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    Warsong Berserker

    Music is universal to all cultures. It is a form of art, and expression of passion, and a way of life. And for some, it is the key to power. Certain savage tribes are lead in battle by Warsong Berserkers, warriors who submit to the frenzy of music. They fight without care for themself or their allies, instead simply dancing a deadly step to the music they hear in their heads.

    Hit Die: d10.

    Requirements
    To qualify to become a Warsong Berserker, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
    Alignment: Any chaotic
    BAB: +5
    Skills: Intimidate 6 ranks, Perform 6 ranks
    Special: Must have the bardic music class feature and the rage or frenzy class feature

    Class Skills
    The Warsong Berserker’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Balance (Dex), Climb (Str), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Escape Artist (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Hide (Dex), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), and Tumble (Dex).
    Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

    {table]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special|Spellcasting

    1st|+1|+2|+0|+2|Bardic Music, Frenzied Dance, Rage|+1 level of existing casting class

    2nd|+2|+3|+0|+3|Chords of Decimation|

    3rd|+3|+3|+1|+3|Fervorsong|+1 level of existing casting class

    4th|+4|+4|+1|+4|Harmonic Focus|

    5th|+5|+4|+1|+4|Greater Rage|+1 level of existing casting class

    6th|+6|+5|+2|+5|Battle Cadence|

    7th|+7|+5|+2|+5|Elegy of Death’s Denial|+1 level of existing casting class

    8th|+8|+6|+2|+6|Syncopated Strike|

    9th|+9|+6|+3|+6|Bolero of Fierce Clarity|+1 level of existing casting class

    10th|+10|+7|+3|+7|Climactic Crescendo|
    [/table]

    Class Features
    All the following are class features of the Warsong Berserker prestige class.

    Weapon and Armor Proficiency
    Warsong Berserkers gain no additional weapon or armor proficiencies.

    Spellcasting
    Whenever an odd-numbered Warsong Berserker level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in whatever arcane spellcasting class he belonged to before he added the prestige class. He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If a character had more than one arcane spellcasting class before he became a Warsong Berserker, he must decide to which class he adds each level of Warsong Berserker for the purpose of determining spells per day.

    Bardic Music (Su)
    Warsong Berserker levels stack with Bard levels for determining how many uses of bardic music the Berserker receives per day. In addition, a Warsong Berserker may use bardic music while in a rage.

    Frenzied Dance (Su)
    Whenever a Warsong Berserker enters a rage, he may spend a single use of his bardic music. If he does, he gains a bonus to Charisma equal to half the bonuses to his Strength and Constitution, rounded up, for the duration of the rage.

    Rage (Ex)
    Warsong Berserker levels stack with Barbarian levels for determining how many uses of the rage ability the Berserker receives per day.

    Chords of Decimation (Su)
    Whenever a 2nd level Warsong Berserker attacks while in a rage, he may add half his Cha modifier to the damage roll as a morale bonus. At 6th level, he may instead add his full Cha modifier.

    Fervorsong (Su)
    A 3rd level Warsong Berserker may spend three uses of his bardic music in place of a single use of his rage ability in order to enter into a rage. If he does, he does not need to spend an additional use of bardic music to use his frenzied dance ability.

    Harmonic Focus (Su)
    Whenever a 4th level Warsong Berserker attacks while in a rage, he may spend a single daily use of his bardic music. If he does, he adds half his Cha modifier to all attack rolls he makes until the beginning of his next turn. At 7th level, he may spend two uses of music to instead add his full Cha modifier.

    Greater Rage (Ex)
    At 5th level, a Warsong Berserker’s bonuses to Strength and Constitution during his rage each increase to +6, and his morale bonus on Will saves increases to +3. The penalty to AC remains at -2.

    Battle Cadence (Ex)
    A 6th level Warsong Berserker may concentrate to maintain a bardic music effect as a swift, rather than a standard, action.

    Elegy of Death’s Denial (Su)
    Whenever a 7th level Warsong Berserker is reduced to -1 to -9 hp, he does not become disabled, but instead fights on normally. In addition, he automatically enters a rage, though doing so does not require him to expend any uses of the ability. Finally, he does not have to spend bardic music uses to use his harmonic focus ability.

    Syncopated Strike (Su)
    Whenever a 8th level Warsong Berserker successfully damages an enemy with a melee attack after using his harmonic focus ability, he may spend a use of his bardic music. If he does, the enemy must make a Fortitude save, 10 + the Warsong Berserker’s class level + the Warsong Berserker’s Cha modifier, or be stunned for 1 round.

    Bolero of Fierce Clarity (Su)
    Whenever a 9th level Warsong Berserker is targeted by a mind-affecting spell or effect, he may spend a use of bardic music as a immediate action. If he does, he automatically succeeds on any save he is allowed against the effect. If the effect has a caster or manifester level higher than his character level, then he does not automatically succeed, but gains a +5 resistance bonus on the roll.

    Climactic Crescendo (Sp)
    As a standard action, a 10th level Warsong Berserker in a rage may spend two daily uses of bardic music to unleash a devastating howl, as the greater shout spell, with caster level equal to his class level and a DC 20 + the Warsong Berserker’s Cha modifier.
    Last edited by The Demented One; 2008-12-25 at 09:34 PM.
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