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Provocateur

Source Inner Sea Intrigue pg. 45
Provocateurs are bards who use their art to make controversial political statements, undermine enemies’ reputations, and upset the status quo on a large scale. They can be found most often in areas of political unrest such as the unruly Chelish city of Kintargo, throughout rebellion-fraught Galt, and among the backstabbing upper classes of Absalom, Brevoy, and Taldor.

Provocateur (Ex): A provocateur adds 1/2 his bard level on skill checks to reduce a target’s influence (Ultimate Intrigue 102) and on skill checks to reduce a target’s attitude toward another creature or organization.

This replaces bardic knowledge.

Calumny (Ex): At 2nd level, a provocateur can use his Perform (comedy, oratory, or sing) modifier in place of his Bluff and Diplomacy modifier on checks to spread a rumor and in place of his Intimidate modifier on checks to demoralize foes.

This ability replaces the versatile performance gained at 2nd level.

Damning Performance (Su): At 4th level, a provocateur can cause all observers fascinated by her fascinate performance to become less friendly to a target creature or group of her choice for 10 minutes per bard level. Affected observers’ attitudes toward the target, the target’s influence (Ultimate Intrigue 102) with affected observers, and affected observers’ trust level as contacts (Ultimate Campaign 148) for the target are all reduced by one step. If she reveals information during the performance that would reduce those creatures’ attitudes anyway, those attitudes worsen by an additional step for the duration. If the provocateur engages in a verbal duel (Ultimate Intrigue 176) against the target with an audience affected by damning performance, she automatically gains two edges.

At 18th level, the duration increases to 1 day per bard level.

This ability replaces suggestion and mass suggestion.