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Monday, June 25, 2012

Onn Revised Core Rules: Bard


The Bard (Fighting-man Subclass)
Hit Dice Type:
d6.
Armor/Shield Permitted:
Light armor; Light and Medium shields.
Weapons Permitted:
Any 1-handed melee weapon; Light Crossbow, Dart,
Firearm (Pistol), Short Bow, Sling.
Prime Attribute
Strength and Charisma.
Starting Gold:
3d6x10gp.



Bards are collectors of lore and knowledge, travelling minstrels who hire for entertainment for their supper, explorers of far off lands and more. Bards travel far and wide, carrying with them the knowledge they glean from the places they visit and spread word of events great and small from town to town. Most of the tales a Bard shares with the populace at large is of the common variety, stories of great battles, or a masterful hunt by some petty lord, gossip of the court ladies and the like. Adventurers however, can learn some interesting facts about creatures, lore of a local dungeon or rumors of adventures to be had in nearby towns. On occasion, a Bard will offer to accompany, or allow himself to be hired to a band of adventures in order to create a new tale and gain more knowledge he can use.

The Bard is generally a charismatic individual and must possess at least a 10 Strength and 12 Dexterity and Charisma. As Bards progress in experience, they gain several abilities and are able to produce magical effects through their music, song and tales.

Bard Class Abilities

Bard’s Ear (1st level): Bards are attuned to sounds and noises and the tuning/playing of musical instruments. Whenever a Bard is the subject of discerning noises or performing, they gain a +2 bonus to any die rolls.

Disarming Charm (1st level): Bards are personable and gain a +2 bonus to any die rolls involving influencing the reactions of others.

Fighting-man Combat Options (1st Level): Bards have one combat option at 1st level, gaining another at 5th level and every 5 levels thereafter. See the Fighting-man Class for details.

Haphazard Lore (1st level): The Bard is a repository of various tidbits of knowledge and lore from his wanderer lifestyle and can attempt to glean information from examining an item, creature, object or writing. The Bard generally has a +1 bonus to any die rolls to glean information. At 4th level and greater this becomes a +2 bonus and at 9th level and greater he possesses a +3 bonus.

Heroic Performance (1st level): Bards have the ability to cause almost magical-like effects through the use of music, song, recitation, dance, brazenly combating foes with panache and the like that affect allies or enemies (depending on the effect generated). Heroic Performance can be used 3 times per day, plus the Bard’s Charisma adjustment. Unless noted otherwise effects last until the Bard ceases performing (maximum of 1 round per level, plus the Bard’s Charisma adjustment).

·          Captivate: The Bard can capture and hold the attention of 1d6 enemies plus his Charisma adjustment in a 30 ft radius, beginning with the closest to the farthest. If the monsters fail Ego saving throws they cease attacking but will still defend themselves until the effect ends.

·          Countersong: The Bard can suppress the effects of other creatures’ sound-based mind effects, such as a harpys charm, in a 30 ft radius around himself. If the creator of the sound-effect is within 30 ft of the Bard and fails an Ego saving throw, the effect is broken and cannot be reestablished until the Bard stops performing. Requires a sound-based type of performance.

·          Hero’s Luck: Allies within a 30 ft radius that can see and hear the Bard are affected, gaining a +1 bonus to saving throws and ‘to hit’ rolls. At 6th and higher levels this becomes a +2 bonus.

·          Hindering Magic: All spell casters within 30 ft of the Bard attempting to cast spells must succeed at an Ego saving throw with the Bard’s Charisma adjustment applied as a penalty. Failure means the spell is lost with no effect.

·          Rally: Companions of the Bard fighting within 30 ft of him gain a +2 bonus to morale and reroll any failed morale checks while under this effect. At 7th and higher levels this bonus becomes +4.

·          Song Spell: At 1st level the Bard can emulate any Healing, non-combat Illusion or Charm spell of 1st level with a use of Heroic Performance. Every 4 levels beyond 1st level (5th, 9th, etc) an additional spell level may be emulated.

·          Wayland’s Tune: If the Bard performs at least half the day while travelling, his group travels 50% farther than normal. One use of Heroic Performance will suffice to cover the day of travel.

Magic Item Enhancement (1st level): Bards playing any magical instrument gain a 50% greater result and can activate it an additional time if it has limited uses per day or week, with no penalty.

Weapon Mastery (1st level): At 1st level the Bard begins with 4 weapon slots, gaining additional slots at 4th level and every 3 levels thereafter. See the Fighting-man class for details.

Bonus Languages (3rd level): Because of their knack for picking up sounds and widely traveled lifestyles, Bards are also masters of linguistics. Bards may add an additional Language to their Languages list at every 3rd level (3rd, 6th, 9th, etc).

Decipher Writing (4th level): Bards can determine the contents of written messages, and have a +2 bonus to any die rolls to decipher any written non-magical language they encounter. They may read all spell scrolls, but suffer a 10% chance per spell level of a backfire or miscast. The exact effects are determined by the Referee.

Establish a Stronghold (9th level): A Bard can establish a stronghold in the same way as a Fighting-man. This will more resemble a college, academy, museum or library since it will be more of a center of learning than a fortified keep (although centers of learning in the wilderness can be actual keeps or fortresses for protective purposes). Followers numbering 3-36 will be attracted to the school as well as prospective Bards and sages wishing to learn from the character.
Level
Title
Experience
Hit Dice
1
Wanderer
0
1
2
Rhymer
1,625
2
3
Sonneteer
3,250
3
4
Lyrist
7,500
4
5
Skald
15,000
5
6
Troubadour
30,000
6
7
Minstrel
60,000
7
8
Muse
90,000
8
9
Bard
120,000
9
10
Bard
240,000
-
11
Bard
360,000
10
12
Bard
480,000
-
13
Bard
600,000
11
14
Bard
720,000
-
15
Master Bard
840,000
12
16
Master Bard
960,000
-
17
Master Bard
1,080,000
13
18
Master Bard
1,200,000
-
19
Master Bard
1,320,000
14
20
Master Bard
1,440,000
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2 comments:

Koren nRhys said...

Interesting spin on it, James. I particularly like how you folded spells into the performance ability rather than adding a separate spell list and progression table, and bonus languages getting added over time rather than piling them on at 1st level.
Since I;m still trying to come up with a bard I'm happy with, I may just swipe bits of this. :-)

James Bobb said...

Thanks Koren, I had been considering dropping it as a class all together for a long time until tweaking shaped it into this form.

If you want to convert it to S&W, LL, BFRPG or B/X or some similar D&D variant game, each level after 9th grant them 2 hit points instead of the additional Hit Dice at odd levels and remove the references to Onn's Weapon Mastery and Combat Options (Combat Options have a post here though if you want to use them: http://worldofonn.blogspot.com/2010/07/give-em-fighting-chance-revised.html
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