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Morning Glory Blade
By Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel

Morning Glory Blade, Brd 6 (CR 6)

Morning Glory Blade: Female elf Brd 6; CR 6; Medium-size humanoid; HD 6d6; hp 21; Init +3; Spd 30 ft.; AC 14, touch 14, flat-footed 11; Atk +6 melee (1d8+2/19-20, +1 longsword), or +9 ranged (1d8+1/x3, masterwork mighty composite longbow [+1 Str bonus] with masterwork arrows); SQ bardic knowledge +6, bardic music (countersong, fascinate, inspire competence, inspire courage, suggestion) 6/day, elf traits; AL NG; SV Fort +2, Ref +8, Will +4; Str 13, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 16.

Skills and Feats: Diplomacy +12, Knowledge (history) +9, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +9, Listen +1, Perform (singing, dancing, lute, panpipes, lyre, drum, drama, mime, juggling) +12, Search +2, Spot +1; Dodge, Mobility, Spring Attack.

Bardic Knowledge: Morning Glory Blade can make a bardic knowledge check with a bonus of +6 to see whether she knows some relevant information about local notable people, legendary items, or noteworthy places.

Bardic Music: Morning Glory Blade can use her song or poetics to produce magical effects on those around her.

Countersong (Su): Morning Glory Blade can counter magical effects that depend on sound by making a Perform check for each round of countersong. Any creature within 30 feet of her that is affected by a sonic or language-dependent magical attack can use Morning Glory Blade's Perform check result in place of his or her saving throw if desired. Countersong lasts for 10 rounds.

Fascinate (Sp): Morning Glory Blade can cause a single creature within 90 feet that can see and hear her to become fascinated with her. Morning Glory Blade's Perform check result is the DC for the opponent's Will save. Any obvious threat breaks the effect. Fascination lasts 6 rounds.

Inspire Competence (Su): An ally within 30 feet who can see and hear Morning Glory Blade gets a +2 competence bonus on skill checks with a particular skill for as long as he or she can hear the music.

Inspire Courage (Su): Allies who can hear Morning Glory Blade receive a +2 morale bonus to saves against charm and fear effects and a +1 morale bonus to attack and weapon damage rolls. The effect lasts for 5 rounds after the ally can no longer hear her.

Suggestion (Sp): Morning Glory Blade can make a suggestion (as the spell) to a creature she has already fascinated. A Will save (DC 16) negates the effect.

Elf Traits: Morning Glory Blade is immune to magic sleep spells and effects. She has a +2 racial bonus on saves against enchantment spells or effects. She also has low-light vision (can see twice as far as a human in low-light conditions) and is entitled to a Search check when within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door as though actively looking for it. As an elf, she has Martial Weapon Proficiency (composite longbow, composite shortbow, longbow, longsword, and rapier) as bonus feats. Morning Glory Blade also has a +2 racial bonus on Listen, Spot, and Search checks (already figured into the statistics given above).

Bard Spells Known (3/4/3; save DC 13 + spell level): 0 -- detect magic, flare, ghost sound, open/close, read magic, resistance; 1st -- charm person, cure light wounds, identify, mage armor; 2nd -- blur, silence, sound burst.

Possessions: Ring of protection +1, +1 longsword, masterwork mighty (+1 Str bonus) composite longbow, 25 masterwork arrows, potion of jump, potion of spider climb, potion of invisibility, lute, 100 gp pearls (2).

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