I've made a Tiefling College of Glamour bard for a fight night we're doing within our Dragon Heist campaign. His background is the Entertainer/Gladiator one, big entrance music for the Enthralling Performance, flashy costume, etc. Going to go very WWE with it, can't wait! It's going to be a last man standing match and I don't imagine he'll win, I just think he'll be really campy and fun to play.
Bit late to the party here, but created an interesting (to me) bard character recently that I played in a one-shot and worked so well I'm taking them into an upcoming campaign.
The backstory is that they are an inventor, and travelling salesman. Guild Artisan background gives you proficiency in certain tool sets, and my performance abilities came with a sales pitch for my latest crazy invention. DM let me use this background and story combo for some interesting homebrew style actions, like modifying a pair of glasses into 'light enhancing eyewear' aka night vision goggles (successful DC20 roll and mandatory payment to replenish materials from my toolset)
Bardic inspiration came in the form of cheesy sales manager/office buzzwords style pump up talks, either done one at a time in combat, or in a group huddle before entering a location.
I have a valor bard the is mixed with Battle master fighter for commanding strike and maneuvering strike. He inspires through speeches, like the ones you see in action movies just before the big fight/war/battle/chase scene. Quoting movies at the table in character is fun.
" ... tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!!!" " ... We're going to survive! Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!" " ... Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancellin' the apocalypse!""
I have a College of Whispers Bard who is an assassin for the Zhentarim, and has one level of Celestial Warlock because he wants to protect his son. He has a rock star alter ego, and uses his concerts to disguise assassinations. (Invites them backstage alone, stabby stab).
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“Basically, if you tell anyone, we’ll kill you. We’re pretty good at that sort of stuff”-Salros Viper, Whispers Bard, paid assassin
I have come up with a Bard character that I've enjoyed very much. I started him in waterdeep is background is a sailor with the option to be a pirate. So he's a Bard by class and a pirate by profession. As a pirate he has the bad reputation skill which I have called, "the handyman" . My Bard travels around telling tall tales of the dread handyman a man who is both beast and Shadow Man and myth. A creature that can seep into the minds of his foes and know all of their worst most humiliating secrets. soon after the tales of the handyman spread a plague of mass mutilations follow. People start losing hands left and right all over town with no explanation. No one can confirm nor deny my bards affiliation with these crimes because no one can ever really seem to remember where he's been. Now there is some truth to the tail my character specializes in mind reading and mind altering Magic he's at the College of satire which lets him scan thoughts and then he focuses on charm and other such telepathic and mine controlling spells. And again no one can confirm nor deny that any hands have been cut off by my character. No one ever really suspects him because he tumbles and bumbles around like a drunken fool suffering from what he calls ocean Madness and most people don't even remember they heard the story from him in the first place. And while the town is whipped up into a mass Hysteria my bar is jumping from rooftop to Rooftop like the old Fiddler on the Roof sneaking down people's chimneys and robbing them blind. Then it's back off into the sea. Yo. Ho.