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Bard - College of Mourning


This Bardic Archetype are for players looking for a new take on their bard. Channeling your sorrow, you are able to make the dead dance to your music and frighten enemies with your funeral march. With the announcement of Curse of Strahd, this should give your bards a more "gothic" feel. There are even background tables to get some inspiration going for your character.  This archetype is inspired by the Dirgesinger prestige class in Libris Mortis for 3.5e. Just let me know what you think would work better or changes that need to be made.

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Gregory A February 02, 2016 9:30 am UTC
I got here because one of my players wants to use this archetype. Looks good, but you've still got a few spelling mistakes. "experiened" should be "experienced" in the flavor text; later in the same flavor text "do it do" should be "do it to"; "expand" under both Haunting Melody and Song of Awakening should be "expend" (expand = grow, expend = use); Haunting Melody has "concentraton" instead of "concentration"; the power and tradition ideals are missing their periods; "its" under the charity ideal should be "it's"; #4 Dirgesinger's Sorrow should have "put down" instead of "putdown".
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Jacob M February 02, 2016 4:40 pm UTC
Thanks for noticing those! Let me know how the class pans out.
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Cameron R January 19, 2016 3:00 am UTC
It's a solid option, one I would consider myself if I knew a lot of undead would be in the campaign. In the other bardic archetypes, though, cutting words and combat inspiration scale in power as the inspiration die increases, this does not. I think the animated undead should instantly gain an inspiration die upon being animated so it becomes more powerful as the bard does. It also gives the impression that the dirgesinger is inspiring a corpse to do battle for him, which is just awesome.
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Jacob M January 19, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
I added some alternate features that can be used in place of Dead Man's Tongue. Should be fairly balanced.
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Daniel K January 16, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
I really enjoy this archetype. A new type of bard that would be interesting in most situations, especially roleplay ones. In my mind bards are usually energetic and happy people, so this is an interesting twist to that assumption.
Some ideas for additions or possible changes to make. One would be to change the name of the archetype to make it follow along with the other two official Bard Archetypal colleges. I don't know exactly what the name could be, but some ideas I have would be "College of Sorrow", "College of Somber Song", "College of Swan Songs", or even just "College of Dirgesingers". But the creator can go with whatever name they wish.
Second would be to add another table with possible events in the bards life that caused them to choose this path. I liked the ideal table you created and think you could do more with this concept. I look forward to any future edits you make and will probably create at least one NPC with this archetype.
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Jacob M January 19, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
I changed the name and added a (small) table for why your character became a dirgesinger.
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Danilo K January 15, 2016 5:45 am UTC
Here are my thoughts. First of all, excellent idea, truly great fluff. Now, onto criticizing.
There are some minor spelling errors in the flavour text, but that is of little importance. In the Song of Awakening it references the "awaken dead" spell, but it probably refers to the "animate dead" spell. Finally in the Sympathy of the Dead, it should probably say "hostile undead" so as not to hamper your own undead. All in all, I believe that this is a very good archetype, and that all this document lacks is some good art.
I consider myself pretty good when it comes to judging 5E options, but I'm no real expert. I would suggest waiting for more feedback before the author posts this as "Pay What You Want" or priced product (though I encourage all authors to make their finished work "Pay What You Want").
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Jacob M January 15, 2016 9:05 pm UTC
Thank you for the feedback! Edits have been made, and a new table for Dirgesinger Ideals has been added as an option when making a characters background.
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