- Written by Charles Wenzler
Beings with levels in the fate weaver class are the only ones truly capable of card magic. While arcane magic can manipulate cards and games of chance and common folk can learn to read and provide readings from a tarot deck, it is only fate weavers that use the inherent magic of tarot and can provide tarot readings that are uncannily accurate and precise. They are capable of manipulating chaos for the betterment of themselves and they fortunate few that they are friends with. As the fate weaver gains power they are better able to manipulate the chaos that permeates that universe and mold it into a force of law.
Role: On a basic level fate weavers are buffers and secondary capable divine casters. As they improve in ability they start to really come into their own as they become more capable of leveling the playing field, confounding foes, being able to resist the adverse effects of magic and eventually become better martial types.
Alignment: Any non-chaotic.
Hit Die: d6
Class SkillsAcrobatics (Dex), Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Arcana, Local, History & Nature) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis) and Use Magic Device (Cha).
Skill Ranks Per Level: 8 + Int modifier
|Fort||Ref||Will||Arcana||Arcana Uses Per Day|
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Save||Save||Save||Special Abilities||Ability||Minor||Major|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+2||Cartomancy, Consult the Cards||1st, 2nd||3||2|
|2nd||+1||+0||+0||+3||Reweave Fate, Tarot Expertise||4||3|
|3rd||+1||+1||+1||+3||Grand Destiny, Tarot Bond||6||4|
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+4||Arcana Amulet +2||8||5|
|5th||+2||+1||+1||+4||Fate's Wide Wheel||3rd||10||6|
|8th||+4||+2||+2||+6||Arcana Amulet +4||16||9|
|12th||+6/+1||+4||+4||+8||Arcana Amulet +6||24||13|
|15th||+7/+2||+5||+5||+9||Wisdom of the Ages||5th||30||16|
|16th||+8/+3||+5||+5||+10||Arcana Amulet +8||32||17|
|20th||+10/+5||+6||+6||+12||My Destiny Is In My Own Hands||6th||40||21|
Class FeaturesWeapon and Armor Proficiency: Fate weavers are proficient with all simple weapons, plus the hand crossbow, longbow, longsword, rapier, sap, short sword, shortbow, and whip. Fate Weavers are also proficient with light armor, medium armor and shields (except tower shields).
Arcana Ability: At 1st level the fate weaver selects two abilities (ability scores). At 5th level and every 5 levels thereafter the fate weaver selects one more ability.
Cartomancy (Su): At 1st level the fate weaver is able to touch any deck of cards and mentally speak the name of the card that she desires. The order of the deck is reorganized and the desired card is put at the top of it, face down.
Alternately the fate weaver can touch one card and gain a mental image of the card in her mind. Regardless of either function of this ability used, the fate weaver is limited by having an amount of uses of this feature per day equal to her class level plus her Wisdom modifier.
Consult the Cards (Ex): At 1st level the fate weaver gains Perform A Reading as a bonus feat.
Minor Arcana (Su): Select one ability you have chosen from your arcana ability feature and touch one creature to be the target of this effect (if the fate weaver wishes to be the target of her own minor arcana, she needs not make physical contact with herself). The target creature gains an untyped bonus to the their ability score equal to 1D4. At 6th level the bonus applied to the ability increases to 1d4+2. At 11th level the bonus applied to the ability increases to 1d4+4. At 16th level the bonus applied to the ability increases to 1d4+6. This bonus lasts for a number of rounds equal to the fate weaver's class level plus her Wisdom modifier.
Although the Fate weaver has a great many uses of her minor arcana, only one creature can be affected a number of times per day by this ability equal to half the fate weavers class level (minimum once per day) +2 and the creature can only have one minor arcana bonus in effect at any given time.
Major Arcana: At 1st level the fate weaver gains access to major arcana. The fate weaver may select any two spells from any class spell list and these spells cannot be any higher than first level. At 2nd level and every level thereafter the fate weaver may select one additional spell to add to her repertoire of major arcana. The spell may be chosen from any class spell list and its spell level cannot be any higher than indicated on the chart below. In addition to be able to use the spell as major arcana, the fate weaver must have a Wisdom score equal to the level of the spell. The fate weaver has a caster level equal to her class level. Spells used as major arcana can benefit from metamagic feats like any spell normally can be. Spells utilized as major arcana are classified as divine spells.
Whenever the fate weaver wishes to cast a spell, she must have her tarot deck on hand and expend one daily use from her major arcana. All spells the fate weaver casts utilize her tarot deck in some way and those that have visual components manifest from one card in the deck. Each spell chosen must be assigned to a major arcana card in the fate weavers tarot deck and the spell effect should match up with the card chosen. The List of cards are as follows; the magician, the high priestess, the empress, the emperor, the hierophant, the lovers, the chariot, justice, the hermit, wheel of fortune, strength/fortitude, the hanged man, death, temperance, the devil, the tower, the star, the moon, the sun, judgment, the world.
As an example of marrying up a spell effect with a major arcana card, a spell with a death effect would be appropriate for the hanged man or the death card; a spell that can bring the dead back to life (whether temporary or permanent) would be appropriate for the death card; the shield spell or spells with a similar affect would be appropriate for the tower card.
