About Pellius Aulamaxa
Physical Appearance (All credit to artist.)
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, sap, short sword, shortbow, and whip. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and use a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.
Noble Scion: You gain a +2 bonus on all Knowledge (nobility) checks, and Knowledge (nobility) is always considered a class skill for you. You also gain an additional benefit, depending on which family you belong to.
Fast Learner: When you gain a level in a favored class, you gain both +1 hit point and +1 skill rank instead of choosing either one or the other benefit or you can choose an alternate class reward.
Lingering Performance: The effects of your bardic performance carry on, even after you have stopped performing. The bonuses and penalties from your bardic performance continue for 2 rounds after you cease performing. Any other requirement, such as range or specific conditions, must still be met for the effect to continue. If you begin a new bardic performance during this time, the effects of the previous performance immediately cease.
Civilized: You are well versed in the local laws, customs, and politics. You gain a +1 trait bonus on Knowledge (nobility) checks and Knowledge (local) checks. Knowledge (local) is always a class skill for you.
Diva in Training: The opera is perhaps the most important and prestigious form of entertainment offered in Kintargo, and the Kintargo Opera House is among the most famous of its kind. You’re hardly a superstar among the performers who’ve graced the stage there, but you have performed several times before in small parts. Just recently, you got your big break—you’d won a role in the infamous opera Huntress of Heroes, and had been studying for the role furiously before the onset of martial law dashed your plans to the dirt. Now that the Kintargo Opera House has been claimed by Barzillai Thrune, all shows have been canceled and your chance at success seems to have been lost. Yet you can’t lose hope. You still practice your skills, and some day, perhaps the Kintargo Opera House will open its doors again, at which point you intend to be center stage!
+2 to One Ability Score: Human characters get a +2 bonus to one ability score of their choice at creation to represent their varied nature. (CHA chosen)
Medium: Humans are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Humans have a base speed of 30 feet.
Bonus Feat: Humans select one extra feat at 1st level.
Skilled: Humans gain 1 additional skill rank at 1st level and 1 additional rank whenever they gain a level.
Languages: Humans begin play speaking Common and their ethnic language. Humans whose ethnic language is Common (or Taldane, in the case of Chelaxians or Taldans) do not receive an additional ethnic language. Humans with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages they want (except secret languages, such as Druidic).
Spells: A bard casts arcane spells drawn from the bard spell list presented in Spell Lists. He can cast any spell he knows without preparing it ahead of time. Every bard spell has a verbal component (song, recitation, or music). To learn or cast a spell, a bard must have a Charisma score equal to at least 10 + the spell level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a bard's spell is 10 + the spell level + the bard's Charisma modifier.
Like other spellcasters, a bard can cast only a certain number of spells of each spell level per day. His base daily spell allotment is given on Table: Bard. In addition, he receives bonus spells per day if he has a high Charisma score.
The bard's selection of spells is extremely limited. A bard begins play knowing four 0-level spells and two 1st-level spells of the bard's choice. At each new bard level, he gains one or more new spells, as indicated on Table: Bard Spells Known. (Unlike spells per day, the number of spells a bard knows is not affected by his Charisma score. The numbers on Table: Bard Spells Known are fixed.)
Upon reaching 5th level, and at every third bard level after that (8th, 11th, and so on), a bard can choose to learn a new spell in place of one he already knows. In effect, the bard “loses” the old spell in exchange for the new one. The new spell's level must be the same as that of the spell being exchanged, and it must be at least one level lower than the highest-level bard spell the bard can cast. A bard may swap only a single spell at any given level and must choose whether or not to swap the spell at the same time that he gains new spells known for the level.
A bard need not prepare his spells in advance. He can cast any spell he knows at any time, assuming he has not yet used up his allotment of spells per day for the spell's level.
Cantrips: Bards learn a number of cantrips, or 0-level spells. These spells are cast like any other spell, but they do not consume any slots and may be used again.
Famous: At 1st level, a Chelish diva may choose a region where she is famous, and within that region, the locals are more likely to react favorably toward her. The bard gains a bonus on Bluff and Intimidate checks in that area and to influence people from that area.
Bardic Performance: A bard is trained to use the Perform skill to create magical effects on those around him, including himself if desired. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st a bard can use bardic performance for 2 additional rounds per day. Each round, the bard can produce any one of the types of bardic performance that he has mastered, as indicated by his level.
Distraction (Su): At 1st level, a bard can use his performance to counter magic effects that depend on sight. Each round of the distraction, he makes a Perform (act, comedy, dance, or oratory) skill check. Any creature within 30 feet of the bard (including the bard himself) that is affected by an illusion (pattern) or illusion (figment) magical attack may use the bard's Perform check result in place of its saving throw if, after the saving throw is rolled, the Perform skill check proves to be higher. If a creature within range of the distraction is already under the effect of a noninstantaneous illusion (pattern) or illusion (figment) magical attack, it gains another saving throw against the effect each round it sees the distraction, but it must use the bard's Perform skill check result for the save. Distraction does not work on effects that don't allow saves. Distraction relies on visual components.
Fascinate (Su): At 1st level, a bard can use his performance to cause one or more creatures to become fascinated with him. Each creature to be fascinated must be within 90 feet, able to see and hear the bard, and capable of paying attention to him. The bard must also be able to see the creatures affected. The distraction of a nearby combat or other dangers prevents this ability from working. For every three levels the bard has attained beyond 1st, he can target one additional creature with this ability.
