Merlin Sylvestris was a Bard who Geoffrey of Monmouth later coopted into the legends of King Arthur.
So based on Merlin Im happy with the Bard regaining its historic role as Prophet-Loremaster and mysterious wizard
Merlin is a Bard.
No, he is a Bard.Merlin is a wizard.
Myrddin Wyllt / Merlin Sylvestris seems like a bard. The co-opted one most people think of and who has the place in popular culture, not so much?
Does the 5e bard match the original source Geoffrey pillaged?
Somewhere, somehow, the Bard class managed to get a reputation as "the character class that can do it all" at my table. So my players are always really surprised when they realize they don't bring anything to the table that wasn't already brought (and better) by the other characters. Well, except vicious mockery I suppose. That's a pretty fun cantrip.
The bard would make an excellent subclass for rogue or wizard, but as a stand-alone class it just feels uncommitted. Like a diluted wizard, or a rogue with low battery.
Bard are not just musicians, they're an magical tradition of their own. If a spell can be inscribed in a book then surely it can also be sung?Yes but not just that. The supposed way it powers it’s magic just don’t make sense that it would be on par with the other 5e Full casters.
wizards studies magic. Clerics granted magic by the gods. Bards pick up a lite and cast spells?
I agree with both of these statements. Bards can seemingly fulfill almost every role in the game, with support being the primary focus. I've seen groups using the Bard as the healer, as the trapfinder, as the face, and as the mage. I've not yet seen a tank bard, but I've been told by others in my group they've seen it in other games. The only thing that seems out of the bard's grasp is great DPR.Every time I've seen a bard in a group they lift the group up with their support. I've listed a few ways, in due they're not exclusive.
I guess our experiences differ, in the groups I've seen, the bars maintains a very separate identity from the Wizard.
What is the power source for each?
Druids = nature (or nature gods or nature spirits)
Clerics = divinities or the powers behind them
Warlocks = demonic
Wizards = the science of magic (?)
Bards = ?
The iconic Bard of all fantasy gaming is Edward "Gilbert" Chris von Muir. If you aren't playing a musical instrument in the middle of combat, then you simply don't look like a Bard.In 5e the Bard is as good of a caster as a Wizard or Cleric. But Bards that cast spells like Wizards cast don't feel very Bard-like. They feel more like a Charisma Wizard. That makes for a mechanically strong class but a thematically weak one. Do 5e Bards have the identity they should have?
I've tried to play a tank bard - it would work if everyone else is a backliner, because you can be pretty tanky if you want, but you'll never out-tank a fighter or paladin.I agree with both of these statements. Bards can seemingly fulfill almost every role in the game, with support being the primary focus. I've seen groups using the Bard as the healer, as the trapfinder, as the face, and as the mage. I've not yet seen a tank bard, but I've been told by others in my group they've seen it in other games. The only thing that seems out of the bard's grasp is great DPR.