Fochlucan Lyrist

Warrior, thief, spy, poet, woodland champion—the Fochlucan lyrist is a legendary figure who serves as the herald and teacher to great kings, the champion of the common folk, and the keeper of lore long forgotten elsewhere. Only the best and brightest are invited to become Fochlucan lyrists, and those who eventually win the approval of the Fochlucan College’s masters are remarkable individuals indeed, skilled in swordplay, magic, and diplomacy.

Those who aspire to join the Fochlucan College face a long and difficult road. The great bards who lead the school choose only individuals who have demonstrated skill at arms and stealth, learning and cleverness, superb talent with the lute and an ear for the stories of old. Finally, all applicants must first study the lore of the druids, learning the ways of growth and the hidden secrets of nature. Few indeed can stand up to the rigorous scrutiny of the Fochlucan masters.

Fochlucan lyrists adventure to gain information. They are spies and rumormongers, ever on the watch for news of events that may upset the balance they seek to preserve. A lyrist can serve as a diplomat, messenger, or assassin, as needed. The Fochlucans strongly believe in fostering the careers of other adventurers whose viewpoints align with their own, and many lyrists attach themselves to adventuring companies specifically for the purpose of guiding their comrades to oppose the right enemies and advance the interests of the Fochlucan College.

Level BAB Fort Ref Will Special Spells per Day
1 +1 +0 +1 +1 Bardic Knowledge +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
Companion Bond, +1 level of divine spellcasting class
Musical Companion (aid other)
Natural Empathy
2 +2 +1 +1 +1 Ignore arcane spell failure +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
3 +3 +1 +2 +2 +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
4 +4 +1 +2 +2 Musical Companion (maintain for one round) +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
5 +5 +2 +3 +3 +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
6 +6 +2 +3 +3 +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
7 +7 +2 +4 +4 Musical Companion (maintain indefinitely) +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
8 +8 +3 +4 +4 +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
9 +9 +3 +5 +5 +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class
10 +10 +3 +5 +5 Musical Companion (Start Bardic Performance) +1 level of arcane spellcasting class
+1 level of divine spellcasting class

Hit Die: d8.

REQUIREMENTS
To qualify to become a Fochlucan lyrist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
Skills: Diplomacy 6, Knowledge (arcane) 6, Knowledge (nature) 6, Perform (string instruments) 6, Sleight of Hand 6 ranks, Spellcraft 6, Speak Language (Druidic).
BAB: +4
Alignment: Neutral good, neutral, chaotic neutral, or neutral evil.
Spells: Ability to cast 1st-level arcane and divine spells.
Special: bardic knowledge, versatile performance, animal companion, and trackless step class features.

CLASS SKILLS
The Fochlucan lyrist’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Appraise (Int), Bluff (Cha), Climb (Str), Craft (any) (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Disguise (Cha), Fly (Dex), Handle Animal (Cha), Heal (Wis), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Linguistics (Int), Perception (Wis), Perform (Cha), Profession (Wis), Ride (Dex), Sense Motive (Wis), Sleight of Hand (Dex), Spellcraft (Int), Stealth (Dex), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str), and Use Magic Device (Cha).

Skill Points at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.

CLASS FEATURES

Spells per Day: When a new fochlucan lyrist level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in any one arcane spell casting class he belonged to before he added the prestige class and any one divine spell casting class he belonged to previously. He does not, however, gain other benefits a character of that class would have gained. This essentially means that he adds the level of fochlucan lyrist to the level of whatever other arcane spell casting class and divine spell casting class the character has, then determines spells per day, spells known, and caster level accordingly. If a character had more than one arcane spell casting class or more than one divine spell casting class before he became a fochlucan lyrist, he must decide to which class he adds each level of fochlucan lyrist for the purpose of determining spells per day.

Bardic Knowledge (Ex): A fochlucan lyrist’s class levels stack with levels in all classes that grant an Bardic Knowledge for the purpose of determining their Bardic Knowledge bonus’.

Bardic Performance: A fochlucan lyrist’s class levels stack with levels in all classes that grant an Bardic Performance for the purpose of determining all abilities related to bardic performance, including but not limited to gaining new songs.

Companion Bond (Ex): The fochlucan lyrist’s animal companion gains a sense of rhythm. By flapping their wings, scratching rhythmically, howling in time, dancing about, and beating the ground the animal companion can preform as a bard would. At 1st level the companion can use aid other action to help the fochlucan lyrist with bardic performance. The animal treats can now take perform (comedy, dance, percussion, sing) skills individually and treats them as class skills.

At 4th the fochlucan lyrist can stop playing and the animal companion can take over playing the bardic performance for one more round. This switch is a free action for the fochlucan lyrist and a standard action for the companion. The companion can take over but not start a bardic performance. Also the animal companion now qualifies for the following feats but needs to only meet the preform rank prerequisites to take them; Leaf Singer*, Lingering Performance*, Stone Singer*, War Singer*, Discordant Voice+, Harmonic Sage+.

At 7th level when the fochlucan lyrist stops playing the animal companion can maintain the bardic performance it indefinitely, requiring a standard action each round. The companion still can not start a bardic performance on its own.

Finally at 10th level the fochlucan lyrist’s companion can start or maintain a bardic performance as a standard action.

When the companion uses or maintains a bardic performance it uses its own preform skills. The companion has access to all forms of bardic performance and masterpieces that the fochlucan lyrist has (this does not include any other feats). When the animal companion uses bardic performance it counts against the fochlucan lyrist’s daily limit. Through use of this ability the fochlucan lyrist in effect could have two bardic performance active at the same time, but each bardic performance would decrease his daily limit separately. If a fochlucan lyrist has more than one animal companion, only one of them get the benefit of this ability.

(Advanced Players Guide*, Ultimate Combat +)

Fochlucan Lyrist

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