Some hold that if one had the eyes to see, the world would be revealed as a symphony of celestial music, each theme playing out its part on the stage of reality. For some bards, this intuition is true. When they let the scales slip from their eyes, they see the unyielding overture of music that connects all levels of reality. With this knowledge, they gain some ability to add refrains of their on choosing. This fine-tuning bypasses spellcasting and directly affects what others see as reality.
Hit Dice: d8
To take a planar bard substitution level, a character must be about to take his 3rd, 6th, or 12th level of bard.
Bard planar substitution levels have the class skills of the standard bard class plus Knowledge (factions) (int).
Skill Points at Each Level: 6 + Int modifier.
All of the following are features of the bard’s planar substitution levels.
Planar Inspiration (Su): A bard of 3rd level or higher with 3 or more ranks in a Perform skill who selects this planar substitution benefit can use his music or poetics to protect his allies from the alignment traits of a plane. The bard must perform for a full minute, spending a standard action to concentrate on his performance each round. At the end of the performance, he makes a Perform check (DC 15 for mild alignment traits, or DC 25 for strong alignment traits). The bard can’t take 0 on this check.
Success indicates that the bard and each ally within 30 feet who saw or heard the bard perform for the full mintue don’t take the normal penalty on checks made on planes whose alignments differ from their own for 24 hours. This is a mind-affecting ability.
This benefit replaces the inspire competence bardic performance gained by a standard bard at 3rd level.
Planar Dissonance (Su): A bard of 6th level or higher with 6 or more ranks in a Perform skill who selects this planar substitution benefit can use music or poetics to influence intraplanar and extraplanar portals, moderate or severe planar breaches, and other discrete passages between planes (complete planar breaches cannot be affected). The portal, breach, or other qualifying passage to be affected must be centered within 60 feet. The bard must know about the portal.
Each round of the performance, he attempts a DC 20 perform check. The bard can’t take 10 on this check. Success indicates that the bard can redirect the portal destination to the mouth of any other active portal or breach he has personally travelled through in the past 30 days. Redirection automatically fails if the portal chosen as the temporary endpoint is no longer active. Only creatures and objects are affected by redirection, not traits (which leak through planar breaches). Creatures that enter the portal from the bard’s side of the portal, or creatures that would otherwise arrive at the bard’s location through the portal, instead arrive at the endpoint of another portal chosen by the bard this round. The portal to which the bard redirects travellers continues to connect to its original destination; if a redirected creature attempts to go back through the bard-influenced portal, it doesn’t return to the bards location, but instead to that portal’s natural endpoint.
The bard may keep up the dissonance for 10 consecutive rounds (this counts as 2 rounds of the bard’s bardic performance.)
This benefit replaces the suggestion bardic music ability gained by a standard bard at 6th level. If the bard later qualifies for the mass suggestion bardic music ability, he gains the suggestion ability instead.
Planar Discordance (Su): A bard of 12th level or higher with 12 or more ranks in a Perform skill who selects this planar substitution benefit can attempt to create a minor planar breach (as the precipitate breach spell). The bard must perform for 1 full minute, spending a standard action each round to concentrate on the performance.
At the end of the performance, the minor breach comes into existence with an onset time of 1d4 rounds, as indicated by the precipitate breach spell description. If the bard has further uses of his bardic performance ability for the day, he may attempt to exacerbate the breach further, as described in the spell description.
This benefit replaces the soothing performance bardic music ability gained by a standard bard at 12th level.