Most etymologists contend that the Jormengand Speakers derive their name from that of the great serpent Jörmungandr which encircles the world, but the speakers themselves contend that the creature's name is itself derived from a supremely powerful word of Truename magic. To truly understand the word of Jormengand, as they call it, is to understand the unification of all things, forward and backward, blessing and curse, good and evil, life and death. While many venerate the world serpent as a powerful incarnation of the word of Jormengand, all Jormengand Speakers agree that even it is an imperfect one, and say that true understanding of the word dwarfs even the majesty of that mighty creature.
BECOMING A JORMENGAND SPEAKER
Powerful Truenamers who seek to understand the unification of all things turn toward the path of the Jormengand speaker.
Skills: Truespeak 10 ranks, Knowledge (Arcana) 8 ranks, Knowledge (The Planes) 8 Ranks
Feats: Truename Research
Utterances: Must know a Lexicon of the Crafted Tool utterance
A Jormengand Speaker's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (Any) (Int), Truespeak (Int), and Use Magic Device (Cha).
Skills Points at Each Level: 4 + int
Hit Dice: d6
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special Truspeak 1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Palindromic Verse +1 level of Truespeak 2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Word of Unification, The Serpent's Kiss +1 level of Truespeak 3rd +2 +1 +1 +3 Word of Blessing +1 level of Truespeak 4th +3 +1 +1 +4 Word of Unification, The Serpent's Tongue +1 level of Truespeak 5th +3 +1 +1 +4 Word of Curse +1 level of Truespeak
Truenaming: At each level, you gain an increased caster level for your utterances and new utterances known as if you had gained a level of Truenamer.
Palindromic Verse (Ex): Jormengand Speakers often take interest in palindromes as a representation of their belief in the power of the word and in the circular, unifying nature of all things. When combined with words of power, this pastime grants them enhanced power. A Jormengand Speaker is attempting to speak in palindromic verse whenever the utterance they are attempting to use would form a palindrome with the most recent utterances that they used. For example, if Alex the Truenamer attempted Reversed Speed of the Zephyr, Knight's Puissance, Reversed Knight's Puissance, and Speed of the Zephyr in succession (whether the utterances are Quickened or otherwise modified or not), they would be speaking in palindromic verse for the Reversed Knight's Puissance and Speed of the Zephyr utterances. If, however, the utterance preceeding those four utterances was Universal Aptitude, and Alex attempted to use Archer's Eye afterwards, they would no longer be speaking in palindromic verse. Utterances made in palindromic verse do not count towards Truespeak penalties for the Law of Resistance, and with each utterance attempted in palindromic verse grants a stacking +2 bonus on Truespeak checks. In the previous example, Alex would get a +2 bonus on the Truespeak check to use Reversed Knight's Puissance, and another +2, for a total bonus of +4, on the check to use Speed of the Zephyr.
Word of Unification (Ex): You gain advancement in Truenaming (as the Truenaming feature above), as if you had gained a number of levels in truenamer equal to one half (rounded down) the number of levels you possess for which Truespeak is a class skill, but which do not advance Truenaming.
The Serpent's Kiss (Ex): You gain a bite attack which deals 1d4 damage (if you are medium). If a creature is rendered helpless by one of your utterances, you may make a coup de grace against that creature with your bite as a move action. If you kill a creature of at least your CR-3 in this fashion, you gain a +1 on Truespeak checks for an hour. Some Jormegand Speakers refer to this as "completing the circle."
Word of Blessing (Su): By increasing the DC of any utterance by 10, you may add a blessing to one of your utterances. If you succeed on the Truespeak check, then in addition to the normal effect of the utterance, the target is affected by Divine Favor, as the spell.
Greater Word of Unification (Ex): As Word of Unification, except the number of levels of Truenaming advancement increases to three quarters (rounded down) the number of levels you possess for which Truespeak is a class skill, but which do not advance Truenaming.
The Serpent's Tongue (Ex): Your tongue becomes forked, like that of a serpent. To a Jormegand Speaker, the serpent's forked tongue is a symbol of unification despite the appearance of dualism. You may ignore the Law of Sequence for a single utterance at any given time.
Word of Curse (Su): By increasing the DC of any utterance by 10, you may add a curse to the effect of the utterance. If you succeed on the Truespeak check, then in addition to the normal effect of the utterance, the target is affected by Bestow Curse, as the spell. If you increase the DC by 15, you may instead add the effect of Bestow Curse, Greater, as the spell.