Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A New Take on the Bard

I talked about a Bard concept a while back; here is the final presentation:



Bard

Requirements:                      DEX 12, WIS 15, CHA 15
Prime Requisite:                   None
Hit Dice:                                D6
Weapon Proficiencies:        3 + 1 every 4th level

Bards are artists who have learned to alter reality through the use of their artistic talents. Bards focus their magical artistic talents on song, music, and dance, but also study other art forms from painting and sculpting to juggling and acting.

Bardic Magic: Bards learn motifs that enable to them to perform their magic arts. Bards may perform any motif known any number of times per day so long as the total number of rounds performed does not exceed their Charisma score. Refer to the Bard's Compendium (next post coming up) for complete rules and effects.

A Capella: Starting at first level, Bards may perform motifs a capella. These performances have a casting time of 2 segments* and take effect immediately. After the casting time, Bards may continue to perform and take other actions such as moving, fighting, and being hit. However, they may not cast other spells or invoke other magics without first ending their performance. 

Harmonize: At 2nd level, Bards may Harmonize their a capella performances with other Bards, allowing two such songs to be in effect at once.

Cantata: Starting at 3rd level, Bards may perform the Cantata version of their known motifs. These performances have a casting time of 4 segments* and take effect upon the beginning of the following round. Bards must use both hands and an instrument to perform a cantata and it requires full concentration that is broken upon being damaged. Bards may only move 5' per round and take no other actions while performing a cantata.

Concerto: At 5th level, Bards may perform the most powerful version of their Motifs known. These performances have a casting time of 8 segments* and take effect upon the beginning of the following round. A concerto has the same concentration requirements as a cantata.

Read Scrolls: At 12th level, Bards may cast arcane spells from scrolls.

BARD LEVEL PROGRESSION
Experience
Level
Attack
Bonus
Hit Dice (D6)
0
1
1
1
2,000
2
1
2
4,000
3
2
3
8,000
4
2
4
16,000
5
3
5
32,000
6
3
6
64,000
7
4
7
128,000
8
4
8
256,000
9
5
9
512,000
10
5
10
725,000
11
6
+2
1,000,000
12
6
+4
1,275,000
13
7
+6
1,550,000
14
7
+8
1,825,000
15
8
+10



BARD MUSIC PROGRESSION
Motifs Known
Musical Ability
1
A Capella
2
Harmonize
2
Cantata
3

3
Concerto
4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13


*I use the term segments here but not in the strict AD&D sense. Whatever time scale you use, A Cappella performances should take half of a round/action/whatever you use, Cantatas should take a whole round, and Concertos should take 2 rounds.

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