A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game update of the spell broker prestige class from Towers of High Sorcery. This prestige class works just fine in non-Dragonlance campaigns. Although it’s not quite as effective as it was previously, because one of the main reasons for taking levels in this prestige class was reducing the amount of XP spent to craft magic items, it still helps by giving bonus item crafting feat, reducing gold piece costs, and increasing caster level for crafted items.
Hit Die: d6.
To qualify to become a spell broker, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
Skills: Appraise 4 ranks, Bluff 4 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 4 ranks, Linguistics 4 ranks.
Feats: Any four item creation feats.
Spells: Able to cast 2nd-level arcane spells, including identify.
The spell broker’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Knowledge (arcana) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Spellcraft (Int), and Use Magic Device (Cha).
Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
All of the following are Class Features of the spell broker prestige class.
Weapon and Armour Proficiency: Spell brokers gain no proficiency with any weapon or armour.
Spells per Day: When a new spell broker level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if she had also gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class she belonged to before adding the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained, except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. If a character had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming a spell broker, she must decide to which class she adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.
Trade Secret: Spell brokers continue to focus on learning new and different means of creating magical items. At 1st level, then again at 3rd and 5th levels, the spell broker gains a bonus item creation feat.
Niche Market (Ex): A spell broker specializes in order to excel at her profession. The character chooses one item creation feat she knows. When she creates items of that type, all item costs are reduced by 10%.
Because they need to remain competitive, a spell broker who acquires a new item creation feat may choose to replace her old niche market item category with the newly acquired one.
Item of Distinction (Ex): At 2nd level, the spell broker has developed a reputation for quality in the items she creates. The spell broker may choose any one specific magic item (ring of protection, amulet of natural armor, wand of magic missiles, etc.) that belongs to her niche market category. Any time the spell broker creates this item, all item costs are reduced by 20%, and the spell broker gains a +1 bonus to effective caster level when determining level-dependent variables and spell save DCs for spells used in the creation of the item. Anyone assessing the item’s value or function will be able to identify the spell broker as the creator with a successful DC 15 Appraise check.
If the spell broker changes her niche market, she may also choose a new item of distinction to replace the older one. Any item that has already been created retains its benefits and recognizable signs of quality.
Item of Renown (Ex): At 4th level, the spell broker’s signature item achieves an even greater reputation. This item (which must be the same item chosen as the item of distinction) now has its creation costs reduced by 30%, and the spell broker gains a +2 bonus to effective caster level when determining level-dependent variables and spell save DCs. The Appraise DC for recognizing the item drops to 10.
As with an item of distinction, the spell broker may change her signature item if her niche market category changes.
Table: Spell Broker
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+1||Trade secret, niche market||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|2nd||+1||+1||+1||+1||Item of distinction||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|3rd||+1||+1||+1||+2||Trade secret||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+2||Item of renown||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|5th||+2||+2||+2||+3||Trade secret||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|