Glamour Bards are perhaps my favorite variation of a bard.
Normal bards are the most charismatic class in D&D. Glamour Bards are injected with a government-funded super-smugness serum which allows them to literally alter reality with a smirk.
But the flexibility of their mechanics, combined with their enhanced charm means they can form nearly any backstory of a bard.
I created a bard who was a brilliant tactician and strategist capable of analyzing the battlefield and turning the tide when needed most. The "Mantle of Inspiration" feature allowed him to bark out orders for vulnerable party members to re-position themselves when in close-quarters with a particularly nasty boss fight. His "Inspiring Leader" feats let him bolster the weakened party when out of combat. It was a more militant-minded bard...something the other subclasses couldn't do.
On the flip side, the Glamour Bard allowed the creation of a Priestess of Llira, goddess of joy. For those who don't know, followers if Llira are always dancing and smiling, bringing their performances to places of gloom and despair.
It also made things pretty funny and awkward, coming to a village that had been ransacked with dead townspeople, with the glamour bard trying (and failing) to cheer them up. Mechanically, though, the "Enthralling Performance" and "Mantle of Majesty" skills were her mesmerizing dances, captivating onlookers. When they did work, she would "command" her targets to dance, considering it her goddess Llira working through her performance. The idea that the glamour bard continuously gets more "beautiful" as they level really added to the divine flavour of the concept.
You can even make an evil bard this way...sort of a Dracula-esque beguiler who captivates their victims and projects a more chilling aura. You become a "master" of sorts who uses "Mantle of Majesty" to command their victims to "kneel" or "grovel", and your "Unbreakable Majesty" is your menacing dominance which prevents enemies from attacking you.
So I'm curious to hear from all of you...what are some of the interesting Glamour Bards you've created?
Share your backstories, concepts, and spell combinations below.