View Full Version : Spellthief Rebuilt

The Duke
2010-04-01, 12:40 AM
Alright the Spellthief is already considered a fairly good class with decent and some outright broken class abilities, and yet it is one of the least used base classes save for few level dips. Why?

The prime reason not to play a spell thief is how specialized they are because of their nature if you don't fight mages very often you'll find that you never get a chance to shine.

There are a number of different ways to approach the problem presented here and to make the spellthief more viable in encounters against non-mages first you could give them abilities that would help fighting non-mages or you could turn them into more of a gish and give them the ability to fight which is exactly what I've done.

The Spellthief

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Hit Die: D8

Starting Gold: 100gp or 4d4*10gp

Class Features

Class Skills: Appraise (Int),Balance (Dex), Bluff (Cha), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Disable Device (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Gather Information (Cha), Hide (Dex), Jump (Str), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Knowledge (local) (Int) Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Open Lock (Dex), Search (Int), Speak Language (Int), Spellcraft (Int), Spot (Wis), Swim (Str), Tumble (Dex), Use Magic Device (Cha)

Skill Points: (4 + Int per level, *4 at 1st level)

{table=head]Level|Base Attack Bonus|Fort Save|Ref Save|Will Save|Special

+2|Steal spell (0-1st), Spellsteal strike, Trapfinding, Energy pool, Energy Focus

+3|Steal spell effect, Spellthieves grace, Detect Magic

+3|Mettle, Steal energy resistance 10

+4|Steal Spell (2nd)

+4|Evasion, Arcane Sight, Steal spell like ability

+5|Steal spell (3rd), Steal spell effect (Personal)

+5|Absorb spell

+6|Steal spell (4th), Swift energy focus

+6|Discover spells

+7|Steal spell (5th), Spellsteal strike (Full attack)

+7|Steal energy resist (20)

+8|Steal spell (6th)

+8|Energy Renewal

+9|Steal spell (7th)

+9|Steal spell resistance

+10|Steal spells (8th)

+10|Magical Presence

+11|Steal spell (9th)

+11|Steal energy resistance 30

+12|Absorb Spell (Immediate)[/table]

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Spellthieves are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, as well as light and medium armour and shields (except tower shields)

Spelltheft: As the CV version of this class

Trapfinding: As the rogue ability

Spellsteal Strike: When you make a melee attack you may choose to take a -2 penalty to damage and in exchange apply your steal spell ability or any variations thereof. If you do this you can only make 1 attack in the round

Energy Pool: Instead of holding the stolen spell to use at a later date the spellthief may instead focus it into raw magical energy. Gaining a number of point in their energy pool as shown by the chart below. The number of points in this pool may never exceed the Spellthieves level + Cha mod * 2 these points will degrade after 1/hr +10min per Spellthief level. A spellthief starts his/her day with 1/2 spellthief level (min 1) + Cha bonus in his energy pool, unlike normal energy points these do not degrade over time.

{table=head] Spell level | Number of points

0th | 1
1st | 2
2nd | 3
3rd | 5
4th | 7
5th | 9
6th | 11
7th | 13
8th | 15
9th | 17


Energy Focus: The core of the new abilities of the spellthief. The spellthief may use the points in his energy pool to preform a number of abilities. You can spend a number of energy points equal to your Spellthief level + Cha bonus at once and no more You may only use on ability at a time, to use an ability you must make a successful spellcraft check as a swift action of dc 11+ your Cha bonus + # or energy points used in initializing the ability (The points used to sustain an ability don't count)

1st level (Cost 1 energy point to use)

Vigorous Aura: Fast healing 1 in 30ft for allies. Must spend 1 energy point per round to maintain the effect.

Harden skin: Grant yourself DR 3/Adamantium. Must spend 1 energy point per round to maintain the effect

Seal flesh: Cure yourself for 1d8 damage +2 for every additional energy point spent to cast.

