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Prestiege Class - Bard/Cleric 
18th-Jun-2003 10:06 am
This is my first attempt at a PrC, so please be nice. (Honest, but nice!)

This class was built out of our group's need for a cleric. We had one for the first ten or so levels, but then the player's real life became an issue and he quit, leaving my bard as the only healer once his character was able to retire in the story. She'd picked up all of the cure wounds spells, but not other spells like remove curse/disease/poison that clerics usually take care of because well, we thought we'd always have a cleric. We've been unable to find anyone that really meshes with our group, to play a cleric and starting a new character isn't an option for any of, we're all pretty attached to our characters.

I've looked for HOURS for a good bard/cleric PrC but haven't been able to find anything, so I created my own. Note that the MINIMUM level you could be to even start taking ranks in this class is 10. My bard is 15th currently, so she won't even start until 16th.

I know that it's still somewhat overpowered, so I'm really looking for suggestions on toning it down a little without destroying the purpose: having all of the "basic" cleric abilities in a high-level bard prestiege class. Also, some of the wording is probably awkward in some places, so please help me identify those places. Thanks!

The Devoted Hymnist

Although most Bards find themselves consumed with writing and performing tales of love or adventure, there are a few bards who more often write songs to glorify their chosen god or goddess. In addition, this bard is also known to use her spell abilities for healing much more than harming others. The songs she writes and the devotion she shows are occasionally looked upon with great favor by her god, and the he in turn blesses their devoted follower.

Although her healing abilities are no match for a cleric of similar level, this bard is always willing to fill in where needed with her healing skills. She rarely uses close combat and generally partakes in ranged combat only when she is sure she is not needed in any other capacity. Only those who are highly skilled musicians and have devoted their entire adult lives to music may learn the ways of the Hymnist. *

1st..........0.......2........2......0......Bardic Music, Sustaining Song**
2nd.........1.......3........3......0.......Inspire Perfection
3rd..........2.......3........3......1......Performance Augmentation
4th..........3.......4........4.....1......Hymn of Blessing, Hymn of Restoration
5th..........3.......4.......4.......1.....Hymn of Raising

Alignment: Any Non-lawful, Non-evil
Perform: 13 ranks
Heal: 5 ranks
Feats: Skill Focus: Perform (Singing or any instrument)
Bardic Music: At least 10 times per day
Must have the following spells: Cure Light Wounds, Cure Moderate Wounds, Cure Serious Wounds, and Cure Critical Wounds
Deity: Any Non-evil

In addition, the hymnist must have declared herself loyal to a deity and has been following that god alone for a minimum of 5 levels. She should have shown a strong pattern of faith and devotion to her god or goddess by her actions during this time.

Hit Die: d6

Class Skills: Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (music) (Int), Knowledge (Religion) (Int), Listen (Wis), Perform (Sing) (Cha), Perform (any instrument) (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int)

Skill points at each level: 4 + Int modifier

Class Features:

Weapon and Armour Proficiency: Hymnists do not gain any additional proficiency with any weapons or armors.

Bardic Music: A first level Devoted Hymnist gains the ability to play Bardic Music once per day. Hymnist Bardic Music stacks with all previous instances of Bardic music.

Hymn of Blessing: This song calls upon the Hymnist’s deity to restore favor or health to an ally. The effects of either a Curse or Disease are removed, based on a successful heal check vs. the Curse or Disease’s DC. This song my only be sung to one target at a time, the Hymnist must be touching her target while performing, and the Hymnist must specify if she is asking her god to remove a curse or a disease. Hymn of Blessing uses four daily allotments of Bardic Music.

Hymn of Restoration: This song augments regeneration of hit points and stops the flow of poison in allies. This song may only be sung to one target at a time, and the Hymnist must be within 30 feet of that target. This song has one of the following effects when performed, and the Hymnist must specify which effect she is asking her god for before performing.

· Heal 2 hit points per round, and may be sung for up to one minute.
· May be used to stop (But not reverse) the effects of poisons.

Each performance of Hymn of Restoration uses four daily allotments of Bardic Music.

