Keening Soul (Witch/Bard)

(Original Concept by Elghinn Lightbringer)

Primary: Witch.

Secondary: Bard.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d8.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The keening soul selects six bard skills to add to his class skills in addition to the normal witch class skills. The keening soul gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The keening soul is proficient with all simple weapons, but not with armor or shields.

Bardic Performance: At 1st level, a keening soul gains the bard’s bardic performance ability. A keening soul gains the following bardic performances and must use Perform (sing) with these performances. Bardic performance, distraction, fascinate, and scary voice replace the witch’s hex gained at 1st level. 

Distraction (Su): At 1st level, a keening soul gains the bard’s distraction performance.

Fascinate (Su): At 1st level, a keening soul gains the bard’s fascinate performance.

Scary Voice (Su): At 1st level, a keening soul can use her performance to instill fear in his enemies, reducing their resilience against fear. To be affected, an enemy must be able to perceive the keening soul’s performance. An affected enemy takes a –1 penalty on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a –1 penalty on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six keening soul levels thereafter, this penalty increases by 1, to a maximum of –4 at 17th level. Scary voice is a mind-affecting ability. Scary voice can use audible or visual components. The keening soul must choose which component to use when starting her performance. 

Moaning Spirit (Su): At 3rd level, a keening soul can use her performance to cause herself to appear translucent like a ghost and emit a frightening moan. While moaning soul is in effect, any enemy with 30 feet that hears and sees the keening soul must make a successful Will save or become shaken. At 7th level, if the target fails its Will safe, he must make a second Will save the following round or becomes frightened. Moaning soul uses audible and visual components. 

Dirge of Doom (Su): At 9th level, a keening soul gains the bard’s dirge of doom performance.