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The Bard

I created a variant Bard for Arcana Unearthed, to fill the gap as the second Charisma caster. Now from what I understand the variant Bard from the complete book of Eldritch might is supposed to fill this gap. I'm not that found of Spellsongs, however, and was looking for a more traditional caster. I'll have to fine tune it a little, so it's a work in progress.

Hit Die:D6

Class Skills: Appraise(Int), Balance(Dex), Bluff(Cha), Climb(Str), Concentration(Con), Craft(Int), Decipher Script(Int), Diplomacy(Cha), Disguise(Cha), Escape Artist(Dex), Gather Information(Cha), Jump(Str), Knowledge(All skills taken individually)(Int), Listen(Wis), Perform(Cha), Sense Motive(Wis), Sleight of Hand(Dex), Sneak(Dex), Speak Language(n/a), Spellcraft(Int), Swim(Str), Tumble(Dex), Use Magic Device(Cha)

Skill Points at 1st level: (6+Int modifier)x4
Skill Points at each additional level: 6+Int modifier

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: A Bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, sap, shortsword, shortbow, and whip. Bards are proficient with Light armor and shields.

Spells: Bards have access to simple spells and all complex Illusion spells, and Complex spells with the Sonic energy descriptor. If a Bard would nromally have access to said complex spells for a given level (Through the Complex spell feat, or the Sonic Mage feat) they gain access to Exotic Illusion or Sonic Energy spells of that level. A Bard may choose to ready any simple spell provided they can cast spells of that level. They ready spells ahead of time, any of which they can up to the maximum number of spell slots available to them for each given level. To ready or cast a spell, the Bard must have a Charisma score of at least 10+ the spell's level. The Difficulty Class for a saving throw against a Bard's spell is 10+ the spell's level+ the Bard's Charisma modifier. Bonus spells for Bards rely on Charisma.

Bards never gain access to 8th or 9th level spells

Bard spells always have both somatic and verbal component. However the somatic component for Bard spell's is relatively simple, and thus, a Bard can cast spells while wearing light armor without incurring the normal spell failure chance. However a Bard wearing medium or heavy armor or using a shield incurs a chance of spell failure normally.

Most of the Bard's special features are described in D&D 3.5 or Arcana Unearthed. The following are the effects for those abilities not listed in either source.

Persuasive: At 7th level a Bard gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Bluff checks, and Intimidate checks.

Trustworthy: At 10th level a Bard gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Diplomacy checks and Gather Information checks.

Mimic: At 15th level a Bard gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Disguise checks and Perform checks.

The Bard
Level

Base Attack

Bonus
Fortitude Save Reflex Save Will Save Special
1 +0 +0 +2 +2 Bardic Music, Countersong, Fascinate
2 +1 +0 +3 +3 Bardic Knowledge
3 +2 +1 +3 +3 Inspire Courage +1
4 +3 +1 +4 +4 Inspire Competence
5 +3 +1 +4 +4 -
6 +4 +2 +5 +5 Suggestion
7 +5 +2 +5 +5 Persuasive
8 +6/+1 +2 +6 +6 Inspire Courage +2
9 +6/+1 +3 +6 +6 Inspire Greatness
10 +7/+2 +3 +7 +7 Trustworthy
11 +8/+3 +3 +7 +7 -
12 +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Familiarity with Magic
13 +9/+4 +4 +8 +8 Song of Freedom
14 +10/+5 +4 +9 +9 -
15 +11/+6/+1 +5 +9 +9 Mimic
16 +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Inspire Courage +3
17 +12/+7/+2 +5 +10 +10 Inspire Heroics
18 +13/+8/+3 +6 +11 +11 Mass Suggestion
19 +14/+9/+4 +6 +11 +11 -
20 +15/+10/+5 +6 +12 +12 Inspire Courage +4


Spell Slots Per Day
Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 3 - - - - - - -
2 4 0 - - - - - -
3 4 1 - - - - - -
4 4 2 - - - - - -
5 5 2 0 - - - - -
6 5 2 1 - - - - -
7 5 2 2 - - - - -
8 6 3 2 0 - - - -
9 6 3 2 1 - - - -
10 6 3 2 2 - - - -
11 6 3 3 2 0 - - -
12 6 4 3 2 1 - - -
13 6 4 3 2 2 - - -
14 6 4 3 3 2 0 - -
15 6 4 4 3 2 1 - -
16 6 5 4 3 2 2 - -
17 6 5 4 3 3 2 0 -
18 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 -
19 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 -
20 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 0
Spells Readied At One Time
Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 5 - - - - - - -
2 5 2 - - - - - -
3 6 3 - - - - - -
4 6 3 - - - - - -
5 6 3 2 - - - - -
6 6 3 3 - - - - -
7 7 4 3 - - - - -
8 7 4 3 2 - - - -
9 7 4 3 3 - - - -
10 7 4 4 3 - - - -
11 8 5 4 3 2 - - -
12 8 5 4 3 3 - - -
13 8 5 4 4 3 - - -
14 8 5 5 4 3 2 - -
15 9 6 5 4 3 3 - -
16 9 6 5 4 4 3 - -
17 9 6 5 5 4 3 2 -
18 9 6 6 5 4 3 3 -
19 9 7 6 5 4 4 3 -
20 9 7 6 5 5 4 3 2

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by P. Baumgart