Priest of Lyrics and Chords (3.5e Optimized Character Build)
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The Fochlucan Lyrist is a difficult prestige class to enter, and is difficult to properly make use of. One of the many uses is progressing the Ur-Priest and Sublime Chord prestige classes. That, however, requires many skill points. This build is focused on meeting the skill requirements for this build.
Bard, Rogue: SRD Factotum: Dungeonscape Sanctum Spell: Tome and Blood Ur-Priest: Complete Divine Sublime Chord: Complete Arcane Fochlucan Lyrist: Complete Adventurer Survivor: Savage Species
Game Rule Components
Spells, Powers, Soulmelds, Stances, etc...
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Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): Str: 8 Dex: 8 Con: 8 Int: 18 Wis: 14 Cha: 16
Race (Templates): Human (Or Changeling with Flaw)
Starting Racial Traits: Bonus Feat, Bonus Skill Points
|Saving Throws||Feats|| Class
|1st||Rogue 1||+0||+0||+2||+0||Bardic Tutelage (Druidic as one language), Able Learner, Toughness (flaw)||Sneak Attack +1d6, Trapfinding||Skills: Put four ranks into Bluff, Decipher Script, Diplomacy, Gather Information, Knowledge (Arcane, Religion, The Planes, and Nature), Listen, Perform (string instruments), Profession (astrologer), Sleight of Hand, and Spellcraft. (Note: Knowledges and Spellcraft are cross-class. Will compensate later.)|
|2nd||Rogue 1, Factotum 1||+1||+0||+3||+0||All skills are on skill list. Combined with Able Learner, all skills are on skill list forever.||One rank in all previously mentioned skills except Bluff and Profession (astrologer).|
|3rd||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 1||+2||+1||+3||+1||Iron Will||Bardic Music, Arcane Spellcasting||One rank in all previously mentioned skills except Diplomacy and Decipher Script.|
|4th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 2||+3||+1||+4||+1||One rank in all previously mentioned skills except Bluff and Profession (astrologer).|
|5th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 3||+3||+1||+4||+1||One rank in all previously mentioned skills except Diplomacy and Decipher Script. One extra rank in Knowledge (arcana).|
|6th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4||+4||+5||Spell Focus (evil)||One rank in all previously mentioned skills except Bluff and Profession (astrologer). One extra rank in Knowledge (arcana).|
|7th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 1||+4||+5||Limited Resistance Powers||One rank in Listen, Knowledge (arcana), and Perform (string instruments).|
|8th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2||+4||+6||Evasion||One rank in previous skills|
|9th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2, Wizard (Conjuror) 1||+4||+6||Extend Spell, Sanctum Spell||Minor Buffs, Teleport 10' at will||1 rank in previous skills|
|10th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2, Wizard (Conjurer) 1, Ur-Priest 1||+5||+6||Accelerated Divine Casting||1 rank in previous skills|
|11th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2, Wizard (Conjurer) 1, Ur-Priest 1, Sublime Chord 1||+6||+7||Accelerated Arcane Casting|
|12th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2, Wizard (Conjurer) 1, Ur-Priest 1, Sublime Chord 1, Fochlucan Lyrist 1||+7||+7||Free to do whatever||Advanced Divine and Arcane Casting, Bardic Music progression|
|13th-20th||Rogue 1, Factotum 1, Bard 4, Survivor 2, Wizard (Conjurer) 1, Ur-Priest 1, Sublime Chord 1, Fochlucan Lyrist 1||+16|
When you take Sanctum Spell, you can increase the effective spell level of all of your spells while in your Sanctum. This means that you can, while in your Sanctum, cast level 3 spells, qualifying you for Sublime Chord.
The Changeling Rogue substitution level gives you 10 skill points instead of 8. However, in this build, all that would do is allow you to do is have some extra skill points left over at level 1.
For most of the game, this build is not very good. It works most effectively at high levels. Also, if your DM doesn't allow one-level splashes, this build is overruled.
Start at low levels. If the PC survives long enough to get powerful, he deserves it.
There are many other Fochlucan Lyrist Ur-Priest Sublime Chord builds out there. This one's main purpose is to avoid trouble with skill points.