Ask Wizards12/16/2006


12/16/2006



Q: Dear Sage,
Can a bard use oratory, that is speaking and storytelling for his bardic abilities?
--Lee

A: Yes.

The bardic music class feature (PHB pg. 29) lists a variety of options other than singing, and while oratory isn’t specifically listed, it’s close enough to “reciting poetry” that it’s an acceptable option.

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