General Prestige Class : Dragonsong Lyrist

The dragonsong lyrist taps into the power of dragonsong, an ancient form of performance that originated among the draconic races, to create strange and wondrous magical effects.

Many bards become dragonsong lyrists, though rogues and even a few monks have been known to pursue the class. Multiclass barbarian/bards and sorcerer/rogues also make good dragonsong lyrists.

Dragonsong lyrists are usually loners, though they occasionally congregate to share new songs or poems. They get along well with bards and sorcerers, and some occupy positions of great respect in barbarian tribes.


To qualify to become a Dragonsong Lyrist, a character must fulfill all the following criteria:

Class Skills

The dragonsong lyrist's class skills are Bluff, Concentration, Craft, Diplomacy, Knowledge (arcana), Listen, Perform, and Sense Motive.

Skill Points at Each Level: 4 + Int modifier.

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the dragonsong lyrist prestige class.

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A dragonsong lyrist gains no proficiency with any weapons, armor, or shields.

Greater Dragonsong (Su): Once per day per class level, a dragonsong lyrist can use song or poetics to invoke the power of dragonsong. Invoking dragonsong requires a standard action. In the case of effects that require a saving throw, the DC is equal to 10 + lyrist's class level + lyrist's Cha modifier. The bonus from the Dragonsong feat also applies to this save DC.

In cases where the character continues a greater dragonsong effect over the course of multiple rounds (such as song of strength), the dragonsong lyrist can fight while using greater dragonsong but cannot cast spells, activate magic items by spell completion (such as scrolls), or activate magic items by command word (such as wands). Maintaining a greater dragonsong effect does not require concentration.

A deaf dragonsong lyrist has a 20% chance to fail when using greater dragonsong. If she fails, the attempt still counts against her daily limit.

Song of Strength: A 1st-level dragonsong lyrist can imbue herself and her allies with great physical power. The dragonsong lyrist and all allies within 30 feet who can hear her gain a +4 morale bonus to Strength for the duration of the lyrist's performance and for 5 rounds thereafter. This is a mind-affecting ability.

Song of Compulsion: At 2nd level, a dragonsong lyrist can use her greater dragonsong to make a suggestion to a single creature within 30 feet who can hear the lyrist. A Will save negates the effect. This is an enchantment (compulsion, mind-affecting language-dependent effect. Dragons take a -2 penalty on this saving throw.

Song of Flight: A 3rd-level dragonsong lyrist can grant herself and her allies the ability to fly, as the spell of the same name. This song affects the character and a number of allies equal to her Charisma modifier (all of whom must be able to hear the lyrist) and lasts for 1 minute per level. This is a transmutation effect.

Song of Fear: At 4th level, a dragonsong lyrist can use her song or poetics to inspire fear in her foes. All enemies within a radius of 30 feet x class level are subject to the effect if they have fewer HD than the dragonsong lyrist. A potentially affected creature that succeeds on a Will save remains immune to that dragonsong lyrist's frightful presence ability for 24 hours. On a failure, creatures with fewer than half the dragonsong lyrist's HD become panicked for 2d6 rounds and those with HD equal to or greater than half the dragonsong lyrist's become shaken for 2d6 rounds. Dragons are immune to this ability, as are any creatures immune to fear. This is a mind-affecting effect.

Song of Healing: A 5th-level dragonsong lyrist can use her greater dragonsong to heal herself and her allies. Each ally within 30 feet who can hear the dragonsong lyrist regains hit points and ability points as if he or she had rested for a full day. No character may benefit from this ability more than once per hour. This is a conjuration (healing) effect.

Spellcasting: Each time an even-numbered dragonsong lyrist level is gained, the character gains new spells per day and spells known as if she had also gained a level in a spell-casting class she belonged to before she added the prestige class. She does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained (improved chance of controlling or rebuking undead, metamagic or item creation feats, and so on). This essentially means that the character adds 1/2 her dragonsong lyrist level to the level of whatever spellcasting class she has, then determines spells per day and caster level accordingly.

If a character takes two or more levels in this class before having any levels in a spellcasting class, she does not receive this spellcasting benefit. If she thereafter takes levels in one or more spellcasting classes, she becomes eligible to receive the spellcasting benefit for any level in the dragonsong lyrist class that she has not already attained. For example, a 6th-level monk/2nd-level dragonsong lyrist does not receive the spellcasting benefit for being a 2nd-level dragonsong lyrist because she did not belong to a spellcasting class before taking 2nd level in the prestige class. If she then picks up one or more levels of wizard before advancing to 4th level in the dragonsong lyrist class, she receives the spellcasting benefit of a 4th-level dragonsong lyrist (when she attains that level) but does not receive the 2nd-level benefit retroactively.

Dragonsong LyristHit Die: d6
1st+0+0+2+2Greater dragonsong (song of strength)-
2nd+1+0+3+3Greater dragonsong (song of compulsion)+1 level of existing class
3rd+2+1+3+3Greater dragonsong (song of flight)-
4th+3+1+4+4Greater dragonsong (song of fear)+1 level of existing class
5th+3+1+4+4Greater dragonsong (song of healing)-

Source: Draconomicon

General Prestige Classes