I'm not sure where the idea that I'm nitpicking is coming from. I was throwing out examples from myths and folklore, not from history, fyi. But my POINT is that the Bard is broad scope by definition, and it makes more sense that a high level Bard would be synthesizing these power sources while lower level Bards are joining from various cultural traditions.Debatable, especially depending on which Celtic society you look at. Wizard is closer for some, but the only excuse for Cleric is the vague idea of clerics as priests and thus as religious leaders, but…they aren’t. Clerics are closer to missionary priests. Druids are scholar-priest-advisor-wizards, with different focus depending on society and time.
That’s a silly level of pedantic that no one is asking for in any class. Paladins are pretty mythologicially accurate. What you’re describing is history, not mythology.
These are again historical semantics, nothing to do with mythology. Largely based solely on each name, rather than on the inciting inspiration. And very specific to a time and place.
Also clerics are god-awful at being priests of any kind.
All the other classes have connections to what inspired them. Your nitpicking of specific historical time and place doesn’t change that.
The D&D Bard is not just based in Celtic Mythology, but the dabbler/trickster/scholar/entertainer archetype that appears in a lot of different traditions. I can see the Bard mapping onto each of these three power sources, but in very different ways. But the more you become a POWER, the more you realise it's all part of the same Universal Song.
I think there's a lot of beauty here.
Doesn't have to be 10th level, fyi, just that I would preserve the distinctions and not give Bards a specialized and pigeon-holed spell list either.