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You can alter a battlefield, affecting both allies and enemies with your magic. The War sphere’s magic is divided into four types of abilities: totems, rallies, momentum and mandates.

Totems allow the War caster to create an area with all allies within getting a bonus, or all enemies within getting a penalty. Totems are fixed to a specific location, unless the caster has the Totemic Aura or Totemic Presence talent which allow totems to be attached to creatures and move with them. These totems are called totemic auras. Totems that are specifically not auras are called fixed totems. Some totems require a spell point to be spent at the time of creation, some do not, and some give you the option to spend a spell point when the totem is being created to give it a greater effect.

Rallies are immediate actions that allow War casters to let their allies perform actions. The target of a rally must be able to perform the action, and must be either within range of one of the War caster’s totems, or share a mandate with the the War caster. Some rallies can be used in response to other events, in which case the rally occurs before the triggering event completes, unless noted otherwise. Rallies that work from triggers can only be used when that trigger occurs, and can only affect those allies that the trigger applies to.

Some War talents do not provide a static benefit to allies, but instead provide a resource that allies can use. A War caster who has at least one (Momentum) talent can use that talent as a standard action by spending a spell point. This gives them a momentum pool. This pool lasts 1 hour per caster level, and holds a number of points of momentum equal to the war caster’s caster level plus their casting ability modifier. Allies within 30 ft. of the War caster can spend points of momentum from this pool to activate any ability from any of the caster’s (momentum) talents. A War caster can only have one pool of momentum, and all of their (momentum) talents draw from the same pool. Using a (momentum) talent refills the momentum pool to its maximum value (any surplus momentum generated is lost). Using momentum is not a sphere ability and does not draw attacks of opportunity. The caster level of any momentum ability used is determined by the caster level of caster when they last filled their momentum pool. Being knocked unconscious or made helpless makes the momentum pool inaccessible until the caster is conscious again.

Mandates are effects that exist between a pair of allies, each of whom benefits from the actions of the other. As a standard action, a War caster can create a mandate between two allies within medium range, or between themselves and one other ally in medium range. Each mandate has an objective that activates the mandate, and an advantage which gives a bonus to the other member of the mandate, allowing the two characters sharing the mandate to help each other in a unique way. This advantage sometimes takes the form of an immediate action, and other times it is a static bonus. Bonuses granted last until the end of the next turn of the ally who received the bonus. The advantage of a mandate can be triggered over and over again, though it does not stack with itself.

A War caster can concentrate to maintain a mandate, or can spend a spell point to make it last 1 minute per level. A mandate only works while the two sharing the mandate are within medium range of each other, and both are conscious and able to act. A creature can be part of multiple mandates with the same or different creatures, but can not be a member of the same mandate type talent multiple times.

Totem

As a standard action, you may place a totem. A totem is an effect on a 50 ft + 5 ft per 2 caster level radius area, centered on you, but does not move as you do. Creatures who leave this area lose the effects of your totem. You must concentrate to maintain a totem, but may always spend a spell point as a free action to allow a totem to remain for 1 round per caster level without concentration.

You must remain within Long range of the center of your totems when maintaining them through concentration. If you move beyond this range, the totem ends.

When you gain the war sphere, you gain the following totem:

Totem of War

You and your allies gain a +2 circumstance bonus to all weapon damage rolls. This bonus increases by 1 for every 5 caster levels.

Talents marked (totem) grant you new totems.

Mandate

Some talents are marked (mandate) and grant you ways of creating mandates, as described above.

Momentum

Some talents are marked (momentum) and grant you methods of using a momentum pool, as described above.

Rally

Some talents are marked (rally) and grant you methods of rallying targets. Rallying a target is an immediate action, and may only be used on a target within the area of effect of one of your totems. You must be within Long range of a target to rally that target.


War Talents

Bleeding Battlefield

When you create a totem, enemies within your totem can’t heal naturally, and fast healing and regeneration are halved. Multiple totems do not reduce the healing further. Magical healing works normally.

