Though many claim a sorcerer’s power derives from draconic heritage, a few sorcerers believe that their arcane prowess comes from an even purer source — the planes themselves. It isn’t uncommon to see sorcerers travelling the multiverse in search of support for this belief. Unlike other spellcasters, the sorcerer has a limited ability to customize his talents for planar adventuring. With a small list of spells known, the sorcerer who wishes to adapt for life on the planes must choose his tools wisely. Even so, the wide variety of challenges awaiting the planar sorcerer demands a slightly more adaptable approach to spellcasting.
Hit Dice: d6
To take a sorcerer planar substitution level, a character must be about to take her 5th, 9th, or 13th level of sorcerer.
Sorcerer planar substitution levels have the class skills of the standard sorcerer class plus Knowledge (the planes) (Int).
Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier.
All of the following are features of the sorcerer’s planar substitution levels.
Force-Charged Energy (Su): At 5th level, a planar sorcerer can lace his spell with pure force, the better to affect the various energy-resistant elemental and outsiders he faces. At the sorcerer’s option, half of the energy damage dealt by a spell he casts is replaced by force damage. This effect can be applied to any spell that deals acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic damage.
The maximum spell level to which a planar sorcerer can apply this effect is one lower than the highest level of sorcerer spell that he can cast. For instance, a 5th-level planar sorcerer can apply this level to 0-level and 1st-level sorcerer spells, while an 18th-level planar sorcerer can apply it to spells of up to 18th level.
This benefit replaces the ability to learn a new 2nd-level spell gained by a standard sorcerer at 5th level. From now on, the sorcerer’s number of 2nd-level spells known at any class level is one less.
Extraplanar Spell Penetration (Ex): A 9th-level planar sorcerer can imbue his spells with the ability to penetrate the spell resistance of extraplanar creatures more readily. Three times per day, for 1 round each time, the sorcerer can add his charisma bonus to all his caster level checks made to overcome spell resistance of extraplanar creatures.
This benefit replaces the ability to learn a new 4th level spell gained by a standard sorcerer at 9th level. From now on, the sorcerer’s number of 4th-level spell known at any level is one less.
Spontaneous Planar Summoning (Su): A 13th-level planar sorcerer learns how to summon extraplanar creatures spontaneously. When he chooses this planar substitution benefit, a sorcerer selects one of the following categories: elementals, celestial creatures, fiendish creatures, axiomatic creatures, or anarchic creatures. He can use any spell slot to spontaneously cast a summon monster spell of the same level, ut he can use that spell to summon only creatures of the selected category.
This benefit replaces the ability to learn a new 6th-level spell gained by a standard sorcerer at 13th level. From now on, the sorcerer’s number of 6th-level spells known at any class level is one less.