What purpose does a bard serve? In some campaigns, they are treated like extras, but there are many ways they can add to your game. Bards are travelers, first and foremost. They wander to collect songs of course, but rumors and secrets tend to catch in a bard’s ear just as easily. True, a ranger knows wild trails, and rogues know rooftops, but a bard knows what other’s know.
The best bards are the best listeners and the best bards remember. You never know when a mystery can be solved with a bit of local lore. Don’t discount your character or party member for not taking center stage at all times. This class is not just for combat buffs or entertainment in the town. The skilled and hardworking make things look effortless, after all.
Article by Dr. Lissa Goins, Author of The Hero: The Villian's Story.