Arcane Archer (Fighter, Fighter/Mage)

ARCANE ARCHER: Master of the elven warbands, the arcane archer is a warrior skilled in using magic to supplement their combat prowess. Beyond the woods, arcane archers gain renown throughout entire kingdoms for their supernatural accuracy with a bow and their ability to imbue their arrows with magic. In a group, they can strike fear into an entire enemy army. While human arcane archers are rare due to elvenkind withholding their secret techniques, they are not unheard of.

Advantages:

– +1 to hit with any missile weapon at level 1 and every 5 levels thereafter.
– Gains the Enhance Arrow ability.

ENHANCE ARROW: The arcane archer passively imbues <PRO_HISHER> arrows with magic. Projectiles launched by the arcane archer are always treated as weapons of +1 enchantment and deal one extra point of magic damage, increasing by one for every five levels gained to a maximum of +5 enchantment and five magic damage at 20th level. Additional damage is affected by the target’s magic resistance.

– 3rd level: May use Entropic Shield once per day.

ENTROPIC SHIELD: A magical field glowing with a multicolored hue appears around the arcane archer, providing immunity to normal missiles and a -2 bonus to armor class against missile weapons for 1 round per level. This bonus increases to -4 at 10th level and -6 at 17th level.

– 5th level: May use Imbue Arrow ability three times per day.

IMBUE ARROW: Using arcane magic, the arcane archer enchants <PRO_HISHER> next missile within one round to explode, dealing 1d6 additional fire damage for every five levels gained thereafter in an area of effect.

– 9th level: May use Seeker Arrow ability once per day.

SEEKER ARROW: A skilled arcane archer can enchant <PRO_HISHER> arrows to strike its target unerringly. <PRO_HISHER> next missile attack within one round is a guaranteed critical hit and deals two points of extra damage for every five levels gained thereafter.

– 13th level: May use Phase Arrow ability once per day.

PHASE ARROW: An experienced arcane archer can enchant <PRO_HISHER> next arrow within one round to become an incorporeal missile that penetrates armor, dealing 4d6 bonus magical damage and reducing the target’s missile resistance by 50% as well as their armor class vs. missiles by two points every five levels gained thereafter for 1 turn.

– 17th level: May use Arrow of Death ability once per day.

ARROW OF DEATH: A master arcane archer can enchant <PRO_HISHER> next arrow within one round to instantly slay <PRO_HISHER> foe. Targets with more than 60 hit points may make a save vs. death to avoid the effect. Saving throw penalty increases by one for every five levels gained thereafter.

Disadvantages:

– Hit Die: d8
– THAC0 penalty of 2 when wielding a melee weapon.
– Race restricted to human, elf or half-elf.
– May not exceed proficiency (one slot) in weapons other than longbows and shortbows.
– May not exceed proficiency (one slot) in any weapon style.
– May not wear armor heavier than chain mail.