Base Requirements

  • Races: Any
  • Sub-Classes: Bard, Lone Wolf, or Shadow Walker1
  • Ability Requirements: Aim 12, Reason 12, Leadership 15
  • Alignments: Any
  • Starting Cash: By class

1 This kit is also available to Thieves or Spies that dual-class or multi-class as a mage or specialist wizard.

Weapon Proficiencies

  • Weapon Slots: By class
  • Bonus Weapon Proficiencies: none
  • Required Weapon Proficiencies: Dagger
  • Allowed Weapons: By class
  • Allowed Armors: By class

Non-Weapon Proficiencies:

  • Non-weapon Slots: By class
  • Available Categories: By class
  • Bonus Non-weapon Proficiencies: Crowd Working, Modern Language (any one), Prestidigitation, Spellcraft, Tumbling
  • Required Proficiencies: none
  • Recommended Proficiencies: Animal Training, Arcanology, Chicanery, Concentration, Disguise, Escape, Etiquette, Fast Talking, Gaming, Hypnotism, Juggling, Local History, Modern Languages, Quick Tongue, Reading Lips, Signaling, Street Sense, Sword Swallowing, Tumbling, Ventriloquism
  • Forbidden Proficiencies: none

Overview: Prestidigitators are similar to bards in many ways (some even are bards), predominantly in that they have a talent for entertaining crowds. The prestidigitator, however, not only entertains crowds, but robs them blind as well. He is a showman, a con man, and a trickster.

Description: Prestidigitators tend to dress in a manner intended to attract attention. They always wear bright colors, and often adorn their clothing with flashy sequins, streaming ribbons, or even bells (though not without a way to silence them if necessary). Because their line of work has a tendency to make friends fast and enemies faster, they usually wear at least a suit of leather armor beneath their motley and carry several daggers or other concealed weapons.

Role-Playing: Unlike swindlers and other trickster characters, the prestidigitator relies heavily on magic as a means of getting attention. Often mages will earn a living by showing off their magical skills to entertainment-starved crows. The prestidigitator combines sleight-of-hand with a dash of real magic to excel in this career. She also boosts her income by picking a few pickets at the show, and usually burgling a few houses before moving on to the next town.

Prestidigitators are travelers, entertainers, gossips, pranksters, and gadflies. They make friends everywhere they go and enjoy using their skills to aid those friends in a multitude of causes. Prestidigitators make themselves figures of fun and then use this as a means of making fun of others-usually with just the right element of sharpness in their wit. Every prestidigitator is adept at keeping the crowd on his or her side, but it is said that every good prestidigitator keeps one eye on the exit, ready to beat a hasty retreat should the mood of the onlookers suddenly turn nasty.

Special Abilities:

  • Spellcasting prestidigitators gain a +5% bonus to their chance to learn spells from the schools of Illusion and Conjuration. Prestidigitators who are Lone Wolves or Shadow Walkers are able to learn spells from the school of Conjuration, even though it is normally forbidden to those classes.
  • Because of their training in agility, if a prestidigitator has the space to use his Tumbling proficiency, he may add to the success of any Dexterity-based proficiency roll or thief skill that immediately follows his antics. After succeeding in his Tumbling proficiency check, a prestidigitator gains a +2 bonus on any Dexterity-based action that immediately follows. This can be a missile attack or any Dexterity-based proficiency.
  • Skilled in both spellcraft and entertainment, often a prestidigitator can break the concentration of a spellcaster with a rude jibe, inappropriate gesture, or hastily thrown object. The character must speak a language in common with the spellcaster and must win initiative on the round. If both of these are met, he or she can say or do something distracting to the spellcaster (the player should be specific). The caster is allowed a Willpower check, with a modifier equal to the difference between the prestidigitator’s and the spellcaster’s level, to ignore the distraction; failure means his or her concentration has broken and the spell is wasted.

Special Disadvantages:

  • Prestidigitators suffer a -5% penalty to their chance to learn spells from any school other than Illusion or Conjuration.

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