Temple Dancer (Cleric/Bard)

Deep within the holy sanctuaries of the gods are those who perform daily rites meant to demonstrate ones utmost devotion and love for their beloved deity. Many of these are but lay devotees or trained acolytes seeking the favor and blessings of their god. However, there are those blessed few touched by the hand of their god to demonstrate their devotion through ritualistic dance and song. The ritual dances of the temple dancer are special prayers of honor and glory to her deity. Through these performances, the temple dancer is blessed with greater divine power, special weapon training, and supernatural abilities for the soul purpose of enhancing her natural grace and ability to perform. She can use her dances in a variety of ways–from influencing those around her and aiding her allies, to bolstering her skills in battle against common foes on her god’s behalf. Those who come within close proximity of a temple dancer engaged in her ritual performances are in danger of harm from the wall of whirling limbs or razor sharp steel that she employs. (Orginal Concept by Oceanshieldwolf)

Primary Class: Cleric.

Secondary Class: Bard.

Alignment: Any.

Hit Dice: d8.

Bonus Skills and Ranks: The temple dancer may select three bard skills to add to her class skills in addition to the normal cleric class skills, one of which must be Perform. The temple dancer gains a number of ranks at each level equal to 4 + Int modifier.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: The temple dancer is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the temple sword, and her deity’s favored weapon (if it’s a melee weapon). The temple dancer is proficient with light armor, but not with shields.

Spellcasting: The temple dancer casts divine spells drawn from the cleric and bard spell lists. A temple dancer relies less on spells than other clerics, and can cast any spell she knows without preparing it ahead of time. However, her alignment may restrict her from casting spells opposed to her moral and ethical beliefs. The temple dance uses the bard spell progression table for her daily allotment of spells and known spells. She also receives bonus spells per day if she has a high Charisma score. The temple dancer otherwise learns and casts spells as a bard equal to her temple dancer level.

Dance of Devotion (Ex): At 1st level, whenever the temple dancer wields a temple sword or her deity’s favored weapon, she can use her Charisma modifier instead of her Strength modifier on melee attack and damage rolls. She also treats any favored melee (not ranged) weapon as a one-handed weapon of its type (bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing) when qualifying for all feats and class abilities that require such a weapon. The weapon must be sized appropriately for a creature of the temple dancer’s size. A temple dancer cannot use this ability if she is carrying a weapon that is not a temple sword, or her deity’s favored weapon.

Domain: This is exactly like the cleric’s domains ability except that the temple dancer may select only one domain. This domain must be selected from one of those granted by the temple dancer’s deity, or the new Cadence domain