Lately, I've been taken with the idea of developing Professional Edges from the concepts behind some of the D20 prestige classes that I've enjoyed in my D20-based fantasy gaming. Here are the first ones I've come up with. These don't capture all the abilities of a prestige class, but rather the concept behind it, bringing that flavor into the game.
I would like to ask if any of you have any input or suggestions for improvements, as well as any other Professional Edges inspired by prestige classes that you've come up with. I'd definitely like to see the thoughts of others on this concept.
Requirements: Veteran, Shooting d8+, Spellcasting d8+, Arcane Background (Magic)
The Arcane Archer can imbue arrows with magical power. Arrows fired by the arcane archer inflict +1 damage, and the damage is considered magical as well as piercing for purposes of a target's weaknesses or immunities.
In addition, the arcane archer can channel their spells into arrows and other projectiles. Any power that has a Range of Touch or greater can be focused on an arrow. When the arrow is shot, the spell effect manifests at the location of the target. Area effect spells that miss will deviate like thrown grenades. It should be noted that the arrow disintegrates just before hitting the target, making it possible to deliver beneficial effects such as Boost Trait.
Requirements: Legendary, Smarts d12+, Spellcasting d12+, Magus
Very few arcanists earn the coveted title of Archmagus, but those that do are truly powerful in the ways of magic.
Archmagi have such mastery of spellcasting that they may cast two spells a round (although they still take a multiple action penalty for doing so.) They may also ignore one point of Maintenance penalties.
(This one actually came from a conversion I found online last weekend, but I liked it, and decided to keep it. That's what started this whole thing for me.)
Requirements: Veteran, Knowledge (Arcana) d8+, Knowledge (Religion) d8+, Arcane Background (Magic or Miracles)
A Mystic Theurge may be a mage that dabbles in divine prayers or a priest that explores arcane spells. In either case, a Mystic Theurge blurs the boundaries between miracles and magic.
Due to their intensive study of both arcane and divine magic, a Mystic Theurge may learn powers that are normally denied to them. For example, a mage can learn healing, while a priest can master the burst power. This Edge does not grant any bonus powers, simply the ability to spend Edges to learn these new powers.
Also, when using magic items that are restricted to either Spellcasting or Faith as an arcane skill, the Mystic Theurge may use their own arcane skill instead of the one required.