Songweaver (Archetype)

Compatible Classes: Breakdancer, Cantor, Harmonicist, Maestro.

Songweavers have the following class features:

Scores: A score is a piece of music containing a number of melodies. Intros, outros, and melodies are drawn from the songweaver's composition book. Each score must contain a single melody, no intro, and no outro. The number of scores with which a songweaver begins play, as well as the rate at which she gains new scores and the rate at which those scores gain additional melody slots, are dependent upon her base composition class. A songweaver's composer level is also dependent upon her base composition class.

To prepare or use a score, a songweaver's composition ability score must be equal to at least 12 + the number of melodies in the score. The Difficulty Class (DC) for a saving throw against a songweaver's score is 10 + 1/2 the songweaver's class level + her composition ability modifier.

This ability modifies scores.

Composition: A songweaver's ability to modify her scores, daily replenishment of conducting duration, daily conducting duration per score, and ability to record compositions to her composition book are all based on her base composition class.

A songweaver begins play with a composition book containing 1 outro. Her composition book also begins play with melodies equal to 3 + her composition ability modifier, minimum 3. At each new songweaver level, she gains two compositions for which she meets all of the prerequisites.

Unlike other practitioners of musical composition, a songweaver may never learn intros unless she knows a special type of score that contains intros, such as a breakdancer's drop.

This ability modifies composition.

Bridge: Starting at 1st level, a songweaver masters the use of bridges, music that literally bridges the gap between the main body of a piece and its conclusion. A bridge is a special type of score that contains only a single outro. Unlike a standard score, a bridge cannot be conducted through the use of the conduct composition class feature. A songweaver has half as many bridges as she does standard scores, rounded down. If one of the songweaver’s ongoing standard scores has been conducted for at least three rounds, including this round, she may conduct a bridge as a standard action. The outro effect contained in the bridge immediately takes effect, and ends the score immediately. At the beginning of the songweaver’s next turn, she must begin to conduct a different standard score as a free action. As such, if a songweaver has only a single score with duration remaining, or if the songweaver is a harmonicist who is currently conducting all of her scores with duration remaining, she does not have a legal source to bridge to in the following round and cannot use a bridge as a result.

A songweaver cannot perform a bridge and a drop in the same round.

When a songweaver studies her composition book to prepare her scores, she also prepares her bridges.

Verse: Starting at 1st level, a songweaver masters the use of verse, or music that tells a lyrical story within a larger musical whole. A verse is a special type of score that contains only a single melody. Unlike a standard score, a verse cannot be conducted through the use of the conduct composition class feature. A songweaver has as many verses as she does scores. Whenever the songweaver begins to conduct a score or whenever she chooses to maintain a score each round, she chooses a single verse and adds the effects of that verse to the effects of the conducted score for 1 round. If the songweaver ceases to conduct for any reason, the effects of the verse also cease. If the melody contained in the chosen verse can be taken multiple times and is present in both the score and the chosen verse, then it stacks. At 10th level, a songweaver's verses contain two melodies. Whenever a songweaver performs a drop, she suppresses all of her verses for 1 round.

When a songweaver studies her composition book to prepare her scores, she also prepares her verses.


Conducting with an Archetype

As a songweaver's standard scores do not contain intros and outros, nothing happens when intros and outros are triggered by the conduct composition class feature. Should there ever be a way to temporarily add intros or outros to a standard score, a songweaver will indeed trigger them properly. This ruling also holds for other archetypes with altered scores.

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