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It wasn't, it just wasn't in the first players handbook. Player's Handbook 2 defines classes for Avenger, Barbarian, Bard, Druid, Invoker, Shaman, Sorcerer & Warden. My first, and so far only, D&D4 character is a bard. It works as a "Leader" type role, balanced between healing/buffs and some shiny damage effects. I'd guess that they got stripped ...


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Magic! Seriously, though, the bard knows how he does this even if we struggle to understand how it could be done. Lots of special abilities in a fantasy game are unexplainable. Nobody knows how to cast a fireball spell or turn undead either, and those remain an acceptable part of the system. The real problem we have is when we read something like this... ...


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Not at all; Bards are a very flexible and potent class At least not if you allow an admittedly-large number of supplements. Even in straight Core, Bards are fairly middle-of-the-road (decidedly better than Fighter, Monk, or Paladin, decidedly worse than Cleric, Druid, or Wizard), though they are quite limited. But if you have a lot of books available, then ...


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In such cases, it's often best to let the original author speak for themselves. Fortunately, Doug Schwegman does so at the start of his article where he introduces them to D&D. . . . I believe it is a logical addition to the D & D scene and the one I have composed is a hodgepodge of at least three different kinds, the norse ‘skald’, the celtic ...


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Original celtic bards were actually historians. All of celtic tradition was oral, so someone had to remeber it and pass it on. The poetry and music were only added to make it easier to remember. We can imagine the D&D Bard as a kind of wandering historian-in-training. He already knows some of the songs/stories, but has a long way to go - as he gains ...


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I did some research and cannot find any sort of official ruling for this. Although it seems to me the the answer is clear. You can whisper messages and receive whispered replies. Those nearby can hear these messages with a DC 25 Perception check. You point your finger at each creature you want to receive the message. When you whisper, the whispered ...


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The bard can freely attack while performing as long as the methods of attack and performance do not conflict. Description of the ability refers to the skill with the following text included: You are skilled at one form of entertainment, from singing to acting to playing an instrument. The game does not go too deep into details about one-handed, ...


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I agree: though, strict-RAW, it must be a whisper, the spell certainly seems to just be saying it has to be at least a whisper. I’ve always had it transmit all vocal speech; the whisper bit seemed only to prevent you from having silent communication à la telepathic bond.


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most of the musical instrument magic items are flutes, lutes, harps, horns, lyres, sitars, mandolins, bandores and drums. they are usually listed under wondrous items and will clearly say that a bard can use them as an implement and how they are used as such. you can find them in the PHB2.


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According to the Dungeons and Dragons Bard Wiki, the Bard as a class draws a lot of inspiration from the Pied Piper of Hamlin, which makes a lot of sense if you think about it mechanically. Someone who, in a mythological/archetypal standpoint, used wit and music to magic away children. In addition to that, the Bard finds inspiration from other fictitious ...


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The basic Sense Motive skill gives you: "You know that's not true" or "You know the person is enchanted." Sometimes that's enough. If it's a yes/no statement, knowing that yes is a lie gives you the answer. Or perhaps everyone nearby trusts your assessment of the truth over their own. However, that doesn't cover everything. True confession gives you two ...


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The exact break down of Perform subskills is largely up to the table. Most players just pick one Perform skill and stick with it, because that saves skill points; the different subskills are just so you can pick exactly what you are doing. Some players pick more than one for a few reasons, which I’ll get to, but the short answer is, “the rules ...


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I read it exctly like you did. What is this extra check worth, then? Sense motive just allows you to know someone is not telling you the truth. Tricking him into telling the truth and even revealing who instructed him to lie should never be a result of the sense motive check, thus the utility of the True Confession ability.


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A single, lone, non-multiclassed bard, is nowhere nearly as powerful as a Wizard, Cleric or Druid, especially in Core (but see below). Still, he is much more versatile than a fighter and it is a property of individual game and individual player if a character/class suffers more from a lack of raw power or from a lack of versatility. Bard's roles are social, ...


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Yes and no. Bards are designed to be flexible; they're a jack-of-all-trades, with an emphasis in being The Face. They have magic - but they're weaker than wizards and clerics. They can have rogue skills - but they're weaker than thieves, because they have multiple important stats and can't just max out dexterity. They can fight - but not as well as ...


