Swift Scion

(Unearthed Arcana variant, p. 168)

This prestige class is for those who wield legendary weapons that make use of or improve the wielder's stealth, speed, or dexterity (in the general sense).


To qualify to become a swift scion, a character must fulfill the criteria given in her particular weapon's entry. (For an example, see Dreamstriker, below.)

Hit die


Skill points

6 + Int

Class Features

Bonus Class Skill: At 1st level, 5th level, and 9th level, a swift scion may choose an additional class skill from the following list: Appraise (Int), Concentration (Con), Decipher Script (Int), Disable Device (Dex), Disguise (Cha), Gather Information (Cha), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Speak Language (Int), Spellcraft (Int), Survival (Wis), and Use Magic Device (Cha). Once designated, that skill is considered a class skill for the swift scion prestige class.

Bonus Special Ability: At 2nd level, 6th level, and 10th level, a swift scion may choose an additional special ability from the following list. She may select the same ability more than once if desired, and the effects stack where appropriate.

Arcane Spells per Day/Spells Known: A swift scion may gain a number of new spells per day and spells known (if applicable) as if she had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which she belonged before adding the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (metamagic or item creation feats, and so on). If the character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming a swift scion, the player must decide to which class to add each swift scion level for the purpose of determining spells per day and spells known.

Bardic Music: A swift scion may choose to gain an extra two daily uses of the bardic music ability (as described on page 29 of the Player's Handbook), provided that she already has the ability. She doesn't gain any new bardic music abilities, nor do her existing bardic music abilities improve in effectiveness.

Fast Movement (Ex): If a swift scion has an enhancement bonus to her speed from a class feature, she may choose to increase this enhancement bonus by 10 feet. This enhancement bonus fol-lows the same rules as her existing enhancement bonus to speed (for instance, a monk who selects this feature only benefits from the enhancement bonus when wearing no armor).

Improved Bardic Knowledge: A swift scion can choose to gain a +4 bonus on bardic knowledge checks. (If the character doesn't have the bardic knowledge class feature, this benefit has no effect.)

Improved Evasion (Ex): A swift scion may choose to gain the improved evasion ability (as described on page 42 of the Player's Handbook), provided that she already has the evasion ability.

Improved Favored Enemy: If a swift scion has at least one favored enemy (see page 47 of the Player's Handbook), the bonus gained on damage rolls and certain skill checks against any one favored enemy improves by +2. The character doesn't gain any additional favored enemies by selecting this ability.

Improved Unarmed Damage: If a swift scion has the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, she may choose to increase the damage dealt by her unarmed strikes. Treat this as if the character's monk level had increased by four. For instance, a 6th-level monk/2nd-level swift scion who selects this ability would increase her unarmed strike damage from 1d8 to 1d10. (If the character has no monk levels, she gains unarmed damage as a 4th-level monk.)

Improved Uncanny Dodge (Ex): If a swift scion has the uncanny dodge class feature, she may select improved uncanny dodge. Her swift scion levels stack with her levels in other classes that grant uncanny dodge to determine the minimum rogue level required to flank the character. (See page 26 of the Player's Handbook for details.)

Sneak Attack: If a swift scion has the sneak attack ability, she may choose to increase the extra damage it deals by 2d6 points.

Swift Tracker (Ex): If a swift scion has the Track feat, she may select this special ability. A swift scion with this ability can move at her normal speed while following tracks without taking the normal —5 penalty. She takes only a —10 penalty (instead of the normal —20) when moving at up to twice normal speed while tracking.

Trap Sense: If a swift scion has the trap sense ability, she can take this special ability to increase her bonus on Reflex saves and to AC against traps by 1.


A cabal of halfling clerics created the bow called Dreamstriker long ago. Since then, it has been passed down along a line of elite rangers and rogues, but was recently lost when its wielder was slain while away from her village.

Requirements: Any character can wield Dreamstriker as a +2 composite shortbow (+2 Str bonus) and also gain the benefit of the stealth special ability described below. A swift scion who wields Dreamstriker gains additional special abilities if the character fulfills the following criteria.
Base Attack Bonus: +6
Skills: Hide 10 ranks, Move Silently 10 ranks.
Feats: Point Blank Shot, Far Shot, Stealthy
Special: The wielder must be of Small size.

