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For many, the mention of a bard conjures the humble image of a jovial performer of story and song. A wry traveler plying their trade with strumming lutes, drinking songs, and humorous limericks for the road weary and battle-hardened in roadside inns and taverns across the world. Whether they be skilled musicians, masterful storytellers, keepers of lore, or skilled with the blade, bards (and their bardic colleges) are as varied as the songs and stories they weave.

However, there is a collective of bards who choose to walk another path. They have heard the call of the deep power chords echoing on the lightning from the mountain tops, harmonized with the guttural, blood-soaked chants of the war priests on an endless battlefield, and immersed their souls in the melodic orchestras of the darkness.

They have embraced Metal.

This bardic college focuses on new abilities and themes to bring the power of heavy metal to bards in the world of D&D. The college and rules are pulled from my own home campaigns and retooled for 5e to make it more accessible. I will be watching, reading, and adjusting as needed and I hope you enjoy the College of Metal.

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Daniel G April 20, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
I assume that Lemmy Kilmister would be the patron saint of the Bards of Metal
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Ryan P March 22, 2019 11:47 pm UTC
For Harbinger of Storms, that equates to two castings of Call Lightning in one turn, correct?
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Miriam T March 12, 2019 3:28 pm UTC
Question about Master of Metal: is the expended bardic inspiration in addition to the spell slot, or instead of it? I read it as instead of, but five castings of call lightning per short rest seems excessive
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Stanley J March 07, 2019 10:04 am UTC
Absolutely fantastic addition to the bard class, and makes me want to roll one up as my next character. In 30 years of playing D&D I've played every class available, except a bard. It just didn't appeal to me since I couldn't really connect with the concept, or come up with a memorable character hook. This changes things, immensely. Given how relatively balanced this addition is, I am sure my DM and play group are about to get a character they will never forget.
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Patrick C March 06, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
I am so freakin' excited about this!!! Our current campaign is my first foray into DM'ing. It's been an awesome learning experience for me; however, my wife is about to give birth to our daughter so we'll have to put our Tales from the Yawning Portal expedition on hold. I've asked the group if they want to start a new one so that I can roll a Bard, which would be a first for me 8-)
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