Wild Singer (Apath)

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The wild singer is a friend of nature and a warrior at heart. Like a druid, she is a divine spellcaster and gains her powers from nature or a nature-oriented deity. Her powers strike fear into the enemies of her tribe and protects the sanctity of the wild.

Class Information

This is a bard and skald archetype.

Alignment: Any nonlawful. If a wild singer has a patron, her alignment must be within one step of her patron's alignment. A wild singer's alignment restricts which spells she can cast, see aligned spells, below.

Hit Die: d8.

Class skills (Ex)

A wild singer loses Linguistics as a class skill. She adds Survival to her list of class skills.

The wild bard’s class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (all) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), and Use Magic Device (Cha).

The wild skald's class skills are Acrobatics (Dex), Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Escape Artist (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (all) (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (oratory, percussion, sing, string, wind) (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), and Use Magic Device (Cha).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 6 + Int modifier.

Class Features

The wild singer has all the standard bard or skald class features, except as noted below.

Weapon Proficiency (Ex)

A wild singer is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the battle axe, chakram, handaxe, shortbow, and throwing axe.

A wild singer is a divine spellcaster and does not suffer from arcane spell failure.

Spells

A wild singer casts divine spells, which are drawn from the bard spell list. However, her alignment may restrict her from casting certain spells opposed to her moral or ethical beliefs. As a divine spellcaster, the wild singer's ability to cast spells in armor is unrestricted.

Spell List: Remove the following spells from the wild singer's class spell list: calm emotions, comprehend languages, detect secret doors, illusory script, prestidigitation, read magic, sepia snake sigil, summon monster (I through VI).

Add the following spells to the wild singer’s class spell list at the indicated levels:

  1. calm animals, detect snares and pits, endure elements, summon nature's ally I
  2. bull's strength, pass without trace, summon nature's ally II;
  3. snare, summon nature's ally III;
  4. insect plague, reincarnate, summon nature's ally IV;
  5. commune with nature, summon nature's ally V;
  6. creeping doom, summon nature's ally VI.

Orisons Wild singers can prepare a number of orisons, or 0-level spells, each day, as noted on Table: Druid under "Spells per Day". These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again. This replaces cantrips.

Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A wild singer can’t cast spells of an alignment opposed to her own or her deity’s (if she has one). Spells associated with particular alignments are indicated by the chaotic, evil, good, and lawful descriptors in their spell descriptions.

Wild Empathy (Ex)

A wild singer gains the druid's wild empathy ability, using bard or skald level instead of druid level. This replaces bardic knowledge.

Woodland Stride (Ex)

Starting at 5th level, a wild singer may move through any sort of undergrowth (such as natural thorns, briars, overgrown areas, and similar terrain) at her normal speed and without taking damage or suffering any other impairment. Thorns, briars, and overgrown areas that have been magically manipulated to impede motion, however, still affect her. Woodland stride, trackless step, and resist nature's lure replace lore master for the bard and scribe scroll and spell kenning for the skald.

Trackless Step (Ex)

Starting at 11th level, a wild singer leaves no trail in natural surroundings and cannot be tracked. She may choose to leave a trail if so desired.

Resist Nature's Lure (Ex)

Starting at 17th level, a wild singer gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against the spell-like and supernatural abilities of fey. This bonus also applies to spells and effects that target plants, such as blight, entangle, spike growth, and warp wood.

Ex-wild singers

A wild singer who grossly violates the code of conduct required by her god loses all spells and class features, except for weapon, armor, and shield proficiencies. She cannot thereafter gain levels as a wild singer of that god until she atones (see the atonement spell description).

Summary of Changed Class Abilities

These abilities of the original class are lost or modified in this archetype:

Bard

  • Class Skills
  • Weapon Proficiency
  • Spells
  • Loremaster

Skald

  • Class Skills
  • Skill Points per Level
  • Weapon Proficiency
  • Spells
  • Scribe Scroll
  • Kenning
  • Spells
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