Diva (3.5e Prestige Class)

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Dirgesinger[edit]

10 Levels version of Dirgesinger prestige class from Libris Mortis: The Book of the Dead

Becoming a Dirgesinger[edit]

The lyric thaumaturge has learned to make her magic and her music resonate into harmonic chords that enhance the effects of both.

Entry Requirements
Alignment: Any nongood.
Base Attack Bonus: +4.
Skills: Knowledge (religion) 4 ranks , Perform (any) 8 ranks.
Feats: Requiem.
Spellcasting: 2nd arcane spells.
Special: Bardic music class feature.

Table: The Dirgesinger

Hit Die: d6

Level Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Special
Fort Ref Will
1st +0 +2 +0 +2 Song of sorrow
2nd +1 +3 +0 +3 +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
3rd +2 +3 +1 +3 Song of bolstering
4th +3 +4 +1 +4 +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
5th +3 +4 +1 +4 Song of grief
6th +4 +5 +2 +5 +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
7th +5 +5 +2 +5 Song of horror
8th +6/+1 +6 +2 +6 +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
9th +6/+1 +6 +3 +6 Song of awakening
10th +7/+2 +7 +3 +7 +1 level of bard spellcasting ability

Class Skills (4 + Int modifier per level, ×4 at 1st level)
Bluff (Cha), Concentration(Con), Craft(Int), Diplomacy(Cha), Intimidate(Cha), Knowledge (history)(Int), Knowledge (religion)(Int), Listen(Wis), Perform(Cha), Sense Motive(Wis), Speak Speak Language(None).

Class Features[edit]

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Dirgesingers gain no proficiency with any weapons, armor, or shields.

Dirgesong (Su): A dirgesinger gains the dirgesong ability. Dirgesong follows the same rules as bardic music (see Bardic Music, page 29 of the Player's Handbook). Dirgesinger levels stack with bard levels for the purpose of determining how often a character can use dirgesong or bardic music. Dirgesinger levels do not stack with bard levels for determining which bardic music effects and spells a bard has access to. Each of these songs counts as a use of bardic music.

Song of Sorrow: A dirgesinger can evoke sorrow and lament in his enemies. To be affected, an enemy must be able to hear the dirgesinger perform. The effect lasts for as long as the enemy hears the dirgesinger perform and for 5 rounds thereafter. An affected enemy takes a —2 penalty on Will saving throws and a —2 penalty on attack rolls and weapon damage rolls. A successful Will save (DC 10 + the dirgesinger's ranks in Perform) negates the effect and makes the character immune to that dirgesinger's song of sorrow ability for 24 hours. Song of sorrow is a mind-affecting ability.

Song of Bolstering: At 3rd level and higher, a dirgesinger can bolster undead creatures against turning, much as an evil cleric does. All undead within 30 feet of the dirgesinger gain a bonus on their turn resistance equal to the dirgesinger's class level plus the dirgesinger's bard class level. The bolstering lasts for as long as the dirgesinger performs and for 10 rounds thereafter. An undead dirgesinger can bolster himself in this manner.

Song of Grief: A dirgesinger of 5th level or higher can use song or poetics to inspire maddening grief in a living creature. The creature must be within 60 feet of the dirgesinger and able to hear him. Unless the target succeeds on a Will save (DC 10 + the dirgesinger's ranks in Perform), she becomes confused for as long as the dirgesinger performs and for 5 rounds thereafter. Song of grief is an enchantment (compulsion), mind-affecting ability.

Song of Horror: At 7th level and higher, a dirgesinger can strike a horrifying chord in the hearts of his enemies. Any enemy within 60 feet who can hear the dirgesinger must succeed on a Will save (DC 10 + the dirgesinger's ranks in Perform) or take 1d6 points of Strength damage and 1d6 points of Dexterity damage. A creature that is affected by a dirgesinger's song of horror or a creature that successfully saves against this effect cannot be affected by the same dirgesinger's song of horror for 24 hours.

Song of Awakening: At 9th level, a dirgesinger can animate the recently slain corpse of a creature within 30 feet. This requires the dirgesinger to make a Perform check (DC 10 + target creature's HD). The slain creature can have no more Hit Dice than the dirgesinger's character level. If the attempt fails, the dirgesinger can try again in a later round. The corpse to be awakened must have been dead for no more than 1 hour.

The awakened creature's type becomes undead, and it retains any subtypes it had. The creature retains all class features, as well as any supernatural or spell-like (but not extraordinary) abilities it possessed in life (though any spells cast or daily uses expended before the creature's death count against its normal limits). The awakened creature is completely loyal to the dirgesinger and obeys any commands given it (if no commands are given, it simply attacks the dirgesinger's foes). The creature remains animate as long as the dirgesinger continues to perform.

A dirgesinger can animate no more than one awakened corpse at a time. If he awakens a second one while the first is still active, the first one falls dead as if the dirgesinger had ceased to perform.

Epic Dirgesinger[edit]

Table: The Epic Dirgesinger

Hit Die: d6

Level Special
11st
12nd +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
13rd
14th +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
15th Epic Bard Bonus Feat
16th +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
17th
18th +1 level of bard spellcasting ability
19th
20th Epic Bard Bonus Feat, +1 level of bard spellcasting ability

4 + Int modifier skill points per level.


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