Blood Bond

When you create a mandate and spend a spell point to maintain it without concentration, the mandate lasts for 10 minutes per caster level rather than 1 minute per caster level. If you are a member of the mandate, it instead lasts 1 hour per caster level.

Call to Arms

You may spend an additional spell point when creating a totem or mandate to create it as a move action. You may take this talent a second time. If you do, you can create a totem or mandate as a move action, or spend an additional spell point to create it as a swift action, but not both in the same round.

Close Cooperation

Allies you share mandates with are considered within touch range for the purposes of your sphere abilities and supernatural abilities.

Combat Inertia

Whenever you spend a spell point to use a War sphere ability, you regain a point of momentum, provided you currently have at least one point of momentum remaining.

Declaration of War

When you create a totem, you may designate a type or subtype of creature (using the ranger’s favored enemy categories). Enemies of that type take a -2 to saving throws against that totem.

Eternal Vigilance

You may rally any ally within 30 ft. of you even without a totem in place, and you can always rally yourself.

Greater Rally

When rallying a target, you may spend an extra spell point to rally up to 1 additional creature per 2 caster levels (minimum: 1). You must affect every selected creature with the same rally.

Hammer and Anvil

Whenever you enter a mandate with an ally, you may choose a combat or teamwork feat you possess. Your ally gains the benefits of that feat for the duration of the mandate. This ally must qualify for the feat in order to gain its benefits. You may share an additional feat for every 10 caster levels you possess.

Lingering Resentment

When you cease concentrating on a totem or mandate effect, you may choose to have it remain for two rounds before dissipating.

Mental Assault

When you use a mind-affecting ability against an enemy that is within the area of one of your totems, the DC to resist increases by +2. This includes sphere abilities, but not the abilities of the totem itself or any other totem it might overlap areas with.

Ranged Totem

When placing a totem, you may center it anywhere within Close range. You may select this talent multiple times. Each time it is taken, increase the range by one range increment (Close to Medium, Medium to Long).

Redeployment

You can move totems you created as a swift action. In order to move a totem, it must be your totem, and it must be within the range you can create totems. The totem can be moved to anywhere in range. It is still the same totem, so creatures which made saving throws against it do not reroll.

If you have the ability to create totemic auras, then you may move auras between creatures (even while they are unconscious), or turn them into fixed totems and back again. Doing so may change the range of the totem.

Resounding Rally

Whenever you rally an ally other than yourself, you may also rally yourself at the same time with the same rally without expending any additional spell points. If the rally is triggered by an event, that event must affect you for the rally to affect you as well.

Resourcefulness

The maximum size of your momentum pool increases by the number of (momentum) talents you possess. In addition, when you refill your momentum pool, it refills to its maximum value, including these additional points. You may take this talent multiple times; its effects stack.

Steadfast Totem

When you spend a spell point to make a totem last 1 round per caster level without concentration, it lasts for 1 minute per caster level instead.

Totemic Aura

You may create totems attached to yourself or to other creatures. A totem attached to a creature is called a totemic aura. It functions as a regular totem, except that it has a radius of 30 ft., it moves with the creature it is attached to, becomes inactive if that creature is knocked unconscious and is dispelled if they are killed. They continue to function if they go beyond long range of their creator, but the creator can only rally those within that totem (including the creature it is attached to) if they are within long range.

The recipient must be within range (adjacent to you, or in close range if you possess the Ranged Totem talent). An unwilling creature can have a totem attached to them as a touch attack; no saving throw is allowed, but the Break Enchantment talent from the Life sphere or a similar effect effect can dispel the totem before its natural duration expires. An enemy with a totem attached to them still receives any saving throws the totem allows to avoid being affected. A successful save means they are unaffected by the totem, but it remains attached to them and it still affects those within range of it.

Spell resistance can prevent a totemic aura from being attached to a creature. A failed spell penetration check dispels the totem.

Totemic Presence

You may create totemic auras attached to yourself as if you were using the Totemic Aura talent. In addition, when you create a totemic aura attached to yourself, you may do so as a move action, or you may spend a spell point to create a totemic aura attached to yourself as a swift action.


