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As written Timely Inspiration states "the target gains a +1 competence bonus per five caster levels (maximum +3 bonus) on the attack roll or skill check retroactively."
As stated, it only gives a bonus once the caster reaches 5th level, despite it being a 1st level spell. There is no minimum given. How does this work? Is it meant to be a 1-4th level +1 bonus, 5th-9th level +2 bonus, and 10+ +3 bonus?
Is it a +1 bonus until 10th level at which case it becomes a +2 and then a +3 at 15th level?
Or is it just useless at 1-4th level, becoming finally useful at 5th level and up?
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My assumption is that the spell is meant to provide +1 with an additional +1 per 5 levels (so 1-4 = +1, 5-9 = +2, 10-20 = +3). However, yes, the wording suggests that it is a useless spell until level 5. Though it is rather powerful (retroactive bonuses are very useful), I doubt they'd make it useless.
I actually thought this spell only granted a +1 bonus until I re-read it last night (my bard has it). The wording of the spell confused me, too, but I think maybe it should read something akin to "grants a +1 competence bonus, increasing by +1 for every 5 caster levels (maximum +3 bonus)."
Just in case, I'm hitting the FAQ button since I didn't see a ruling on it in the FAQ section. Thanks!