Willing Martyr (Familiar Archetype)
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A willing martyr is an unendingly loyal companion to its master, willing to suffer and even die for the master’s needs. The master of a willing martyr understands the need to treat their familiar with respect, and treats their body with the utmost reverence.

Note: This familiar archetype is designed for a spherecaster, but can work alongside other casters or content which get access to similar effects. If not using Spheres of Power, the master uses their spellcasting’s casting modifier (or other appropriate modifier) when determining the willing martyr’s abilities.

Born Again (Su)

If the willing martyr dies, as long as its bones (exoskeleton, carapace, or otherwise majority of its body) are all in one place when its master prepares spells or regains her spells per day (or spell points, if a spherecaster), it is resurrected with full hit points, any missing body parts restored, and cured of any ability drain, ability damage, or negative levels.

A number of times each day equal to the willing martyr’s master’s casting ability modifier (minimum 1), the willing martyr’s master can use a magic sphere effect or spell (such as the Death sphere reanimate sphere effect, Life sphere Resuscitate talent or Resurrection advanced talent, raise dead spell, or another similar effect) to return the willing martyr to life as though using this ability, except the willing martyr is only resurrected with half of its maximum hit points. A spell or magic sphere effect used this way must only target the willing martyr, and its normal effects are replaced by this ability. A sphere effect used this way has its spell point cost reduced by 2 (minimum 0) and does not require any material components.

This replaces improved evasion.

For The Master’s Merriment (Su)

At 3rd level, the willing martyr can be sacrificed as part of a 10 minute process to be consumed, acting as the create food and water spell (Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook pg. 261) with a caster level equal to its master’s caster level. The food is not bland, and may be seasoned as though preparing a regular meal.

At 9th level, the willing martyr may instead be consumed as a luxurious meal, acting as the heroes’ feast spell (Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook pg. 295) with a caster level equal to its master’s caster level.

This replaces deliver touch spells.

For The Master’s Strength (Su)

At 8th level, the willing martyr’s master may sacrifice the willing martyr as part of casting any spell or sphere effect to add the effects of the Extend Spell, Reach Spell (for a single range increment increase), Silent Spell, Still Spell, Vast Spell, or Widen Spell metamagic to that spell or sphere effect. The willing martyr must be within its master’s natural reach to use this ability and dies when used this way. The willing martyr’s master may not use this ability to apply a metamagic already being used for that spell or sphere effect (such as trying to apply the Reach Spell metamagic to an effect twice).

At 11th level, the willing martyr’s master adds Apocalyptic Spell, Authoritative Spell, Blissful Spell, Selective Spell, and Tumultuous Spell to the list of metamagic she may add to the spell or sphere effect.

This replaces speak with animals of its kind and spell resistance.

Note: Subject to GM discretion, other appropriate +1 spell level adjustment metamagics can be added to the list available at 8th or 11th level.


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