(Miniatures Handbook variant, p. 8)
A healer is adept both at detecting the ailments of allies and understanding the coarse, unruly thoughts of beasts.
4 + Int
All of the following are class features of the healer.
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Healers are proficient with all simple weapons and with light armor. Additionally, a healer who uses metal armor or any kind of shield is severely hampered. The armor of a healer is restricted by traditional oaths, not simply training. A healer knows how to wear light metal armor and could become proficient with medium or heavy armor, but wearing metal armor or bearing a shield would violate her oath and suppress her healer powers. Her ethos requires a certain vulnerability that allows her to more fully empathize with those in their care. A healer who uses prohibited armor is unable to cast healer spells or use any of her supernatural or spell-like class features while doing so and for 24 hours after the armor is taken off.
Spells: A healer casts divine spells, which are drawn from the healer spell list. A healer must choose and prepare her spells in advance.
To prepare or cast a spell, a healer must have a Wisdom score of 10 + the spell's level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a healer's spell is 10 + the spell's level + the healer's Wisdom modifier. Like other spellcasters, a healer can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. She receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Wisdom score. Healers do not acquire their spells from books or scrolls, nor do they prepare them through study. Instead, they meditate or pray for their spells, receiving them through their own strength of faith. Each healer must choose a time at which she must spend 1 hour each day in quiet contemplation or supplication to regain her daily allotment of spells. Time spent resting has no effect on whether a healer can prepare spells. A healer may prepare any spell on the healer spell list (see below), provided she can cast spells of that level, but she must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.
Healing Hands: Whenever a healer casts a spell that cures hit point damage, she adds her Charisma modifier to the amount of damage healed. For instance, if a 5th-level healer with an 18 Charisma casts cure light wounds, she cures 1d8+5 points of damage normally, plus an additional 4 points of damage due to her Charisma bonus. This bonus applies only to spells of the healing subschool that she casts as a healer, not to those that she may have by virtue of levels in another class.
Skill Focus (Heal): A healer's focused training grants her this bonus feat at 2nd level. If she already has that feat, she may choose a different one.
Cleanse Paralysis (Su): A healer deals with certain kinds of maladies so often that eventually she can cure them without resorting to a spell. At 3rd level, a healer gains the ability to cleanse paralysis once per day, as if casting a remove paralysis spell.
Cleanse Disease (Su): At 4th level, a healer gains the ability to cleanse disease once per day, as if casting a remove disease spell.
Cleanse Fear (Su): At 5th level, a healer gains the ability to cleanse fear once per day, as if casting a remove fear spell.
Cleanse Poison (Su): At 6th level, a healer gains the ability to cleanse poison once per day, as if casting a neutralize poison spell.
Effortless Healing (Ex): At 7th level, a healer has learned to cast spells of the healing subschool with minimal effort. She may cast such spells without provoking attacks of opportunity. This ability applies only to spells of the healing subschool that she casts as a healer, not to those that she may have by virtue of levels in another class.
Unicorn Companion (Ex): When a healer attains 8th level, the deities recognize her devotion and grant her a celestial unicorn companion as her mount and aide. The unicorn, a symbol of healing and purity, serves the healer willingly and unswervingly.
Once per day, as a full-round action, the healer may magically call her companion from the celestial realms in which it resides. The companion immediately appears adjacent to the healer and remains for 2 hours per healer level. It may be dismissed at any time as a free action. The companion is the same creature each time it is called, though the healer may release a particular companion from service to gain a companion of a different kind. Each time the companion is called, it appears in full health, regardless of any damage it may have taken previously. The companion also appears wearing or carrying any gear it had when it was last dismissed. Calling a companion is a conjuration (calling) effect.
A healer of 12th level or higher may select from alternative lists of companions. Should she select a companion from one of these alternative lists, the creature gains abilities as if the character's level were lower than it actually is. Subtract the value indicated in the appropriate list header from the character's healer level and compare the result with the healer level entry on the table to determine the companion's powers. (If this adjustment would reduce the healer's effective level to 0 or lower, she can't have the companion.) For example, a 12th-level healer could select a lammasu as a companion. The lammasu would have characteristics and special abilities as if the healer were 8th level. (Taking into account the -4 adjustment) instead of 12th level.
