Narrator (3.5e Prestige Class)
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|“||Then he dodged to the left! Easily moving around the foe's attacks!||”|
|—Humnar, Gnome Narrator|
Narrators are perfect bard additions to any party, if they can be tolerated. just like many groups, having a constant vocal companion can be hard to enjoy at times, but having one that voices over your actions and narrates you can be even more intolerable. A Narrator is a bard that focuses on a specific bard talent. The ability to assist others. Narrators can do very little by themselves, unlike a powerful wizard or fighter, but partner a Narrator with a Fighter of the same level and it makes the fighter twice as strong.
Becoming a Narrator
Like the Bard, a Narrator's prime ability score is Charisma. This amplifies his narrating skills and any other abilities he has. Narrators should focus on Intelligence, and place as many skill points as possible into his Perform skill, which governs his abilities.
|Skills:||Perform (Act) 10 or Perform (Oratory) 8 or Perform (Sing) 10.|
|Feats:||Skill Focus (The Perform skill that you fulfill the prerequisites for above)|
|Special:||You must have assisted someone verbally, in some scenario. Whether telling them to duck, for example, or using a bardic music ability.|
|2nd||+1||+0||+3||+3||Inspire Competence +1|
|4th||+3||+1||+4||+4||Inspire Competence +3|
|5th||+3||+1||+4||+4||Narration +7, Bestow Failure|
|6th||+4||+2||+5||+5||Inspire Competence +5|
|8th||+6/+1||+2||+6||+6||Inspire Competence +7, Narration of Time|
|10th||+7/+2||+3||+7||+7||Inspire Competence +9|
Class Skills (6 + Int modifier per level)
Narration (Su): A Narrator with 3 or more ranks in a listed Perform skill can use his Narration to aid his allies in combat. The Narrator narrates his actions as a free action. The allies must be within 30ft of the Narrator. The ally must hear the Narrator and the Narrator must be able to see the target. A Narrator can affect a number of allies a round as half his Narrator level, but the Narration bonus is divided between the affected targets. This narration bestows the bonus listed to saving throws against fear and charm affects, and a morale bonus to attack and damage rolls. Narration is a mind-affecting ability.
Inspire Competence (Su): A Narrator of 2nd level or higher with 6 or more ranks in a listed Perform skill can use his narration to help an ally succeed at a task. The ally must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the Narrator. The Narrator must also be able to see the ally. The ally gets the competence bonus on skill checks with a particular skill as long as he or she continues to hear the Narrator’s music. Certain uses of this ability are infeasible. The effect lasts as long as the Narrator concentrates, up to a maximum of 2 minutes. A Narrator can’t inspire competence in himself. Inspire competence is a mind-affecting ability.
Bestow Failure (Su): A Narrator of 5th level can use his narrating skills to fault his enemies. This is a mind affect. The Narrator can use this ability as a free action, but only when not using his Narration ability, otherwise it's a standard action. This can be used on several targets, but the penalty is divided between the targets. The Bestow Failure penalty bestows a luck penalty to attack and damage equal to the Narrator's level plus his Charisma modifier. The targets get a Will Save, DC 10+Narrator level+Cha mod, to resist the affect.
Narration of Time (Su): A Narrator of 8th level learns the ultimate narration ability. By taking a standard action, a full round action if using his other narration abilities, he can slow his enemies and haste himself and his allies. This ability bypasses spell resistance. Targets affected by the slow ability get a will save, DC 10+Narrator level+Cha mod. The Narrator can affect a number of targets with the Narration of Time ability equal to his Charisma modifier. The targets must be within 30ft, must be able to hear the Narrator, and the Narrator must be able to see the targets.
Playing a Narrator
Narrators in the World
Characters with ranks in can research to learn more about them. When a character makes a skill check, read or paraphrase the following, including information from lower DCs.
Narrators in the Game