Ah, the Shadowcraft Mage. Most commonly associated with Wizards, this PrC is beautifully versatile. To enter, Heighten a dark way
58) via Midnight Metamagic/Psycarnum Infusion or Metamagic School Focus/Spell Focus: Illusion.
The point of this build is to be powerful, perhaps ludicrously, stupidly powerful. You're casting level 8 spells at level 7, though these spells have an added Will save and check SR. You can use summon monster VIII
to bring forth greater air elementals
with +23 accuracy, 100' perfect flight, and major coolness, and that's one summon I just found in casual browsing!.Assumptions
-You can play a non-gnome Shadowcraft Mage. Races of Stone
120's Adapatation (left column) implies any race can enter, and the racial requirement is mostly flavor.
-You can use anyspell
14) and the Rune Domain
to qualify for Dweomerkeeper
, having silent image
in your spellbook (not necessarily as a Cleric domain spell) qualifies you for a Dweomerkeeper
's Mantle of Spells ability.
-Midnight Metamagic and Psycarnum Infusion (Magic of Incarnum
39-40) apply to Heighten Spell to qualify you for Shadowcraft Mage allow any silent image
to become a level 8 spell whenever you expend your psionic focus.
-You can worship an ethos to get your desired domains and use substitute domain
128) freely. Swap domains to meet class skill requirements as needed. For example, nab Trickery before Shadowcraft Mage to make Bluff and Hide class skills.
-You may take at least 2 flaws for feats, or have some means of getting the feats in time.
-If you're a Dragonborn
, you keep your power point from race, even without a psionic class. (Psionic Subtype Reference
-Arcane Mastery (Complete Arcane
73) also applies to divine spells.Build
1: [Domains: Knowledge, 2 Others of Choice], Heighten Spell, Midnight Metamagic, Psycarnum Infusion
3: Spell Focus: Illusion
4: [Domain: Inquisition]
5: [Cloak of Shadow: Gain concealment and miss chance against you of 15% + 5%/Shadowcraft Mage level]
6: Psionic Meditation
, [Silent Illusion: Auto-Extend Illusions]
7: [SHADOW ILLUSION!]
8: [Mantle of Spells: Silent Image
9: Arcane Mastery, [Extended Illusion: Auto-Extend Illusions]
10: [Powerful Shadow Magic: +20% Quasireality
11: [Arcane Sight]
12: [Mantle of Spells], #FEAT#
13: [SUPERNATURAL SPELL! 1/day]
14: [Divine Health: Disease Immunity], [Domain of Choice]
15: [Mantle of Spells], #FEAT#
16: [Supernatural Spell 2/day]
17: [Mantle of Spells]
18: [Supernatural Spell 3/day], #FEAT#
19: [Mantle of Spells]
20: [Cloak of Mysteries: "Improved Metamagic"]NOTE: The Shadowcraft Mage Handbook
has many suggestions on feats to take. For example, take Earth Sense and Earth Spell and put sand in your shoes if you want level 9 spells from ScM.Variants
Church Inquisitor is optional, though handy for another domain.
The last 6 Dweomerkeeper levels are optional, though I went for more Supernatural Spell uses and Cloak of Mysteries.
If you wanted Incantatrix, you'd qualify by RAW. Get Iron Will from an Otyugh Hole- an "O Hole"- (Complete Scoundrel
151) and you're set. Other tasty arcane PrCs are open due to anyspell
and greater anyspell
If you blast, a Collar of Umbral Metamorphosis (Tome of Magic
156) will auto-Maximize your Shadow Illusions.Explanation
Need a cloudkill
or summon monster VIII
or Bigby's clenched fist
or major creation
right now? Have your psionic focus? OK, let's go!
1: Expend your psionic focus when you're about to cast silent image
. With Psycarnum Infusion and Midnight Metamagic, this lets you freely apply one metamagic feat, Heighten to level 9 in this case.
2: With Shadow Illusion, convert this level 9 silent image
into your desired Evocation or Conjuration (Creation) spell. Remember, Shadow Illusion MIMICS the spell- you don't cast it- meaning you can bypass XP and expensive components and focuses.
3: Normally, you're stuck with silent image
once per day as a domain spell, or more often if you use the Player's Handbook II
spontaneous domain access variant. Mantle of Spells: silent image
lets you do this regardless of your current domain.
4: Against a creature with high SR, use Supernatural Spell to auto-bypass SR.
5: With Psionic Meditation, use a move action to force a DC20 Concentration check and regain focus. Use silent image
/Shadow Illusion again!Payoff
Keep a camera handy when you unleash this on your DM or your players. Their facial expression may be priceless.