Runesmith - General Prestige Class
This is a general Prestige class that may be applicable to the Forgotten Realms Campaign
While nearly any member of dwarf society can learn a little bit of arcane magic, becoming a runesmith requires a whole different level of dedication. Runesmiths are respected members of dwarf society, always in high demand before any sort of athletic competition, expedition, or battle. A runesmith has learned to harness the power of runes and can fling fireballs and other staple arcane spells even while encased in full plate armor. As his power increases, he can inscribe runes that even non-spellcasters can use. At the height of his powers, he can use himself as the surface for a powerful, permanent rune.
While becoming a runesmith is difficult, many wizards and sorcerers flock to the class to broaden their understanding of magic - and get the chance to cast spells in armor without an arcane spell failure chance. Most dwarves take a single level in fighter to get the necessary armor proficiencies, but others take the Armor Proficiency (heavy) feat because they're unwilling to give up even one level of spellcasting. While the practice is primarily dwarven in origin, gnomes and goliaths both have enough familiarity with runes - and good enough relations with the dwarves - to find teachers for the art.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a Runesmith, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:
- Race: Dwarf
- Skills: Concentration 5 ranks, Craft (stoneworking) 8 ranks
- Feats: Armor Proficiency (heavy), Scribe Scroll,
- Spells: Able to cast 1st-level arcane spells.
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