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    Dragon Chorister

    (Just realized I never gave this its own thread after making it 5 months ago for a contest)

    "When the moon hides the sun on the first day of Winter, I shall stand atop the lost temple of Bahamut, built in the days of the first scions of mortal and dragon, and I shall sing the song that ends the world. Do you think you can stop me?" - Klarin Viong, a rather mad Dragon Chorister

    Legend says that long ago the dragon god Io created floated in the primal chaos, and raising his voice he sang. The notes of this song ordered the chaos giving it shape, dividing the elements from one and each other and giving the nuclei of belief and faith around which the planes of the Great Wheel formed. Long has Io slept, and even the great wyrms have forgotten his songs, but some amongst the shorter lived races have sought out their lost notes and hope to, even if only with an echo of his power, sing the songs once more that order reality.

    Adventures: Dragon Choristers seek the lost song. While some bury themselves in ancient lore and tomes, and others resign themselves to mere stage musicians singing in bars and palaces, many go out to hunt the notes of power in the world. While some of these seekers do find relics which contain wisdom and information, others find that the notes resonate from within, that by experiencing life to its fullest they can call out the very notes of reality. It is these most likely to adventure, going from land to land, and danger to danger, for no goal greater than the adventure nor less than the understanding of reality itself.

    Characteristics: Dragon Choristers sing the songs of creation itself. While this mainly allows them to bolster their allies, as they gain in power and skill they learn to sing chords which can heal the wounded, cure disease, or even overcome death. Not all of the notes of the song are beneficial, some chords can crush the minds of enemies, weakening them or even destroying them entirely.

    Alignment: Just as Io the Ninefold Dragon contains all alignments within himself, so too did the song of creation which called forth both the Abyss and Mount Celestia. A Dragon Chorister can be any alignment. A good aligned dragon chorister may seek the Song of Creation to improve the world, mending the places where abuse of magic have scarred it, where an evil aligned dragon chorister may instead seek the Song of Creation to create their own world over which to rule as a tyrant-god.

    Religion: Many dragon choristers follow Io, though whether their worship is pleasing or even noticed by the god is unknown. Others turn to the draconic gods that he spawned, foremost amongst them Bahamut and Tiamat. It is not unknown for some dragon choristers to reject the theory of a draconic nature to their songs and to claim instead to draw their songs from other gods, perhaps most common amongst humanoids is the claim that Corellon Larethian sang these songs when he made the elves, though some dwarves claim they are Moradinís own forging songs.

    Background: Many dragon choristers learn a verse or two of power long before learning what these verses truly are. Some choristers are trained, taught by older members of the art the songs of creation passing them on from generation to generation so they will not be lost again.

    Races: Dragonbloods are naturally drawn to the draconic songs, some combination of the youthful energy of the humanoid races and the power of their draconic blood drawing them towards these songs of powers. Amongst the common races humans are the most likely to turn to the dragon songs, their continuous striving leading them to explore the dragon song more often than the races deeper set in their ways. Both elves and dwarves have a tradition of choristers, although neither accept their draconic nature. It is uncommon to see a halfling or gnome follow this path, as neither race has a strong tradition in it.

    Other Classes: Dragon choristers usually see bards as comrades; some go as far as to believe that bard song may in fact be echoes of the Song of Creation still containing some of the world-shaping notes, others simply find their musical talents compliment their own. Dragon choristers usually get along well with others in general, knowing that they must rely upon a warriorís blade and a sorcererís spell to fell the enemy and that their songs empower the others. It is with clerics that they often have the most problems as many faiths find the idea that some Song learnable even in part by mortals an affront to the power of their deity. While some accept dragon choristers, at least as long as they are willing to state the song is the song of their god, others find them wholly repugnant. Interestingly, clerics of Vecna have been noted to take actively cultivate connections with dragon choristers.

    Role: A dragon chorister primarily contributes through party buffs. They may also take the role of a party face through diplomatic skills. Their offensive chords and songs of healing allow them to more directly aid the partyís offensive, but are insufficient to make them a primary offensive character or healer.

    Adaptation: Itís easy to divorce a dragon chorister from its draconic roots, a quick name change and replacing the use of Io with whatever force is believed to have created the multiverse in your setting and the dragon chorister is a Chorister of Creation which has no connection to things draconic. Another possible adaptation would be to drop the musical aspect and change their abilities from the Song of Creation to the Words of Creation making their Hymns merely incantations and turning them into a user of truename magic (in the fluff sense not the Tome of Magic sense). If you do this replace their free ranks in Perform (Vocal) with Perform (Oratory).

