Bards of Theros: College of Revels

With the new campaign setting, Mythic Odysseys of Theros, Wizards of the Coast gives fans of D&D a unique world of which to explore. Whether you are a player of the card game, Magic the Gathering, or not, there’s a lot to love by both Dungeon Masters and players, old and new. It brings with it an original set of races with new options on supernatural gifts, some great new subclasses, an interesting new option of spiritual devotion with the introduction of piety and even a new background.

There’s a good deal of excitement surrounding the playable Satyr race for 5E which just seems to lend itself to the bard class (see earlier articles on WHY PLAY SATYRS and Bards: More than a song ). So, of course, I had to flesh this out a bit.

Starting with third level, I went with abilities given Satyrs in many of the earlier additions. Either given as a racial trait or a special sect and also offered as options to many of the monster manual entries, the use of the pan flute is common. Even in the earliest editions, at least one Satyr in the pack used the instrument to charm his opponents. The 5E Monster Manual p. 267 does this giving three options: charm, fear and sleep. As I mentioned, it was done before and just came natural to a bard donning a pan flute (or any other instrument as far as that goes).

FERAL OVERTURE, the 6th level feature, ramps up the party by inciting your teammates to ferocious rage. This can come in handy with classes that cannot access rage as an option. It brings to mind the Dionysian party fervor that led to the wild hunt.

DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, accessed at 14th level, helps your team against those higher level creatures slinging spells and spell-like abilities. Who couldn’t use a free save? I’m just saying. This ability could mean the difference between a TPK and victory.

Well, there you have it! As always, you are as much a part of the home brewing experience as the think tank at the MAGIC TAVERN itself! SO let us know what you think. What would you do different? Does something not work? Let us know!

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