This is a bit controversial, on one hand I'd enjoy a better SR drop, on the other hand I think druid NB is already by far the best SR drop around and balancing mobs around its aoe -16/17 drop (when the best alternatives are single target -10/12/14 ones, and the latter requires a psf abj arcane using a lvl9 slot) would make the class even more required than it is now.
I think a more interesting concept would be a torch (for bard/mage/cleric) actually increasing the SR drop of bestow curse (by 3 points I'd say, for -15 drop max, ''almost'' druid level); your defences take a big hit but, paired with Visor of Cursed Chaos, you could act in emergency as a druid-substitute, at least for the SR drop, while still not stealing their job(s).
Also, there're not many viable torches for casters So... to hijack this a bit...
Paragon Set Loot:
Base Item: Torch Weight: 5.0
Special Properties: +18 Armour Bonus //deflection, cosmetic Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 4 //mid level slots to actually have lot of room for Bestow Curse, even at various metamagic tiers Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 4 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 4 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 4 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 5 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 5 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 5 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 5 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 6 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 6 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 6 Bonus Spell Slot: Wizard Level 6 Damage Immunity: Divine 5% //there're already many phisical% and elemental% options Damage Immunity: Magic 5% Damage Immunity: Negative 5% Damage Immunity: Positive 5% Damage Immunity: Anarchic 5% //not a single XR torch gives esoteric imm, this is little but every bit helps Damage Immunity: Axiomatic 5% Damage Immunity: Ectoplasmatic 5% Damage Immunity: Primal 5% Damage Immunity: Psionic 5% Damage Immunity: Sacred 5% Damage Immunity: Vile 5% Immunity: Charmed //I honestly do not know if it's becoming a useful property, mostly cosmetic given item background Immunity: Daze //QoL immunity and fitting, not present on any XR torch. Skill Bonus: Discipline +15 Skill Bonus: Lore +15 Skill Bonus: Persuade +15 Spell Immunity: Bestow Curse //makes sense Only Usable By: Bard Only Usable By: Cleric Only Usable By: Sorceror Only Usable By: Wizard
----- Wearing this item will cause Bestow Curse to drop SR by 3 more than usual ----- Using the unique power on this item will toggle its spell slots between various spellcasting classes //bard,cleric,sorceror,wizard; BG could cast BC too but I can't really imagine a casting version for those
You lose a lot of armor class but could also swap it on demand (in that case, bards-sorcs might want to select the spellslots for another class, in order not to lose spells every time); still a big sacrifice in immunities compared to alternatives but very welcome in druid-less parties.
Should be considered a improvement to BUR caster torches imm-wise but the real competitors for the slot are asmo/caster shields like a slots-auged UR-Ward. It might give new life to monk-splashed bards, who knows.
Compare to Confluence of Silvanus In my opinion the aoe increase that the itme above gives is better fit for a robed druid.
If you version just increase by 1, but at no spellslot cost it might be more desirable without being overpowered. Or make it straight out for splash druids (up to a maximum of -17) - or even Pure druids with just LSF Trans.
I'm with Raj on this one. We're not going to up NB SR drop. Other tweaks to it are ok, and Raj's suggestion might go somewhere, but is for another build/item. OP, how do you want to proceed? Run with that, or tweak your own idea?