Restrictions: Dreamstriker does not grant its stealth ability to a wielder who is not of Small size, though its enhancement bonus is still effective.

Attributes: Dreamstriker has the following attributes.
Hardness/Hit Points: 15/55.
Caster Level: 15th.
Value: To any character other than a swift scion who meets the above requirements, Dreamstriker appears to be worth as much as a Small +2 composite shortbow (+2 Str bonus) that grants the stealth ability (market price 10,525 gp).

Special Abilities: Dreamstriker provides a number of special abilities to its wielder, depending on the character's class level in the swift scion prestige class (see the table below).

Initial Abilities: When it is first acquired, Dreamstriker functions as a +2 composite shortbow (+2 Str bonus). Any Small character who wields it, whether a swift scion or not, also benefits from the stealth ability (see below).

Stealth (Su): The wielder of Dreamstriker may use her Wisdom bonus (if any) as a bonus on her Hide and Move Silently checks.

Level Ability Gained
1st Invisibility
2nd Ghost touch
3rd Ephemeral presence (trackless)
4th Enhancement bonus +3
5th Dreamstrike arrows
6th Greater invisibility
7th Enhancement bonus +4
8th Ephemeral presence (scentless)
9th Etherealness
10th Enhancement bonus +5

Invisibility (Sp): A swift scion wielding Dreamstriker can become invisible(as spell invisibility) once per day as a free action. The effect lasts for 1 round per class level. For a swift scion of 6th level or higher, the invisibility granted by this power is the equivalent of greater invisibility. The duration remains 1 round per class level.

Ghost Touch (Su): When Dreamstriker is wielded by a swift scion of 2nd level or higher, any arrow fired from the bow can damage incorporeal creatures as if it had the ghost touch special ability.

Ephemeral Presence (Su): A swift scion of 3rd level or higher bearing Dreamstriker leaves no trail and cannot be tracked. At 8th level, a swift scion bearing the weapon no longer gives off a scent. Creatures with the scent ability cannot detect her presence by means of that ability, nor can she be tracked by scent.

Enhancement Bonus (Ex): When Dreamstriker is wielded by a swift scion of 4th level or higher, the bow's enhancement bonus improves from +2 to +3. The bonus increases to +4 at 7th level and +5 at 10th level.

Dreamstrike Arrows (Su): Three times per day (but no more than once per round), a swift scion of 5th level or higher can fire a special arrow from Dreamstriker. The arrow strikes as a touch attack (ignoring armor, shield, and natural armor bonuses to AC). The arrow deals only half the normal damage, but the damage dealt is Wisdom damage, not hit point damage. Bonus damage dice, if any, do not apply to the damage dealt by a dreamstrike arrow.

Etherealness (Su): At 9th level or higher, a swift scion bearing Dreamstriker can become ethereal for up to 10 rounds per day (which need not be spent all at one time) Activating this power, or deactivating it to become material, is a standard action.


Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Ref Will Special
1st +0 +0 +2 +0 Bonus class skill
2nd +1 +0 +3 +0 Bonus special ability
3rd +2 +1 +3 +1
4th +3 +1 +3 +1
5th +3 +1 +4 +1 Bonus class skill
6th +4 +2 +5 +2 Bonus special ability
7th +5 +2 +5 +2
8th +6 +2 +6 +2
9th +6 +3 +6 +3
10th +7 +3 +7 +3 Bonus special ability

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Balance DEX no yes
Bluff CHA no no
Climb STR no yes
Craft INT no no
Diplomacy CHA no no
Escape Artist DEX no yes
Hide DEX no yes
Jump STR no yes
Listen WIS no no
Move Silently DEX no yes
Perform CHA no no
Profession WIS yes no
Search INT no no
Sense Motive WIS no no
Spot WIS no no
Swim STR no yes
Tumble DEX yes yes
Use Rope DEX no no

Spells for Swift Scion

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