The ancient art of soulsinging was derived from empathetic bards who wished to soothe the suffering of spirits and a soul muse is a master of this time-honored binder tradition.
A soul muse can seal pacts with spirits. The character’s binder level equals his or her bard level, and the character binds spirits as an occultist of that same level.
At 1st level, the soul muse aligns with three constellations. A soul muse cannot align with constellations that oppose other aligned constellation. Also, the soul muse cannot seal pacts with spirits whose constellation opposes one of the aligned constellations. The soul muse is treated as a binder of ½ his or her bard level when making binding checks with all unaligned spirits.
A soul muse has one less spell known at each spell level (including cantrips) than is normal for a bard (minimum 0), as presented under Table: Bard Spells Known.
This ability replaces bardic knowledge.
At 2nd level, a soul muse can attempt to temporarily gain access to spells that he or she does not know. By exhausting a bound spirit’s major granted ability as a full-round action, the soul muse can select 1 spell that is on the bard spell list that he or she does not know and attempt a binding check (DC equals 15 + double the spell’s level). If the check succeeds, the muse’s inspiration has allowed him or her to immediately cast the selected spell as a spell-like ability. Using this ability expends one bard spell slot of an equal or greater level. The bard cannot alter this spell with class abilities, feats, or similar modifications. On a failed binding check, the inspiration fails and the bard loses the spell slot as if suffering arcane spell failure.
This ability replaces versatile performance.
This ability replaces well-versed.
At 5th level, a soul muse is able to sing a chilling ballad to increase the effectiveness of a performance. The muse can add a bound spirit’s level to the saving throw DCs of bardic performances and bardic masterpieces as a swift action until the end of the turn. A soul muse must add a verbal component (singing) to his or her bardic performance when using this ability, even if their bardic performance doesn’t normally rely on verbal components. Soulsinging causes the spirit’s major granted ability to become expended for 5 rounds. Rapid Recovery and similar abilities do not reduce the number of rounds that the granted ability is expended. The muse can use this ability once daily at 5th level and one additional time per day for every 7 levels the muse possesses thereafter (maximum 3/day at 17th level).
This ability replaces loremaster.
Pact Magic Unbound, Vol. 1. Copyright, 2012, Radiance House. Author(s): Alexander Augunas, Dario Nardi