We all know that the bard works in it's current form. However, I like the idea of the prestige bard
, but feel that 15 levels is to much for the class. So instead, here is the condensed prestige bard:
The prestige bard is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. She relies on wit, agility, and no small amount of magic to see her through her daring adventures.
Virtually all characters who become prestige bards are already multiclass characters, usually mixing rogue and wizard or rogue and sorcerer. Some dabble in barbarian or fighter as well, depending on their social backgrounds.
NPC prestige bards may serve as heralds, tale-tellers, spies, ne'er-do-wells, or all of the above. Some work in troupes, others form colleges, but most share a strong streak of independence.
Compared to the standard character class, the prestige bard gains her bardic music abilities later in her career, but has a greater range of spells available.
Base attack bonus:
knowledge (any) 8 ranks, Perform (any) 8 ranks.
must be able to cast seven arcan spells of 1st level or higher of the abjuration, enchantment, and illusion schools.
Weapon and armour proficiency:
|1||+0||+0||+2||+2||Bardric knowledge, bardric music, (countersong, fascinate, inspire courage +1)||-|
|2||+1||+0||+3||+3||-||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|3||+2||+1||+3||+3||Inspire competance||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|4||+3||+1||+4||+4||-||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|5||+3||+1||+4||+4||Inspire courage +2||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|7||+5||+2||+5||+5||Inspire greatness||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|8||+6||+2||+6||+6||-||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|9||+6||+3||+6||+6||Song of freedom||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
|10||+7||+3||+7||+7||Inspire courage +3||+1 level of an existing arcane spellcasting class|
the bard gains proficiency with light armour and the ability to cast arcance spells in light armour.
at every level except for 1st and 6th a bard gains spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if he had gained a level in any one other arcane spellcasting class he already possesses. He does not gain any other benefits of the class.
as the ability from the base class.
As the standard bard ability of the same name, except that the minimum number of ranks in Perform required is increased by 5 (8 ranks for countersong, fascinate, or inspire courage; 11 ranks for inspire competence, and so forth).