I'm considering whether to place a high-level magic item in my epic-level game.
On page 28 of the PHB, under the bard 'spells' section, it states (emphasis mine):
As noted above, a bard need not prepare his spells in advance.
Could a bard choose to prepare spells in advance, and thereby gain the benefit of the vest of the archmagi (Magic Item Compendium, page 145)?
it allows [the wearer] to recall up to three arcane spells that he had previously prepared and cast (as a pearl of power, except that it can be used for any spell up to 9th level and activating it requires only a swift action).
The description of the pearl of power (DMG, page 263) states:
...Once per day on command, a pearl of power enables the possessor to recall any one spell that she had prepared and then cast. The spell is then prepared again, just as if it had not been cast.
Note I'm aware of 'Memento Magica' from the Magic Item Compendium. This is not an 'asking for solutions' type question Instead I am interested in determining the following, by RAW:
- May a bard choose to prepare spells?
- Is that sufficient to enable the benefit of items such as a pearl of power and a vest of the archmagi?