Monday, May 9, 2016

Bard: College of the Muses

Designer's Notes: This is my first time creating a Bard College. I found this process significantly more difficult than creating cleric domains. Firstly, there are only 2 examples provided in the PHB, and they provide very few  guidelines as to what sorts of abilities are appropriate. Design-wise I am considered switching the levels of the mercy for heroes and true masterpiece features. As always feedback is welcome, even if it's only to tell me that I need to take the whole thing back to the drawing board.




College of the Muses
While all bards find inspiration in the world around them, only a select few are blessed with the gift of the Muses. Whether in art, poetry, or sculpture some bards find ways to express themselves beyond a simple song.  It is an even rarer gift, however, for your action and succeeds to become an inspiration for others. Like how the Muses serve to inspire you, your achievements serves as a motivation and impulse that stirs other to even greater success.


Bonus Proficiencies
When you join the College of the Muses at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with any three tools of your choice.


Font of Inspiration
Starting at 3rd level, whenever you score a critical hit or roll natural 20 on an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw you have proficiency with, you can immediately grant any creature other than yourself within 60 feet you who can hear you an inspiration die without expending one of your uses.


Mercy for Heroes
At 6th Level, the presence of the muses raises your allies’ courage to new heights. A creature that has a Bardic Inspiration die from you can roll that die and regain hit points equal to the result + proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier.


True Masterpiece
At 14th Level, you have advantage on Charisma (persuasion) checks when interacting with anyone who has viewed any work of art you have created using a tool with which you are proficient within the last 10 minutes. This effect lasts until you finish a short or extended rest.



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