Campaign of the Month: September 2007
Brave New World
Most musicians strive for perfect, harmonious tones, but the dissonant embraces duality and conflict in music and in life. Drawing on psionic power and bardic lore, the dissonant creates a powerful, albeit unharmonious, whole.
Hit die: d6
Skills: Perform (song or poetics): 8 Ranks, Psicraft: 8 ranks
Other: Bardic Music ability, Ability to manifest 1st level powers
Saving throws: Reflex, Will
Skills per level: 4+int
Class Skills: Appraise, Autohypnosis, Balance, Bluff, Climb, Concentration, Craft, Diplomacy, Jump, Knowledge (all), Listen, Perform, Psicraft, Sense Motive, Tumble, Use Magic Device, Use Psionic Device
1st Level: Dissonant Lore, Dissonant Music, +1 manifestor level, +1 arcane caster level
2nd Level: create sound, +1 arcane caster level
3rd Level: One Voice, Two Notes, +1 manifestor level, +1 arcane caster level
4th Level: energy ray (sonic), +1 arcane caster level
5th level: One Singer, Two Songs, +1 manifestor level, +1 arcane caster level
6th level: shatter, +1 arcane caster level
7th level: One Weapon, Two Blows, +1 manifestor level, +1 arcane caster level
8th level: Dissonant Weapon, +1 arcane caster level
9th level: Dissonant Scream, +1 manifestor level, +1 arcane caster level
10th level: One Mind, Two Thoughts, +1 arcane caster level
Arcane caster levels can only be applied to bard casting abilities, not to any other type of arcane caster.
Dissonant Lore (Ex): levels in the dissonant prestige class count as bard levels for the purpose of determining bardic lore ability.
Dissonant Music (Su): the dissonant’s class levels count as bard levels for the purpose of determining what bardic music effects the character has available.
Create sound: this power is added to the dissonant’s list of powers known.
One Voice, Two Notes (Su): The dissonant draws on psionic power to make other vocalizations while singing. Once per day per class level the dissonant can cast a spell that requires a verbal component while maintaining a bardic music ability.
Energy ray (sonic): the sonic version of this power is added to the dissonant’s list of powers known.
One Singer, Two Songs (Su): the dissonant becomes more skilled at multiple vocalization and can maintain two bardic song abilities at the same time for class level+cha modifier rounds per day. This duration need not be used all at once, and the bardic abilities end at their normal rate after the dissonant ceases maintaining them.
Shatter: this spell is added to the dissonant’s list of spells known. The save DC of a dissonant’s shatter is always 3 higher than normal.
One Weapon, Two Blows (Ex): as part of a full-round action, the dissonant may make an additional attack at her highest base attack, but she suffers a –2 penalty to all attack rolls for the round.
Dissonant Weapon (Su): any weapon wielded by the dissonant does an additional +1d6 sonic damage.
Dissonant Scream (Sp): Once per day the dissonant can issue a powerful scream. This is identical to the 9th-level spell wail of the banshee except that the save DC is 15+Cha. The dissonant’s effective caster level for this ability is equal to her class level.
One Mind, Two Thoughts (Psi): The dissonant can act as though under the effects of the schism power for up to one round per class level per day.