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Broodmaster

Most summoners bond with one particular eidolon, but the broodmaster forges a link with multiple weaker eidolons that make up his brood. Separately, a broodmaster’s eidolons are no match for a summoner’s single eidolon, but taken as a whole, an eidolon brood makes up in quantity what it lacks in individual power.

Changes here are about playability and make the brood summoner take up less time at the table. The classic broodmaster had individually unique but very weak eidolons. This version is based on the Encounter Level assumption that +2 Encounter levels (or, in this case, effective summoner levels) equals a doubling in number.

The brood consists of a number of lesser and identical eidolons, to simplify book-keeping. The swarming trait is there to reduce the space taken up by the eidolons but has a cost in that the eidolons need to be Small to use it.

Eidolon Brood

At 3rd level, instead of a single eidolon, a broodmaster summons two identical eidolons to his side, each less powerful than the single eidolon of a standard summoner. At level 8, and every 5 levels thereafter, the broodmaster can summon an additional eidolon, to a maximum of five eidolons at 18th level. All eidolons in the brood are identical. Each eidolon in the brood has statistics based on the summoner’s level minus the number of eidolons in the brood. A brood of two eidolons has the statistics of an eidolon belonging to a summoner of two levels lower, a brood of three are based on a summoner three levels lower, and so on.

The broodmaster can summon and dismiss any or all of his eidolons with the same action a regular summoner summons or dismisses their single eidolon. All of the eidolons in a brood are banished if the broodmaster is unconscious, asleep, or killed. However, each eidolon in the brood is sent back to its home plane individually when its hit points are reduced to a negative number equal to or greater than its Constitution score.

The eidolons’ link ability is modified in regard to magic items. Either the summoner or one of the eidolons can use each magic item slot. The brood eidolons all gain the automatic benefits of any magic item worn by any of them, but cannot activate the powers of magic items worn. For example, if one brood eidolon wears a ring of elemental command (air), all brood eidolons gain feather fall, but none of them use the other powers of the ring. Brood eidolons can use magic items that do not use item slots (such as weapons and potions) normally.

Summoner abilities that target the eidolon, such as transposition, only target one of the brood eidolons, broodmaster’s choice.

This modifies the eidolon ability.

Swarming (Ex)

At 3rd level, if the broodmaster’s eidolons are of Small size, they gain the swarming special attack.

Swarming (Ex) Two Small creatures with the swarming ability can share the same square at the same time with no penalties. If two swarming creatures in the same square attack the same foe, they are considered to be flanking that foe as if they were in two opposite squares.

Brood Senses (Su)

At 2nd level, the broodmaster can share the senses of one eidolon in his brood at a time.

Once per round he can change which of his eidolons he shares senses with as a free action. This modifies bond senses.

Brood Call (Su)

At 6th level, as a standard action, the broodmaster can either call one eidolon of his choice in the brood to his side with this ability, or all currently summoned brood eidolons at once. This modifies maker’s call.

Brood Aspect (Su)

At 10th level, a brood summoner can divert 1 point from each of his eidolons’ evolution pools to add 2 evolution points to himself. This modifies aspect.

Brood Bond (Su)

At 14th level, the summoner’s life becomes linked to his brood. This works like life bond, except that each eidolon in the brood takes half the damage the broodmaster avoids. Note that with three or more eidolon’s present, total damage to the eidolons is greater than the damage to the broodmaster. When all eidolons in the brood are reduced to a number of negative hit points equal to their Constitution scores, all excess damage remains with the summoner. This modifies life bond.

Greater Brood Aspect (Su)

At 18th level, a summoner can divert up to 2 of each of his eidolons’ evolution points to himself, gaining 3 evolution points for each point that he diverts. This modifies greater aspect.

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