(Serpent Kingdoms variant, p. 159)
Those yuan-ti who grow mightier of mind and gain additional psionic powers are called ancient masters.
Base Attack Bonus: +9
Alignment: Any evil (usually chaotic evil)
Special: Access to an extensive magical library, a tutor of any race who possesses at least fourteen sorcerer or wizard class levels, or any psionic powers or psionic class levels.
4 + Int
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Ancient masters gain no proficiency with any weapon, armor, or shield.
Attraction (Sp): An ancient master can plant a compelling attraction in the mind of any subject within 25 feet of her. The attraction can be toward a particular person, object, action, or event. The target takes all reasonable steps to get close to the person, find the object, attend the event, or perform the action designated, though it does not suffer from blind obsession and does not take extreme risks to do so. The subject can recognize danger but does not flee unless the threat is immediate. If the ancient master specifies herself as the object of the attraction, she cannot command the subject indiscriminately, though the subject does listen to her (even if it disagrees). This ability grants the ancient master a +4 bonus on Charisma checks made to influence the subject for the duration of the effect. Attraction lasts for 1 hour. This ability is usable once per day at 1st level and an additional once per day every three ancient master levels thereafter (twice per day at 4th level, three times per day at 7th level, and four times per day at 10th level). This ability is the equivalent of a 1st-level spell.
Conceal Thoughts (Sp): At 2nd level, an ancient master can protect her own thoughts (but not those of any other creature) from analysis. She gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against divination effects that reveal emotions or thoughts and a +20 circumstance bonus on Bluff checks made to oppose Sense Motive checks. This ability is always active.
Body Equilibrium (Ex): A 3rd-level or higher ancient master can adjust her body density to match that of any solid or liquid she stands on. Thus, she can walk on water, quicksand, or even a spider's web without sinking or breaking through. (This ability does not confer any resistance to particularly sticky webs.) She can move at her normal speed, but she cannot run on an unfirm surface without sinking or breaking through. If she falls while using this ability, damage from the impact is halved. This ability is usable at will.
Levitate (Sp): Upon reaching 4th level, an ancient master can use levitate (caster level equals ancient master level) once per day. She gains one additional use per day of this ability at 7th level and another at 10th level.
Dimension Door (Sp): At 5th level, an ancient master can use dimension door (caster level equals ancient master level) once per day. She gains one additional use per day of this ability at 8th level.
Shadow Concealment (Su): At 6th level, an ancient master gains the ability to take on shadow form for 1 minute per ancient master level. While in this state, she becomes incorporeal, appearing as a shadowy image of herself. She gains a +10 circumstance bonus on Hide checks while this ability is in effect. The ancient master gains one additional use per day of this ability at 9th level.
Baleful Teleport (Sp): At 7th level, an ancient master can disperse miniscule portions of a target creature or object weighing no more than 300 pounds. The target takes 9d6 points of damage from this attack. A successful Will save (DC 10 + ancient master level + ancient master's Cha modifier) halves the damage. A target under a dimensional anchor effect is immune to baleful teleport. This ability is usable once per day at 7th level and twice per day at 10th level. This ability is the equivalent of a 5th-level spell.
Claws of the Vampire (Sp): When an ancient master reaches 8th level, she can cause the fingers on both her hands (if she has any) to grow to wicked, 2-inch-long points. She gains a claw attack (base damage 1d8 points) that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. Whenever she uses this attack, she heals one-half the base damage that she deals with claws of the vampire. She can use this ability in conjunction with feats, abilities, or spells that allow additional attacks in the same round. This effect lasts for 1 hour per ancient master level and can be used once
per day. This ability is the equivalent of a 4th-level spell.
Mind Probe (Sp): Once per day, a 9th-level or higher ancient master can read the thoughts of any one living creature within 30 feet that fails a Fortitude save (DC 10 + ancient master level + ancient master's Cha modifier). All the target's memories and knowledge are accessible to her, from memories deep below the surface to those easily called to mind. She can learn the answer to one question per round, to the best of the target's knowledge. She can also probe a sleeping target, though it may make a Will save (DC 10 + ancient master level + ancient master's Cha modifier) to wake after each question. Targets that do not wish to be probed can attempt to move beyond the ability's range unless somehow hindered. The ancient master poses the questions telepathically
and the answers are imparted directly to her mind. She and the target do not need to speak the same language, though less intelligent creatures may yield up only appropriate visual images in answer to her questions. Creatures protected by mind blank are immune to this ability. Mind probe lasts for 1 minute per ancient master level. This ability is the equivalent of a 5th-level spell.
Disintegrate (Sp): A 10th-level ancient master can use disintegrate (caster level 10th) once per day.
|4th||+2||+1||+1||+4||Attraction 2/day, levitate 1/day|
|5th||+2||+1||+1||+4||Dimension door 1/day|
|6th||+3||+2||+2||+5||Shadow concealment 1/day|
|7th||+3||+2||+2||+5||Attraction 3/day, baleful teleport 1/day, levitate 2/day|
|8th||+4||+2||+2||+6||Claws of the vampire 1/day, dimension door 2/day|
|9th||+4||+3||+3||+6||Mind probe 1/day, shadow concealment 2/day|
|10th||+5||+3||+3||+7||Attraction 4/day, baleful teleport 2/day, disintegrate 1/day, levitate 3/day|
|Skill name||Key ability||Trained only||Armor check penalty|
|Knowledge (architecture and engineering)||INT|
|Knowledge (nobility and royalty)||INT|
|Knowledge (the planes)||INT|