Occult Philologist (Wizard/Oracle)

All wizards believe in the power of words, particularly the written word. Words possess tremendous power, whether it is capturing an idea, conveying feelings, or unleash potent magic. The occult philologist takes this a step further, for he reveres the written word as something supernal, as a symbol or manifestation of the divine. As such, occult philologists seek to decipher ancient codes and devise new ones, greedily search out lost tomes of magic and legends, and unleash their magic through the use of written text. Whether a cabalist or scientist, or a calligrapher, poet, or linguist, the occult philologist can be all these and more. (Original Concept by Bardess)

Primary Class: Wizard.

Secondary Class: Oracle.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d6.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The occult philologist may select three oracle skills to add to his class skills in addition to the normal wizard class skills. An occult philologist also adds his mystery skills to his list of class skills. An occult philologist gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The occult philologist is proficient with all simple weapons, with light armor, but not with shields. He can cast wizard spells while wearing light armor without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, an occult philologist wearing medium armor, heavy armor, or a shield incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass occult philologist still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Spellcasting: An occult philologist casts arcane spells drawn from the wizard’s spell list and gains his myster