Inspire Courage (Su): A 1st-level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and improving their combat abilities. To be affected, an ally must be able to perceive the bard's performance. An affected ally receives a +1 morale bonus on saving throws against charm and fear effects and a +1 competence bonus on attack and weapon damage rolls. At 5th level, and every six bard levels thereafter, this bonus increases by +1, to a maximum of +4 at 17th level. Inspire courage is a mind-affecting ability. Inspire courage can use audible or visual components. The bard must choose which component to use when starting his performance.
Devastating Aria (Su): At 3rd level, the Chelish diva can spend 1 round of bardic performance as a standard action to direct a burst of sonically charged words at a creature or object. This performance deals 1d4 points of damage + the diva’s level to an object, or half this damage to a living creature. This performance replaces inspire competence.
Versatile Performance (Ex): At 2nd level, a bard can choose one type of Perform skill. He can use his bonus in that skill in place of his bonus in associated skills. When substituting in this way, the bard uses his total Perform skill bonus, including class skill bonus, in place of its associated skill's bonus, whether or not he has ranks in that skill or if it is a class skill. At 6th level, and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard can select an additional type of Perform to substitute.
(Sing chosen Level 2.)
Prima Donna (Ex): At 2nd level, as her efforts to outdo her rivals increase, a Chelish diva can spend additional rounds of bardic performance to augment countersong, deadly performance, fascinate, frightening tune, and scathing tirade (see below). When used, this ability gives her a +2 bonus on her Perform check or saving throw DC for those performances. The diva must spend an additional round of bardic performance for every round she uses prima donna to increase her Perform check result or saving throw DC. This ability replaces well-versed.
Hit Points: 18/18
Hit Dice: 3d8
Armor Class: 15
Touch Armor Class: 11
Flat-Footed Armor Class: 14
Initiative Bonus: 1
Base Attack Bonus: 2
Melee Attack Bonus: 3
Ranged Attack Bonus: 3
Spell Resistance: N/A
Bardic Performance: 10/14 rounds
Spells Per Day:
Level 1: 4
Base Speed: 30
Armored Speed: 20
Light Load: 50 lbs or less
Medium Load: 51 lb - 100 lb
Heavy Load: 101 lb - 150 lb
Lift Over Head: 150 lb or less
Lift Off Ground: 300 lb or less
Drag or Push: 750 lb or less
Languages: Common, Infernal, Halfling, Elven, Strix, Shadowtongue, Celestial
Favored Class: Bard
Experience Points: 0
Hero Points: 0
MWK Chain Shirt: Armor Bonus: +4; Max DEX: +4; AC Penalty: -1; Arcane Failure: 20%; Max Speed: 30 FT; Weight: 25 LB
Longsword: DMG: 1d8; CRIT: 19-20/x2; Type: S; Weight: 4 LB
Composite (+1) Shortbow: DMG: 1d6+1; CRIT: x3; Type: P; Range: 70 FT; Weight: 2 LB
Entertainer's Outfit: Weight: 4 LB; Description: Simple, yet colorful, these clothes are designed to call attention to the wearer. Useful when performing.
(MWK) Chain Shirt*****25 LB*****250 GP
Longsword*****4 LB*****15 GP
Composite (+1) Shortbow*****2 LB*****150 GP
Arrows (20)*****3 LB*****1 GP
Entertainer's Outfit*****4 LB*****3 GP
Spell Component Pouch*****2 LB*****5 GP
MWK Backpack*****4 LB*****50 GP
Belt Pouch*****1/2 LB*****1 GP
Mirror*****1/2 LB*****10 GP
Signet Ring*****N/A*****5 GP
Rope*****10 LB*****1 GP
Mess Kit*****1 LB*****2 SP
Total Weight/Value: 56 LB / 491 GP 2 SP
0 PP 1 GP 8 SP 0 CP
Reason to Protest:
To Protest the Government: Thrune’s takeover of Kintargo is just that—a takeover. Despite the government’s claims that the new lord-mayor will only remain as long as the rebellions of the Glorious Reclamation to the distant southeast continue, you fear that Barzillai Thrune and martial law might be here to stay. The time is right to strike a blow against the oppression and to make the voice of the city heard, for if Kintargo’s citizens simply roll over and accept their new lives, restoring the city to its people will become nearly impossible. You’re planning on attending the Aria Park protest specifically because it’s the largest and most organized protest yet, and if there’s any chance to make your voice heard, it’s now! You gain a +2 bonus on all Bluff and Intimidate checks made during the protest itself.
Raised as the fifth son of a third son, Pellius knew from birth that his chances of inheriting anything significant from his esteemed family were slim at best. Some would have found that to be troubling and begun plotting and scheming to... advance... up the chain of inherritance. But Pellius was not such a person. In fact, not having to worry about taking over for the family was actually quite liberating as it allowed him to instead focus on his real passion in life: the stage. Having a real talent for singing (and no small amount of talent at dancing) did not hurt matters, and soon he was on the fast track to perform his debue opera at the Kintargo Opera House. It was not to be, however, as the the recent changes in the governance of his home city have shut the venue down indefinately.
More than a little upset at being so unjustly upstaged, Pellius has headed to the rally at Aria Park to voice his displeasure with the recent actions of House Thrune.