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Bard
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Type Elemental/Mental Semi
Spell Circles Minor Elemental, Bard Base
Prime Requisites Influence, Aura
Mana Statistics Influence, Aura
Physical Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Two Weapon Combat 3/2 2
Armor Use 5/0 2
Shield Use 5/0 2
Combat Maneuvers 8/4 2
Edged Weapons 3/1 2
Blunt Weapons 4/1 2
Two-Handed Weapons 7/2 2
Ranged Weapons 4/2 2
Thrown Weapons 3/1 2
Polearm Weapons 6/1 2
Brawling 3/1 2
Ambush 4/4 1
Multi Opponent Combat 7/3 1
Physical Fitness 4/0 2
Dodging 6/6 2
Magical Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Arcane Symbols 0/4 2
Magic Item Use 0/4 2
Spell Aiming 3/10 1
Harness Power 0/5 2
Elemental Mana Control 0/6 1
Mental Mana Control 0/6 1
Spirit Mana Control 0/12 1
Spell Research 0/17 2
Elemental Lore 0/8 1
Spiritual Lore 0/20 1
Sorcerous Lore 0/18 1
Mental Lore 0/8 1
General Skills
Skill Cost Ranks
Survival 2/2 2
Disarming Traps 2/3 2
Picking Locks 2/1 2
Stalking and Hiding 3/2 2
Perception 0/3 2
Climbing 3/0 2
Swimming 3/0 2
First Aid 2/1 2
Trading 0/2 2
Pickpocketing 2/1 2

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.

Professional Highlights

Spellsongs

Main article: Bard Base

To sing a spellsong the bard must first PREPARE the song using either the spellsong number or the mnemonic. Next, the bard SINGs the song either at himself or a target.

Example:

PREP 1001 or PREP HOLDSONG
SING or SING <target>

Spellsongs depend primarily on the bard's Influence and Aura.

Loresinging

Main article: Loresinging

LORESING <lyrics>

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.

For example:

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.

Instruments

Main article: Instrument learning

All professions can PLAY musical instruments, but only bards are capable of mastering the art.

Combat Maneuvers

Bards also have the ability to train in the following combat maneuvers, none of which are exclusive to the bard profession.

Resources

Officials Folders


Guides
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