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An alternate bard

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kamal
An alternate bard
I guess the players corner subforum is the closest thing to gen discussion. I had been thinking about an alternate bard version that does not get spellcasting, but has lets say twice the bard song uses for example. The idea is a bard for settings where there is little/no magic. A bard-like character could certainly exist in no magic settings, travelling around performing and telling tales and such, so how would you balance a bard for a magic-less land? The bard songs I'd handwave i guess and say their effects were psychological and not magical, and maybe only allow party supporting instead of offensive effects for that reason.
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rjshae

Perhaps make them more like the adventurer class, but substitute the bardic special abilities for the spell slots.

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GCoyote

You could still allow abilities that fell under illusion magic (fear, invisibilty, etc.). It 's just another type of performance after all.

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Sarnathrod

Charisma bonus to saving throws, an occasional bonus feat (every five levels?) and maybe a remove fear ability.  The tricky part is just making the class still require charisma so that the stats still stay split.

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