Mandate Talents

Adroitness (mandate)

When a member of this mandate is missed by an enemy, the other member of this mandate receives a +4 morale bonus to damage rolls against that enemy.

Aptitude (mandate)

When a member of this mandate succeeds in a skill check, the other member gains +4 morale bonus to the same skill. If both members of a mandate make a skill check at the same time with the same skill and one succeeds, it can change the results of the other’s skill check.

Awareness (mandate)

When a member of this mandate damages an enemy, the other member can make attacks without the enemy benefiting from any form of concealment, displacement, invisibility or effects that attempt to prevent an attacker from knowing where a target is.

Guile (mandate)

When a member of this mandate succeeds in a combat maneuver against an enemy, the other member gains full concealment against that enemy.

Mobility (mandate)

When a member of this mandate moves adjacent to a creature, the other member may use an immediate action to move up to their speed, provided this movement ends in a square adjacent to the same creature.

Perseverance (mandate)

When a member of this mandate regains hit points, the other member gains an equal number of temporary hit points, up to a maximum equal to their maximum hit point total. The temporary hit points gained do not stack with each other, and last until the mandate ends.

Resolve (mandate)

When a member of the mandate hits an enemy with an attack, the other member gains a +4 morale bonus to AC and CMD against that enemy, and a +4 morale bonus to saving throws against that enemies’ abilities.

Ruthlessness (mandate)

When a member of this mandate misses an enemy with an attack, the other member may use an immediate action to use a combat maneuver against that enemy. This does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

Tenacity (mandate)

When a member of this mandate succeeds in a saving throw, the other member gains +4 morale bonus to saving throws. If both members of a mandate make a saving throw at the same time and one succeeds while the other fails, the bonus can change the results of failed allies’ saving throw if the bonus is sufficient to meet the original DC required.

Vindictiveness (mandate)

When a member of this mandate is hit by an enemy, the other member of this mandate receives a +2 morale bonus to attack rolls and CMB against that enemy.


Momentum Talents

Aggressive Momentum (momentum)

As a swift action, any ally may spend 3 points of momentum to grant themselves an additional attack made at their highest base attack bonus for that round. This stacks with effects that grant extra attacks as part of a full-round action.

Damaging Momentum (momentum)

Whenever an ally hits an enemy with a weapon attack, natural weapon attack or unarmed strike, they may spend 2 points of momentum to add your casting ability modifier to the amount of damage done. The damage is of the same type as the attack. This may be done only once per attack.

Demoralizing Momentum (momentum)

Whenever an ally hits an enemy with an attack, they may spend a point of momentum as an immediate action to try and demoralize that enemy with their intimidate skill. If the enemy is already shaken, they may instead spend 3 points to attempt to make the shaken enemy frightened. If they are already frightened, they may instead spend 5 points to attempt to make the frightened enemy panicked.

Favorable Momentum (momentum)

Allies may spend two points of momentum to add a 1d6 circumstance bonus to any skill or attribute roll. The decision to add this bonus must be made before the skill check is rolled. Each ally may do this only once per turn.

Marauding Momentum (momentum)

On their turn, an ally may spend a point of momentum to move 5 ft. This is a free action that draws attacks of opportunity normally. The ally may do this up to 4 times on their turn, and these movements may be taken between attacks.

Resilient Momentum (momentum)

Whenever an ally takes hit point damage, they may spend a point of momentum to reduce the damage of the attack by your casting ability modifier (minimum: 1). This is not a form of damage resistance.

Tactical Momentum (momentum)

When an ally attempts a combat maneuver, they may spend a point of momentum to receive an insight bonus equal to your casting ability modifier (minimum: 1). If they do, the combat maneuver does not provoke any attacks of opportunity. Only one point of momentum may be spent per combat maneuver.

Threatening Momentum (momentum)

When an ally hits an enemy with a weapon attack with a natural roll of 16 or greater, they may spend a point of momentum to have the attack be considered a critical hit for the purpose of triggering critical feats. This does not make the hit an actual critical hit, and no confirmation roll is required. This can allow a critical feat to be triggered even if the target is immune to critical hits. The normal rules for critical feats apply. If the attack was already a threat, they may spend a point of momentum to confirm it instead. They must do this before rolling to confirm.


