Ah I messed something up. Certain things of UA are allowed on a case by case basis, it's ToB and Incarnum that are outright banned. Can't get them all right.
Bardic Sage Variant is allowed as are racial subs.
So 1st and 6th level Gnome subs on Bardic Sage variant until level 10 when I switch to Seeker of the Song (PrC from Comp. Arc). That sounds like a plan.
Skill focus (Perform[song]) - pre-req for the Seeker of the Song
Versatile Spellcaster (useful for anyone that has a spells list)
0 - Lullaby, Prestigitation, Songbird, (Gnomish cantrips), spare
1 - Grease, Silent Image, Beastland Ferocity, Cheat, Improvisation, Inspirational Boost, Invisibility (Swift), Master's Touch, Combined Talent, Share Talents
2 - Alter Self, Glitterdust, Suggestion, Entice Gift, Grace, Sonorous Hum, Whirling Blade, Magic Savant, Harmonize
3 - Dispel Magic, Glibness, Haste, Slow, Summon Monster III, Listening Coin, Alter Fortune
4 - Dimension Door, Dominate Person, Hold Monster, Shadow Conjuration, Summon Monster IV, Protege, Ruin Delver's Fortune, Sirine's Grace, Celerity
MW Studded Leather (regional)
5 thunderstones (regional)
2 potions of cure light wounds (regional)
+1 Shortbow (2330)
Crystal Echoblade (4310)
I'm 90% sure there's a vest of something that was recommended for bards but I can't find it (it was a very unique name). Maybe I'm losing the plot?
Thing is the folks are going away for nearly a month soon and I'm not looking forward to that one bit. So yeah.... I'll be dealing with the PND (amongst other things) a lot more than occasionally.