Counterspell: Counter an enemy spell, must make opposed CL checks as normal spend energy points based on the level of the spell as shown on the chart above

Deafen: Muffle the hearing of one creature within 30ft Must spend 1 energy point per round to maintain the effect

Burn: Deal 2d6 fire damage to a target you with your touch +2 damage per additional energy point spend

5th (Cost 2 energy points to use)

Blind: Obscure the sight of one creature within 30ft Must spend 2 energy points per round to maintain the effect

Freeze: deal 4d6 cold damage to a target with your touch +5 damage per additional 2 energy points spent

Close wounds: Cure 2d8 damage to yourself +5 healed per additional 2 energy points spent

Blink: Teleport 15ft +5ft per additional 2 energy points spent

Energy Aura: Grant fire or cold shield 5 to all allies within 30ft must spend 2 additional energy points per round to maintain the effect

10th (Cost 3 energy points to use)

Webs of magic: The area within 10ft of you is treated as though it was webbed. However fire doesn't burn these away. Cost to maintain 3 energy points per round

Vampiric Aura: You sap 2 health/ round from enemies within 20ft of you for each point of health they lose you gain 1. Cost to maintain 3 energy points per round

Flight: You may fly at a base speed of 40ft (good) Cost to maintain 3 energy points per round

Mindnumbing Aura: All enemies within 30ft must make a will save DC: 15 +1 per 2 energy points or take 1d6 points of int, wis and cha damage. Cost to maintain 3 energy points per round

Zap: Deal 6d6 electric damage with your touch +7 points per 3 energy points spent

15th (5 points)

Enhanced Physicality: Grant yourself a +4 misc bonus to Str Dex and Con. Cost to maintain 5 energy points per round

Silent Aura: Project an aura of silence 30ft around you is effected as if under the silence spell Cost to maintain 5 energy points per round

Truestrike: Grant yourself a +20 insight bonus to hit cost to maintain 5 energy points per round

Sonic blast: Deal 10d6 sonic damage +11 per 5 energy points spent

Invigorating aura: Allies within 30 ft gain fast healing 4 cost to maintain 5 energy points per round

20th (7 points)

Antimagic aura: Project a 30ft antimagic aura. (Note none of your energy focus abilities work in here) Cost to maintain 7 energy points per round.

Truesight: Gain the ability to see things how they really are. Cost to maintain 7 energy points per round

Magic calling aura: Creatures within 30 ft of you must make a will save, Dc 10+ cha bonus + 1/2 spellthief level or lose their highest level spell slot you gain a number of points based on the spell lost. Cost to maintain 7 energy points per round

Force bolt: Allows you to fire a unerring bolt of force at the target dealing 12d6 points of force damage + 15 points per 7 energy points spent

Taxing aura: All enemies withing 30ft must make fort saves each round or fall unconscious fort save dc 10+ cha bonus + 1/2 spellthief level

Steal spell effect: as in Cav

Spellthieves grace: The spell thieves gains his/her Cha bonus on saves against spells

detect magic: As in CaV

Mettle: As the Hexblade ability, (Evasion for Will and Fort Saves)

Steal energy resist: As in CaV

Evasion: As the rogue ability but up to medium armour

Arcane sight: As seen in Complete AdV

Steal spell like ability: As seen in complete AdV

Steal spell effect personal: This expands your steal spell effect ability to allow you to use the effects of spells that are meant to be personal on yourself

Absorb spell: Just some rule clarification. If it doesn't require a save and it isn't a target spell it can't be absorbed.

Discover spells: As seen in CaV

Stealing strike full attack: This allows you to make a stealing strike as part of a full attack, and even make multiple stealing strikes during a full atttack

Reflect spell: This allows you if you have made a successful save against a spell..(any spell so long as it requires a save) to instead suffer the effects of the spell in return the caster also suffers the same effects.

Steal spell resistance: Change steal 5 to steal 10 SR

Magical presence: You can use more then one energy focus ability at a time

Absorb spell (immediate): As seen in CaV

Eh fluff is still in progress, just crunch for now.. the framework for fluff will remain to remind me to fill it out.

I may write up the normal Spellthief abilities once I'm sure it's legal to do so if you know one way or another please do tell.

The Duke
2010-04-01, 02:08 AM
Initial reaction from myself, I may have made it a bit top heavy, as well it looks like it could be slightly overpowered. Hmmmm

Dante & Vergil
2010-04-07, 08:00 PM
Can they still use spells that they steal?