Rally Talents

Absorb (rally)

When an enemy deals damage to an ally within the area of effect of one of your totems, you may spend a spell point to transfer half of this damage to another ally within the area of effect of one of your totems. This damage cannot be reduced or divided further.

Counterattack (rally)

When an enemy misses an ally with a melee attack, you may spend a spell point to rally that ally, allowing them to make an attack with a natural or manufactured weapon on the enemy that missed them. If the attack hits, the ally gains a +4 dodge bonus against that enemy until the end of their next turn. If the ally was flat-footed against the enemy, they are no longer flat-footed, unless they are somehow immobilized or the attacker successfully feints after the counterattack.

Empower (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally a target, giving them a +4 morale bonus to attack rolls, AC, saving throws, concentration checks, spell penetration checks, CMB and CMD. The bonus from this rally lasts 1 round.The decision to use this rally in response to an attack must be made prior to the attack roll, and the decision to use this rally in response to a saving throw must be made before the save is rolled.

Engage (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally a target, allowing them to make an escape artist check, draw a weapon, ready a shield, set a weapon against a charge, retrieve a stored item, stand-up from a prone position, or any other simple, non-offensive action the GM deems appropriate. The action is taken by the ally immediately as a free action and does not draw any attacks of opportunity.

Finish (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally an ally, allowing them to reroll an attack roll (even an attack roll to confirm a critical hit) or CMB check. The decision to roll must be made before the results of a roll are announced, and the second result must be used.

Intercept (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally a target, allowing them to swap positions with an adjacent ally. This does not draw attacks of opportunity. Both allies must be capable of movement for this to work, even if they can only crawl. If this is done in response to an attack, then the target of the attack changes to the other ally.

Position (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally a target, allowing it to immediately move up to 5 ft per 2 caster levels (minimum: 5 ft). This movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity and must end within the area of effect of one of your totems.

Retribution (rally)

When an enemy deals damage to an ally and both ally and enemy are within the area of effect of one of your totems, you may spend a spell point to deal 1d6 damage to the attacker for every 2 caster levels you possess (minimum: 1d6). This damage may be either acid, electricity, cold, or fire.

Revitalize (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally a target, allowing them to reroll a saving throw they just failed. They must take the second result, even if it is worse.

Safety (rally)

When a target confirms a critical hit against a target within one of your totems, you may spend a spell point to cause that critical hit to resolve as a normal hit instead.

Strike (rally)

You may spend a spell point to rally an ally, allowing them to use a combat maneuver (but not an escape check or grapple) on an enemy they threaten. The combat maneuver does not provoke an attack of opportunity, and receives a morale bonus to CMB equal to your caster level.


Totem Talents

Absolute Totem (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create an absolute totem. Within this totem, the weapons, armor and equipment allies are wearing or carrying receive a bonus to their hardness equal to your caster level. While using these weapons, allies receive a +1 competence bonus to sunder attempts. This increases by +1 for every 5 caster levels, and whenever an enemy strikes them with a melee attack using a manufactured weapon, they may attempt to sunder their opponent’s weapon as an immediate action.

Blood Totem (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a blood totem. Whenever an enemy within this totem’s area deals damage to an ally within this totem’s area, the damage roll is reduced by 1 (to a minimum of 0), and the attacker takes 1 damage that bypasses all damage resistance. The damage reduced and the damage dealt by this totem increases by 1 for every 5 caster levels you possess.

Divisive Totem (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a divisive totem. While within this totem, enemies lose trust in all other creatures. They have no allies except themselves, only enemies. If an effect can only target allies, they can only use it on themselves. They resist the help of other creatures, make saving throws even when an ability is harmless (such as healing), and resist being touched. Enemy creatures can not move through other creatures squares. Summoned and conjured creatures no longer obey commands. This is a mind-affecting compulsion ability.

A creature within this totem gets a Will saving throw upon first encountering it, and an additional Will saving throw at the end of each turn they are affected by it until they successfully save. Even when a successful save is made, their allies may still treat the creature as an enemy if they are also within the totem and have not made a save.

