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Bard

You are a master of artistry, a scholar of hidden secrets, and a captivating persuader. Using powerful performances, you influence minds and elevate souls to new levels of heroics. You might use your powers to become a charismatic leader, or perhaps you might instead be a counselor, manipulator, scholar, scoundrel, or virtuoso. While your versatility leads some to consider you a beguiling ne’er-do-well and a jack-of-all-trades, it’s dangerous to dismiss you as a master of none.

During combat encounters...

You use magical performances to alter the odds in favor of your allies. You confidently alternate between attacks, healing, and helpful spells as needed.

During social encounters...

You persuade, prevaricate, and threaten with ease.

While exploring...

You’re a font of knowledge, folktales, legends, and lore that provide a deeper context and helpful reconnaissance for the group’s adventure. Your spells and performances inspire your allies to greater discovery and success.

In downtime...

You can earn money and prestige with your performances, gaining a name for yourself and acquiring patrons. Eventually, tales of your talents and triumphs might attract other bards to study your techniques in a bardic college.

You might...

  • Have a passion for your art so strong that you forge a spiritual connection with it.
  • Take point when tact and nonviolent solutions are required.
  • Follow your muse, whether it’s a mysterious fey creature, a philosophical
    concept, a psychic force, or a deity of art or music, and with its aid learn secret lore that few others have.

Others probably...

• Relish the opportunity to invite you to social events, either as a performer or a guest, but consider you to be something of a curiosity in their social circles.
• Underestimate you compared to other spellcasters, believing you are little more than a foppish minstrel and overlooking the subtle power of your magic.
• Respond favorably to your social charm and abilities, but remain suspicious of your beguiling magic.

Bard Advancement

Level Class Features
1 Ancestry and background, initial proficiencies, occult spellcasting, spell repertoire, composition spells, muse
2 Bard feat, skill feat
3 2nd-level spells, general feat, lightning reflexes, signature spells, skill increase
4 Bard feat, skill feat
5 3rd-level spells, ability boosts, ancestry feat, skill increase
6 Bard feat, skill feat
7 4th-level spells, expert spellcaster, general feat, skill increase
8 Bard feat, skill feat
9 5th-level spells, ancestry feat, great fortitude, resolve, skill increase
10 Ability boots, bard feat, skill feat
11 6th-level spells, bard weapon expertise, general feat, skill increase, vigilant senses
12 Bard feat, skill feat
13 7th-level spells, ancestry feat, light armor expertise, skill increase, weapon specialization
14 Bard feat, skill feat
15 8th-level spells, ability boosts, general feat, master spellcaster, skill increase
16 Bard feat, skill feat
17 9th-level spells, ancestry feat, greater resolve, skill increase
18 Bard feat, skill feat
19 General feat, legendary spellcaster, magnum opus, skill increase
20 Ability boosts, bard feat, skill feat

Bard Spells Per Day

 Level   Cantrips   1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
1 5 2
2 5 3
3 5 3 2
4 5 3 3
5 5 3 3 2
6 5 3 3 3
7 5 3 3 3 2
8 5 3 3 3 3
9 5 3 3 3 3 2
10 5 3 3 3 3 3
11 5 3 3 3 3 3 2
12 5 3 3 3 3 3 3
13 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
14 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
15 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
16 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
17 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
18 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
19 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1*
20 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1*
  • The magnum opus class feature gives you a 10th-level spell slot that works a bit differently from other spell slots.