I've been putting together a build I'm calling the “Disney Princess”, inspired by the classic archetype — friend to all living things, sings to inspire their companions, can accomplish mundane tasks in a musical montage featuring adorable woodland creatures.
The build I've come up with is:
- Bard 1
- Druid 3
- Bard 1
- Green Whisperer 2 (Dragon 311 p.69)
- Arcane Hierophant 3
- Sublime Chord 1
- Arcane Hierophant 7
- Green Whisperer 2
This is an actual character I intend to play, if I can get it all to work correctly. (I'm planning to deliberately drop a couple of power tiers by trading away Wild Shape, picking on-theme spells, and writing a massive personal ban list.)
Anyway, as I understand it, I'd end up with a Bard caster level of 7 (Bard 2 + Green Whisperer 2 + Arcane Hierophant 3) and a Sublime Chord caster level of 17 (everything but Druid). I would like to take Practiced Spellcaster to improve this.
If I take Practiced Spellcaster (Bard), then I would end up with a Bard caster level of 11. If I take Practiced Spellcaster (Sublime Chord), then I would eventually have a Sublime Chord caster level of 20. But would Practiced Spellcaster (Bard) also improve my Sublime Chord caster level?
I've seen a dozen contradictory interpretations of how Sublime Chord combines with other things and all of them make my head hurt (and with the build I'm looking at, I probably deserve it). In the end, I might just propose a simplified rewrite to the DM. But if there is a clear-cut answer by the rules as written, then at the very least I would like to use that as a starting point.