Planar Binder

Planar Binders are spellcasters who use their power to call allies from other planes to do their bidding. The purpose of those summons varies – gaining knowledge or power, dealing with enemies, or hiring themselves out as interplanar mercenaries or hit men.

Unlike those who merely dabble in conjuring, Planar Binders are adept at making deals with the beings they summon (or forcing those beings to their will), and the most powerful are known among the highest ranks of creatures in both the Upper and Lower Planes.

Binders are drawn from the ranks of most spellcasting classes, divine and arcane; clerics and wizards comprise the majority, but sorcerers and the odd bard and evil paladin have been known to take levels in this class. They can be of any alignment; good-aligned Binders call celestials to help them battle the forces of evil, while evil Binders summon fiends to help fulfill their dreams of power. Neutral-aligned Binders (druids and some sorcerers) deal mostly with elementals.

Hit Die: d6.

Requirements

To qualify to become a Planar Binder (PBr), the character must fulfill all the following criteria.

Skills: Knowledge (the planes) 10 ranks, Speak Language(fluent in celestial or infernal)

Feats: Augment Summoning, Spell Focus (Conjuration)

Spellcasting: Ability to cast 4th level spells, including at least two different summon monster or summon planar ally spells.

Special: Must have successfully summoned an outsider of equal or greater ECL.

Class Skills

The Planar Binder's class skills are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (arcana, religion, the planes)(Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int).

Skill Points Per Level: 4 + Int modifier



Table 1: The Planar Binder
Level Base
Attack Bonus
Fort
Save
Ref
Save
Will
Save
Special Spells Per Day
1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Circle magic, extended summons
2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Planar knowledge +1 level of existing class
3rd +2 +1 +1 +3 Names of power
4th +3 +1 +1 +4 Improved ally, heightened summons +1 level of existing class
5th +3 +2 +2 +4 Fast scribe
6th +4 +2 +2 +5 Dismissal +1 level of existing class
7th +5 +2 +2 +5 Empowered summons
8th +6 +3 +3 +6 Planar cohort +1 level of existing class
9th +6 +3 +3 +6 Mastery of binding
10th +7 +4 +4 +7 Empower circle +1 level of existing class
11th +8 +4 +4 +7 Contingent conjuration
12th +9 +5 +5 +8 Banishment +1 level of existing class
13th +9 +5 +5 +8 Multiple summons
14th +10 +5 +5 +9 Summon planar ally +1 level of existing class
15th +11 +6 +6 +9 Enhanced circle, control outsider


Class Features

All of the following are class features of the Planar Binder.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The Planar Binder gains no extra weapon or armor proficiencies.

Circle Magic (Ex): All Planar Binders, regardless of their magic type (arcane or divine) have both the planar ally and planar binding spells added to their spell lists; they can choose these spells normally when they reach the appropriate level. Any other spells that summon outsiders that appear on one spell list (cleric or wizard, e.g.) are available to all Planar Binders as noted above.

Extended Summons (Ex): At 1st level and higher, all Conjuration (summoning) spells the Binder casts automatically have their durations doubled, as if the Extend Spell feat had been applied to them, without a level increase. This ability stacks with the Extend Spell feat, which does change the spell’s level.

Spells Per Day: At the indicated levels, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in a spellcasting class he belonged to before adding the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chance of controlling or rebuking undead, metamagic feats, etc.), except for an increased effective level of spellcasting. If the character had more than one arcane or divine spellcasting class before becoming a Planar Binder, he must decide to which class he adds the new level for purposes of determining spells per day.

Planar Knowledge (Ex): Through long hours of research, experience, and knowledge gained from various other sources, Planar Binders learn things about specific outsiders. At 2nd level and every three levels thereafter, a Binder can choose a specific outsider subtype (angel, demon, devil, elemental, etc.). All Knowledge and binding checks regarding these outsiders have a +2 insight bonus. Alternately, the Binder can choose a specific type of outsider (balor, astral deva, ghaele, fire elemental, etc.) whose ECL is equal to or less than his own. He gains a further +4 to Knowledge checks regarding this outsider, a +2 insight bonus to Diplomacy checks to deal with them, and a +4 bonus to spell DCs vs. such outsiders' spell resistance, if any.

Names of Power (Ex): At 3rd level, a Binder learns the summoning name of one outsider whose ECL is less than or equal to his own. He can use this name to call that creature specifically when casting a summoning spell (it suffers a -4 penalty to its Will save to resist being summoned) and gains an additional +4 bonus to all class abilities when dealing these particular creatures.

Every three levels after 3rd, the Binder learns a new summoning name.

