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Bestial Arcanist

At first blush, the bestial arcanist appears to be an uncouth hermit or wild man. The typically unkempt wizard lives in the grasslands for extended periods of time and often wears loose-fitting rags that make him look like a street beggar. Yet behind the feral facade is an intelligent naturalist who spends his days meticulously cataloging the activities and behaviors of the beasts that dwell on the plains. These creatures fascinate him, but his interest is not based solely upon curiosity, admiration and a search of knowledge. Instead, he uses his understanding of magic and nature to ultimately transform into one of them. Though sometimes mistaken for a druid, the bestial arcanist sees himself more as a student of nature rather than its sworn defender. Furthermore, intellect rather than instinct or an innate affinity for the natural world guides his actions. In keeping with his academic roots, his humble dwelling usually contains countless carefully drawn diagrams and extensive journals along with his most prized possession — his spellbook.

Arcane Bond (Ex)

The bestial arcanist may not select an object and must form a bond with a familiar.

School of the Beast

The bestial arcanist devotes an inordinate amount of time to his study of animals that he forsakes three schools of magic.

These opposition schools are chosen at 1st level and cannot be changed later. He cannot select transmutation as an opposition school. A bestial arcanist who prepares spells from his opposition school must use two spell slots of that level to prepare the spell. In addition, the bestial arcanist takes a –4 penalty on any skill checks made when crafting a magic item that has a spell from one of his opposition schools.

A bestial arcanist cannot specialize in a school of magic and does not receive the universalist school. However, he receives an additional spell slot of each spell level he can cast, from 1st on up. Each day, a bestial arcanist can prepare a spell that appears on both the wizard spell list and the druid spell list or any beast shape spell in that slot. This spell must be in the wizard’s spellbook, and it cannot be from one of his opposition schools. A wizard can select a spell modified by a metamagic feat to prepare in his specialty slot, but it uses up a higher-level spell slot.

This ability replaces arcane school.

Study of Nature (Ex)

A bestial arcanist gains the wild empathy ability, which functions as the druid ability of the same name. For the purposes of this ability, he uses his wizard class level in place of druid class levels and his wizard class levels stack with all other classes with the wild empathy ability. The bestial arcanist adds his Intelligence modifier to these checks in addition to his Charisma modifier.

This ability replaces scribe scroll.

Bestial Transformation (Sp)

At 5th level, a bestial arcanist receives the Natural Spell feat as a bonus feat even if he does not meet the prerequisites.

The duration of any beast shape spell cast by a bestial arcanist is doubled, as though affected by the Extend Spell feat, without altering the level of the spell. Applications of Extend Spell do not stack with this ability.

This ability replaces the 5th-level wizard bonus feat.

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