Spirit Level: 3rd
Binding DC: 21
Special Requirement: Yes
Favored Ally: Humanoid (any with at least 1 rank in a Knowledge skill)
Favored Enemy: Any 1 of the following, chosen during the Ceremony: Aberration (any), Dragon (any), Magical Beast (any), Humanoid (giants), or Ooze (any)
Totems: You gain a totem bonus on the spirit’s binding check if you meet some or all of these conditions.
- The tome you use in Xalen’s ceremony possesses a cover made from hide of an exotic being (costs 75 gp).
- You scribe a bit of lore onto the page of the ceremonial tome, which requires 6 ranks in a Knowledge skill.
- Xalen’s seal is drawn within 10 feet of a place of learning or experimentation.
He is the mad steward of a million forbidden secrets and ancient lore. Those with a desire for learning are granted with the Archivist’s vast intellect and power.
Legend:At a young age, Xalen d’Marek devoted his life to knowledge. Born into a soldier’s family, young Xalen followed his fathers and brothers to battle if only to see the monsters that had captured his imagination at a young age first hand. As the boy blossomed into manhood, his love for the weird and strange grew evermore until it eclipsed his family, estate, and hopes of romance. Legends state that one day Xalen peered up from his laboratory as an old man and looked around his ruined home, realizing how little he had done with his life. Xalen knew there was no going back for him and not long after he filed a will that left his possessions and estate to the college that trained him as a youth, Xalen vanished forever.
Special Requirement:Ceremony: You place a blank tome in the center of the seal and slowly turn the pages while chanting Xalen’s name three times.
Manifestation: When you chant Xalen’s name for the third time, the pages begin to turn on their own until the book suddenly stops and ink appears on the tome in a curly manuscript, beckoning you to begin negotiations.
Sign: Whenever you speak, your words appear as luminous sigils that dance to your cadence. Whenever you activate one of Xalen’s granted abilities, these sigils dance around the ability’s target.
Influence: You always speak and write properly, correct improper usage of language, and offer random bits of trivia during conversation.
Major Granted Abilities
Shrink: As a standard action, you reduce a creature or object within 30 feet of you in size. If this ability targets a creature, it and all of its equipment is reduced two categories in size if it fails a Will save (this does not stack with similar effects). If this ability targets an unattended object, it functions as shrink item. This ability lasts for 1 minute per binder level you possess against creatures and objects and you can only shrink one target at a time. After using this ability, it becomes expended for 5 rounds.
Capstone Empowerment: You can shrink a number of creatures or objects equal to your Charisma bonus (minimum 1) and this shrinkage lasts for 24 hours or the duration of your pact.
Enhance Vessel’s Mind: You gain a +2 insight bonus to Intelligence. Select 1 Knowledge skill for which you possess no ranks. You are treated as having a number of ranks in that skill equal to your binder level.
Forbidden Lore: You gain an insight bonus on Knowledge checks made to identify monsters and on Spellcraft checks equal to ½ your binder level and you can make these skill checks untrained.
Locate Writings: You can locate any written documents that you have seen before or are otherwise familiar. This is treated as the locate object spell.
Thirst for Knowledge: You can read and understand all languages, as if you had a constant comprehend languages effect. In addition, you gain a +4 bonus on saving throws against written magical traps, such as glyph spells.
Vestigial Companion:You gain the service of a raven familiar for the duration of the pact. Treat your binder level as your wizard level to determine your familiar’s abilities.
This granted ability replaces locate writings.