Sublime Singer (3.5e Optimized Character Build)

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"Songs were my tutors, spells are my lovers. How could you ever compare?"

Introduction[edit]

The bardic singer who can outcast many spellcasters and outsing most bards.

References[edit]

  • Unearthed Arcana (Flaws)
  • Dragon Magic
  • Book of Exalted Deeds
  • Eberron Campaign Setting
  • Complete Mage
  • Complete Adventurer
  • Complete Arcane
  • Races of Destiny
  • Magic Item Compendium
  • Spell Compendium
  • Dungeon Master's Guide II

Game Rule Components[edit]

Progression[edit]

Starting Ability Scores (Before Racial Adjustments): (Assuming 32 Point Buy) 10 10 14 16 10 16

Race: Half-Elf

ECL Class/HD/LA Base
Attack Bonus
Saving Throws Feats Class
Features
Special
Fort Ref Will
1st Bard 1 +0 +0 +2 +2 Dragontouched, Dragonfire Inspiration, Melodic Casting Bardic Music, Bardic Knowledge, Fascinate, Inspire Courage +1, Soothing Voice
2nd Bard 2 +1 +0 +3 +3
3rd Bard 3 +2 +1 +3 +3 Song of the Heart Inspire Competence
4th Bard 4 +3 +1 +4 +4
5th Bard 5 +3 +1 +4 +4
6th Bard 6 +4 +2 +5 +5 Words of Creation Suggestion
7th Bard 7 +5 +2 +5 +5
8th Bard 8 +6 +2 +6 +6 Inspire Courage +2
9th Virtuoso 1 +6 +2 +6 +8 Draconic Heritage (Battle) Persuasive Song
10th Virtuoso 2 +7 +2 +6 +9
11th Sublime Chord 1 +7 +2 +6 +11
12th Sublime Chord 2 +8 +2 +6 +12 Obtain Familiar (Raven) Song of Arcane Power
13th Virtuoso 3 +8 +3 +7 +13 Sustaining Song
14th Virtuoso 4 +9 +3 +7 +14
15th Virtuoso 5 +9 +3 +7 +14 Extraordinary Concentration Jarring Song
16th Virtuoso 6 +10 +4 +8 +15 Inspire Courage +3
17th Virtuoso 7 +10 +4 +8 +15 Song of Fury
18th Virtuoso 8 +11 +4 +8 +16 Captivating Melody
19th Virtuoso 9 +11 +5 +9 +16 Mindbending Melody
20th Virtuoso 10 +12 +5 +9 +17 Revealing Melody

At level 20: Bard 8 / Virtuoso 10 / Sublime Chord 2

Items of Note[edit]

  • Badge of Valor
  • Vest of Legends
  • Wand of Inspirational Boost
  • +1 Harmonizing weapon
  • Speaker’s Trumpet
  • Admiral’s Bicorn
  • Metamagic Rod, Silent (used with Dispel Magic to help deal with those pesky Silence spells)

Highlights[edit]

  • Inspire Courage bonus: 4 (Base with Vest of Legends) x2 (Words of Creation) + 1 (Song of the Heart) + 1 (Inspirational Boost) + 1 (Badge of Valor) = +11d6 Sonic damage, x2 (Creaking Cacophony) = +22d6 damage to every attack any ally under the effect of your Inspire Courage song makes
  • You're able to cast spells from both that Bard and Sorcerer/Wizard list... For example, Greater Dispel Magic as a 5th level spell or Otto's Irresistable Dance as a 6th!
  • Ability to cast spells as a level 9 bard in addition to level 9 spells from Sublime Chord. (After entering Sublime Chord, have all further Virtuoso levels add to its spellcasting.)
  • Ability to Calm Emotions with a DC equal to your perform check (Soothing Voice)
  • Dominate enemies who you've Fascinated (Mindbending Melody)
  • Give all allies the benefit of True Seeing (Revealing Melody)
  • Perform and cast spells at the same time (Melodic Casting)

Further Optimization[edit]

  • With all your ranks in Use Magic Device, load up your Raven familiar with scrolls, wands, and other goodies to effectively double your actions per round
  • Pick up a mandolin (Complete Adventurer) to raise the damage done by Inspire Courage + Dragonfire Inspiration by another 1d6

Limitations[edit]

  • Areas filled with silence can greatly hinder the character

DM Counters[edit]

  • Target that low Fort save

Variants[edit]

  • Obtain Familiar, Extraordinary Concentration and Captivating Melody are not truly required for the build and may be switched out for other feats should others appeal more. Some of these include...
  • Lingering Song (CA) if you want to switch songs and keep your old song going for the entire encounter
  • Music of Growth (ECS) if you have a druid ally who likes to summon animals and plants



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Article BalanceVery High +
AuthorGhostwheel +
Final Class ProgressionBard 8 / Virtuoso 10 / Sublime Chord 2 +
Identifier3.5e Optimized Character Build +
RaceHalf-Elf +
Rated BySamahyas + and MisterSinister +
RatingRating Pending +
SummaryThe bardic singer who can outcast many spellcasters and outsing most bards. +
TitleSublime Singer +