The Threat From the Deep
- Archivist: Archivists prize dark and forgotten knowledge above all else. Their power comes from lost magic.
- Barbarian: The barbarian is a warrior who uses his rage and brute strength to overpower his enemies.
- Bard: The bard uses skill and spell alike to bolster his allies, confound his enemies, and build upon his fame.
- Cleric: A devout follower of a deity, the cleric can heal wounds and call down the wrath of the gods.
- Druid: A worshiper of all things natural — a spellcaster, a friend to animals, and a skilled shapechanger.
- Favored Soul: Connected to the divine realm, the Favored Soul is a deity’s conduit to Earth
- Fighter: Brave and stalwart, the fighter is a master of all manner of arms and armor.
- Monk: A student of martial arts, the monk trains his body to be his greatest weapon and defense.
- Paladin: The paladin is the knight in shining armor, a devoted follower of law and good.
- Ranger: A tracker and hunter, the ranger is a creature of the wild and of tracking down his favored foes.
- Rogue: The rogue is a thief and a scout, an opportunist capable of delivering brutal strikes against unwary foes.
- Sorcerer: The spellcasting sorcerer is born with an innate knack for magic and has strange, eldritch powers.
- Warlock: Born of a powerful bloodline, the warlock invokes powerful dark magick by force of will alone
- Wizard: The wizard masters magic through constant study that gives him incredible magical power.
- Urban Ranger: The Urban Ranger is as comfortable stalking his prey in the city as in the wild.
- Paladins of Freedom/Slaughter/Tyranny: Paladins devoted to an alignment other than Lawful Good.
- Thug: The Thug is a streetwise fighter, a survivor who mixes strength with craftiness.
- In addition to the above, a list of variant classes is available here for you to choose from. Stick to the left column, Variant Character Classes, and please clear anything with me first as there’s a lot there and its pretty convoluted.
Prestige Classes are classes that your character can specialize in once they have met certain requirements. Prestige Classes grant your character new abilities, and taking levels of a prestige class can either focus your character or broaden their effectiveness. Thus, your Wizard can take levels of the Archmage class to become a more focused spellcaster, or the Eldritch Knight class to give them some combat ability. Plan ahead! All prestige classes have requirements, and you should know what they are and plan for them from the start if you want to use a prestige class.
- Abolisher – a crusader of nature, hunter of aberrations and unnatural evil
- Keeper of the Cerulean Sign – a magical order that protects the world from ancient threats
- Purifier of the Hallowed Doctrine – a holy order tasked with preventing the Taint of evil from spreading
- Arcane Archer – a master of melding magic and archery
- Arcane Trickster – a rogue who likes to dabble in magic, a mage who likes to sneak and steal
- Archmage – a formidable master of the arcane arts
- Corrupt Avenger – a warrior who has survived the taint of evil and has sworn vengeance
- Assassin – well versed in the arts of infiltration, disguise and, well, killing people
- Dragon Disciple – one who explores and develops their draconic heritage
- Duelist – an intelligent combatant, a swashbuckler or fencer
- Dwarven Defender – a stalwart champion of the dwarven cause
- Eldritch Knight – a student of both the arcane and martial arts
- Hierophant – a powerful member of a deity’s church, their chosen instrument
- Loremaster – you prize knowledge above all else, and adventure to uncover it
- Mystic Theurge – a practitioner of both divine and arcane magicks
- Shadowdancer – a nimble artist of deception
Instead of gaining the abilities granted by the next level in your character’s current class, they can instead gain the 1st-level abilities of a new class, adding all of those abilities to his existing ones. This is known as “multiclassing.”
For example, let’s say a 5th-level fighter decides to dabble in the arcane arts, and adds one level of wizard when he advances to 6th level. Such a character would have the powers and abilities of both a 5th-level fighter and a 1st-level wizard, but would still be considered a 6th-level character. (His class levels would be 5th and 1st, but his total character level is 6th.) He keeps all of his bonus feats gained from 5 levels of fighter, but can now also cast 1st-level spells and picks an arcane school. He adds all of the hit points, base attack bonuses, and saving throw bonuses from a 1st-level wizard on top of those gained from being a 5th-level fighter.