Role: Speakers of the word combine divine magic and the First Language, both aspects of their god’s will, into a single, cohesive whole. Their channeled energy carries the will to change the universe itself, making them particularly terrifying opponents at close quarters.
Alignment: A speaker of the word’s alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis.
Hit Die: d6
Requirements: To qualify to become a speaker of the word, a character must fulfill all of the following criteria.
- Skills: Linguistics 6 ranks.
- Spells: Able to recite from the Codex of Artifice and cast 2nd-level divine spells.
- Special: Channel energy class feature? must worship a deity and not an ideal or concept.
Skill Ranks at Each Level: 2 + Int Modifier.
|Level||Base Attack Bonus||Fort Save||Reflex Save||Will Save||Special||Spells and Recitations Per Day|
|1st||+0||+1||+0||+1||Divine recitation – 1st, religious scholar||+1 level of existing reciting class / +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|2nd||+1||+1||+1||+1||Channel the word – 1st||+1 level of existing reciting class / +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|3rd||+1||+2||+1||+2||Divine recitation – 2nd||+1 level of existing reciting class / +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|4th||+2||+2||+1||+2||Channel the word – 2nd||+1 level of existing reciting class / +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
|5th||+2||+3||+2||+3||Divine inflection, divine recitation – 3rd||+1 level of existing reciting class / +1 level of existing divine spellcasting class|
Weapon and Armor Proficiency
Speakers of the word gain no proficiency with any weapon or armor.
Spells and Recitations per Day
When a new speaker of the word level is gained, the character gains new spells per day as if he had also gained a level in any one divine spellcasting class he belonged to before he added the prestige class and any one reciting 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 speaker of the word to the level of whatever other reciting class and divine spellcasting class the character has, then determines spells per day, spells known, recitations known, access to the various codices, and caster level accordingly. If a character had more than one reciting class or more than one divine spellcasting class before he became a speaker of the word, he must decide to which class he adds each level of speaker of the word for the purpose of determining spells and recitations per day.
Divine Recitation (Su)
At 1st level, a speaker of the word has had his conceptual linkage of religion and the First Language validated by the most authoritative of sources: his god. The speaker gains a 1stlevel recitation slot. Whenever the speaker prepares divine spells for the day, he may also prepare a 1st-level recitation as though it were a non-spontaneous divine spell. No inflections may be added to this recitation. This recitation may be cast as though it were a divine spell whose spell level is equal to its recitation level and whose school is the same as the recitation’s similar school.
At 3rd level, the speaker gains a 2nd-level recitation slot that can be used in the same manner. At 5th level, the speaker gains a 3rd-level recitation slot.
Religious Scholar (Ex)
At 1st level, a speaker of the word gains a sacred bonus to truenaming checks equal to half of the class level of the divine spellcasting class that was chosen to have its spells progress as he levels in this prestige class, rounded down, minimum 1.
Channel the Word
At 2nd level, a speaker of the word gains the ability to add a recitation to his channeled energy. Whenever the speaker channels energy, he may simultaneously recite a 1stlevel recitation from the Codex of Heart and Mind. Doing so increases the activation time of the channel energy class feature to a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity and makes the ability spell-like instead of supernatural. As the activation time is already a full-round action, no inflection may be added. If the truenaming check for the recitation is successful, then all creatures affected by the channeled energy are also affected by the recitation. If the truenaming check is not successful, then nothing happens and the use of the channel energy class feature is wasted. If the recitation is counterspelled, then the entire channel energy is countered.
At 4th level, the speaker gains the ability to recite 2nd-level recitations from the Codex of Heart and Mind in the same manner.
Divine Inflection (Su)
At 5th level, the speaker of the word’s bond with his deity strengthens to the point that he can add a single inflection to each of his recitation slots granted by the divine recitation class feature.