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8.1.3 THE BARD CLASS

The Bard class is a rather recent formalisation of the wisdom of the Great
Bard, Scarlatti, God of the Arts. During a casual festival of the arts, Ralph
Mercadia, long a singer and performer, learned the songs of Scarlatti and was
encouraged to continue to develop the songs and skills of the Bard by that
ancient deity. Thus was born the still-young class of Bard.

Bards may be swashbuckling adventurers, contemplative wordsmiths, or raucous
performers. Regardless of the path they choose, they all share a love of music
and the written arts in all their forms. This focus on creativity must not be
mistaken for a careless attitude towards life, however. Though it may seem
strange, a bard has perfected his voice and body to such a finely honed edge
that a skilful one can stand his ground against even a fully-armoured knight.

The Bard skills are of two distinct kinds: physical and musical. The musical
skills involve singing, chanting, and other voicecraft as well as tunes played
with instruments, either alone or with other bards. The physical skills are
those of the dashing rogue: leaping from treetops, duelling with a blessed
rapier, acrobatics to let you both attack and escape attack, and so on.

The skills themselves are Voicecraft, Swashbuckling, and Harmonics. A fledgling
in this class will possess Voicecraft and Swashbuckling, gaining Harmonics upon
embracing class.

See also: HELP VOICECRAFT, HELP SWASHBUCKLING, HELP HARMONICS, HELP 8, HELP
CLASS