Summoner-at-arms (Apath)

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A summoner-at arms combines some of the fighting ability of the cavalier with the eidolon of a summoner.


A summoner-at-arms is a martial character that has a pact with a powerful supernatural creature, called an eidolon mount. The summoner-at-arms and his eidolon makes a perfect fighting team, each complimenting the abilities of the other. The pact between them is at the core of their lives, and is often the result of a momentous event or heritage. Some eidolon mounts have been longstanding allies of the summoner's family for generations, for others the bond happened at birth, because of an astrological conjunction, or a chance meeting. The summoner-at-arms is not a mage. Besides the bond to the eidolon mount, the summoner-at-arms has little magic; no spells and few supernatural abilities. Rather than arcane students, summoners-at-arms are warriors touched by magic.

Class Information

This is a summoner archetype with many of the traits of a cavalier.

Publisher: Everyman Gaming.

Hit Die: d8.

Class Skills

Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int ), Diplomacy (Cha), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Arcana) (Int), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Knowledge (Nobility) (Int), Knowledge (Planes) (Int), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Survival (Wis), and Swim (Str).

Skill points per level: 4 + Int mod

Class Features

The summoner-at-arms has all the summoner's class features, except as noted.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency

Summoners-at-arms are proficient with all simple and martial weapons, with all armor (heavy, light, and medium) and with shields (except tower shields).


Once per day, a summoner-at-arms can challenge a foe to combat. As a swift action, the summoner-at-arms chooses one target within sight to challenge. The summoner-at-arms’s melee attacks deal extra damage whenever the attacks are made against the target of his challenge. This extra damage is equal to the summoner-at-arms’s level. The summoner-at-arms can use this ability once per day at 1st level, plus one additional time per day for every three levels beyond 1st, to a maximum of seven times per day at 19th level. A summoner-at-arms also gains a +1 attack bonus on attacks on a challenged target. This attack bonus increases by one at level seven and every 6 levels thereafter (+2 at level 7, +3 at level 13, and +4 at level 19). The challenge remains in effect until the target is dead or unconscious or until the combat ends. This replaces summon monster.

Eidolon Mount

A summoner-at-arms begins play with the services of a powerful creature called an eidolon mount. The eidolon mount formed a pact with the summoner-at-arms for reasons that need not be entirely clear. This is the same as the summoner's eidolon ability except as noted here. The eidolon mount gains the mount evolution as a bonus evolution at first level. The eidolon mount of a first level summoner-at-arms can buy the large evolution (to Large size) at a cost of 3 evolution points. After level 1, the cost reverts to normal. Unlike normal eidolons, eidolon mounts heal naturally over time, and do so even when not summoned. The eidolon mount must have the quadruped or serpentine base form. (If using Everyman Unchained: Eidolons, the eidolon mount's base form can be aquatic, avian, quadruped, serpentine, or tauric.) Whatever the eidolon mount's subtype is, it can always choose a quadruped base form (bite, limbs [legs, 2]). A summoner-at-arms riding his eidolon mount ignores any armor check penalty to the Ride skill. This is a modification of the eidolon ability.

Native Eidolon Mounts

Some summoners-at-arms have a pact with a monster that is not extra-dimensional but instead native to the same plane as the summoner. The summoner-at-arms can take the monster ally archetype, even tough both archetypes modify the eidolon ability.

Strong Fortitude Save

The summoner-at-arms has a fortitude save in the good category, with the same base save bonus as his Will save.

Heroic Charge (Ex)

At 3rd level, a summoner-at-arms learns to make more accurate mounted charge attacks. The summoner-at-arms receives a +4 bonus on melee attack rolls on a charge (instead of the normal +2). In addition, the summoner-at-arms does not suffer any penalty to his AC after making a charge attack while mounted. If the summoner-at-arms is mounted, his mount also gains these benefits. This replaces shield ally.

Armor Training (Ex)

At 5th level, the summoner-at-arms's speed is not reduced while wearing medium armor. The armor check penalty of any armor worn by the summoner-at-arms is reduced by 1, and the maximum Dexterity bonus to Armor Class is increased by one.

Monster Tactics (Ex)

At level 8, the eidolon mount gains any tactical feats the summoner-at-arms learns as bonus feats, ignoring all prerequisites. The summoner-at-arms gains a tactical feat he fulfills the prerequisites for as a bonus feat at level 8, 12, and 17. This replaces transposition, greater shield ally, and gate.

Mascot (Ex)

At 9th level, the summoner-at-arms's eidolon mount becomes a symbol of inspiration to his allies and companions. As long as the eidolon mount is clearly visible, all allies within 60 feet receive a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against fear and a +2 morale bonus on attack rolls made as part of a charge.

Mighty Charge (Ex)

At 11th level, a summoner-at-arms learns to make devastating charge attacks when mounted. Double the threat range of any weapons wielded during a mounted charge. This increase does not stack with other effects that increase the threat range of the weapon. In addition, when changing while mounted, the summoner-at-arms can make a free bull rush, disarm, sunder, or trip combat maneuver if his charge attack is successful. This free combat maneuver does not provoke an attack of opportunity.

Greater Mascot (Ex)

At 15th level, the summoner-at-arms’s eidolon mount becomes a rallying call to him and his allies. All allies within 60 feet who can see the eidolon mount receive a +2 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and compulsion spells and effects. In addition, while his eidolon mount is visible, the eidolon mount can spend a standard action in a display of bravery, granting all allies within 60 feet an additional saving throw against any one spell or effect that is targeting them. This save is made at the original DC. Spells and effects that do not allow saving throws are unaffected by this ability. An ally cannot benefit from this ability more than once per day. This replaces merge forms.

Supreme Charge (Ex)

At 20th level, whenever the summoner-at-arms makes a charge attack while mounted, he deals double the normal amount of damage (or triple if using a lance). In addition, if the summoner-at-arms confirms a critical hit on a charge attack while mounted, the target is stunned for 1d4 rounds. A Will save reduces this to staggered for 1d4 rounds. The DC is equal to 10 + the summoner-at-arms’s base attack bonus. This replaces twin eidolon.

Table: Summoner-at-arms

Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Challenge +1, eidolon mount, life link
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 Bond senses
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Cavalier's charge
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 Challenge 2/day
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Armor training
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 Maker's call
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Challenge +2 3/day
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 Monster tactics
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 Mascot
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 Aspect, challenge 4/day
11th +8/+3 +7 +3 +7 Mighty charge
12th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 Monster tactics feat
13th +9/+4 +8 +4 +8 Challenge +3 5/day
14th +10/+5 +9 +4 +9 Life bond
15th +11/+6/+1 +9 +5 +9 Greater mascot
16th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Challenge 6/day
17th +12/+7/+2 +10 +5 +10 Monster tactics feat
18th +13/+8/+3 +11 +6 +11 Greater aspect
19th +14/+9/+4 +11 +6 +11 Challenge +4 7/day
20th +15/+10/+5 +12 +6 +12 Supreme charge

Summary of Changed Class Abilities

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

  • Skills
  • Weapon and Armor Proficiency
  • Spells
  • Cantrips
  • Summon Monster
  • Shield Ally
  • Transposition
  • Greater Shield Ally
  • Merge Forms
  • Gate
  • Twin Eidolon

See Also

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