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Alteration Study

A master of alteration shapes the form of the world to his desires, bestowing great power on allies while leaving foes struggling to stand.

Study Synergy: An archivist that studies alteration gains the following ability when overloading a script.

Alter Physicality (Su)

Whenever you overload a script with an alteration runic charge, choose either Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution. A single creature affected by the script is either enhanced or hindered on d20 checks that it makes that are based on that ability score (for example, Dexterity-based checks involve attack rolls with a ranged weapon, Acrobatics skill checks, Reflex saving throws, and so on). If it is enhanced, it adds +1d4 to the result of those checks, if it is hindered, it instead subtracts -1d4 from those checks. The creature is enhanced or hindered on one check of the chosen type per alteration runic charge expended. The checks must be made within 1 minute or the effect is lost. If the creature successfully saved against the overloaded script, this effect does not apply. If the script does not target a creature, you can instead grant the effects to yourself.

Study Abilities: Your control over the physical form is unparalleled.

Physical Might (Ex)

At 2nd level, you gain a +1 inherent bonus to either Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution. You can change which ability score the bonus applies to when you regain your scripts each day. The bonus increases by +1 at 8th, 14th, and 20th levels to a maximum of +4.

Resilience (Ex)

At 8th level, you can reflexively alter your physical form to deflect deadly blows. You have a 25% chance to negate critical hits and sneak attacks used against you. This increases to 50% at 14th level.

Mass Alteration (Ex)

At 14th level, once per day when you cast an alteration script that targets one or more creatures (including a script with a range of personal), you may have it target twice the number of creatures instead. All additional targets must be within range of the script’s effects. If the script has a range of personal, the second target must be a willing creature within 30 feet of you. If you overload that script, all targets receive the effects of the overloaded script. The script still only grants one runic charge as normal (or none, if you overloaded it).

Perfection (Ex)

At 20th level, you achieve physical perfection. You gain DR 5/– and become immune to critical hits, sneak attacks, and polymorph effects (unless you allow them to affect you). When you overload an alteration script, it is automatically affected by Extend Script without increasing its casting time. You can still apply a metascript feat you know to a script modified in this way.

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