In our homebrew Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition campaign, my bard was awarded a Doss Lute as a birthday present to me. It’s crazy, the things it does.
It comes with its own host of spells that Timoura can cast once per day: Fly, Invisibility, Levitate, Protection from Evil and Good, Animal Friendship, Protection from Energy (fire only), and Protection from Poison. It has the Temperate quirk, which allows the bard to withstand temperatures between -20 and 120 degrees!
Which might be fortunate, considering they’re going up against a dragon next game — but it’s a black dragon! Boooooo.
I do have to say that I’m enjoying Bard as a class far more than I thought I would. A lot of it is less about being an effective fighter and more being a well-rounded support class. I do a lot of buffing/debuffing that has saved the party on more than one occasion, along with some spot heals when they’ve been needed. I’m hoping I’ll get to play Timoura into even higher levels, because I’d really like to see how that goes!
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Along with my Bard, I’ve been tinkering around with a Beastmaster Ranger that seems like she’ll be a lot of fun once I get her to Level 4 where she’ll really take on her build. Borrowing from Easy Lee’s Breaking Beastmaster post, I’m trying to create a halfling panther-rider. I was going to go wolf and be like Cutter from Wendi & Richard Pini’s ElfQuest, but Lee’s guide really makes a panther sound ideal.
I’m ridiculously excited for this. It sounds like it’ll be a lot of fun. The funny thing is, I think it’s actually perfectly legal for Adventurers League, but I doubt I’d put an AL DM through that headache!