February 3, 2017

College of Rhyme

Bardic College
Comments from the Thumb: Remove thyself from mine path, wench. Step aside. Step aside, wench. Step aside.

College of Rhyme

Bards of the College of Rhyme are experts in the spoken word, able to compose verse and prose almost effortlessly. Rather than the conventional ballads and sonnets, these bards perform by improvising rhythmic poetry accompanied by music. They often gather in taverns or mead halls to participate in contests of wit and verbal mastery, in which two bards recite insulting poems about each other while the audience decides who got the better of the exchange.

When you join the College of Rhyme at 3rd level, you learn the vicious mockery cantrip if you don't already know it. Additionally, you can add your Charisma modifier to the damage dealt by vicious mockery.

Starting at 3rd level, you have a knack for vocal performance and a steel will. Whenever you make a Charisma check or saving throw, you can expend a Bardic Inspiration die and add the number rolled to that check.

Lyrical Duelist
When you reach 6th level, your words and rhymes cut as deep as any sword. When you cast vicious mockery, instead of the spell’s normal effect, you can make a single melee spell attack against a creature within 10 feet, dealing the spell’s effects on a hit. Additionally, when you cast vicious mockery in this way, the damage die increases to a d8.

Starting at 14th level, you can use your action to improvise a short but entrancing vocal performance. All creatures that you choose within 30 feet must make a Charisma saving throw, becoming either Frightened or Charmed by you (your choice) for one minute on a failed save. Creatures that are Frightened can repeat this saving throw at the end of each of their turns, ending the effect on a successful save. You must finish a short or long rest before you can use this feature again.

Changelog: 2/3/17: Wordsmith: Does not require any action


  1. Finally! Livin' the Vicious Mockery dream!

  2. Awesome and hilarious.
    Vicious mockery is a really fun cantrip that is slightly too weak for regular use, and this class really makes it great.

  3. So... My bard can create an epic rap battle?


  4. Wordsmith: How often am I going to be in a situation where I need to make a Charisma saving throw at a time when I have access to my bonus action? Seems like a reaction would be more appropriate.

  5. Looks pretty interesting. Although, I have to wonder why you made Wordsmith a bonus action? You're more likely to be making charisma saving throws on someone else's turn, but you can only take bonus actions on your turn. If I might make a suggestion, I'd change it so whenever you make a charisma check or saving throw, you may add a bardic inspiration die to the result if you choose as a reaction, much like Nick Wright said. You can take reactions on both your turn and an enemies, so it would work.

  6. Too me a second to figure out the Thumbs joke. But it was worth the wait.

  7. "I admire large posteriors and I cannot tell a mis-truth. My other brethren can scarce deny me."

  8. Made an NPC with this class called "Emanim." My party's bard hates rap IRL and, "in the dark of the night" (actual disney reference, she was singing it) murdered him.
    He was a joke, but murder was a good enough end too.

    1. This makes me terribly happy. Now you need to get him embroiled in the major feud between the East Coast and the West Coast Bardic colleges. Have him meet the Twin Dao Genies, Pac and Shakur, and get hired to mediate the dispute by the West coast college's headmaster, Prof. Dre.

  9. If I multiclass a College of Rhyme Bard with a Cleric subclass, would that make me... a Doctor of Thuganomics?