Should the healer's companion die, it immediately disappears, leaving behind any equipment it was carrying. The healer may not call another companion for 30 days or until she gains a healer level, whichever comes first, even if the companion is somehow returned from the dead. During this 30-day period, the healer is distraught and takes a —4 penalty on attack rolls and weapon damage rolls.
Cleanse Blindness (Su): At 9th level, a healer gains the ability to cleanse blindness once per day, as if casting a remove blindness/deafness spell.
Cleanse Spirit (Su): At 10th level, a healer gains the ability to restore a creature to health once per day, as if casting a greater restoration spell.
Cleanse Petrification (Su): At 13th level, a healer gains the ability to restore a petrified creature to health once per day, as if casting a stone to flesh spell.
New Limb (Su): At 15th level, a healer gains the ability to regrow a creature's lost or damaged body part once per day, as if casting a regenerate spell.
New Life (Su): Once per week, a 20th-level healer can bring a dead creature back to life, as if casting a true resurrection spell.
A healer who grossly violates her ethos (such as by refusing to heal an ally or a good-aligned creature) loses all spells and class features (except for proficiency with simple weapons and light armor). She cannot thereafter gain levels as a healer until she atones.
The Healer's Companion
The healer's companion is different from a normal creature of its kind in many ways. The standard companion for a healer is a celestial unicorn. It is superior to a normal celestial unicorn and has special powers, as described below.
|Class Level||Bonus HD||Natural Armor Bonus||Str/Dex/Int Bonus||Special|
|8th-11th||+0||+0||+0||Empathic link, improved evasion, share saving throws, share spells|
|18th-20th||+6||+6||+2||Improved Speed, Spell Resistance|
Healer's Companion Basics: Use the base statistics for a creature of the companion's kind, as given below or in the Monster Manual, but make the following changes:
Healer Level: The character's healer level, which has a direct effect on the extent of the companion's special powers.
Bonus HD: Extra eight-sided (d8) Hit Dice, each of which gains a Constitution modifier, as normal. Bonus Hit Dice improve the companion's base attack and base save bonuses. A companion's base attack bonus is the same as that of a cleric of a level equal to the companion's HD. A companion has good Fortitude and Reflex saves (treat it as a character whose level equals the creature's HD). The companion gains extra skill points and feats for bonus HD as normal for advancing a monster's Hit Dice (see the Monster Manual).
Natural Armor Bonus: The number noted here is an improvement to the creature's existing natural armor bonus. It represents the preternatural toughness of a healer's companion.
Str/Dex/Int Bonus: Add this figure to the companion's Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence scores.
Empathic Link (Su): The healer has an empathic link with her companion out to a distance of up to 1 mile. The healer cannot see through the companion's eyes, but they can communicate empathically. Note that unicorns see the world differently from humans, so misunderstandings are always possible. Because of this empathic link, the healer has the same connection to an item or place that her companion does, just as with a master and his familiar.
Improved Evasion (Ex): When subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex save for half damage, a companion takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw and half damage even if the saving throw fails.
Share Saving Throws: For each of its saving throws, the companion uses its own base save bonus or the healer's, whichever is higher. The companion applies its own ability modifiers to saves, and it doesn't share any other bonuses on saves that the healer might have (such as from magic items or feats).
Share Spells: At the healer's option, she may have any spell (but not any spell-like ability) she casts on herself also affect her companion. The companion must be within 5 feet at the time of casting to receive the benefit. If the spell or effect has a duration other than instantaneous, it stops affecting the companion if the creature moves farther than 5 feet away and will not affect the companion again even if it returns to the healer before the duration expires. Additionally, the healer may cast a spell with a target of "You" on her companion (as a touch range spell) instead of on herself. A healer and her companion can share spells even if the spells normally do not affect creatures of the companion's type (magical beast).
Devotion (Ex): A companion's devotion to its master is so complete that it gains a +4 morale bonus on Will saves against enchantment spells and effects.
Improved Speed (Ex): The companion's base land speed increases by 10 feet.
Spell Resistance (Su): A companion's spell resistance equals its master's healer level +5.
|Alternative Celestial Companions|
|Level -4||Lammasu, Gynosphinx, Water Naga|
|Level -8||Androsphinx, Couatl|
|Spells per Day|
|2nd||+1||+3||+0||+3||Skill Focus (Heal)||4||4||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Skill name||Key ability||Trained only||Armor check penalty|