Giving Totem (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a giving totem. Whenever a creature is subjected to a positive energy effect that causes them to regain or lose hit points (but not temporary hit points granted or ability damage dealt) the number of hit points gained or lost increases by your caster level or by the original value, whichever is less.

Gyroscopic Totem (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a gyroscopic totem. Gravitational fluctuation keep enemies within this totem unbalanced while they remain within. An unbalanced creature moves with less grace and agility than normal. They can still move, but entering squares draws attacks of opportunity as if they had left the square, and the creature can not take 5-ft. steps.

In addition, at the end of any movement with a total distance greater than 5 ft., the creature must make a Reflex save or fall prone. If the creature has more than 2 legs, it gains a +1 bonus to this saving throw for each additional leg, and creatures that are flying, crawling, swimming, or burrowing are unaffected, as are creatures that are not affected by gravity, such as incorporeal creatures. Teleporting creatures do not draw attacks of opportunity because of this totem.

Hallowed Totem (totem)

All creatures within the area of this totem suffer a -1 penalty to saving throws made to resist channeled positive energy and positive energy effects such as cure spells and Life sphere effects. This penalty increases by 1 for every 10 caster levels. If you place an hallowed totem in a location that already has a unhallowed totem present, you must succeed at a magic skill check to place your totem. On a success, the two totems cancel each other, leaving neither hallowing totem nor unhallowed totem in place.

Haunting Totem (totem)

Enemies within this totem must make a Will save, or become distracted by hallucinations at the edge of their perception. If they fail, any of the caster’s allies threatening them are considered to be flanking them. This lasts as long as are in the totem, ends if they leave the totem, and resumes if they reenter the totem. They do not get a new saving throw if the leave and then reenter the totem area. This is a mind-affecting illusion (phantasm) effect, and creatures with blindsense or blindsight automatically pass their saving throw.

Invigorating Totem (totem)

You and your allies gain 1 temporary hit point, +1 temporary hit point every subsequent round at the end of your turn. These temporary hit points stack with themselves, to a maximum number of temporary hit points equal to your caster level. These temporary hit points only remain as long as you remain within the area of effect of this totem.

Quickening Totem (totem)

You and your allies gain a +2 dodge bonus to AC vs attacks of opportunity. This increases by +1 for every 4 caster levels you possess.

Rebellious Totem (totem)

You create a totem that interferes with charm and compulsion magic as well as other powers that let a caster enforce their will on others. Whenever a creature attempts to exert or maintain mental control over another creature inside your totem, they must make a magic skill check against your magic skill defense or else their attempt fails, and their control is suspended for as long as the target remains within the totem. During the intervening time, the controlled creature is free. A mindless creature may do nothing, or continue in their previous activity, while a creature with their own mind may act normally. They are still under the effects of any ability that controlled them, they simply are not receiving new orders. The controlling caster may attempt to resume control on their next turn.

This totem’s effects apply to summoned (but not called) creatures, mindless creatures, or creatures that are controlled against their will. It does not expel a controlling life force (such as a ghost or projected spirit), but it does prevent them from controlling the target.

This totem ignores spell resistance, spell immunity or any other effect that would render a creature invulnerable, as it is the interaction that is affected by the totem, not the creature itself.

Scourging Totem (totem)

This totem emits pulses of energy, damaging every enemy within your totem’s range for an amount per round equal to 1/2 your caster level (minimum: 1). This damage may be acid, electricity, cold, or fire, as chosen when the totem is created. Creatures who enter the area of effect of this totem suffer damage immediately. Creatures who remain within the area of this totem suffer damage each round at the end of your turn.

Tactical Totem (totem)

When you activate this totem, choose a teamwork feat you possess. Allies within the totem that qualify for that feat gain the benefits of that feat. In addition, all allies are considered to have that feat for the purpose of determining whether other allies benefit from that feat. For every 10 caster levels, choose an additional teamwork feat. When you create this totem, you may choose to spend a spell point. If you do, you may share any teamwork feats you qualify for, not just teamwork feats you possess.

