June 19, 2017

College of the Big Top

Bardic College
Comments from the Finger: Anyone who utters the phrase "Step right up, step right up!" is automatically a bard. Try it. See? You're a bard now.

College of the Big Top 

Bards who join the college of the Big Top are renowned traveling entertainers, who bring exotic and thrilling spectacles to everyday people far and wide. As the name suggests, most of these bards travel in circus caravans, setting up and tearing down huge tents, and displaying all manner of exotic animals, unbelievable skills, and dangerous stunts. But not all are relegated to life in the circus; many bards of the Big Top will find company with adventurers to provide entertainment during their travels and to direct the group in combat with the same speed and drama as a three-ring circus.

Bonus Proficiencies
When you choose this college at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in the Performance skill. If you already have proficiency in this skill, you can choose to gain proficiency with another skill of your choice. Additionally, you gain proficiency with nets, whips, and a gaming set of your choice.

Ring Leader
At 3rd level, you can use your personality to embolden others to take risks with little downside. When a creature that has a Bardic Inspiration die from you makes and ability check or attack roll with disadvantage, it can expend that die without rolling it to remove disadvantage on that roll.

Lion Tamer
By 6th level, you have trained and formed a magical bond with a lion, which has become your loyal companion. Your tamed lion uses the statistics of a lion (included in the SRD), but loses its Pack Tactics trait and gains the benefits of the Tamed Beast feature.
     If your tamed lion is ever slain, you can return it to life with a ritual requiring 8 hours of work and the expenditure of 25 gp worth of rare herbs and fine meats. This ritual creates a new body for your trained lion.

Tamed Beast
Also at 6th level, while your tamed lion is in your company, it gains a number of benefits.
     The lion obeys your commands as best it can. It rolls for initiative like any other creature, but you determine its actions, decisions, attitudes, and so on. If you are incapacitated or absent, the lion acts on its own.
     Your tamed lion has abilities and game statistics determined in part by your level. Your lion uses your proficiency bonus rather than its own. In addition to the areas where it normally uses its proficiency bonus, a tamed lion also adds its proficiency bonus to its AC and to its damage rolls.
     Your tamed lion gains proficiency in four skills of your choice. For each level you gain after 6th, your tamed lion gains an additional hit die and increases its hit points accordingly.
     Whenever you gain the Ability Score Improvement class feature, your lion's abilities also improve. Your lion can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or it can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, your lion can’t increase an ability score above 20 using this feature unless its description specifies otherwise.
     Your lion shares your alignment and its bond is always, “I will follow any command my bard gives me.”

Main Attraction
By 14th level, you can use your action to place a magical spotlight on yourself and your lion. Until the beginning of your next turn, each creature within 5 feet of you or your tamed lion has disadvantage on attack rolls against creatures other than you or your tamed lion.



6/19/17: Typos

17 comments:

  1. Looks great! I know you do bards of all kinds of art, but I really didn't see this coming.

    One typo: "to remove lose disadvantage" (ring leader).

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  2. Step right up Step right up heros vs asshole dragon watch the fight 4 copper per person

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    1. C'mon, charge at least a silver piece!

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  3. The Lion Tamer feature mentions the Trained Beast feature, but I think it means Tamed Beast? Or perhaps the Tamed Beast feature should be called Trained Beast?

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    1. Ah, more typos! This is fixed now, btw

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  4. The Tamed Beast feature seems to be word for word the Revised Ranger beast companion, but it doesn't gain proficiency in all saving throws. Oversight or intentional design?

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    1. Intentional, in this case. I trimmed that little bonus since Lions are a pretty high CR and I didn't want this to outshine any rangers

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    2. I mean, the lion might be a higher CR than the ranger's black bear, but that pet is also getting an extra 2 hit dice as well as an ASI. And it is losing Pack Tactics, unlike the ranger's wolf which has a far more reliable method of knocking enemies prone.

      Especially combined with it losing its means of getting advantage and being limited to only one attack a turn unless it gets off a Pounce on a prone target, it seems like the lion could end a little weaker in the long run. And giving it an extra two skill proficiencies won't help with that.

      26 HP is nothing compared to the average threats a party is looking at when they hit level 6, and it just seems a little on the weak side.

      Perhaps the ability to give your lion a free Inspiration die when you give yourself one? Also gives it a little more integration into being a bard's animal companion instead of a ranger's which would be getting access to Favored Enemy.

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  5. This is my favorite bard from you guys since the Dirgesinger or the Fiddler of the Mad God.

    A quick note: maybe specify that the lion benefits kick in at 6th level? I can tell that they do, but I don't want anyone to think that they come at 14th level.

    Also maybe add a lion stat block to the PDF.

    Great bard!

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    1. I've added a clause to clarify that Tamed Beast comes online at 6th. Also, lion stats are SRD, so they're pretty easy to find.

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  6. The Tamed Beast feature states that the lion gains an additional hit die for each level after 3rd, but you gain the feature at 6th level.

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    1. Copypasta error -- fixed now. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  7. All right boys and girls we are now charging one silver piece.for the assault on dragons keep.

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  8. How about a kubo esqe bard thing playing a shamisen to animate greater and greater objects.

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    1. Finger's crossed for Oriental Adventures winning the polls some day rXii (crossing finger emoticon)

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