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When the DM needs a character that can randomly enter the scene and save the day, the Deus ex Machina is there for it.
The name literally translates to God of the Machine, and is a plot device for a new and random element that solves all problems. For example, say the players accidentally fell through a crack in the Abyss to a lower level.
Deus ex Machina
Abilities: This character is meant to come in and save the day randomly. Since they do not cast spells, either go with strength, constitution, and dexterity; or go with charisma depending on whether or not she will save from battle or from negotiations. Seeing as only the DM can make them, and their role, having all 18s is allowed. Heck, if you are going to fudge rolls, ability scores do not matter. All in all, no class ability of a Deus ex Machina relies upon any ability score.
Starting Age: Any
|1st||+1||+2||+2||+2||Dramatic Reveal 1/day, Teleport Without Error|
|2nd||+2||+3||+3||+3||Wealth of Knowledge|
|5th||+5||+4||+4||+4||Dramatic Reveal 2/day|
|10th||+10/+5||+7||+7||+7||Dramatic Reveal 3/day|
|15th||+15/+10/+5||+9||+9||+9||Dramatic Reveal 4/day|
|16th||+16/+11/+6/+1||+10||+10||+10||Third Person Omniscient|
|20th||+20/+15/+10/+5||+12||+12||+12||Dramatic Reveal 5/day|
Class Skills (Skill Points::8 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
All of the following are class features of the Deus ex Machina.
Dramatic Reveal (Ex): At 1st level, a Deus ex Machina may use Dramatic Reveal 1/day. When two or more creatures are arguing over anything, she may, as a free action, join the argument with a new fact that ends the argument and changes the attitude of the creatures towards each other to helpful.
Every level divisible by 5, a Deus ex Machina may use this ability once more per day. For example, a 12th level Deus ex Machina may use the ability three times per day.
Teleport Without Error (Sp): At 1st level, a Deus ex Machina may teleport at will. There is no possibility of going to an incorrect location, and she may take any amount of living creatures and their attended objects as long all objects and creatures are touching. Structures cannot be teleported.
Wealth of Knowledge (Ex): A Deus ex Machina gains an extraordinary bonus to knowledge checks equal to one half her class level.
Bonus Feat (Ex): At 3rd level, a Deus ex Machina gains a bonus feat. She needs not meet the prerequisites for this feat. At the start of each day, she can choose to change her bonus feat to any other feat.
Awkward Silence (Su): At 4th level, a Deus ex Machina can make a statement so awkward, it silences all creatures within hearing distance of the Deus ex Machina. Creatures affected must make a will save or become stunned for 1 round per 1/2 class level of the Deus ex Machina. This is a mind-affecting ability. Those immune to mind-affecting abilities are also immune to to Awkward Silence. She may use this ability 3/day.
Deep Pockets (Ex): At sixth level, the foresight of a Deus ex Machina becomes so powerful that she will always have that mundane or alchemical item the party seems to be lacking. As a standard action, 3/day, she may pull out one mundane or alchemical item of size small or smaller.
Improved Evasion (Ex): This ability works like evasion, except that while the Deus ex Machina still takes no damage on a successful Reflex saving throw against attacks henceforth she henceforth takes only half damage on a failed save. A helpless rogue does not gain the benefit of improved evasion. A Deus ex Machina gains this benefit at seventh level.
Ignore Gravity (Su): At eight level, a Deus ex Machina may ignore gravity in all shapes and forms. This also includes pressure damage. If the Deus ex Machina needs to actually move, and not teleport, this is how it moves. A Deus ex Machina can hover over land, and does not take movement penalties for spaces due to debris.
Third Person Omniscient (Ex): A Deus ex Machina does not have to worry about random knowledge checks at level 16. She may only take 20 on knowledge checks.
Wish (Sp): Once per day, a Deus ex Machina can cast Wish with a caster level equal to her Deus ex Machina level.