After that last bardic college, I figured I'd try another one. It's good to up the bard content of this blog, y'know?
The dirgesinger is an old 3.5 favorite, coming from the pages of Libris Mortis as a bard-focused prestige class, and generally being the way to capture a necromantic bard. The concept of a bard playing music compelling enough to raise the dead was always cool to me, and I felt 5e needed a better way to capture that than playing a Lore bard with heavy refluffing.
Also of note: this is the first project in a long while to end up with only two pages. I've been trying to make the abilities I write more concise and less long-winded, and this seems like a step in the right direction.
- Death-themed cantrips and spells, high on flavor and low on complication.
- Cast sorrowful songs and funeral dirges, making your enemies weep and bring voice to the dead.
- Stave of death with your music, by serenading death itself!
- I'm not sure where the power balance on Sorrowsong is. If anything, it could be too weak, because I tend to keep rough drafts conservative on ability strength.
- Death's Defiance seems at odds with the fact that this class option gets spare the dying, but I'm feeling that it makes for a more tactical and thematic bard experience, to give the bard multiple options to address the would-be death of a comrade.
WHAT I LEARNED:
- I don't know why, but I keep writing halflings in really depressing situations for the intro paragraphs. It works so well, I just can't help myself.