Hit Die: d10.
To qualify to become a Lantern Bearer, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
The Lantern Bearer’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Heal (Wis), Knowledge (dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Knowledge (planes) (Int), Perception (Wis), Stealth (Dex), and Survival (Wis).
Skill Ranks at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.
The following are class features of the Lantern Bearer prestige class.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Lantern Bearer gains no additional weapon or armor proficiencies.
A Lantern Bearer gains a series of spell-like abilities. The Lantern Bearer’s caster level for these effects is equal to her character level, and the save DC is equal to 10 + the spell’s level + her Intelligence modifier. To use a spell, she must have an Intelligence score equal to at least 10 + the spell-like ability’s spell level.
A lantern bearer gains additional abilities as she advances in level. When she initially gains access to a set of spell-like abilities, she can use each spell-like ability once per day. For every two class levels after gaining a specific set of spell-like abilities, she gains an additional use per day of each ability in that set. (For example, a 3rd-level Lantern Bearer would be able to use darkvision, delay poison, and see invisibility each once per day, and faerie fire, pass without trace, and protection from evil each twice per day.)
5th level: continual flame (3rd-level spell, lasts up to 10 minutes/level; a Lantern Bearer within 20 feet of a continual flame she created using this ability can extinguish it to cast searing light), dispel magic, and magic circle against evil (self only).
At 2nd level, metal weapons that a Lantern Bearer wields are treated as being cold iron for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction (in addition to the weapons’ other special material properties). These weapons, including fired ammunition, retain this property for 1 round after leaving the Lantern Bearer’s grasp.
Favored Enemy (Ex)
At 2nd level, a Lantern Bearer selects a creature type from the following:
At 8th level, the Lantern Bearer may select an additional favored enemy from this list. In addition, the bonus against any one favored enemy from this list (including the one just selected, if so desired) increases by +2.
Superior Discernment (Ex)
At 4th level, as a swift action, a Lantern Bearer can make herself immune to effects that would impede her movement, such as overgrown foliage, webs, solid fog, or other magical area effects that impair movement or confer the entangled condition. This ability is similar in effect to a druid’s woodland stride ability, but its effects extend to magical effects as well, and the Lantern Bearer must announce she is using unbounded stride before it takes effect. She takes no damage from moving through barbed vegetation, briars, or even a wall of thorns, but harmful gases and other detrimental effects, such as fire damage from an incendiary cloud, still affect her as normal. A Lantern Bearer can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to her class level; these rounds need not be consecutive.
Proven Weapon Familiarity (Ex)
At 5th level, a Lantern Bearer gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with composite longbows, composite shortbows, longbows, longswords, rapiers, shortbows, short swords, or any weapon with “elven” in its name.
At 6th level, a Lantern Bearer’s attacks are treated as good-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
At 7th level, a Lantern Bearer can use the Stealth skill without having anything to hide behind, and even while being observed. Activating this ability is a swift action. A Lantern Bearer can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to her class level; these rounds need not be consecutive.
At 9th level, once per day as a full-round action a Lantern Bearer can use the interconnected power of the aiudara network to teleport herself to an elf gate that she has studied carefully (see teleport). This functions as word of recall but the Lantern Bearer can only transport herself plus 50 pounds of objects.
In addition, a Lantern Bearer can magically slip between the spaces in reality twice per day as a swift action, as if using dimension door. This ability has a range of 50 feet and the Lantern Bearer cannot take other creatures with her.
At 10th level, once per day a Lantern Bearer can engulf herself in a brilliant radiance. This functions as a holy aura spell targeting only the Lantern Bearer, and uses the same formulae for caster level and save DCs as her lantern arcana.
Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Paths of Prestige © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Matt Goodall, and Jason Nelson.