Hymn of Raising: A 5th level Hymnist with at least 15 ranks in Perform may sing to their deity the Hymn of Raising. This song has the same properties as the spell Raise Dead. The song must be channeled through the spell component (A diamond worth at least 500gp), and the Hymnist must be touching the target while singing or playing the song. Each performance of Hymn of Raising uses six daily allotments of Bardic Music.

Inspire Perfection: The Hymnist may substitute her Perform skill to any one roll of: attack roll, saving throw, skill check, Bardic Knowledge, Spell Save or Initiative. The use of this ability must be declared before the roll is made. This ability may be used once per day.

Performance Augmentation: The deity of the Hymnist is pleased with her songs to such an extent that her basic magical songs are granted augmented properties.

. Inspire Courage grants a +2 morale bonus to attack and weapon damage rolls (instead of the usual +1)
. Inspire Greatness grants a +3 competence bonus on attacks (instead of the usual +2), and an additional +4 temporary hit points (2d10+4 temporary hit points)
. Inspire Competence grants a +4 competence bonus to skill checks (instead of +2)

Songs which abilities have been increased with Performance Augmentation do not stack with the normal Bardic use of these abilities.

Spells: The Hymnist gains new spells per day as if she had also gained a level in a spell casting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would gain. If she belonged to more than one spellcasting class, she must choose which class she will gain spells in per this prestige class.

*Levels in classes OTHER than Bard previous to taking Hymnist are allowed, provided that class also specializes in performance (Such as the Virtuoso)

**The song Sustaining Song as given to the Virtuoso, if the Hymnist does not already have it by taking a level in Virtuoso.
18th-Jun-2003 09:49 am (UTC) - EQ
Hrm... Honestly, it sounds like you're trying to make a PrC for things that the EverQuest d20 RPG bards already do. My suggestion is to pick up the EverQuest d20 book and take a look at what they've given bards and adapt them to suit your needs. :)

If that doesn't help, let me know. :)
18th-Jun-2003 07:45 pm (UTC) - Re: EQ
Well, I'm defintely not trying to be an Everquest bard, just trying to make some sort of a cleric PrC for a high level bard. I haven't looked at the EQd20 game though, maybe I'll check it out sometime (but I wouldn't give another nickel to anything with Everquest ever again ;) )

Thanks for your feedback! :)
18th-Jun-2003 06:57 pm (UTC)
personally, its a well constructed PrC. Not as overballanced as say...virtuoso or the Heartwarder.
18th-Jun-2003 07:43 pm (UTC) - Re:
Really? You think the Virtuoso is overpowered? I've never heard anyone say that before... my bard has 6 ranks of Virtuoso and I'm frankly bored with it. (This is the same person who made the post, just using my main LJ account now.)

Thanks for you feedback! :)
18th-Jun-2003 08:57 pm (UTC) - Re:
Well the overpowering aspect of the virtuoso is that its frontloaded with the fact that ANYONE who takes it gets IMEDIATLY the bardic music abilities that a bard has.

So a wizard could be it

A cleric

A Sorcerer

any prc that helps fulfill the prerequs bascally now has full bardic musical skills.

As to the heartwarder...any class that basically gives you +5 total bonuses that STACK to charisma over a 10level progression and turns you into a Fey subtype....is abuse bait for any CHA dependant class :)
19th-Jun-2003 07:19 am (UTC) - Re:
Ahhh ok now I see what you mean... since I came into the Virtuoso as a 9th level bard, that didn't mean much to me, but you're right.

I've never seen the Heartwarder, is it an official PrC or something that someone made? (If someone made it, is there a link?) thanks :)
19th-Jun-2003 02:07 pm (UTC) - Re:
Its from the Forgotten Realms book Faith and Pantheon.There are a lot of great prestige classes in there, some of the more memorable are the Stormlord (i think), the Heartwarder, The Bladedancer (for those fun drow followers of Elistrae), and the Occular Adept (those of you out there with a fetish for worshiping Beholders)
19th-Jun-2003 11:33 pm (UTC)
i guess depending on your GM, wands and potions work just as well as a cleric.
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