intelligence score for that spell level. Through 3rd level, an elemental blade has no caster level. At 4th level and higher, his caster level is equal to his elemental blade level –3.