Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter’s dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy—a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.
Hit Die: d10.
Proficiencies: All simple and martial weapons, light armor, medium armor, and shields.
Skill Points: (*4 at 1st level): 4 + Int Modifier.
Spellcasting: Divine (Wisdom based, armor-related chance of spell failure is ignored).
Bonus Feats: The epic ranger gains a bonus feat every three levels after 20th
Epic Ranger Bonus Feats: Bane of Enemies, Blinding Speed, Epic Toughness, Epic Prowess, Epic Weapon Focus, Favored Enemy, Improved Combat Casting
Trackless Step Rangers move stealthily through wooded areas. Gained: 1st level. Use: Automatic. Bonuses: The ranger gains a +4 competence bonus to Hide and Move Silently checks when in outdoor areas.
Favored Enemy Rangers study their enemies and develop a keen understanding of the weakness of various creatures. Gained: 1st level and every five levels thereafter. Use: Automatic. Bonuses: Rangers gain a +1 bonus to Listen, Spot, and Taunt checks against their favored enemy, as well as a +1 bonus to any physical damage applied to the enemy. These bonuses improve by +1 every five levels. For example, at 1st level, a ranger chooses aberrations as his favored enemy and receives a +1 bonus against them. At level 5, he chooses dragons for his second favored enemy. He now has a +2 bonus to damage (and Listen, Spot, and Taunt checks) against both aberrations and dragons.
Bonus Feats Rangers gain the Ambidexterity and Two-Weapon Fighting feats for free at 1st level. At 9th level they gain the Improved Two- Weapon Fighting feat for free.
Animal Companion Rangers may summon forth a stalwart animal companion. Gained: 6th level. Use: Once per day, until killed or unsummoned. Bonuses: Animal companions may be changed with each new ranger class level.
Expanded Spell Lists - As a practitioner of the arcane arts (magic), Rangers have a Spellbook which may contain Special Spells your PC has learned.
Hidden Trails - Rangers can find, use and aid Party Members to use hidden trails.
Rest - Rangers can rest without gear, and can even create fireless campsites for others to use.
Scavenging - Rangers can scavenge for resources others would likely overlook.
RP Tips and In GameEdit
A Ranger in the world is a formidable force. While you arrive as does all by ship voyage, once landed, your feet are among the best of your allies. Explore the city as you feel the need, perhaps locating a tavern/inn or two near the city walls for later use, but when comfortable with the city's offerings, move beyond the city walls.
Explore the roadways and discover where they lead. Once you have mastered the roadway, or common path, seek the uncommon ones. Follow the side trails, discover where your skills are best put to use in accessing hidden trails and difficult places. Exploring will reveal much to you and many adventures will start with your walking a new trail here in Argentum Regio. Discover the many resources here and their uses; this will serve your Ranger PC very well indeed.