No feat bonuses now. Also, note that it's rank/ability score bonus. That means either-or, not both.At first level you can 'help' by at least 10 points(+4 rank, +4 ability, +2 feat) and it only goes up from there.
That's sort of the point. Still, I have no idea how there could be a negative penalty to a skill unless you sort of devoted a lot of attention to having one.....and also, remember: Will negates. It's unlikely that anyone who could be seriously hurt by a successful use of this cantrip will ever be affected by this.Way too powerful. Can any other spell give you a +20 to a skill check? Or reduce the +20 you have to a -5
And the reduction makes even more problems. To give a person a -20 on a skill check(as they would 'loose' all their ranks for the check) is harsh. This is bad enough for mundane skill checks(the evil ninja now has a balance skill of -2..and falls off the cliff) but gets even worse for important and powerful skill checks(Arch mage goes to make a concentration check...zap it's at 0 now, taken down from +30!).