Stone Sage (Dwarf, Druid Archetype)
Although dwarves are not known for their love of trees and animals of the surface world, they are well known for their often obsessive fascination with stone and earth. The stone sage channels this affinity to establish a kinship with the stone and with creatures from the elemental plane of earth that is unmatched by most other races.Class Features The stone sage has the following class features.Spells
A stone sage learns, prepares, and cast spells as a druid. In addition, a stone sage removes summon nature’s ally from his spell list and replaces it with summon monster. When using summon monster, the stone sage can only summon earth elementals or creatures with the earth subtype.Bonus Language
This is exactly like the druids ability of the same name, except that a stone sage’s bonus language options include Terran, the language of earth-based creatures, instead of Sylvan.
Earth Empathy (Ex)
A stone sage can improve the attitude of an earth elementals or creatures with the earth subtype. This ability functions just like the druid’s wild empathy, but applies only to the creatures listed above. Such creatures have a starting attitude of unfriendly. If a stone sage uses this ability to influence a dragon with the earth subtype, he takes a –4 penalty on the check. This ability replaces wild empathy.
Improved Stonecunning (Ex)
A stone sage’s sense for stonework becomes uncanny. His bonus on Perception checks to notice unusual stonework increases to +4. This ability replaces nature sense.
Nature Bond (Ex)
This is exactly like the druid ability of the same name, except that if the stone sage selects the nature bond, he must select either the Earth domain or one of its subdomains. Alternatively, if a stone sage selects the companion bond, he gains a Small earth elemental as his companion, and uses the Animal Companion table for advancement, as normal. At 4th level, the elemental companion increases one size category to Medium, and an additional size category to Large at 10th level. Apply bonuses and penalties as normal due to size change (see Bestiary).
This is exactly like the druid ability of the same name, except that a stone sage can “lose” a prepared spell in order to cast any summon monster spell of the same level or lower. A stone sage always summons an earth elemental or earth-based creature of the appropriate size and Hit Dice.