Taking Totem (totem)

You must spend a spell point in order to create a taking totem. Whenever a creature is subjected to a negative energy effect that causes them to regain or lose hit points (but not temporary hit points granted or ability damage dealt) the number of hit points gained or lost increases by your caster level or the original value, whichever is less.

Totem of Allegiance (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a totem that aids creatures of a particular alignment. Choose an end of the alignment spectrum (good, evil, lawful, or chaotic) when you create this totem. Creatures within the area of this totem who possess that alignment gain a +1 bonus to all saving throws and attack rolls. This bonus increases by 1 per 10 caster levels.

You must select an alignment that you possess. If you are True Neutral, you may select neutrality with this totem. This only benefits True Neutral creatures; Neutral Good, Neutral Evil, Lawful Neutral, and Chaotic Neutral creatures are unaffected.

Totem of Courage (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of courage. You and your allies gain a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls and saves vs fear. The bonus to attack rolls increases by 1 for every 10 caster levels you possess, and the bonus to saves vs fear increases by 1 for every 5 caster levels you possess.

Totem of Deep Thought (totem)

Your allies gain a +4 competence bonus to concentration. This increases by +1 for every 5 caster levels you possess. When you create this totem, you may spend a spell point. If you do, the bonus applies not only to concentration rolls, but spell penetration rolls as well.

Totem of Doom (totem)

You must spend a spell point to place a totem that causes all enemies in the area to become shaken (no save). This effect lasts as long as they remain within the totem’s effect area. The effects of this totem are not cumulative with itself or other sources of fear.

You may take this talent a total of three times. If taken twice, your totem of doom becomes cumulative; if a creature comes into contact with your totem of doom who is already shaken from another effect, the effect of your totem of doom is changed to frightened for that specific creature. If you gain this talent three times, a creature who comes into contact with your totem of doom who is already frightened from another effect becomes panicked. Multiple totems of doom do not stack with each other for this purpose.

Totem of Enemies (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a totem that hinders creatures of a particular alignment. Choose an end of the alignment spectrum (good, evil, lawful, or chaotic) when you create the totem. Creatures within the area of this totem who possess that alignment suffer a -1 penalty to all saving throws and attack rolls. This penalty increases by 1 per 10 caster levels. You must select an alignment that you do not possess. If you are Lawful Good, Lawful Evil, Chaotic Good, or Chaotic Evil, you may select True Neutral with this totem.

Totem of Expulsion (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of expulsion. The totem creates a field of energy that applies interdimensional pressure to creatures that do not belong on your plane, and weakens them. All non-native outsiders (including allies) within are sickened (no save) while they remain inside the area of the totem. In addition, they receive a penalty to any damage reduction, energy resistance, and spell resistance they possess equal to your caster level. Energy immunity is also affected: treat immune creatures as having a resistance equal to twice their total Hit Dice, then subtract your caster level asyou would with normal resistance, to a minimum of 0. You can only create this totem on your home plane.

Totem of Foresight (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of foresight. Whenever an ally in the area of the totem attacks, they may choose two possible target enemies for the attack, and then roll the d20 for each target. They may then choose which enemy they attack, and use the d20 rolled for that enemy as their hit roll.

Totem of Insanity (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of insanity. Enemies within this totem are filled with bloodlust and confusion, and must make a Will save upon entering the area of the totem or upon it being created. If they fail, then on the beginning of their next turn there is a 50% chance they will attack their own nearest ally instead of their enemy. If they do, they are considered an ally for the purposes of your totems for the duration of the attack. At the end of any turn they do this, they receive another saving throw.

Leaving the totem causes the effect to end for a creature, but re-entering it causes the effect to resume if they have not yet made a successful saving throw. The effects of this totem are a mind-affecting, compulsion effect.

Totem of Iron (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a totem of iron. This grants you and your allies a +1 natural armor bonus. This bonus increases by +1 for every 10 caster levels you possess.

