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Gearmaster (Mechanic Archetype)

In the reaches of space, few individuals are as sought-after as gearmasters, genius tinkers who study a wide variety of crafts in order to develop a solution to most any problem. Given enough time to prepare, there are few problems which a skilled gearmaster cannot meet.

Proficiencies: Gearmasters are proficient with simple weapons, as well as light armor and bucklers.

In addition, if this is this character’s first level in any class, they may select a martial tradition of their choice. This modifies weapon and armor proficiencies.

Combat Training (Ex)

An gearmaster is considered a Proficient practitioner, gaining spheres and talents as appropriate, and uses Intelligence as their practitioner modifier. This replaces the mechanic tricks gained at 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 20th level.

Engineering Expertise (Ex)

At 1st level and every odd-numbered level thereafter, a gearmaster gains a combat talent from either the Alchemy, Equipment, Tech, or Trap sphere. Whenever the gearmaster rests for 8 hours (or the equivalent), they may change any and all combat talents gained from this class feature, choosing new spheres and new talents. Although devices you have created do not break if you no longer possess the talents used to create them, you cannot repair or recharge devices that you do not possess the spheres needed to create them. This ability replaces artificial intelligence.

Scrapworker (Ex)

Through adventuring, a gearmaster harvests viable electronic components from their environment. The gearmaster gains a pool of scrap every level, which they may use to aid in crafting technological items as shown on Table 1: Scrap. Scrap is measured in credits and may be spent in place of cp to cover the raw material cost for creating technological items. No more than 50% of the cost of creating an item may be covered by scrap; the rest must be covered by conventional means. See System Unique Wealth by Level below for notes on use in Pathfinder instead of Starfinder.

Table 1: Scrap
Level Scrap
1 500
2 700
3 1,000
4 1,500
5 2,000
6 4,500
7 6,000
8 8,000
9 12,000
10 16,000
11 25,000
12 35,000
13 50,000
14 67,500
15 90,000
16 125,000
17 170,000
18 227,500
19 300,000
20 400,000

Extra Kick (Ex)

At 11th level, the gearmaster learns how to draw additional power out of an item in emergencies. By spending a Resolve Point as a swift action, the gearmaster may grant one gadget or drone they have prepared a number of charges equal to the gearmaster’s practitioner modifier. At 17th level, the gearmaster may use this ability with all gadgets or drones they have prepared. Charges granted through this ability last for one hour per gearmaster level and do not stack from multiple uses of this ability. This ability replaces coordinated assault and control net.

System-unique Wealth by Level

The Starfinder Roleplaying Game and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game have different expectations for how much wealth characters should possess at various levels. As a result, the typical progression of the scrapworker class feature may not work as well in a game where Pathfinder wealth by level is utilized. Similarly, the progression of the essence pool class feature of the essence smithSAES blacksmith archetype may not work well in a game with Starfinder wealth by level.

If a character is using a gearmaster character in a Pathfinder game, it is advised they use the essence smith’s Table 2: Magical Essence in place of Table 1: Scrap. Similarly, an essence smith in a Starfinder game should use Table 1: Scrap in place of Table 2: Magical Essence.

Table 2: Magical Essence
Level Magical Essence Level Scrap
1st 100 gp 11th 15,000 gp
2nd 500 gp 12th 18,000 gp
3rd 1,000 gp 13th 21,000 gp
4th 2,000 gp 14th 24,500 gp
5th 3,000 gp 15th 28,000 gp
6th 4,500 gp 16th 32,000 gp
7th 6,000 gp 17th 36,000 gp
8th 8,000 gp 18th 40,500 gp
9th 10,000 gp 19th 45,000 gp
10th 12,500 gp 20th 50,000 gp
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