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Songstress

A songstress who wishes to further explore the magic and power of Althena’s Song often further focus their training so that they can become dramaturges.

The songstress is an archetype of the bard class, available only to females.

Bardic Performance

A songstress gains the following bardic performances. The songstress must use Perform (sing) with these performances.

Limning Verse (Su)

At 1st level, the songstress can sing a song that causes fiends to glow with an aura of silvery light. Outsiders with the evil subtype within 10 feet of the songstress that are affected, a pale glow surrounds and outlines the subjects. Outlined subjects shed light as candles. Creatures outlined by this glow take a -20 penalty on all Stealth checks. Outlined creatures do not benefit from the concealment normally provided by darkness (though a 2nd-level or higher magical darkness effect functions normally), blur, displacement, vanish, or similar effects. The light is too dim to have any special effect on undead or dark-dwelling creatures vulnerable to light. The glow can be blue, green, or violet, according to the songstress’s choice at the time of singing. The glow does not cause any harm to the objects or creatures thus outlined. At 4th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the range of this ability increases by 10 feet, to a maximum of 60 feet at 20th level.

This ability replaces fascinate.

Dedicated Performance (Ex)

At 2nd level, a songstress must choose Perform (sing) as her versatile performance skill. At 6th level, the songstress gains a bonus on Perform (sing) checks made as part of a versatile performance equal to the number of additional Perform skills in which she has the maximum number of ranks possible at her level. This bonus increases by 1 per maximized Perform skill at 10th level and every four levels thereafter, to a maximum of a +4 bonus per fully ranked Perform skill other than Perform (sing) at 18th level.

This ability alters versatile performance.

Devilbane Refrain (Su)

At 5th level, the songstress learns how to mimic aspects of Althena’s Song with her performance, enhancing her allies’ ability to combat devils and similar fiends. To be affected, a creature must be able to hear the songstress’s singing and be within 30 feet of her. Natural and manufactured weapons wielded by affected allies are treated as though they were silver for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. At 14th level, allies’ natural and manufactured weapons also gain the benefit of the evil outsider bane weapon special ability.

This ability replaces grant move action and frightening tune.

Shattering Crescendo (Sp)

At 9th level, the songstress learns to sing at frequencies capable of shattering magical effects. As a full-round action, a songstress can use 2 rounds of bardic performance to attempt to dispel a single evil spell or enchantment spell cast by an evil creature. This functions as per dispel, using the bard’s level as her caster level. At 18th level, this ability can be used on effects that can be removed by the spell esuna.

This ability replaces inspire greatness and funeral ballad.