Improved Ally (Ex): When a Planar Binder casts a planar ally spell (including the lesser and greater versions), he can make a Diplomacy check (DC 20 + creature's ECL) to convince the creature to aid him for a reduced payment. A successful check reduces the payment by 5%; every 5 points of the check result over the DC reduces it by a further 5% to a maximum of 50%. This is assuming, of course, that the task is one that is not against its nature.

The Planar Binder's improved ally class feature only works when the planar ally shares at least one aspect of alignment. He can have only one such ally at a time, but he can bargain for tasks from other planar allies normally.

Heightened Summons (Ex): A Planar Binder's proficiency with summoning spells is such that his levels in this class stack with the highest level of any spellcasting class he has for the purpose of total caster level when casting them - duration, ECL of creature summoned, caster level checks, etc.

Fast Scribe (Ex): A Planar Binder is so familiar with scribing circles that he can scribe a lesser circle of power in half the time it would take normally. Activating it still requires a standard action, however.

At 10th level, a Binder can scribe a greater circle in half the time it would take normally. The gold piece cost for scribing a greater circle remains the same, however.

Dismissal (Sp): Three times per day, the Planar Binder can cast dismissal as a spell-like ability.

Empower Summons (Ex): Any creature the Binder summons is resistant to being banished or being controlled by another Binder; it gains a +4 resistance bonus to saves vs. banishment, dispel magic, and similar effects that would send it away prematurely or grant control to another being.

Planar Cohort: A Planar Binder can gain the services of an outsider (celestial, fiend, or elemental) as a cohort. A planar cohort replaces an existing cohort, if he has one by virtue of the Leadership feat; it otherwise follows all the rules for cohorts.

Mastery of Binding (Su): A Planar Binder adds his class level to any Charisma checks he makes to bind an outsider to his will (this already counts toward the check used for the Control Outsider ability and cannot be added twice).

Empower Circle (Ex): A Summoner can scribe a circle whose power level is up to 150% of his class level + his Int modifier, rounded down. For example, Josef the Wiz 8/Binder 7 with 15 Int can scribe a circle with a power level up to 13.

Contingent Conjuration: A Planar Binder can prepare a summoning or calling spell ahead of time to be triggered by some other event. This functions as described for the contingency spell, including having the Binder cast the spell beforehand. The spell is cast instantly when the trigger event occurs.

The conditions needed to bring the spell into effect must be clear, although they can be general. If complicated or convoluted condition as are prescribed, the contingent conjuration may fail when triggered. The conjuration spell occurs based solely on the stated conditions, regardless of the Binder's wishes, although most conjurations can be dismissed normally. A Binder can have only one contingent conjuration active at a time.

Banishment (Sp): Three times per day, the Binder can cast banishment as a spell-like ability.

Multiple Summons (Ex): The Binder can call more than one of the same type of creature at the same time, as long as all the creatures fit in the circle. Summoning multiple creatures in this manner is tricky, however, because he must make a separate check to control and/or bind each creature summoned.

Summon Planar Ally (Sp): Once per day, as a full-round action, the Planar Binder can summon an outsider to aid him. In order to use this ability, he must have the outsider's summoning name (see above). Most Binders do not use this ability without just cause, as they always ends up owing the creature summoned a favor, which varies according to the circumstances and the being summoned. A successful Diplomacy check (DC = summoned creature’s ECL + circumstance modifiers) can lessen the magnitude of the favor to repay, but does not get him out of repaying it entirely.

Summoning any outsider without first setting a circle is a foolish proposition; most Binders use at least a lesser circle, which they can use to protect themselves while they broker a deal. The outsider is free to leave at any time, however, unless and until a deal is made (whereupon it is bound by the terms of such a deal). Outsiders do not enjoy being summoned at a whim, and smart Binders call them only if they have an ongoing agreement with the specific being, or if they have enough power to control the outsider (something much weaker).

The outsider can remain only until sunset or sunrise, whichever comes sooner, whereupon it is forced back to its home plane whether or not the task set for it has been completed.

Enhanced Circle (Ex): A Binder treats a lesser circle as a greater circle for the purposes of summoning. In other words, a lesser circle scribed by a Binder has all the properties of a greater circle, but it can still be broken by an outside force (someone erasing a chalk line, scattering the powdered silver, etc.).

Control Outsider (Su): A Binder's power is such that he can exert his influence over summoned outsiders, possibly wresting control from the being that summoned them. In order to do so, he must be able to see the outsider to be controlled; he and the creature's summoner must make opposed control checks (1d20 + caster level + Cha modifier + any levels in Planar Binder) as a standard action; if either person happens to know the outsider's name, he gains an additional +4 bonus. Whoever wins the check gains (or retains) control of the summoned outsider. If the Binder fails, or if the other caster has the ability to control outsiders also, he can make another attempt in the next round.

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