As enigmatic as magic items are to magical laments, ioun stones are odd even to professional crafters of magic items. They grant the “wearer” unorthodox abilities and enhancements without being tied to related body slots, all by floating around their head. However, the rare few who understand the nature of ioun stones are able to unlock whole new powers.
Ioun angels have ioun stones floating so densely around their heads they appear to be halos. Eventually ioun angels can train their ioun stones to float around other parts of their bodies, tapping into further powers. This blur of multihued crystals orbiting all parts of a person’s body is a spectacle of blinding beauty. Any arcane spellcasting class can qualify for this prestige class and have a reason to take it. However, it can be an expensive prestige class to enter.
Alignment: Ioun angels are not driven by morality. Some ioun angels answer a silent calling. Others are just fascinated by the magic of ioun stones.
Hit Die: d6
To qualify to become a ioun angel, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria:
Feats: Craft Wondrous Item.
Skills: Use Magic Device 8 ranks.
Spells: Must be able to cast 3rd level arcane spells.
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Ref Save||Will Save||Special||Spells per Day|
|1st||+0||+0||+0||+1||Ioun understanding||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|2nd||+1||+1||+1||+1||Form ioun stone, steal ioun||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|3rd||+2||+1||+1||+2||Orbit hands||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|4th||+3||+1||+1||+2||Orbit feet||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|5th||+3||+2||+2||+3||Extra orbits||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|6th||+4||+2||+2||+3||Stone from a scroll||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|7th||+5||+2||+2||+4||Curse stone||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|8th||+6||+3||+3||+4||Orbit heart||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|9th||+6||+3||+3||+5||Orbit weapon||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
|10th||+7||+3||+3||+5||Orbit spell||+1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class|
The following are class features of the ioun angel prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
Ioun angels are proficient with simple weapons. They are not proficient with any armor or shields.
At each level, an ioun angel gains new spells per day and an increase in caster level as if she had also gained a level in arcane spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If she had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming an ioun angel, she must decide to which class she adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.
The secrets that separate ioun stones from standard magic items are unlocked by an ioun angel. Armed with this knowledge, she is able to craft ioun stones much earlier than most casters. Upon reaching 6th caster level, an ioun angel can craft ioun stones. Normally a character must be 12th caster level to create ioun stones.
Ioun angels have access to cheaper substitutes to the material normally required to craft ioun stones. Beginning at 2nd level, an ioun angel can craft ioun stones for one quarter the listed market value instead of one half.
Beginning at 2nd level, an ioun angel can steal an ioun stone from another character. She must make a successful touch attack (without provoking an attack of opportunity) against a character with an ioun stone floating around their head. Simply having an ioun stone in their possession is not enough. If the character has multiple ioun stones floating around their head, the ioun angel must designate which ioun stone she is attempting to steal before making the touch attack.
Beginning at 3rd level, an ioun angel may have an ioun stone float around one of her hands, granting one of the following bonuses: +1 to hit with melee attacks and melee touch attacks; +1 to hit with ranged attacks and ranged touch attacks; or a +3 bonus to Appraise, Climb, Disable Device, Handle Animal, Linguistics, Sleight of Hand, and Use Magic Device skill checks. An ioun angel must choose which bonus to apply when memorizing her spells for the day. She cannot change her decision until the next time she memorizes spells. Ioun stones floating around hands do not occupy the hands body slot.
Beginning at 4th level, an ioun angel may have an ioun stone float around one of her feet, granting one of the following bonuses: +1 dodge bonus to AC; +1 bonus to Reflex saving throws; or a +3 bonus to Acrobatics, Climb, Ride, Stealth, or Swim skill checks. An ioun angel must choose which bonus to apply when memorizing her spells for the day. She cannot change her decision until the next time she memorizes spells. Ioun stones floating around feet do not occupy the feet body slot.
Beginning at 5th level, an ioun angel may have an additional ioun stone float around either her hands or feet. She may choose a second bonus from the options listed or choose one bonus a second time, with the bonuses stacking. Beginning at 7th level an ioun angel gains an additional extra orbit which can be applied to the feet or hands, and again at 10th level, which can be applied to the feet, hands, or torso (see Orbit Heart below).
Beginning at 6th level, an ioun angel becomes more versatile in the ioun stones she can create. When creating an ioun stone, instead of preparing or knowing the spell required, an ioun angel may sacrifice a scroll with the required spell on it even if she cannot cast that spell. Form ioun stone does not apply when creating ioun stones using a scroll.
Knowing the ins and outs of ioun stones means an ioun angel is able to craft them to help, or to do harm. Beginning at 7th level, an ioun angel can craft a cursed ioun stone. A cursed ioun stone applies a penalty equal to the bonus the ioun stone of that color normally applies. For example, a cursed dusty rose ioun stone applies a -1 insight penalty to AC rather than the normal +1 insight bonus to AC. Crafting a cursed ioun stone costs twice the market price of a standard ioun stone of the same color.
A cursed ioun stone can be forced onto a target as a ranged touch attack. The only way to remove a cursed ioun stone is to destroy it. If a cursed ioun stone floats around the head of a character with a standard ioun stone of the same color, both ioun stones are immediately destroyed.
Beginning at 8th level, an ioun angel may have an ioun stone float around her torso, granting one of the following bonuses: +2 hit points / class level; +1 bonus to natural armor; +1 bonus to Fortitude saving throws; or a +1 bonus to caster level. An ioun angel must choose which bonus to apply when memorizing her spells for the day. She cannot change her decision until the next time she memorizes spells. Ioun stones floating around torsos do not occupy the chest body slot.
When an ioun angel has nearly mastered ioun stones completely, she learns to share their benefits. Beginning at 9th level, an ioun angel may have one of her ioun stones float around the weapon of an ally. Whoever wields the weapon gains the benefits of the ioun stone, a +1 bonus to the weapon that stacks with any other bonus the weapon already has, and +2d6 damage to all successful attacks. Bows and crossbows that have ioun stones float around them bestow these benefits to their ammunition.
Section 15: Copyright Notice
Strategists and Tacticians. Copyright 2010, 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming; Author Ryan Costello, Jr.