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Bard

Alignment: Any

Mentorship Ability

Apprentices who study a mentor’s bard class levels learns all bard spells their mentor knows, adding them to their list of spells known for the day. The apprentice casts spells learned from a bard mentor as arcane spells. Spells cast this way use the apprentice’s Charisma regardless of what ability their mentor uses to modify their spells. This ability does not allow an apprentice to cast spell they cannot learn due to their Charisma score or level. Apprentices treat spells learned this way just as any other spontaneous spell caster would their spells known. Your caster level is equal to your  apprentice level, and your save DCs and concentration checks are Charisma-based. You’re considered to have the bard spell list for purposes of spell completion items and spell trigger items.

Advanced Mentorship Ability

Apprentices who study a mentor’s bard class levels and chooses bard for their advanced mentorship ability for the day gains the bard‘s bardic performance class feature. When determining which performances the apprentice can perform, the effects of their performance, and the number of rounds per day they can perform, the apprentice’s effective bard level is equal to his apprentice level minus 3. In addition, if the apprentice and an ally are performing the same bardic performance simultaneously, its effects are enhanced. If the performance has a DC, the DC increases by 2. If the performance provides a competence bonus, the competence bonus increases by 1. Each performer must spend maintain their performance for this enhancement to persist.

Cooperation Power

Apprentices who study a mentor’s bard class levels and chooses bard for their cooperation power may, as a free action, spend a cooperation point to empower their own or an ally’s ability to begin a performance. The chosen performer treats their bard level as 6 higher for the purposes of determining the action required to activate a bardic performance. This ability lasts until the start of the apprentices next turn.

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