Scholar

For some, the past is dead and buried, but any adventurer who has ever set foot in a trap-filled, ancient tomb or battled a terrible demon freed from some centuries-old binding knows that what happened long ago might be of crucial importance to those living in the present day. Scholars study the lore of ancient times, collecting old texts and ferreting out forgotten secrets. They seek to preserve the memories of bygone days and pass along to future generations the important lessons the past offers. As with any dungeon-delving adventurers, they are keenly interested in dormant perils and lost treasures, but scholars are just as interested in the most ordinary details of ancient realms and events. To scholars, knowledge is its own reward.
    Not all cultures or societies value the musty old tales of ancient days. For many people, the study of history—or simple literacy—is an extravagance. Scholars are highly specialized professionals, and their services are not in great demand. The typical frontier town or farming village has no library or formal schooling. As a result, scholars are found only in places where books and records are collected. Large cities sometimes feature vaults or libraries dedicated to scholarship, and they might have colleges or guilds of scholars who study in them. However, large collections of books are more typically the prized possessions of temples dedicated to deities of knowledge and civilization (such as Ioun or Erathis), or of powerful noble families. Most scholars are therefore sponsored or supported by a temple or patron, and they seek to repay their benefactors by adding to their collections throughout their careers.

    Scholar Starting Feature (1st level): You know one additional language chosen from Draconic, Dwarven, and Elven. In addition, you gain the use vulnerability power.
    Scholar Level 5 Feature (5th level): Choose training in one new skill and one new language. The skill you choose must be Arcana, Dungeoneering, History, Nature, or Religion; if you already have training in all of these skills, you instead gain a +2 bonus to skill checks with one of those skills. The language you choose must be Draconic, Dwarven, or Elven; if you already know all three, choose one language from those listed in the Rules Compendium (page 69) or Player's Handbook (page 25).
    Scholar Level 10 Feature (10th level): You know all the languages listed in the Rules Compendium (page 69) and Player's Handbook (page 25). (At the Dungeon Master’s discretion, other languages can be added to the languages you know with this feature.) You can also attempt an Arcana check (hard DC of your level) to decipher a message written in code or protected by a magical disguise.

Scholar Utility Use Vulnerability

You know the strengths and weaknesses of the creature you’re facing.

Encounter        Arcane
Free Action      Personal

Trigger: You succeed on a monster knowledge check against a monster that you can see or hear.

Effect: If your check result meets or exceeds the hard DC for the monster’s level, you gain a +4 power bonus to all defenses against the monster's attacks until the end of your next turn. Additionally, until the end of your next turn, you gain a power bonus to damage rolls against the target equal to your Intelligence modifier, but not when you deal damage that the target resists.
    If your check result does not meet or exceed the hard DC, your attacks against the target deal only half damage until the end of your next turn.


Scholar Utility 2Useful Lore

You recall a shining example of a hero who succeeded in a challenging task, imbuing yourself with a portion of his or her skill.

Daily        Arcane
Minor Action      Personal

Effect: Choose one skill. Until the end of the encounter, you gain a +5 power bonus to checks with that skill.


Scholar Utility 6Inimical Lore

You enhance your allies’ attacks with energy that you know can devastate the foe you’re fighting.

Encounter        Arcane
Minor Action      Close burst 1

Target: You and each ally in the burst

Effect: Choose acid, cold, fire, lightning, necrotic, radiant, or thunder. Until the end of your next turn, any untyped damage each target would deal with attacks is of the chosen type instead.


Scholar Utility 10Defensive Lore

You pronounce a word or name that is disruptive to creatures of a particular origin, causing their existence to falter for a few moments.

Daily        Arcane, Zone
Minor Action      Close burst 2

Effect: The burst creates a zone that lasts until the end of your next turn. Choose aberrant, fey, elemental, immortal, natural, or shadow. Until the end of your next turn, creatures of that origin take a -2 penalty to attack rolls and to all defenses while in the zone, and attacks by such creatures deal only half damage to targets inside the zone.

  Sustain Minor: The zone persists until the end of your next turn.


Published in Dragon Magazine 399.