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Description[edit | edit source]
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Base Features[edit | edit source]
Bard Proficiencies[edit | edit source]
A bard is proficient with all simple weapons, plus the longsword, rapier, shortsword and shortbow. Bards are also proficient with light armor and shields (except tower shields). A bard can cast bard spells while wearing light armor and using a shield without incurring the normal arcane spell failure chance. Like any other arcane spellcaster, a bard wearing medium or heavy armor incurs a chance of arcane spell failure. A multiclass bard still incurs the normal arcane spell failure chance for arcane spells received from other classes.
Archaeologist's Luck[edit | edit source]
Fortune favors the archaeologist. As a swift action, an archaeologist can call on fortune's favor, giving him a +1 luck bonus on attack rolls, saving throws, skill checks, and weapon damage rolls. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st, an archaeologist can use archaeologist's luck for 2 additional rounds per day. Maintaining this bonus is a free action, but it ends immediately if the archaeologist is killed, paralyzed, stunned, knocked unconscious, or otherwise prevented from taking a free action to maintain it each round. Archaeologist's luck is treated as bardic performance for the purposes of feats, abilities, effects, and the like that affect bardic performance. Like bardic performance, it cannot be maintained at the same time as other performance abilities. This bonus increases to +2 at 5th level, +3 at 11th level, and +4 at 17th level.
Evasion[edit | edit source]
If an animal companion is subjected to an attack that normally allows a Reflex saving throw for half damage, it takes no damage if it makes a successful saving throw.
Danger Sense[edit | edit source]
At 3rd level, an archaeologist gains a +1 bonus on Reflex saves to avoid traps and a +1 dodge bonus to AC against attacks made by traps. In addition, she gains a +1 bonus on Perception checks to avoid being surprised by a foe. These bonuses increase by 1 every 3 bard levels thereafter (to a maximum of +6 at 18th level).
Clever Explorer[edit | edit source]
At 2nd level, an archaeologist gains a bonus equal to half his class level on Trickery and Perception checks.
Confident Explorer[edit | edit source]
At 6th level, an archaeologist can always take 10 on Trickery checks. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally.
Uncanny Dodge[edit | edit source]
The character can react to danger before her senses would normally allow her to do so. She cannot be caught flat-footed, nor does she lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if the attacker is invisible. She still loses her Dexterity bonus to AC if immobilized. A character with this ability can still lose her Dexterity bonus to AC if an opponent successfully uses the feint action against her.
If a character already has uncanny dodge from a different class, she automatically gains improved uncanny dodge instead.
Advanced Talents[edit | edit source]
After 10th level, a character can choose one of the advanced rogue talents in place of a rogue talent.
Bardic Knowledge[edit | edit source]
A bard adds half his class level (minimum 1) to all Knowledge and Lore skill checks.
Bardic Performance[edit | edit source]
A bard is trained to use the Perform skill to create magical effects on those around him, including himself if desired. He can use this ability for a number of rounds per day equal to 4 + his Charisma modifier. At each level after 1st a bard can use bardic performance for 2 additional rounds per day. Each round, the bard can produce any one of the types of bardic performance that he has mastered, as indicated by his level.
Bard Talent[edit | edit source]
As a bard gains experience, she learns a number of talents that aid her and confound her foes. At 2nd level, a bard gains a rogue talent, as the rogue class feature of the same name. At 6th level and every 4 levels thereafter, the bard gains an additional rogue talent. A bard cannot select a rogue talent that modifies the sneak attack ability.
Cantrips[edit | edit source]
Bards can cast a number of Cantrips, or 0-level spells, These spells are cast like any other spell, but they are not expended when cast and may be used again.
Inspire Competence[edit | edit source]
A bard of 3rd level or higher can use his performance to help allies succeed at a task. They must be within 30 feet and able to see and hear the bard. They get a +2 competence bonus on all skill checks as long as they continue to hear the bard's performance. This bonus increases by +1 for every four levels the bard has attained beyond 3rd (+3 at 7th, +4 at 11th, +5 at 15th, and +6 at 19th).
Jack of All Trades[edit | edit source]
Bard gains bonus +1 on all skill checks.
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