    GAME RULE INFORMATION
    Dragon Choristers have the following game statistics.
    Abilities: Charisma determines the saving throw DCs of some of a Dragon Choristerís offensive abilities, and uses of many of their Healing Songs. Dexterity and Constitution determine your defenses and hit points, and Strength allows you an offense that you can easily perform while maintaining your hymns. Constitution, in addition to its importance for hit points and Fort saves, also is burnt when using your most powerful Healing Songs.
    Alignment: Any.
    Hit Die: d8
    Starting Age: As cleric.
    Starting Gold: As bard.

    Class Skills
    The Dragon Chorister's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Forgery (Int), Gather Information (Cha), Heal (Wis), Intimidate (Cha), Knowledge (each skill taken individually) (Int), Listen (Wis), Move Silently (Dex), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Search (Int), Sense Motive (Wis), Speak Language, Spellcraft (Int), and Spot (Wis).

    Skill Points at First Level: (6 + Int modifier) x 4
    Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 6 + Int modifier
    Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Verses
    1st +0 +0 +0 +2 Draconic Hymns, Vocalist 3
    2nd +1 +0 +0 +3 Healing Song (HP) 4
    3rd +2 +1 +1 +3 Chord of Entanglement 4
    4th +3 +1 +1 +4 Song of Creation (Minor) 5
    5th +3 +1 +1 +4 Healing Song (Ability Damage) 5
    6th +4 +2 +2 +5 Break the Silence 6
    7th +5 +2 +2 +5 Chord of Dragging 6
    8th +6/+1 +2 +2 +6 Healing Song (Blindness, Deafness, Paralysis) 7
    9th +6/+1 +3 +3 +6 Song of Creation (Major) 7
    10th +7/+2 +3 +3 +7 Healing Song (Death) 8
    11th +8/+3 +3 +3 +7 Dual-Hymn 8
    12th +9/+4 +4 +4 +8 Song of Creation (Fabricate), Chord of Immobilization 9
    13th +9/+4 +4 +4 +8 Healing Song (Heal) 9
    14th +10/+5 +4 +4 +9 Chord of Time 10
    15th +11/+6/+1 +5 +5 +9 Song of Healing (Death Effects) 10
    16th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +10 Song of Creation (True Creation) 11
    17th +12/+7/+2 +5 +5 +10 Chord of Stunning 11
    18th +13/+8/+3 +6 +6 +11 Healing Song (No Body) 12
    19th +14/+9/+4 +6 +6 +11 Chord of Ending 12
    20th +15/+10/+5 +6 +6 +12 Song of Creation (Genesis) 13

    Class Features
    All of the following are class features of the Dragon Chorister.

    Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: A Dragon Chorister is proficient in simple weapons, light and medium armor, and shields (except tower shields).

    Vocalist (Ex): At 1st level a Dragon Chorister gains 4 ranks in Perform (Sing), and they gain an additional rank in Perform (Sing) for each level of Dragon Chorister after the 1st. This ability may never give you more than your max ranks in Perform (Sing). Forgot to put this ability in the text in the contest version.