Totem of Liberation (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a totem of liberation. You and your allies gain a +1 insight bonus against all mind-altering effects, enchantment (charm) effects, enchantment (compulsion) effects, and Mind sphere abilities. This bonus increases by 1 for every 5 caster levels you possess.

Totem of Mobility (totem)

You may spend a spell point to create a totem of mobility. As a swift action, allies within this area may make a 5 ft step. This is in all ways similar to a normal 5 ft step, except this does not prohibit them from taking their usual 5 ft step, nor using a move action to move normally.

Totem of Screaming Skin (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of screaming skin. Enemies within this are haunted by the sensation of a pain from far away. Whenever their skin is even slightly broken, a wound rips open in the shape of a mouth and screams, making even the smallest injuries horrific. Whenever a weapon or natural weapon attack is made on an enemy inside the totem, if the attack roll misses by 5 or less, and is not a natural 1, the attack is a glancing blow and does damage equal to your caster level. Effects that trigger on a hit, such as a melee touch attack delivering a sphere ability, do not trigger on a glancing blow.

Totem of Shared Sight (totem)

You and your allies can share perception, seeing through each other’s eyes and hearing through each other ears. Anything visible or noticed by one is also perceived by everyone else, including with special senses such as blindsense or scent. This can prevent a character from being surprised. If any ally within the totem successfully saves versus an illusion effect, then everyone else automatically passes their saving throw as well, even if they previously failed. This totem does not prevent allies from being flanked.

Totem of Speed (totem)

You and your allies gain a +5 bonus to all movement speeds, + 5 ft per 5 caster levels.

Totem of Stability (totem)

You and your allies gain a +2 bonus to CMD. This bonus increases by +1 for every 5 caster levels you possess.

Totem of Stumbling (totem)

All enemies suffer a -2 penalty to their CMD. This penalty increases by 1 for every 5 caster levels.

Totem of Tactical Coordination (totem)

Allies within this totem do not take hit point damage from attacks, spells, or abilities of other allies within this totem, and may choose to automatically pass any saving throws vs the abilities of allies within the totem.

Totem of Tactical Prowess (totem)

Whenever you or your allies would gain a bonus to attack rolls or to AC due to battlefield positioning, such as flanking, higher ground, or cover, that bonus is increased by 1, +1 per 5 caster levels.

Totem of the Dragonslayer (totem)

You and your allies gain a +1 competence bonus to Reflex saves vs area effects. This increases by +1 for every 5 caster levels you possess. When you create this totem, you may spend a spell point. If you do, whenever an ally makes a Reflex saving throw that benefits from this totem against an attack that normally deals half damage on a successful save, they takes no damage on a successful save instead.

Totem of the Heroic Heart (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of the heroic heart. Allies gain a +4 competence bonus to checks and skill checks using Strength, Constitution, or Dexterity. This increases by +1 for every 5 caster levels.

Totem of the War Dance (totem)

You must spend a spell point to create a totem of the war dance. You and your allies may use your move actions to allow other allies to move. The giving character can not move (or take a 5-ft. step), while the receiving ally gets another move action to spend. This extra move action must be used immediately and can only be used with a movement ability. They may not leave the area of the totem during this move. Their actions provoke attacks of opportunity normally. No single ally can be moved by more than 2 allies until their next turn has occurred. Any ally may swap places with an adjacent ally as a move action. This does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Both allies must be capable of moving for this to work.

Totem of Whispers (totem)

The area of your totem is filled with quiet voices that distract and unnerve your enemies. Enemies take a -1 penalty to their concentration checks and Perception checks involving listening. This increases by -1 for every 2 caster levels you possess. This does not work against deaf enemies, or enemies in an environment where it is difficult to hear. The whispers also interfere with using abilities that require speaking - such an ability has a 20% chance of failing when used, even if the user is deaf. Whenever a creature uses such an ability, they can attempt a Perform (oratory) or similar Perform check with a DC of 20 to negate this effect.

Unhallowed Totem (totem)

All creatures within the area of this totem suffer a -1 penalty to saving throws made to resist channeled negative energy and negative energy effects such as inflict spells and Death sphere effects. This penalty increases by 1 for every 10 caster levels. If you place an unhallowed totem in a location that already has a hallowed totem present, you must succeed at a magic skill check to place your totem. On a success, the two totems cancel each other, leaving neither hallowed totem nor unhallowed totem in place.


