Canticle Knight (Bard/Paladin)

There are many who seek allies to further the cause of good only when their own strength fails them. Such an ally is the canticle knight, a roaming warrior that wields song and sword in the name of her god. Canticle knights have been imbued with divine power. As such, they only unite themselves with those they deem as worthy vessels of righteousness in times of great need, and empower them with divine gifts granted from their deity. With an unwavering conviction in the goodness of their companions, canticle knights refuse to allow others to descend into wickedness and are ever encouraging them through reason and example to maintain their faith. The canticle knight numbers both men and women among its ranks, all of whom are dedicated to knowledge and purity, bring great glory to their orders, and seek to sanctify the hearts of all who possess a glint of goodwill within them. (Original Concept by Byrdology)

Primary Class: Bard.

Secondary Class: Paladin.

Alignment: Any good.

Hit Die: d8.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The canticle knight may select three paladin skills to add to her class skills in addition to the normal bard class skills. The canticle knight gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The canticle knight is proficient with all simple and martial weapon, with light armor, and with shields (except tower shields). A canticle knight can cast arcane spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a canticle knight wearing medium armor or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure if the spell in question has a somatic component. A multiclass canticle knight still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.

Spellcasting: The canticle knight casts arcane spells drawn from the bard spell list, and adds the following paladin spells to that list at the indicated spell levels: 1st level—bless, bless weapon, divine favor, endure elements, protection from chaos/evil/law; 2nd level—blessing of courage and life*, holy shield#, resist energy, shield other, vestment of the champion#; 3rd level—holy whisper*, litany of defense†, litany of eloquence†, sanctify armor*, veil of positive energy; 4th level—divine arrow†, litany of righteousness†, litany of warding†, sacred bond*; 5th level—archon’s aura#, bestow grace of the champion#, bright blade of victory#; 6th level—blaze of glory*, litany of thunder†, litany of vengeance†. A canticle knight otherwise casts spells as a bard equal to her canticle knight level. (