Spells stored for use as major arcana in the fate weavers deck of tarot cards can be used only by fate weavers.
|Major Arcana Maximum Spell Level|
|Class Level ||Spell Level
Reweave Fate: At 5th level the fate weaver taps into the power of chance and is able to increase the odds of chance to her own favor. Each time the fate weaver gains this class ability, she may select from any one of the abilities listed below and may select the same ability more than once.
- Inspired Arcana: The fate weaver gains a +1 bonus to her caster level when resolving the spell effects of her arcana.
- Inspired Awareness: The fate weaver gains a +4 luck bonus to her initiative.
- Inspired Defense: The fate weaver gains a +1 luck bonus to her AC.
- Inspired Grace: The fate weaver gains a +1 luck bonus to her Fort, Ref & Will saves.
- Inspired Health: The fate weaver gains +1 hit point per fate weaver class level.
- Inspired Insight: The fate weaver gains a +3 bonus on her Consult the Cards check.
- Inspired Skill: The fate weaver chooses one skill and gains a +3 luck bonus to all checks made with it.
- Inspired Strike: The fate weaver gains a +1 luck bonus on all attack and damage rolls.
- Muse: The fate weaver chooses any one of the above inspired abilities (which grants a luck bonus) and can grant it to a number of characters equal to her Wisdom modifier for the day so long as she remains within eyesight of the target(s) for the rest of the day. The fate weaver does not gain the benefits of and can never be the recipient of the chosen inspired ability she chooses to be a muse of.
Tarot Expertise (Ex): The fate weaver gain a bonus to her roll when using her Consult the Cards class feature equal to half her class level.
Grand Destiny: At 3rd level the fate weaver gain Destiny's Child as a bonus feat, however the bonus gained to the check is dependent on her class level as described in the minor arcana class feature.
Tarot Bond (Su): A 3rd level the fate weaver forms a spiritual bond with her tarot deck. This bond allows the fate weaver to summon her tarot deck to her hands. In order for this ability to work, the tarot deck must be on the same plane as the fate weaver and must be unattended. If the tarot deck is attended (in use or being held by another creature), the creature attending it may make a Will save (DC 15 + the fighters level) in order to keep it in their possession.
Arcana Amulet (Su): At 4th level the fate weaver is able to imbue a small item of personal significance (most often an amulet or a ring) with a portion of her own divine willpower. It takes one full day to attune the item as well as the expenditure of two points of Wisdom (which is regained later as normal). Once the bond between the item and the fate weaver is established, the item provides the fate weaver a +2 resistance bonus on saving throws made to defend against spells and spell-like abilities. At 8th, 12th and 16th level, after spending a day to attune to her amulet, her resistance bonus against spells and spell-like effects by an additional +2 to a maximum of +8.
If for some reason the fate weaver is separated from her arcana amulet, the fate weaver can recall her amulet the same way that she can summon her tarot deck to her hands (see the tarot bond class feature).
Fate's Wide Wheel (Su): The fate weaver select one ability she chose from her arcana ability feature and designates one enemy target that is within a range equal to her base land speed and makes a ranged touch attack against them. If the attack is successful the target loses the appropriate amount of points from the selected ability. The fate weaver can then confer the amount of points lost on herself or one ally (whom she must make physical contact with). Use of this ability counts against her daily uses of minor arcana and the duration of which is the same. When the duration of this effect expires, the fate weavers ally and the designated enemy have their ability scores revert to normal.
Knave's Luck: At 7th level the Fate Weaver chooses one class feature that the rogue gains between 1st and 6th level. The Fate Weaver can benefit from the chosen ability a total of 4 times per day.
Judicious Defense (Ex): At 11th level the fate weaver applies her Wisdom modifier to her AC, Fortitude saving throws and Reflex saving throws. This bonus applies even if the fate weaver is flat-footed, stunned or otherwise incapacitated.
Knight's Luck: At 13th level the Fate Weaver chooses one class feature that the fighter gains between 1st and 6th level. The Fate Weaver can benefit from the chosen ability up to 4 times per day.
Wisdom of the Ages (Ex): At 15th level the fate weaver can make untrained knowledge skill checks. In addition the fate weaver adds their Wisdom modifier in addition to their Intelligence modifier on all Knowledge skill checks.
Majestic Ascendancy (Ex): At 19th level the fate weaver becomes a recognized authority figure in social circles where they hold temporal power. She adds her Wisdom modifier in addition to any other ability modifier when resolving any task resolution check made to influence others.
The fate weaver gains the leadership feat and all those that flock to her are treated as part of her clan; all followers with more than six class levels have complete progression in the fate weaver class equal to their maximum number of class levels. The fate weavers cohort is treated as the leader de facto when she cannot be physically present to resolve matters.
In addition the fate weaver can use her knave's luck and knight's luck features without limit.
My Destiny is in My Own Hands: At 20th level the fate weaver is able to live for a number of years equal to venerable age + the maximum result of her maximum age roll + her fate weaver class level. In addition, once per day the fate weaver is able to treat any effect that would outright kill her as if it didn't happen.
In addition, should the fate weaver be without her deck of tarot cards or her arcana amulet she can spend a full round action to concentrate on either item to remove all magic from them. Arcana amulets can then be made anew, spending the appropriate amount of time to confer the proper bonus on it and the fate weaver can attune herself to a new deck of tarot cards and can imbue the major arcana cards with all the same spells that were associated with each major arcana card from her previous deck.