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Chelish Opera Singer

Chelish Opera Singer CR 5

Source Inner Sea NPC Codex pg. 14
XP 1,600
Human bard 6
N Medium humanoid (human)
Init +1; Senses Perception –1


AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 14 (+3 armor, +1 deflection, +1 Dex)
hp 45 (6d8+15)
Fort +5, Ref +7, Will +5; +4 vs. bardic performance, language-dependent, and sonic


Speed 30 ft.
Melee mwk rapier +5 (1d6/18–20)
Ranged dagger +5 (1d4/19–20)
Special Attacks bardic performance 18 rounds/day (countersong, distraction, fascinate, inspire competence +2, inspire courage +2, suggestion)
Bard Spells Known (CL 6th; concentration +10)
2nd (4/day)—eagle’s splendor, enthrall (DC 17), heroism, hold person (DC 17)
1st (5/day)—charm person (DC 16), cure light wounds, silent image (DC 15), ventriloquism (DC 15)
0 (at will)—dancing lights, ghost sound (DC 14), mage hand, mending, open/close, prestidigitation


Str 10, Dex 12, Con 14, Int 13, Wis 8, Cha 18
Base Atk +4; CMB +4; CMD 16
Feats Combat Expertise, Skill Focus (Perform [act]), Skill Focus (Perform [sing]), Spell Focus (enchantment)
Skills Appraise +6, Intimidate +13, Knowledge (history, local, nobility) +13, Linguistics +5, Perform (act) +16, Perform (dance) +13, Perform (sing) +16, Sleight of Hand +10
Languages Azlanti, Common, Infernal
SQ bardic knowledge +3, lore master 1/day, versatile performance (act, sing)
Gear +1 leather armor, dagger, mwk rapier, cloak of resistance +1, ring of protection +1, courtier’s outfit, spell component pouch, silver and agate ring (worth 30 gp), silver and onyx pendant (worth 50 gp), 53 gp

Cheliax’s most talented opera singers augment their stagecraft with magical talents, lending a supernatural potency to their performances. As well, though stage battles bear only the pretense of danger, many singers study with fencing masters to hone the verisimilitude of their swordplay. Between their talents and often heated tempers, Chelish opera singers can be dangerous people to cross.

Because of the long and rich history of Chelish opera, many of its most esteemed performers are well versed in the subjects of the operas, from the exploits of royalty in the nation’s past to generals and heroes from famous battles of the Everwar, the Shining Crusade, and even the more recent Goblinblood Wars. Traditional Chelish opera, also called High Chelish opera, was written in Azlanti—the native tongue of Aroden; most operas written since the rise of the House of Thrune are instead penned in Infernal.

Chelish opera singers have no overarching guild. Individuals may belong to performing companies or work independently. Their motivations also vary widely. Some singers seek mastery of and recognition for their craft; others seek inf luence within Chelish society, or use their fame in pursuit of romantic trysts. Famous performers rub shoulders with the most rarified circles of the Chelish elite, and many singers milk these contacts for information, either to increase their own self-importance or to broker secrets to the Chelish underworld.