Bard

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Classes: Barbarian | Bard | Cleric | Druid | Fighter | Monk | Paladin | Ranger | Rogue | Sorcerer | Wizard

Prestige Classes: Arcane Archer | Assassin | Blackguard | Champion of Torm | Divine Champion | Dragon Disciple | Dwarven Defender | Harper Scout | Pale Master | Psionicist | Shadowdancer | Shifter | Weapon Master

Overview

Basics

Description: Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. His magic emphasizes charms and illusions, and the bard can also play an inspiring song that strengthens him and his allies. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched.

Alignment Restrictions: Any non-lawful

Hit Die: d6

Proficiencies: Armor (Light, Medium), Shields, Weapons (Simple)

Skill Points: (Int modifier * 4 at 1st level) 4 + Int modifier

Skills: Appraise, Bluff, Concentration, Craft armor, Craft trap, Craft weapon, Discipline, Heal, Hide, Listen, Lore, Move silently, Parry, Perform, Persuade, Pick pocket, Spellcraft, Taunt, Tumble, Use magic device

Selectable Class Feats: Ambidexterity, Arcane Defense, Brew Potion, Craft Wand, Curse Song, Deflect Arrows, Extra Music, Greater Spell Penetration, Lingering Song, Quicken Spell, Scribe Scroll, Skill Focus (Use Magic Device), Spell Focus, Two-Weapon Fighting, Weapon Proficiency (Exotic), Weapon Proficiency (Martial)

Primary Saving Throw(s): Reflex, Will

Base Attack Bonus: +3/4 levels

Spellcasting: Arcane (Charisma-based, no spell preparation, spell failure from armor is a factor). Bards begin the game knowing four cantrips. Must have a Charisma score of 10 + the spell’s level to cast a spell.

Bard

Special Abilities & Feats

Spells

Cantrips

First level spells

Second level spells

Third level spells

Fourth level spells

Fifth level spells

Sixth level spells

Spells per Day

Class Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 2 * * * * * *
2 3 0 * * * * *
3 3 1 * * * * *
4 3 2 0 * * * *
5 3 3 1 * * * *
6 3 3 2 * * * *
7 3 3 2 0 * * *
8 3 3 3 1 * * *
9 3 3 3 2 * * *
10 3 3 3 2 0 * *
11 3 3 3 3 1 * *
12 3 3 3 3 2 * *
13 3 3 3 3 2 0 *
14 4 3 3 3 3 1 *
15 4 4 3 3 3 2 *
16 4 4 4 3 3 2 0
17 4 4 4 4 3 3 1
18 4 4 4 4 4 3 2
19 4 4 4 4 4 4 3
20 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

Known Spells

Class Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 4 * * * * * *
2 5 2 * * * * *
3 5 3 * * * * *
4 5 3 2 * * * *
5 5 4 3 * * * *
6 5 4 3 * * * *
7 5 4 4 2 * * *
8 5 4 4 3 * * *
9 5 4 4 3 * * *
10 5 4 4 4 2 * *
11 5 4 4 4 3 * *
12 5 4 4 4 3 * *
13 5 4 4 4 4 2 *
14 5 4 4 4 4 3 *
15 5 4 4 4 4 3 *
16 5 5 4 4 4 4 2
17 5 5 5 4 4 4 3
18 5 5 5 4 4 4 3
19 5 5 5 5 5 4 4
20 5 5 5 5 5 5 4


Epic Bard

The epic bard's music is beyond inspiring, beyond heartrending, beyond perfection. With just a song, the bard can weaken the cruelest creature or inspire allies to the heights of power and bravery.

Hit Die: d6

Skill Points: 4 + Int modifier

Bonus Feats: The epic bard gains a bonus feat every three levels after 20th. In other words, at levels 23, 26, 29, 32, 35, and 38.

Epic Bonus Feats

Arcane Defense, Curse Song, Epic Skill Focus (all but Animal empathy), Epic Spell Focus, Epic Will, Extra Music, Great Charisma, Great Dexterity, Greater Spell Focus, Improved Combat Casting, Lasting Inspiration, Lingering Song

Epic Selectable Class Feats

Automatic Quicken Spell I - III, Automatic Silent Spell I - III, Automatic Still Spell I - III, Blinding Speed, Epic Spell Penetration

Notes

  • Bards make effective Shadowdancers.
  • Bards experienced in combat who have dragonblood running through their veins can become a Red Dragon Disciple
  • Bards are supposed to be one of the more common character classes on Ysgard because there is always something Epic going on.
  • Bards on Ysgard usually worship Olidammara