Voice of the Dead

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The Voices are one half of the bifurcated clergy of the Corps. This all-male sect is responsible for all interactions with the ancestors, with the souls of the departed, and with the incorruptible saints. They are bearers of history, genealogy, and traditional knowledge, and hold the unique power of communing with the dead and the art raising the dead to life.

Level BAB BDB BMB Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1 +1 +0 +1 +2 +2 +2 Hallow,. Investigate Haunt, Speak with Dead
2 +2 +0 +2 +2 +2 +2
3 +3 +0 +3 +3 +3 +3 Gentle repose, Consecrate corpse
4 +3 +1 +3 +3 +3 +3 Spirit shield
5 +4 +1 +4 +4 +4 +4 Communicate with haunt
6 +5 +1 +5 +4 +4 +4
7 +6 +1 +6 +5 +5 +5 Remove curse
8 +6 +2 +6 +5 +5 +5
9 +7 +2 +7 +6 +6 +6 Resurrection
10 +8 +2 +8 +6 +6 +6
11 +9 +2 +9 +7 +7 +7 Hallow building
12 +9 +3 +9 +7 +7 +7
13 +10 +3 +10 +8 +8 +8 Commune with Ancestors
14 +11 +3 +11 +8 +8 +8
15 +12 +3 +12 +9 +9 +9 Storm of souls
16 +12 +4 +12 +9 +9 +9
17 +13 +4 +13 +10 +10 +10

Hit Die: d8
Ability requirement: Wisdom 16
Class Skills: Appraise, Craft, Diplomacy, Heal, Knowledge (all), Linguistics, Perception, Perform, Profession, Sense Motive
Skill points: 6 + Int
Weapon and Armor Proficiency: All simple weapons, light armor and shields


1st level: Hallow: Voices can call upon their holy power to benefit themselves and their allies. A Voice may use his hallow power twice per day plus half his Voice level (rounding down). There are three distinct basic functions of this power:

  • As a standard action, a Voice may expend a hallow power to grant himself and all allies within 30 feet a +1 morale bonus to all saving throws for a number of rounds equal to two plus his Wisdom modifier. This bonus increases to +2 at 4th level, +3 at 8th level, +4 at 12th level, and +5 at 16th level.
  • As a standard action, a Voice may expend a hallow power to grant himself (but not anyone else) a +1 competence bonus to any one ability check or skill roll. This bonus increases to +2 at 4th level, +3 at 8th level, +4 at 12th level, and +5 at 16th level.
  • As a standard action, a Voice may expend a hallow power to channel positive energy to neutralize a haunt within 30 feet. This causes 1d6 points of damage plus 1d6 points of damage for every two levels beyond 1st (2d6 at 3rd, 3d6 at 5th, and so on), with a Will save for half damage (DC: 10 + ½ level + Wisdom modifier).

Using the hallow power does not provoke attacks of opportunity.

1st level: Investigate Haunt: The Voice may identify disembodied spirits in the vicinity. He may make a Perception check to detect spirits within sight range, even if they are incorporeal or invisible.

1st level: Speak with Dead: The Voice may speak with the spirit of a deceased human whose body is immediately present. The individual may have been dead for any length of time but the body must be mostly intact. The Voice may ask the deceased one question, and may use this power once per day at 1st level (twice at 5th, three times at 9th, four times at 13th). Any one corpse may only be questioned once per week unless consecrated (see below). The deceased has all the knowledge it had in life but its answers may be hazy or brief.

3rd level: Gentle repose: The Voice may perform a ritual on a recently-deceased corpse to prevent it from decay for 1 day per level, extending the period during which it can be resurrected. This ritual may only be performed once on a given body.

3rd level: Consecrate corpse: The Voice can perform a rite, which must take place in a hallowed temple and takes one hour, to consecrate a corpse for longer-term care and communication as one of the ancestors. An ancestor may be asked three questions with the speak with dead power instead of one, and may be questioned once per day, and the condition of the body is no longer relevant - it can decay to bone in a vault and still be spoken with. An ancestor can no longer be resurrected or turned into a zombie.

4th level: Spirit shield: You can call upon the spirits of the ancestors to form a shield around you that blocks incoming attacks and grants you an armor bonus equal to your Wisdom bonus. At 6th level, and every two levels afterwards, this bonus increases by +1. At 14th level, this shield causes arrows, rays, and other ranged attacks requiring an attack roll against you to have a 50% miss chance. You can use this shield for 1 minute per day per level.

5th level: Communicate with Haunt: The Voice may communicate with spirits in the vicinity. He may make a Linguistics check to communicate basic information with a spirit, identify the circumstances under which the spirit came to exist and under which it can be safely sent to rest.

7th level: At this level, the Voice may use his hallow power to remove curse.

9th level: Resurrection: Once per day, the Voice may attempt to resurrect a deceased human, restoring it to life and health. The ritual is complex and requires several hours of preparation, and has only around a two-thirds chance of success, so it is never done lightly. Those who are restored to life are forever imprinted with their experiences of having been dead.

11th level: At this level, the Voice may use his hallow power to sanctify a building or natural area as per the hallow spell.

13th level: Commune with Ancestors: Once per day, the Voice may ask a question directed at all the ancestors of humanity – to learn a piece of knowledge known by any human who has ever lived. The question asked must be a ‘yes/no’ question although the answer may, at the GM’s discretion, be given as a short phrase. If no deceased human ever knew the answer to the question, the Voice receives the response ‘unknown’.

15th level: Storm of Souls: Once per day, you can summon the spirits of the ancestors to attack in a ghostly barrage—their fury creates physical wounds on creatures in the area. The storm has a range of 100 feet and is a 20-foot-radius burst. Objects and creatures in the area take 1d8 hit points of damage for every level you possess. A successful Fortitude save (DC 10 + ½ your level + your Wisdom modifier) reduces the damage by half.