    Draconic Hymns (Su): The most versatile tool in a Dragon Choristerís arsenal are their draconic hymns. Verses of the Song of Creation these hymns assert a certain reality in their surroundings, either aiding those the chorister sees as allies, or destroying those who oppose them. The Draconic Hymns are divided into many verses, and even a master chorister does not know them all, and you may only sing one verse at a time. To begin singing the Draconic Hymns is a standard action, though you may continue as a free action for up to 1 minute per class level as long as you maintain a steady voice, if you quiet (to avoid detection for instance) or speak or otherwise perform an action requiring your voice (verbal components, command words) you must begin the song anew. Each verse may only be sung for 1 round before you must wait 3 entire rounds before singing it again.
    For example if you sing the Verse of Striking on the first round of combat you may not sing it again until round 5 of the encounter.
    Draconic hymns each have a range of 60-ft unless noted otherwise. Most draconic hymns only function while actively sung and within their range, both these limitations do not apply to hymns with explicit durations (although they must still be in range when they are first affected).
    The save DC for any effect of a Draconic Hymn is 10 + Ĺ Dragon Chorister level + your Charisma modifier.
    At 1st level you know 3 verses (meaning you cannot maintain the song continuously). At 2nd level, and every even level thereafter, you learn another verse.
    Draconic Hymns:
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    • Adroitness: Allies gain a +1 morale bonus to Dexterity. This bonus increases by +1 per 2 dragon chorister levels.
    • Agility: Allies gain a +10-ft enhancement bonus to each movement speed they possess and a +2 competence bonus to Reflex saves. These bonuses increase by +10-ft and +1 for every 3 dragon chorister levels you possess.
    • Aptitude: Allies gain a +2 competence bonus on skill checks. This bonus increases by +1 for every 3 Dragon Chorister levels you possess.
    • Courage: Allies gain immunity to fear. Any ally currently under the influence of a fear effect may immediately make a second saving throw against that effect with a +2 moral bonus. This bonus increases by +1 per 2 dragon chorister levels.
    • Destruction: One target takes 1d8 sonic damage per dragon chorister level. A successful Fort save halves this damage.
    • Discord: One target takes a 1d4 penalty to Charisma for 1 round per dragon chorister level; this penalty may reduce a target's Charisma to 0. This penalty is increased by 1d4 for every 4 dragon chorister levels you have obtained. A Will save reduces this penalty to 1 + 1 per 4 dragon chorister levels.
    • Doom: Each enemy within the area takes 1d4 untyped damage per dragon chorister level. A successful Will save halves this damage.
    • Halting: Target creature has all of its movement moods reduced by 10-ft, +10-ft per 3 class levels. This reduction is doubled as applies to fly speeds. Any creature which has all its movement modes reduced to 0-ft in this way may not take 5-ft steps.
    • Intensity (Arcane): Allies gain a +1 competence bonus to their arcane caster level (or caster level for invocations). This bonus increases by +1 for every 4 dragon chorister levels.
    • Intensity (Divine): Allies gain a +1 competence bonus to their divine caster level. This bonus increases by +1 for every 4 dragon chorister levels.
    • Intensity (Other): Allies gain a +1 competence bonus to their effective binder level, initiator level, and meldshaper level. This bonus increases by +1 for every 4 dragon chorister levels.
    • Intensity (Psionic): Allies gain a +1 competence bonus to their manifester level. This bonus increases by +1 for every 5 dragon chorister levels.
    • Liberty: Allies gain a +2 competence bonus to Will saves, and may make a second Will save against any mind-affecting effects already on them with one-half this bonus. This bonus increases by +1 per 3 Dragon Chorister class levels.
    • Overbearing: Allies gain a +3 morale bonus to weapon damage. This bonus increases by +1 per 2 Dragon Chorister levels.
    • Overwhelming: The save DCs of spells and abilities of your allies are increased by 1 + 1 per 6 Dragon Chorister levels you possess.
    • Protection: Allies gain a +2 morale bonus to all saves and AC. This bonus increases by +1 per 4 Dragon Chorister levels you possess.
    • Rage: Allies gain a +1 morale bonus to Strength. This bonus increases by +1 per 2 Dragon Chorister class levels you possess.
    • Resilience: Allies gain a +2 competence bonus to Fortitude saves, this bonus increases by +1 per 3 dragon chorister levels. In addition allies gain DR 1/- + 1 per 2 dragon chorister levels you possess.
    • Shielding: Allies gain a +3 deflection bonus to AC, this bonus increases by +1 per 3 dragon chorister levels.
    • Striking: Allies gain a +2 insight bonus to attack rolls, this bonus increases by +1 per 3 dragon chorister levels.
    • War: Allies gain a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls, AC, and weapon damage rolls. This bonus increases by +1 per 4 class levels.



