Bards are semi-spell users who combine skill at arms with a hybrid of elemental and mental magic. Their song spells allow them to enhance not only their own skills in combat, but those of all in their party. Bards are also masters of lore, adept at revealing the secrets of magic items. Nearly as versatile as Rangers, Bards are somewhat more adept at using magical devices, but less so at physical skills, such as combat or maneuvering. Heavy armor will restrict their spellcasting abilities.
- Main article: Bard Base
PREP 1001 or PREP HOLDSONG SING or SING <target>
- Main article: Loresinging
While holding an item in your right hand, sing a song whose lyrics inquire about the nature of the object. Use a semicolon (;) to separate lines.
loresing Sparkling stone I found this night;Tell me why you shine so bright?;Do you by chance possess a spell,;Or sharpen weapons very well?;Are you worth much if I sell,;Or should I throw you in the well?
If you are skilled enough and use the appropriate keywords, something of the item's nature will be revealed to you.
- Main article: Instrument learning
All professions can PLAY musical instruments, but only bards are capable of mastering the art.
Bards also have the ability to train in the following combat maneuvers, none of which are exclusive to the bard profession.
- A Beginner's Guide to Playing a Bard (work-in-progress)
- Comprehensive Bard Guide
- Archales' Bard Guide
- Loresinging and Purifying Gems Guide
|Bard Profession - edit|
|Spell Circles: Bard Base Spells | Minor Elemental Spells|
|Professional Highlights: Sonic Weapons, Shields, & Armor | Loresinging | Purifying Gems|
|Popular Archetypes: Polearms Bard | Sword & Board Bard | Pure Bard|
|Profession - edit|
|Squares: Rogue | Warrior | Monk|
|Semis: Bard | Paladin | Ranger|
|Pures: Cleric | Empath | Sorcerer | Wizard|