Bards of the College of Lore
know something about most things, collecting bits of knowledge from sources as diverse as scholarly tomes and peasant tales. Whether singing folk ballads in taverns or elaborate compositions in royal courts, these bards use their gifts to hold audiences spellbound. When the applause dies down, the audience Members
might find themselves questioning everything they held to be true, from their faith in the Priesthood
of the local Temple
to their loyalty to the king.
The loyalty of these bards lies in the pursuit of beauty and truth, not in fealty to a monarch or following the tenets of a deity. A noble who keeps such a bard as a herald or Advisor
knows that the bard would rather be honest than politic.
The college’s Members
gather in libraries and sometimes in actual colleges, complete with classrooms and dormitories, to share their lore with one another. They also meet at festivals or affairs of state, where they can expose corruption, unravel lies, and poke fun at self-important figures of authority.
When you join the College of Lore
at 3rd Level
, you gain proficiency with three Skills
of your choice.
Also at 3rd Level
, you learn how to use your wit to distract, confuse, and otherwise sap the confidence and competence of others. When a creature that you can see within 60 feet of you makes an Attack
roll, an ability check, or a damage roll, you can use your Reaction
to expend one of your uses of Bardic Inspiration
, rolling a Bardic Inspiration
die and subtracting the number rolled from the creature’s roll. You can choose to use this feature after the creature makes its roll, but before the GM determines whether the Attack
roll or ability check succeeds or fails, or before the creature deals its damage. The creature is immune if it can’t hear you or if it’s immune to being Charmed
At 6th level, you learn two Spells
of your choice from any class. A spell you choose must be of a level you can cast, as shown on the Bard
table, or a cantrip.
The chosen Spells
count as Bard Spells
for you but don’t count against the number of Bard Spells
Starting at 14th level, when you make an ability check, you can expend one use of Bardic Inspiration
. Roll a Bardic Inspiration
die and add the number rolled to your ability check. You can choose to do so after you roll the die for the ability check, but before the GM tells you whether you succeed or fail.