Adept

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The Adept was one of several NPC Classes introduced in Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition, a direct response to NPCs and PCs now running off of the same system. It takes the place of Wokani from BECMI, sharing many of the same spells and maximum of 6th level. The other NPC Classes of that edition were the Aristocrat, the Commoner, the Expert and the Warrior.

The Adept was a divine spellcasting class that mingled elements of cleric and wizard. It could cast divine spells of up to 5th level and prepared them in advance, but it also possessed a familiar. It's very slightly less squishy than a Wizard or Sorcerer and as a divine caster can wear armor (though it isn't proficient in any).

Infamously occupied the same row as many PC classes in the Tier System, unlike any of its brethren, and was actually considered higher tier than the monk, the paladin, and the fighter. Yes, really. This was a spellcaster's edition, son! Unlike other core caster classes however, only four (all from Complete Champion) new Adept spells were added in the entirity of the system's life. It did however, oddly enough, get a prestige class virtually exclusive to it (it requires Lightning Bolt as a divine spell, something only it, Archivist and Shugenja can do and those two need to get survival as a class skill somehow) in the Hexer.

Pathfinder's only change to adept was the system wide skill changes. Pathfinder's adept has slightly more non-core spells, though none of them are great. It also has a single feat, Adept Channel, with requirements that ensure pretty much only Adepts can take.

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition Classes
Player's Handbook: Barbarian - Bard - Cleric - Druid - Fighter - Monk
Paladin - Ranger - Rogue - Sorcerer - Wizard
Player's Handbook II: Beguiler - Dragon Shaman - Duskblade - Knight
Complete Adventurer: Exemplar - Ninja - Scout - Spellthief
Complete Arcane: Warlock - Warmage - Wu jen
Complete Divine: Favored Soul - Shugenja - Spirit Shaman
Complete Psionic: Ardent - Divine Mind - Erudite - Lurk
Complete Warrior: Hexblade - Samurai - Swashbuckler
Dragon Compendium: Battle Dancer - Death Master - Jester
Mounteback - Savant - Sha'ir - Urban Druid
Dragon Magazine: Sha'ir - Deathwalker - Fleshcrafter - Soul Reaper
Dragon Magic: Dragonfire Adept
Dungeonscape: Factotum
Eberron Campaign Setting: Artificer
Heroes of Horror: Archivist - Dread Necromancer
Magic of Incarnum: Incarnate - Soulborn - Totemist
Miniatures Handbook: Favored Soul - Healer - Marshal - Warmage
Oriental Adventures: Samurai - Shaman - Shugenja - Sohei - Wu jen
Psionics Handbook: Psion - Psychic Warrior - Soulknife - Wilder
Tome of Battle: Crusader - Swordsage - Warblade
Tome of Magic: Binder - Shadowcaster - Truenamer
NPC Classes: Adept - Aristocrat - Commoner - Expert - Magewright - Warrior
Class-related things: Favored Class - Gestalt character
Multiclassing - Prestige classes - Variant Classes