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Timekeeper

A timekeeper uses seconds and minutes not as a way to measure his life but as the key to great, if mysterious, power. A timekeeper has the following class features.

Chronal Bond (Su)

At 1st level, a timekeeper forms an arcane bond with a timepiece that can be held, usually a clockwork watch or an hourglass.

This timepiece can be used as the focus for any spell with the temporal descriptor.

If a timekeeper attempts to cast a spell without his bonded object in hand, he must make a concentration check or lose the spell. The DC for this check is equal to 20 + the spell’s level.

The timepiece gathers motes of time—small slices of time obtained from ambient magic or other sources—up to a maximum of the timekeeper’s wizard level each day, refreshing every morning.

While the timepiece is held, the timekeeper can spend motes in the following ways: Extend Magic: A timekeeper can spend a mote of time to increase the duration of a spell he has cast that has a duration of rounds/level. By spending one mote as a free action, the timekeeper can extend the spell’s duration by a number of rounds equal to half of his caster level rounded down (minimum 1). At 10th level, the timekeeper can spend a mote of time as a free action to extend a spell he has cast with a duration of min./level by a number of minutes equal to half her caster level. A timekeeper can only spend one mote at a time this way; additional motes spent to try to increase the duration of a spell do not further increase its duration and instead are wasted.

Abbreviate Magic

A timekeeper can sometimes shorten an opposing spell’s duration. At 3rd level, a timekeeper can spend 3 motes of time as a standard action to attempt to decrease the duration of a spell or effect within 30 ft. that has a duration of rounds/level. On a successful caster level check (1d20 + caster level) against a DC of 11 + the target spell’s caster level, the duration of that spell or effect is decreased by a number of rounds equal to half the timekeeper’s caster level, rounded down. If the duration is thereby reduced to zero or less, the spell ends immediately. The target spell’s duration can only be shortened once in this way. Additional motes spent to further shorten the duration of a spell are wasted.

Alter Magic

A timekeeper can change certain decisions he made in the past. At 5th level, a timekeeper can spend five motes of time as a standard action to swap a prepared spell for a different spell that he could have prepared in the same spell slot.

Quicken Magic

At 11th level, a timekeeper can spend eight motes of time as a free action to cause the next spell he casts that round to be quickened, as if using the Quicken Spell metamagic feat. This does not change the spell slot of the altered spell. A spell with a casting time of greater than 1 round cannot be affected by quickened magic. A spell can only be quickened once in this way. If lost or destroyed, the timekeeper’s timepiece can be replaced in the same manner as a wizard’s arcane bonded object.

This ability replaces arcane bond and the wizard’s 5th-level bonus feat.

Extend Spell

At 1st level, a timekeeper receives Extend Spell as a bonus feat.

This ability replaces scribe scroll.

Quicken Spell

At 10th level, a timekeeper receives Quicken Spell as a bonus feat.

This ability replaces the wizard’s 10th-level bonus feat.

Motes of Time

The phrase “motes of time” was created by Rogue Genius Games, and it is used in books such as the Genius Guide to the Time Thief, the Genius Guide to the Time Warden, and Genius Options: Masters of Time. Although implemented differently here, those books have a great number of options for characters who would like to affect time, and they include unique, time-based classes and options for other classes.

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