Archetypes Specializing in War

-Combat Engineer

The Combat Engineer is an archetype for the Alchemist that focuses on creating Devices that enhance their abilities with the War sphere.

-Dark Presence

The Dark Presence is an archetype for the Eliciter that focuses on disabling enemies through the use of negative emotions.

-Divine Heretic

The Divine Heretic is an archetype for the Warpriest that takes them away from their deity and focuses more on war as a whole.

-Ghost Sovereign

The Ghost Sovereign is an archetype for the Soul Weaver that allows them to command a court of undead followers - and eventually rule their very own twilight kingdom.

-Iron Mage

The Iron Mage is an archetype for the Hedgewitch that focuses on martial combat and assisting their allies.

-War Hero

The War Hero is an archetype for the Fighter that allows them to call forth beneficial auras when they ascend to greatness.

-Wardmage

The Wardmage is an archetype for the Mageknight that focuses on protecting their allies with various supernatural abilities.

-Warmonger

The Warmonger is an archetype for the Symbiat that focuses on battle and using their psionic abilities during conflicts.


Player's Guide

There are a number of different ways to build an effective War caster. Each will employ totems, rallies, and mandates differently, and will require other spheres and other abilities to be most effective.

The Channeler

Casters with strong energy channeling features such as the cleric or soul weaver will think about picking up choices that offer new ways to use their channeling power. The hallowed and unhallowed totems have good synergy with channel energy, and are free to cast, and the giving and taking totems are also good if the channeler can acquire the other spheres that are prerequisites. Channel Resolve can also provide a powerful alternative use for their energy channeling.

The General

The general wants to drop totems as often as possible. With the large size of totems, they don’t worry about needing to get into battle, and instead concentrate their resources on getting more totems in play with talents like Call to Arms (possibly multiple times) and on moving totems with Redeployment. They are effectively force multipliers, and benefit from having as many allies as possible to enhance. When they don’t, they resort to totems that weaken their enemies instead. These also increase in usefulness as the number of enemies grows. They are least useful in smaller fights, and might need to supplement their totems with rallies, mandates, and momentums.

The Interceptor

The interceptor is a highly mobile fighter with casting ability who uses rallies to respond to events. They often possess a form of vigilance that allows them easy rallying such as the Eternal Vigilance talent, and have ways of rallying multiple allies, such as with Greater Rally. They are especially adept at rallying themselves, such as with Resounding Rally, and have extra resources to do so like Reflexive Magic and have abilities that trigger from them being rallied. Interceptors are more likely to use totemic auras so they can enhance themselves and nearby allies.

The Master

War casters make allies stronger, so it’s not surprising that an effective tactic is to have an ally with you at all times who can be on the receiving end of your helpful spells. One of the best ways to do that is to have a conjured companion or to have a battle-capable companion through your class features (such as druids and hunters do). Mandates can be extremely useful to this kind of caster if they don’t want to invest heavily in the War sphere or have a low caster level. The Battlefield Strategist drawback can exchange the base totem with a mandate of your choice, and the Blood Bond talent can give you an all-day duration on your ally. With a shared mandate in place, you can target your rallies on them without a totem.

The Vanguard

The vanguard is a melee combatant as well as a caster. Often, they are heavily armored with a high base attack bonus and a lower caster level. Many will take the Martial Magic feat. The vanguard attempts to empower themselves and nearby allies, or lay down controller effects by attaching totems to themselves with Totemic Presence. They use their swift actions to create totems while using full-round actions to attack. They will often possess several costless totems to activate when they have swift actions to spare, plus a few momentums they can prepare outside of battle.

Vanguards are the warcasters most likely to multiclass into non-caster classes, and will often have extremely limited spell points. The Strenuous drawback can be of help with this if they are willing to sacrifice rallies, the Totemic Stamina feat is suitable for some martial classes, and the Squadron Elite drawback for the War sphere is suitable for them.

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