    Healing Song (Su): In addition to the reality-shaping hymns, a Dragon Chorister learns the songs that shaped life itself. More strenuous on the Choristerís personal powers than the hymns these songs can mend wounds, restore health, and even return the dead to life. Using any of these songs is a standard action, which cannot be performed while also singing a draconic hymn until the dragon chorister is capable of using the dual hymn ability.
    At 2nd level a Dragon Chorister learns the least of these songs allowing them to heal 2 x their class level x their Charisma modifier in hp each day. They do not need to perform this healing all in one use, and it has no effect on undead or other non-living creatures.
    At 5th level a Dragon Chorister leans how to use these songs to restore full strength to a creature weakened by disease, poison, or other draining abilities. Through the use of their Healing Songs a Dragon Chorister may heal twice their Charisma modifier in ability damage each day. They may heal 1 point of ability drain or 1 negative level as if it were 4 points of ability damage.
    At 8th level a Dragon Chorister learns to use these songs to remove blindness, deafness, or paralysis as the spells Remove Blindness/Deafness and Remove Paralysis. This ability may be used at will.
    At 10th level a Dragon Chorister may use these songs to restore the dead to life. This ability may only be used once per day, and must be performed within 10-ft of the deceasedís body and the deceased must be an applicable target for the Raise Dead spell. The target is revived without loss of level, and restored to -1 hit points but stabilized. Using this ability deals 2 points of Constitution burn to the Dragon Chorister, plus an additional 2 points of Constitution per round after the first that the target has been dead.

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    Ability Burn
    This is a special form of ability damage that cannot be magically or psionically healed. It is caused by the use of certain psionic feats and powers. It returns only through natural healing.
    At 13th level a Dragon Chorister may use their Healing Songs to replicate the effects of a Heal spell once per day +1/day per 2 additional Dragon Chorister levels obtained.
    At 15th level a Dragon Chorister may use their songs to revive the dead an additional time each day and may do so from up to 20-ft away. In addition their songs may now revive the dead from the merest scraps of a body, or from death effects (as the Resurrection spell.
    At 18th level a Dragon Chorister may use their songs to revive the dead an additional time each day and no longer need any scrap of the body or to be near where they died. They may revive any creature that can be revived by the True Resurrection spell but doing so costs a 2nd use of their ability to use Healing Songs to revive the dead. In addition using this ability only inflicts 2 Constitution burn +2 per 3 full rounds the target has been dead instead of 2 + 2 per round.

    Chord of Entanglement (Sp): The most powerful offensive songs of a Dragon Chorister resemble the arcane power words used by wizards. The least of these chords is the Chord of Entanglement. This Chord is considered a 2nd level Enchantment spell with the Mind-Affecting descriptor. A single target, hearing this chord, with an hp of less than 10 times your Dragon Chorister class level is entangled for a number of rounds based upon its hp. For the purpose of this ability your caster level is equal to your Dragon Chorister class level. A Dragon Chorister may use the Chord of Entanglement once per day, and doing so is a standard action which may not be performed while maintaining a Draconic Hymn.
    Target HP Duration
    </=1 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4+1 minutes
    >1, <3 per Dragon Chorister level 4d6 rounds
    >=3, <= 5 per Dragon Chorister level 2d6 rounds
    >5, <= 8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d6 rounds
    >8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4 rounds
    10 per Dragon Chorister level 1 round.

    Song of Creation (Minor) (Sp): A Dragon Chorister learns the echoes of the Song of Creation and even with these flawed imitations the creation of objects is an easy task. Beginning at 4th level a Dragon Chorister may through their songs duplicate the effects of a Minor Creation spell. Doing so requires one full minute of concentration and singing which makes the use of their Draconic Hymns impossible during this period. Their caster level for this effect is equal to their Dragon Chorister level. At level 8 and every 4th level thereafter you gain an extra daily use of this ability.

    Break the Silence (Su): The Song of Creation echoes through reality, refusing to be silenced by the mere magical arts of men or even the gods themselves. Beginning at 6th level a Dragon Choristerís Draconic Hymns, Healing Songs, Chords, and Songs of Creation can be uttered and heard through magical silence. A Dragon Chorister may not make other sounds in magical silence, but these words of power echo through it regardless.

    Chord of Dragging (Sp): Beginning at 7th level a Dragon Chorister gains the ability to produce a second chord of magic with their voice (the ability to sing 3 notes at once being already an extraordinary feat for a humanoid). This ability functions like Chord of Entangling, except it is considered a 4th level spell and the target is slowed (as per the Slow spell) instead of entangled for the duration. This ability is usable once per day.
    Target HP Duration
    </=1 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4+1 minutes
    >1, <3 per Dragon Chorister level 4d6 rounds
    >=3, <= 5 per Dragon Chorister level 2d6 rounds
    >5, <= 8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d6 rounds
    >8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4 rounds
    10 per Dragon Chorister level 1 round.

