Silver Mage (Prestige Class)

The silver mages are the main creative force among the metallic mages. Masters of both magic and silversmithing, they combine their talents to create highly-prized works of art, both magical and otherwise. Most metallic mages will try to call upon the services of a silver mage when they need a magical item commissioned, and it is the purchase and sale of these items the brings the most money into the metallic mage community. By the time a silver mage reaches the peak of his profession, there are very few magical items he cannot craft.

Most silver mages start out as wizards, though more than a few were sorcerers as well. Many bards also take up the role of the silver mage, since it allows them to create stunning pieces of jewelry from silver that improve their Charisma while also showing their posh side to society. It is not completely unheard of for a cleric become a silver mage, but druids and rangers rarely do so. Members of combat classes rarely, if ever become silver mages.

Hit Die: d4

Skills: Craft (silversmithing) 6 ranks, Knowledge (arcana) 8 ranks
Feats: Craft Wondrous Item

Class Skills:
The copper mage’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int),Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Knowledge (all) (Int), Profession (Wis) and Spellcraft (Int).

Skill Points per Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Level BaB Fort Save Ref
Will Save Special Spells
1 +0 +0 +0 +2 Silver appraisal +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
2 +1 +0 +0 +3 Silversmith +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
3 +1 +0 +0 +3 Craftsman +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
4 +2 +1 +1 +4 Silver mage +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
5 +2 +1 +1 +4   +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class
6 +3 +1 +1 +5 Craft silver item +1 level of existing arcane spellcasting class

Class Features:
All the following are class features of the silver mage class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A silver mage gains no new weapon or armor proficiencies.

Spells per Day/Spells Known: At each level a silver mage gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in an arcane spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class level. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (such as bonus metamagic feats). If she had more than one arcane spellcasting class before becoming a silver mage, she must decide to which class to add each level for the purposes of determining spells per day and spells known.

Silver appraisal: Through his craft, a silver mage keeps track of current trends in the value of silver and silver items. The silver mage gains a bonus to all Appraise checks equal to his class level when appraising an item made at least mostly out of silver. This bonus does not apply to weapons treated with alchemical silver.

Silversmith: A silver mage’s livelihood usually depends on his ability to create magical items or works of art from silver. At 2nd level, a silver mage gains a bonus equal to his class level to any Craft checks used to create items made at least mostly out of silver.

Craftsman: As the silver mage’s talent for working silver increases, the amount of time and money he spends decreases. The time required to craft an item made at least mostly out of silver is reduced by 1 day per two class levels (minimum 1 day). Further, the material cost for crafting such an item is reduced by 25%, as the silver mage wastes less material during the crafting process. This ability applies to magic item creation, but any XP cost incurred must be derived from the item’s original base price, as per normal.

Silver Mage (Su): At 4th level the silver mage is completely attuned to the silver that he works with. Any weapon he wields automatically bypasses DR/silver. This applies to any weapon, whether metal, wooden or even the silver mage’s unarmed attacks.

Craft Silver Item: At 6th level, a silver mage has reached the peak of his abilities. He gains his choice of either the Craft Ring or Craft Rod feats, whether he actually meets the prerequisites for the feat or not. Items crafted in this way must be made at least mostly out of silver, thus a ring of regeneration cannot be crafted in this way (the item description specifies the ring is made of white gold), but a ring of invisibility could be. Effective weapons and armor cannot normally be made from silver.