Horizon Walker (Apath)

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Those whose wanderlust drives them to push the boundary of safe environments sometimes seek the calling of the horizon walker. Horizon walkers are masters of travel, always seeking to find the safe ways through inhospitable terrain. They are comfortable in places others speak of only in hushed whispers, and they can both venture forth onto untrod paths themselves and guide the less-traveled through such hazardous lands.

Class Information

This is a prestige archetype. A horizon walker is a ranger with terrain-based abilities instead of spells.

Prestige Class: Horizon walker from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Advanced Player's Guide.

Build Classes: Ranger.

Role: Horizon walkers have the accuracy and resilience to face front line combat. They also have the skills and abilities to make excellent scouts, often taking the role of the first member of a group into danger and the last one out. Of course, walkers shine when adventuring in areas that match their many favored terrains, but many of the tricks they pick up in specific regions have application in a wide range of situations, allowing a horizon walker to be more mobile and resourceful than typical combatants.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Die: d10.

Class Skills

The horizon walker’s class skills are: Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (dungeoneering) (Int), Knowledge (geography) (Int), Knowledge (nature) (Int), Knowledge (the planes) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str).

Skill Ranks at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.

Class Features

The horizon walker has all the ranger's class abilities, except as noted.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

A horizon walker is proficient with all simple and martial weapons and with light armor, medium armor, and shields (except tower shields).

Favored Terrain

This is the same as the ranger class feature of the same name, except the horizon walker selects one favored terrain at 1st level, another at 3rd level, and another every two levels after that. The favored terrain bonus can not exceed +6 in any given terrain. At level 11, the maximum bonus in any one terran increases to +8. At level 15, the maximum bonus is +10.

At 3rd level, the horizon walker can elect to take a +4 bonus in all favored terrains rather than to vary the bonus over different terrains. At 20th level when the horizon walker becomes master of all lands, he gets a favored terrain bonus of +6 in all terrains.

This replaces spells. A horizon walker is not a spellcaster, has no spell list, and no spellcaster level.

Terrain Mastery

At 1st level, a horizon walker selects a favored terrain to master. The character masters one additional terrain at level 4 and every 4 levels after level 4. When within this terrain the horizon walker may, as a move action, grant a +2 bonus on Climb, Stealth, Perception and Survival checks made by all allies within 30 feet who can see and hear him. This bonus lasts for a number of rounds equal to the horizon walker’s Wisdom modifier (minimum 1). When dealing with creatures native to that terrain, the horizon walker treats his favored terrain bonus for that terrain as a favored enemy bonus (as the ranger class feature) against those creatures. This bonus overlaps (does not stack with) bonuses gained when fighting a favored enemy.

Mastery of each terrain has additional benefits, outlined below; these benefits apply to the horizon walker at all times whether or not he is in the relevant terrain.

  • Astral Plane: The horizon walker’s fly speed increases by +30 feet on planes with no gravity or subjective gravity.
  • Cold: The horizon walker gains cold resistance 10.
  • Desert: The horizon walker gains immunity to exhaustion; anything that would cause him to become exhausted makes him fatigued instead.
  • Ethereal Plane: The horizon walker ignores the 20% concealment miss chance from fog and mist, and treats total concealment from these sources as concealment.
  • Forest: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Stealth checks.
  • Jungle: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Escape Artist checks and increases his CMD against grapple maneuvers by +4.
  • Mountain: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Climb checks and does not lose his Dexterity modifier to AC while climbing.
  • Plains: The horizon walker’s movement is not reduced by wearing medium armor or carrying a medium load.
  • Plane of Air: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Fly checks and +1 competence bonus on all attack and damage rolls against flying creatures. He gains the ability to breathe air if he cannot already do so.
  • Plane of Earth: The horizon walker gains DR 1/adamantine.
  • Plane of Fire: The horizon walker gains fire resistance 10.
  • Plane of Water: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Swim checks and a +1 competence bonus on all attack and damage rolls against swimming creatures. He gains the ability to breathe water if he cannot already do so.
  • Plane, aligned: If the horizon walker selects a plane with an alignment trait, he can choose to detect as that alignment (fooling all forms of magic divination) as an immediate action; this benefit lasts until he dismisses it (a free action).
  • Swamp: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Perception checks.
  • Underground: The horizon walker gains Blind-Fight as a bonus feat.
  • Urban: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Diplomacy checks.
  • Water: The horizon walker gains a +4 competence bonus on Swim checks and +1 competence bonus on all attack and damage rolls against swimming creatures.

This replaces favored enemy.

Favored Stride (Ex)

At 7th level, a horizon walker gain the ability to move through natural hazards of his favored terrains (such as bogs, loose sand, snow, ice, rockslides, and so on) at his normal speed without taking damage or suffering any other impairment (in effect, this is the woodland stride ability applied to non-plant environmental hazards). Terrain hazards that have been magically manipulated to impede motion still affect him. This replaces woodland stride.

Terrain Dominance

At 10th level level, a horizon walker learns total dominance over one terrain he has already selected for terrain mastery. A horizon walker gains an additional terrain dominance every 3 levels after level 10. The horizon walker can confer the combined benefits of endure elements (applicable in prime terrains) and planar adaption (applicable to planar terrains) at will on up to one creature per class level, with the benefits applying in all dominated terrains.

