Nightshade Warlock (Witch/Ninja)

For most witches, working from the shadows is a common thing. Yet, to be exposed as such is often viewed by many as abominable, especially amongst the superstitious communities of the land, but to be exposed as such on the battlefield can be disastrous. In direct response to this fear, the dark realm of the nightshade warlock takes things one step further. Laboring to discover and harness their inner ki as well as the arcane, they prefer to keep to the shadows of society and the battlefield, employing their magic from afar on those who are unaware of their presence. (Original Concept by Taco Man)

Primary: Witch.

Secondary: Ninja.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d6.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The nightshade warlock may select six ninja skills to add to her class skills in addition to the normal witch class skills. The nightshade warlock gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The nightshade warlock is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the kama, katana, kusarigama, sai, nunchaku, shortbow, short sword, shuriken, siangham, and wakizashi. The nightshade warlock is not proficient with any type of armor or shield. Armor interferes with the nightshade warlock's gestures, which can cause her spells with somatic components to fail.

Diminished Spellcasting: The nightshade warlock casts arcane spells drawn from the witch spell lists, and gains one fewer spell of each spell level per day. If this reduces the number to 0, she may cast spells of that level only if they are patron spells or if her Intelligence allows bonus spells of that level. She otherwise learns, prepares, and casts spells as a witch of equal level.

Witch’s Familiar (Ex): This is exactly like the witch’s ability of the same name, except that at 4th level, the familiar gains a pool of ki points similar to a ninja’s ki pool. This ki pool has a number of ki points equal to 1 + the familiar’s Charisma modifier (minimum 0). The familiar has a ninja level equal to the nightshade warlock’s level –3 for the purpose of qualifying for feats with the ki pool class feature as a prerequisite.

Hex: This is exactly like the witch ability of the same name. In addition, whenever the nightshade warlock could choose a hex, she can select a ninja trick instead. A nightshade warlock’s level is equal to her ninja level for the purpose of qualifying for ninja tricks. A number of new ninja tricks or new hexes may complement the Nightshade Warlock multiclass archetype.