by Robert J. Schwalb
Playing a bard isn't all about rhetoric and overacting. All that multiclass versatility lets a player experiment with his character's jack-of-all-trades nature as much or as little as he wants. One bard might not pick up any multiclass feats, and that won't diminish his function as a strong leader. Another bard might invest in nothing but multiclass feats, while a third opts to invest in just a few, expanding her ability to step into the shoes of other party members as needed. This installment of Class Acts introduces four bardic paragon paths with four different power sources: blessed psalmist, daring blade, mythic skald, and resourceful magician.
The Astral Sea resounds with music, from the glorious choruses of angels to the grim chants intoned by legion devils marching to war. Bards weave arcane magic into mundane songs and music, but those who listen, who hear the wondrous music found only in the Astral Sea, can add its unique qualities to their own melodies, blending arcane with divine into a harmonious performance that can move the hardest of hearts.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb contributed design to such books as the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide, Manual of the Planes, Martial Power, Player's Handbook 2, and Divine Power, as well as numerous articles for D&D Insider. Robert lives in Tennessee.