Each terrain dominance also grants abilities, detailed below; again these benefits apply to the horizon walker whether or not he is in the relevant terrain.

  • Astral Plane: The horizon walker gains a +1 competence bonus on attack and damage rolls against outsiders. He gains dimension door as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Cold: The horizon walker gains cold resistance 20 (this replaces the character’s cold resistance from mastery of the cold terrain) and can cast communal resist energy (cold only) a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Desert: The horizon walker gains fire resistance 10 and immunity to fatigue. He can cast communal resist energy (fire only) a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Ethereal Plane: The walker gains ethereal jaunt as a spell-like ability once per day (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Forest: The horizon walker gains hallucinatory terrain as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level). The horizon walker can only use this ability to create illusory forests.
  • Jungle: The horizon walker gains charm monster as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level). This charm only affects animals, magical beasts, and creatures primarily found in the jungle.
  • Mountain: The horizon walker gains DR 2/adamantine.
  • Plains: The walker’s base speed increases by +10 feet.
  • Plane of Air: The horizon walker gains fly as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Plane of Earth: The horizon walker gains tremorsense with a range of 30 feet.
  • Plane of Fire: The horizon walker gains fire resistance 20 (this replaces the character’s fire resistance from mastery of the Plane of Fire terrain).
  • Plane of Water: The horizon walker’s movements and actions are not hampered when underwater. This allows him to speak, make attacks, and cast spells normally underwater (as if using freedom of movement).
  • Plane, aligned: For the purpose of bypassing damage reduction, the horizon walker’s manufactured and natural weapons count as the opposite alignment of his chosen plane of dominance. If his chosen plane has more than one alignment type, he must choose one of those types for this ability. For example, if he selects “Hell” (an evil, lawful plane) for his terrain dominance ability, he may choose “evil” or “lawful,” which means his attacks bypass good or chaotic damage reduction, respectively. Alternatively, if native creatures of his chosen plane are vulnerable to a particular special material (such as cold iron or silver), he may choose to have his weapons bypass damage reduction as if they were that special material. If he selects this plane more than once for his terrain dominance ability, his attacks count as an additional alignment or special material (such as “good and silver” or “chaotic and good”).
  • Swamp: The horizon walker gains tremorsense with a 30-foot range.
  • Underground: The horizon walker gains darkvision with a range of 60 feet. If he already has darkvision, its range extends by 60 feet.
  • Urban: The horizon walker gains charm person as a spell-like ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + the character’s Wisdom modifier (caster level equal to the character’s level).
  • Water: The horizon walker gains a swim speed of 20 feet. If he already has a natural swim speed, his swim speed increases by +20 feet.

This replaces hunter's bond, quarry, and improved quarry.

Master of All Lands (Su)

At 20th level, the horizon walker becomes familiar with and comfortable in all possible terrains. His terrain bonus in all favored terrains increases by +2, and he treats all other terrains as if they were favored terrains (+2 bonus). If a naturally occurring condition of temperature or weather requires a check or saving throw, he automatically succeeds. All allies within 60 feet of him gain a +2 bonus on these checks and saves; if the horizon walker is in a mastered terrain, this bonus increases to +4. This replaces master hunter.

Table: Horizon Walker

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +1 +2 +2 +0 Favored terrain 1, terrain mastery 1, track, wild empathy
2nd +2 +3 +3 +0 Combat style feat
3rd +3 +3 +3 +1 Endurance, favored terrain 2
4th +4 +4 +4 +1 Terrain mastery 2
5th +5 +4 +4 +1 Favored terrain 3
6th +6/+1 +5 +5 +2 Combat style feat
7th +7/+2 +5 +5 +2 Favored stride, favored terrain 4
8th +8/+3 +6 +6 +2 Swift tracker, terrain mastery 3
9th +9/+4 +6 +6 +3 Evasion, favored terrain 5
10th +10/+5 +7 +7 +3 Combat style feat, terrain dominance 1
11th +11/+6/+1 +7 +7 +3 Favored terrain 6, max +8
12th +12/+7/+2 +8 +8 +4 Camouflage, terrain mastery 4
13th +13/+8/+3 +8 +8 +4 Favored terrain 7, terrain dominance 2
14th +14/+9/+4 +9 +9 +4 Combat style feat
15th +15/+10/+5 +9 +9 +5 Favored terrain 8, max +10
16th +16/+11/+6/+1 +10 +10 +5 Improved evasion, terrain dominance 3, terrain mastery 5
17th +17/+12/+7/+2 +10 +10 +5 Hide in plain sight, favored terrain 9
18th +18/+13/+8/+3 +11 +11 +6 Combat style feat
19th +19/+14/+9/+4 +11 +11 +6 Favored terrain 10, terrain dominance 4
20th +20/+15/+10/+5 +12 +12 +6 Master of all lands, terrain mastery 6

Summary of Changed Class Abilities

These abilities of the original class are lost or modified in this archetype:

  • Favored Enemy
  • Spells
  • Hunter's Bond
  • Quarry
  • Improved Quarry
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