Elves always seek to blend art into nearly every aspect of life, this is no lest true for the magus and many elven cultures claim that they were the first true magi. The way of Sword, Song, and Spell is an most ancient and honored martial art in elven society. Their attitude in keeping this discipline a secret known only to the elven people is well documented, and a ruthless campaign of magical manipulations, destroying documents, altering people’s memories and even executions for the crime of teaching non-elves, has been carried out to keep that secret.
Elves often see the Singer of Blades as protectors and champions of elven culture and as such have a prominent place in the society of the elves in the same way that an anointed knight has great status amongst human society. Singer of Blades are taught in a master-apprentice tutelage system, with a master taking on a limited number of apprentices to carry on the work of defending elven society and promoting their principals and way of life.
Starting at 4th level when wielding a longsword or rapier in one hand (and nothing in the other), the singer of blades gains a dodge bonus to AC equal to half her class level.
Starting at 7th level when wielding a longsword or rapier in one hand (and nothing in the other), a singer of blades can take 10 when making a Concentration check to cast defensively even when in immediate danger or distracted.
This ability replaces Knowledge Pool.
Starting at 19nd level when wielding a longsword or rapier in one hand (and nothing in the other), a singer of blades can once per day choose to channel great physical and arcane power into a single attack in melee combat (which can be a part of either a full attack or a single attack action). The attack, if successful, inflicts damage as if the weapon inflicted a critical hit—even if striking a foe normally immune to critical hits. If the songstrike attack inflicts an actual critical hit, increase the weapon’s critical multiplier by +1; thus, a longsword inflicts a × 3 critical hit. If the attack misses, the ability is still considered used for that day. A songstrike does not trigger special effects that occur only when critical hits occur, such as the decapitating power of a vorpal weapon though it does work with the spellstrike class feature.
This ability replaces Greater Spell Access.
At 20th level when wielding a longsword or rapier in one hand (and nothing in the other), a singer of blades can, using a full attack action, spin around with her longsword or rapier and send replicas of the blade, composed of magical energy, toward all foes within 30 feet. The mage blade makes a separate melee attack roll against each foe, using her highest attack bonus. Each successful attack inflicts damage as if the singer of blades struck the foe with the weapon. The singer of blades can use this ability a number of times per day, equal to her Intelligence bonus (minimum 1/day).
This ability replaces true magus.
Notes: The following magus arcana complement the singer of blades archetype: critical strike, hasted assault, pool strike, spell shield, song of arcane triumph, song of the blade dance, song of death’s herald, and song of victory.
The Secrets of the Magus © 2011, Steven D Russell; Author Steven D. Russell.
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