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The Healers's Brooch definitely works as it's only pre-req is the regaining of hit points. The other two you mention are predicated on the healing keyword. Skald's Aura has this keyword so they both work. The basic rule is to determine whether or not the power/feat/etc specifically mandates the healing keyword and whether or not the power/item/etc you are ...


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Instead of looking for fantasy in the modern-fiction sense, I'd start by looking under collections of fairy tales and folk tales. They're widely studied, freely available, and often well-suited to being retold in generic forms or other settings. And this is the source material from which all modern fantasy draws. I recommend looking for children's ...


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When my player rolls and succeeds I start my answer as follows: "Actually you have heard an old gypsy prayer song back in Manigmar about the mountain gods and it seems to you now, in light of the info you just gained, that they might refer to a coven of wizards hiding up there somewhere. There is a circle of ancient stone faces in ..." So basically the bard ...


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Yeah, swinging a sword while playing a flute or a lute makes no sense. I'm not going to make any excuses for that, but it's hardly the only aspect about Pathfinder that makes little sense. There is, however, a totally legal and sensible way to interpret this in a sensible manner: Bardic Performances don't require any specific Performance skill to work; any ...


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In a sense, I agree with "Hey I Can Chan". It works basically because the rules say it works. But as comments point out, that is not very mentally satisifying. So, I know how it works mechanically, but how I can I envision it? I suspend my disbelief easily for a fireball, because that is an accepted trope and I have a pretty decent idea of how to ...


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No, they do not stack In many ways, they are used for complementary purposes. As per the long argument here, song of rest applies to your whole party, whereas you must take a subsequent short rest to recover the healing powers spent during a short rest. Under the rules for short rest: Spend Healing Surges: After a short rest, you can spend as many ...


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Here's a build, but there are holes left in it. Basically anything not being used for a deliberate purpose, I left blank, assuming you'll fill in what makes sense. There are also a lot of things marked as suggestions, usually because something isn't necessary, but would be useful. Starting Race: Human Stats: Str: 16 Dex: 13 Con: 12 Int: 14+2 (human!) ...


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Treantmonk's guide to bards recomments grease and silent image in general as first level spells, but incorrectly repeats the 3.5e behavior that grease makes people flat-footed - it does not. In general, if your level is never going to go up, then you want to avoid things with save DCs, caster levels, or that otherwise scale with level, because they will ...


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I would suggest using both Project Gutenberg and WikiSource as both have vast libraries of text and poems for free access. Most of what I think you'd be looking for would be public domain at this point since heroic tales and legends are at least a few hundred years old at this point. I'd pilfer from Arthurian legends, Norse sagas, and the classics like the ...


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Rolling Echo returns to its normal size. The phrasing here is a little finicky. The AP feature for the PP says (emphasis mine): Voice of Thunder: When you spend an action point to take an extra action, the size of any close burst attack you make during that action increases by 1, and the size of any close blast attack you make during that action ...


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The real answer is that a core bard depends on the nature of the campaign. The fascinate ability is extraordinarily powerful because it used a skill check as a save DC. And bards can pump their skill check through the roof. Fascinate, however, works BEFORE combat, not once it has started. So if you are playing in a hack and slash campaign, the bard is going ...


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I think a lot of people seriously underestimate the aforementioned "force multiplier" effect. Plus one to hit and damage, for example (or higher for higher levels), on every single one of your characters using a weapon definitely can add up over the course of a combat. A mass buff, so to speak. The ability to fill any breach at least adequately can be ...


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Battle Song Expertise only applies to songblades and instruments. This phrase, "any weapon or wondrous item that has a property allowing you to use it as an implement for your bard powers and bard paragon path powers", is for songblades (which have a property indicating they can be used as an implement for bard powers) and for certain musical instrument ...


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You choose the target and it's forced. The power reads like this (the order of lines in a power is significant, because you do them one by one): Target: One creature. You pick a creature for your power, like normal. Attack: Charisma vs. Reflex. You roll to attack. Hit: 1d8 + Charisma modifier damage, and the target is marked by an ally ...


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Retraining If I understand correctly, your problem is that any feats on Bard level 1 can't go towards Dazzling Display, because you need Weapon Focus first, and to get that you need 1 BAB. However once you're level two, you could, but you already spent the 1st level feats on other things. According to the official FAQ, retraining is a great option for ...



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