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2009-02-12, 08:10 PM
The Awenydd

Myrddin Wyllt, an Awenydd

The mysteries of the awen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awen) are not known to many, but to those who do know its ways know that the mysteries of the world are often whispered into the ears and minds of those who know to listen. These men and women, known as Awenydd, are prophesiers and mystics of the natural world who are capable of relating this otherworldly wisdom through song and story. Awenydd hail almost entirely from multiclass bard/druids, as the class focuses on uses of bardic music.

Hit Die: d6.
To qualify to become an Awenydd, a character must fulfill all the following criteria.
Skills: Concentration 4 ranks, Diplomacy 6 ranks, Knowledge (history) 8 ranks, Knowledge (any) 4 ranks, Perform (sing) 8 ranks, Speak Language (Druidic).
Feats: Iron Will, Skill Focus (Perform, singing or oratory)
Spellcasting: Able to cast both 1st level arcane and 2nd level divine spells.
Special: Must possess the Trackless Step class feature.

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+2|Bardic knowledge, bardic music, awen|+1 level of existing bard spellcasting class / +1 level of existing druid spellcasting class

+3|Inspiration, battle awen +1|+1 level of existing bard spellcasting class / +1 level of existing druid spellcasting class

+3|Savant of the awen|+1 level of existing bard spellcasting class / +1 level of existing druid spellcasting class

+4|Prescient sense, battle awen +2|+1 level of existing bard spellcasting class / +1 level of existing druid spellcasting class

+4|Master of the awen|+1 level of existing bard spellcasting class / +1 level of existing druid spellcasting class[/table]

The Awenydd’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Bluff (Cha), Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Diplomacy (Cha), Knowledge (all) (Int), Perform (Cha), Sense Motive (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).
Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

All of the following are class features of the Awenydd prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: Awenydd gain no additional weapon or armor proficiencies.

Spells per Day: When a new Awenydd level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in his bard spellcasting class and his druid spellcasting class . He does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. This essentially means that he adds the level of Awenydd to the level of bard and druid levevls the character has, then determines spells per day and caster level accordingly.

Bardic Knowledge (Ex): An Awenydd can attempt to recall some relevant piece of information about local notable people, legendary items, or noteworthy places. See the bard class feature, page 28 of the Player's Handbook. She adds her Awenydd class level to her bardic knowledge checks, so her bardic knowledge checks have a bonus equal to her bard level + her Awenydd level + her Int modifier.

Bardic Music (Su): An Awenydd adds her class level to her bard level to determine the number of times per day she can use her bardic music, the bardic music abilities she can employ, and the power of those abilities. For example, a 5th-level bard/3rd-level druid/3rd-level Awenydd can use her bardic music eight times per day, can use any bardic music ability an 8th-level bard could use (assuming she meets the Perform skill rank requirements), and is treated as an 8th-level bard for adjudicating the effects of those abilities (such as number of targets, save DC, and so forth).

Inspiration (Ex): By expending a use of bardic music as an immediate action, the Awenydd gains a morale bonus to a single saving throw roll equal to his class level.

Awen (Su): The Awenydd gains the unique ability to tap into the awen, a mystical and otherworld insight that few can tap into. This insight is accessed by falling into a sort of trance and spending ten minutes within it (often eating a handful of hazelnuts). During this time, the Awenydd weaves a tale in accordance to her desires and gleans special insight. This tale can be simply spoken or turned into a song. Once per day at 1st level, and an additional time per day at 3rd and 5th levels, the character can expend a single use of his bardic music and may utilize this oracular talent to cast an augury (without material components) to learn something important from the other world. In addition, the Awenydd may use the awen as an identify spell when trying to determine the true nature of an object.

Battle Awen (Su): Through use of bardic song, the Awenydd can inspire others to greater courage and zeal in battle. By sharing through his song his gift of foretelling, his inspire courage ability is improved by +1 and the bonus shifts from a morale bonus to an insight bonus. This ability approves to +2 at 4th level.

Savant of the Awen: An Awenydd of 3rd level may use the awen to use the spell divination instead of augury when using a daily use of his awen ability. In addition, he may use the awen to investigate the nature of magical objects as per the legend lore spell.

Prescient Sense (Ex): Due to their innate connection with the forces of prophecy and inspiration, an Awenydd is able to react to danger before he consciously knows there is danger present. If exposed to any effect that normally allows a character to attempt a Reflex saving throw for half damage (such as fireball), she takes no damage with a successful saving throw. Prescient sense is considered to be the evasion class feature for the purposes of meeting prerequisites for feats and prestige classes. Unlike evasion, prescient sense can be used if the Awenydd is wearing any type of armor.

Master of the Awen: At 5th level, an Awenydd may use the awen in a single minute, instead of as an extended ten minute action. In addition, he may now use the awen as if he were using the vision spell, with a caster level equal to his effective bard level + his Wisdom modifier.

2009-02-12, 11:59 PM
This looks pretty neat; the flavor is nice, and it has some delectable features. However, I'd be worried that there PC's entering this class lose no caster levels (in fact, advances two separate, gaining 5!), two good saves, and 3/4 BAB, along with those interesting features. If it were me, I'd probably have it lose the good Fort save, it addition to 2 levels of divine caster and/or 1 level of arcane, since it focuses more on the talents lent by the bard side.