    Song of Creation (Major) (Su): A Dragon Choristerís understanding of the Song of Creation continues to improve. Beginning at 9th level a Dragon Chorister may through their songs duplicate the effects of a Major Creation spell. Doing so requires one full minute of concentration and singing which makes the use of their Draconic Hymns impossible during this period. Their caster level for this effect is equal to their Dragon Chorister level. At level 12 and every 4th level thereafter you gain an extra daily use of this ability.

    Dual-Hymn (Ex): A Dragon Chorister eventually comes to the realization that within the Song of Creation each verse is not sung alone, but in unison with others. Even as they develop this understanding, Dragon Choristers train and develop the ability to sing two verses together in a single person duet. Beginning at 11th level a Dragon Chorister may use the effects of two of their verses at once, or may use the effect of a single verse of their draconic hymns alongside a use of a chord, or healing song (but not a song of creation), or alongside a sung bardic music performance or other similarly sung ability (but not verbal components). You still may not speak, activate command words, cast spells with a verbal component, or otherwise use your voice while singing a Draconic Hymn.

    Song of Creation (Fabrication) (Sp): A Dragon Choristerís understanding of the Song of Creation continues to improve. Beginning at 12th level a Dragon Chorister may through their songs duplicate the effects of a Fabricate spell. Doing so requires one full minute of concentration and singing which makes the use of their Draconic Hymns impossible during this period. Their caster level for this effect is equal to their Dragon Chorister level. At level 16 and every 4th level thereafter you gain an extra daily use of this ability.

    Chord of Immobilization (Sp): Beginning at 12th level a Dragon Chorister gains the ability to produce a third chord of magic with their voice. This ability functions like Chord of Entangling, except it is considered a 6th level spell and all movement modes of the target are reduced to 0-ft for the duration instead of being entangled. The target suffers no other penalties from this effect, and if they are flying, or even falling, float motionlessly for the duration. This ability is usable once per day.
    Target HP Duration
    </=1 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4 minutes
    >1, <3 per Dragon Chorister level 3d6 rounds
    >=3, <= 5 per Dragon Chorister level 2d4 rounds
    >5, <= 8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d4+1 rounds
    >8 per Dragon Chorister level 1d3 rounds
    10 per Dragon Chorister level 1 round.

    Chord of Time (Sp): Beginning at 14th level a Dragon Chorister gains the ability to produce another chord of magic with their voice. This ability functions like Chord of Dragging, except it is considered a 7th level spell and affects up to 1 target that hears it per Dragon Chorister level. This ability is usable once per day.

    Song of Creation (True Creation) (Sp): A Dragon Choristerís understanding of the Song of Creation continues to improve. Beginning at 16th level a Dragon Chorister may through their songs duplicate the effects of a True[ Creation spell. You must still pay the XP cost of this spell, but it is reduced to 1/5th its normal cost (rounded down). Doing so requires one full minute of concentration and singing which makes the use of their Draconic Hymns impossible during this period. Their caster level for this effect is equal to their Dragon Chorister level. At level 20 you gain an extra daily use of this ability.

    Chord of Stunning (Sp): Beginning at 17th level a Dragon Chorister gains the ability to produce another chord of magic with their voice. This ability functions like Chord of Entanglement, except it is considered an 8th level spell and duplicates the effects of Power Word Stunning. This ability is usable once per day.

    Chord of Ending (Sp): Beginning at 19th level a Dragon Chorister gains the ability to produce another chord of magic with their voice. This ability functions like Chord of Entanglement, except it is considered an 9th level spell and duplicates the effects of Power Word Kill except that any creature killed by this spell has its body completely destroyed even a creature immune to death effects (such as undead or constructs) with 75 or less hp is destroyed instantly. This ability is usable once per day.

    Song of Creation (Genesis) (Sp): At 20th level a Dragon Choristerís understanding of the Song of Creation has no mortal peer, and few amongst the immortals. A Dragon Choristerís songs can duplicate the effects of the Genesis power. Doing so takes 1 week of singing for 8 hours each day and the plane grows at 6 times the normal rate (the radius increasing by 6 feet each day). Unlike the spell you do not need to pay an XP cost, but may not manifest this power on the Prime Material plane. You may only have one plane created by this ability at a time, and if you create a second demiplane your first contracts by 1/30th of its size each day until destroyed.
    Last edited by Zaydos; 2016-02-07 at 11:31 PM.
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