When a sentient creature touches this artifact they must immediately choose to use it for good or for awesome (not necessarily evil, but certainly selfish). Using the PoD for awesome turns a novice performer into the stuff of legends, while using it for good greatly enhances a talented performer’s already impressive skills.
For Awesome: Regardless of race, class, or skill the creature gains the Bardic Performance ability of a 9th level bard up to 25 rounds per day (this usage need not be continuous). The user is also treated as if they had 10 ranks in the Perform: Strings and Perform: Sing skills.
For Good: The user is treated as if their bard level is 5 levels higher than it actually is for the purposes of gaining new bardic performance abilities and enhancing those s/he already has. It gives the user an additional 10 rounds of bardic performance per day and gives a +5 enhancement bonus to the Perform: Strings and Perform: Sing skills.
The PoD also confers the following spell-like abilities, assuming the user has sufficient ranks in the Perform: Strings skill (skill ranks given by the PoD count towards meeting these requirements). All spell-like abilities use wielder’s CHA bonus as the relative stat when calculating spell DCs. Rank 10, 15 and 20 powers may each be used once per day.
5 Ranks: Ghost Sound (only able to create musical sounds, e.i. horns, percussion, etc.), Dancing Lights
10 Ranks: Power Word: Deaf (as Power Word: Blind) as a 10th level caster.
15 Ranks: Power Word: Stun as a 15th level caster
20 Ranks: Power Word: Kill as a 20th level caster
The PoD seems to have something of a mind of its own as it refuses to be held by one person for too long of a time. After spending about 10 years with one person the PoD must be passed on or it will find a way to escape its current wielder only to be found later by someone else.
Any person with no ranks in either Perform: Strings or Perform: Sing who touches the Pick of Destiny instantly suffers 10D6 damage and a permanent negative level.
The Pick of Destiny (PoD) is an artifact of incredible power which confers to its user supernatural musical abilities. The item itself is said to be crafted from the tooth of a particularly powerful Baelor who is none too happy to have mortals usurping even this tiny fraction of his strength. The PoD has been wielded by many people throughout the ages, each live on through history for the incredible musical performances they put on and the memorable music they left world. The PoD seems to be passed on through the generations, finding its way into the hands of the greatest performers throughout recorded history. Legend says this item can turn even the most novice minstrel into a maestro, but that it will also destroy those it deems unworthy.