Cloud Anchorite

(Frostburn variant, p. 52)

The cloud anchorite seeks a way to achieve immortality while maintaining life and awareness.


Alignment: Any nonchaotic

Skills: Climb 9 ranks , Jump 9 ranks , Knowledge (religion) 9 ranks , Survival 4 ranks

Feats: Mountaineer , Improved Unarmed Strike (Improved Unarmed Combat)

Base Fortitude Save: +5.

Special: The prospective student must live for a week on her own in a wilderness region, during which time she can travel no lower than 12,000 feet in altitude.

Hit die


Skill points

4 + Int

Class Features

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Cloud anchorites gain no proficiency with any weapon, armor or shield.

Monk Abilities: A cloud anchorite's class levels stack with her monk levels for determining her unarmed damage and AC bonus.

Climb Speed (Ex): At 1st level, a cloud anchorite gains a climb speed of 10 feet. She gains a +8 racial bonus on all Climb checks. A cloud anchorite must make a Climb check to climb any wall or slope with a DC of more than 0, but she can always choose to take 10, even if rushed or threatened while climbing. She cannot use the run action while climbing. She retains her Dexterity bonus to Armor Class (if any) while climbing, and opponents get no special bonus on their attacks against her while she is climbing. A cloud anchorite in armor (even light armor) or carrying a medium or heavy load loses this extra speed. As the cloud anchorite gains levels, her climb speed increases. At each odd-numbered level, she gains a +10-foot bonus to her current climb speed. If the cloud anchorite already possesses a climb speed (for example, if she possessed a racial climb speed before becoming a cloud anchorite), these bonuses stack with her current climb speed.

Wisdom of the Mountain (Ex): A cloud anchorite adds her Wisdom modifier on Balance, Climb, and Jump checks made in mountain terrain. In addition, the cloud anchorite can always take 10 on a Balance, Climb, or Jump check, even if circumstances would normally prevent her from doing so.

Slow Breath (Ex): At 2nd level, a cloud anchorite's breathing slows to a fraction of what it used to be. She can hold her breath twice as long as normal, and gains a +2 bonus on all Fortitude saving throws against inhaled poisons, fatigue caused by high elevation, and altitude sickness. At 6th level, her bonus on these Fortitude saving throws increases to +6.

Bonus Feat: At 3rd level and again at 7th level, a cloud anchorite gains a bonus feat. This feat must be selected from the following list, and she must qualify for any prerequisites the feat to be chosen might require: Acrobatic, Agile, Athletic, Cold Endurance, Endurance, Great Fortitude, Improved Cold Endurance, Self-Sufficient, Skill Focus (in any class skill), or Track.

Resistance to Cold (Su): At 4th level, a cloud anchorite gains resistance to cold 5. This increases to resistance to cold 10 at 8th level.

Fast Movement (Ex): At 4th level, a cloud anchorite gains a +10-foot enhancement bonus to her land speed. A cloud anchorite in armor (even light armor) or carrying a medium or heavy load loses this extra speed. At 8th level, this bonus increases to +20 feet.

Empty Stride (Su): At 5th level, a cloud anchorite's stride is nearly weightless. She gains a +4 bonus on all Balance checks. More impressively, she can walk on the surface of any material into which she would normally sink, such as powdery snow, thin ice, and even water. She may continue to walk on this surface as long as she makes a DC 15 Concentration check. Normally, the Concentration check for this activity is a standard action, so a cloud anchorite may make one move action per round while using her empty stride ability. If she makes a DC 30 Concentration check, she may concentrate on her Empty Stride ability as a move action instead, allowing her to use it and still take one standard action in a round. She does not trigger traps that use pressure plates while using empty stride, nor is her speed impacted by deep snow.

Acrobatic Charge (Ex): At 6th level, a cloud anchorite gains the ability to charge in situations where others cannot. She may charge over difficult terrain that normally slows movement. This enables her to run down steep rock faces, leap down from an outcropping, or tumble over small boulders to get to the target of her charge. Depending on the circumstances, she may still need to make appropriate checks (Jump or Tumble checks in particular) to successfully move over the terrain.

Walk on the Clouds (Su): At 9th level, a cloud anchorite can use her empty stride ability as a free action at all times. Additionally, once per day she may use air walk as a quickened spell-like ability. This effect manifests at a caster level equal to her cloud anchorite level.

Immortality of the Mountain (Su): Upon reaching 10th level, a cloud anchorite has achieved the apotheosis she has sought. She no longer has a maximum age, and will never die of old age. Additionally, she no longer has to make saving throws to avoid altitude sickness or fatigue from thin air, and gains a +2 sacred bonus on all Wisdom checks and all saving throws while in mountain terrain.


Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special
1st +0 +2 +2 +0 Climb speed +10 ft., wisdom of the mountain
2nd +1 +3 +3 +0 Slow breath
3rd +2 +3 +3 +1 Climb speed +20 ft., bonus feat
4th +3 +4 +4 +1 Resistance to cold 5, fast movement +10 ft.
5th +3 +4 +4 +1 Climb speed +30 ft., empty stride
6th +4 +5 +5 +2 Improved slow breath, acrobatic charge
7th +5 +5 +5 +2 Climb speed +40 ft., bonus feat
8th +6 +6 +6 +2 Resistance to cold 10, fast movement +20 ft.
9th +6 +6 +6 +3 Climb speed +50 ft., walk on the clouds
10th +7 +7 +7 +3 Immortality of the mountain

Class skills

Skill name Key ability Trained only Armor check penalty
Balance DEX no yes
Climb STR no yes
Concentration CON no no
Craft INT no no
Escape Artist DEX no yes
Jump STR no yes
Knowledge (nature) INT yes no
Knowledge (religion) INT yes no
Listen WIS no no
Spot WIS no no
Survival WIS no no
Tumble DEX yes yes
Use Rope DEX no no

Spells for Cloud Anchorite

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