I am planning on a character who is a wizard that will enter the dweomerkeeper1 prestige class as soon as possible, with a single-level dip in cloistered cleric to meet the divine spellcasting requirement of dweomerkeeper, plus the associated goodies of a cleric dip (skill points, Knowledge Devotion, etc).
Since I get the otherwise-useless turn undead class feature, thinking about the Divine Defiance feat as a way to use them.
This build has a host of problems all associated with caster level:
I need divine caster level 3rd to pick Divine Defience, while I am planning one-level dip into Cleric only;
I am probably going to couterspell enemy spells with dispel magic2 at least from time to time, but:
my wizard caster level is one level behind already;
even with full caster level, dispel check modifier of a lone character level is extremely unreliable, assuming the party may face casters of higher level then our character level occasionally;
I am looking for something to fill those levels prior to dweomerkeeper with. With at least something more useful than empty levels (from second to fourth) of a wizard class. For now I'm looking on mindbender with all it's prerequisites easily met aside from caster level 5th. If I can improve my caster level, I can meet that requirement early, before taking dweomerkeeeper.
As having high caster level is overall useful, I'm interested in ways of heightening it directly. Useful answer should adress a way to do it before character's entry into dweomerkeeper or one or two levels later at maximum. Ideally for both cleric and wizard, but if there is no such a way, the Wizard's is much more important. Bead of karma is certainly useful, and I'll probably buy one sooner or later but I need permanent thing to help me qualify for feat and class.
I am aware of the problems with the dweomerkeeper class, but supernatural spell is houseruled a little and I won't be looking for any shenanigans.
I am aware of Improved Counterspell and it may be an alternative, though a mediocre one. Also I'm probably going to specialize, so spells from some schools would be unavailable.