Q: Dear Sage,
What type of action does it take for a bard to keep singing or reciting poetry? If a bard just wanted to stand still and keep his music ability going (inspire courage), is that a free action, a move action or a standard action?
A: Unless the ability states that it requires concentration (a standard action), it doesn’t require any kind of action to maintain a bardic music effect. Technically, a bard incapable of taking any actions wouldn’t be able to maintain a bardic music effect, so it’s probably safest to describe it as a free action (like talking).
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