April 27, 2018

Beard Bard

Bardic College
Notes from the Nails: You can't spell 'beard' without 'bard'! 

The College of Whiskers

Originally founded by a dwarven lady, outraged by a recent trend towards clean shaving, the College of Whiskers serves as a home for bards who treasure facial hair in all its forms. Just like other bards, they travel far and wide, proudly displaying their beards and mustaches, while seeking to catalogue the many varieties of pogonological styles across the world, their cultural heritages, symbolic meanings, and most famous bearers.
     Not all bards from this college grow their own hair, of course: some use wigs, make-up or even illusions to create the ultimate facial style.

Facial Hair Style
When you join this college at 3rd level, you groom your facial hair into a particular style, gaining special benefits. Choose one of the styles listed below. You can change your style whenever you finish a long rest.
     Chinstrap. This minimalistic style carries a professional air. While wearing this beard, you are proficient with all types of artisan’s tools.
     Designer Stubble. This extra short style adds shadows to your face. You gain a +2 bonus to Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in dim light or darkness.
     Full Beard. This classic style creates a solid, dependable look. When you finish a short or long rest, you gain temporary hit points equal to your Charisma modifier, which last until you take a short or long rest, or until you change this style.
     Fu Manchu. This complex style is difficult to grow but gives an impression of great wisdom. You can re-roll any natural 1s you roll on Wisdom checks or saving throws (you must keep the new result).
     Goatee. This caprine style is popular with tieflings. You have advantage on saving throws against spells and effects created by fiends.
     Horseshoe Mustache. This rugged style is often seen on outlanders. While wearing this mustache, you feel more confident when exploring the wilderness. Your movement is not affected by nonmagical difficult terrain.
     Imperial. This formal style is suitable for royal courts and palaces. You gain a +2 bonus to Charisma (Persuasion) checks.
     Mutton Chops. This unusual style is incredibly striking. You gain a +2 bonus to Charisma (Intimidation) checks against any creature that can see your face.
     Pencil Mustache. This refined style is often worn by entertainers. By tapping into the legacy of past bards, you can be even more inspiring than normal: when you finish a short or long rest, the total number of times you can use your Bardic Inspiration ability is increased by 1. This extra use persists until you take a short or long rest, or until you change this style.
     Soul Patch. This edgy style is associated with soulful music. You gain a +2 bonus to Charisma (Performance) checks you make.
     Walrus. This wild style is suited to rough-and-tumble action. Once per turn, you can gain a +1 bonus to the damage you deal with a melee weapon attack.

Chin Stroke
Starting at 3rd level, you can take a moment to think deeply about your current situation. As an action, you can expend one use of your Bardic Inspiration gain advantage on all Intelligence (Investigation) and Wisdom (Insight) checks you make until the end of your next turn.

Starting at 6th level, you can change your Facial Hair Style as an action.

Starting at 6th level, you can decorate your facial hair with gold and jewels. Unless you are wearing a pencil mustache or designer stubble, you can affix magic rings to your facial hair instead of putting them onto your fingers. If you do so, you can ignore the attunement requirements for up to one of the rings.

Magnificent Beard
When you reach 14th level, you can use an action to target a humanoid within 30 feet that can see your face, attempting to entrance them with your facial hair. They must make a Wisdom saving throw against you bard spell DC or be charmed by you for 10 minutes, regarding you as a hero to be idolized and/or lusted after. If they succeed on the save, they are instead disgusted by your beard, gaining advantage on attack rolls against you for the next minute.
     Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.


  1. You've got two 6th level features there...

    1. Intentional; Beard-Jeweled is basically a ribbon.

    2. A free attunement slot isn't a ribbon! But hair trigger (which I didn't write) kind of is, so I'm okay with it.

    3. We can quibble over the details on this one, but at least we agree that there's /one/ good 6th level feature between them.

  2. As a bearded man, I endorse this 1002030583245%

  3. I think I’m in love. I’m just giggling to myself right now.

  4. Now I wish my druidwarf (who grows poison mushrooms in his 1-meter beard) had a cha of more than 8 so I could multi into bard.

  5. I love it. You know what would be awesome, a ZZ Top beard option. Now i want to make a beard bard/cleric multi class so I can be the Reverend Billy Gibbons. Now what race and divine domain should i chose?

    1. The ZZ Top beard is already an option - it's a 'full beard'. I have no idea about race and domain though...

    2. True. A beard of Billy Gibbons' and Dusty Hill's magnitude takes years, at least 7 years according to Gibbons, so temp hp could represent the fortitude and dedication it takes to grow one. The rest of the Bard and this college's features represent the blues - rock awesomeness that is zz top. Used to have a zz top beard and i miss it. Can't have one anymore cause it's considered a safety hazard at work.

  6. Hahahahahahahaha!!!! Do you know what's funniest about this? If you consider beard changes to just be the character changing fake 'staches and beards on the fly, and every time he does so he has to make a sleight of hand check to not be caught by the rest of the party and keep the mysterious aura of facial-hair awesomeness

  7. I have a beard but i cant play a instrument what am i?