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Bardic Origins

Bardic Origins


A tool for players and DMs to create diverse character backstories for bards and other musical characters.

Three, setting-neutral communities of origin for bards and other musical characters. Includes setting descriptions, histories, standout features, and NPCs, as well as notes on how to flavor your character with influences from their earlier lives.

The Storied Bastion
A dusty archive of bardic works populated by scholarly Anthologists and their students.

Timbrel Sleet's Intrepid Players 
A travelling band of performers with a penchant for treasure.

The Lyric Grove
A god-touched woodland setting, where the mysterious Queen Synleoth leads her followers in the song of creation.

Comes with three adventure outlines - one for each setting - balanced for Tier 2 characters. Each playable in 3-6 hours. 

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File Last Updated:
May 31, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on May 28, 2021.