Faction Guide: Spells: Sotto Voce

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First off, great book.

However, I am a bit puzzled by the bard spell level for the spell "Sotto Voce" (page 61. it hasn't been added to d20pfsrd.com yet, so I can't link to it for ya).

Sotto Voce:

School necromancy (fear, mind-affecting, sonic)
Level bard 1, cleric 0, sorcerer/wizard 0
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V
Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./level)
Target one humanoid creature of 4 HD or less
Duration 1 round
Saving Throw Will negates
Spell Resistance yes
Your dry, rasping whisper rills a living creature of 4 or fewer Hit Dice with unnatural dread. The affected creature must make a Will save or be shaken for 1 round.

This spell seems about on par with other 0 level bard spells like Daze and Flare. It is also significantly weaker than the spell Cause Fear (srd & prd) which is also a level 1 bard spell. In fact, what Sotto Voce does when a creature FAILS it's will save is exactly what Cause Fear does when a creature MAKES their will save. And Cause Fear can affect up to 5 HD, and is not limited to humanoids. o_O

Obviously I will be houseruling it down to a 0 level bard spell, but I'd like to know if there is a reason for it being a level 1 spell for bards.

typo? or something I'm missing completely?



The only one advantage I see is that it has no somatic component, a bard can cast it while wearing weapon and shield (or when tied up but making a guard shaken doesn't help that much) but I'd still not use it if it's level 1 since I either want to go melee or to cast mind affecting stuff, a bard's no magus, even if he's a melee bard (like treantmonk's skirmisher build)

Plus, a bard is a skill monkey with a high charisma, he could also simply intimidate his foes without magic

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I am constantly amazed at level of musical knowledge of the members of the paizo creative staff, even going so far as to make opera a prominent feature of one of the major world powers, the Italy-inspired Cheliax. If you ever want help, guys, just let me know XD

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