Imperium

Bard

 

The pragmatic Dokhts do not enjoy music; they enjoy the chime of hammers on anvils and the deep hums of the bellows. Even a talented performer has no chance of fame in the Imperium. For whom would he perform?

A gifted violinist, the Bard taught herself much, echoing the melodies of the wind, the steamworks, and the foundries. But none of her people understood her, so she moved to Adornia. There she realized how imperfect her mastery was and began to take lessons from local artists. One of her teachers—the hero who chose the way of the Rat Master—lured the girl not only by his fantastic music but also by his dark beauty.

They say that, with time, she eclipsed the best violinists in the kingdom. Even the Rat Master was displeased with the glory the Dokht was earning in his own homeland. At last, Queen Isabel herself heard of the girl's wonderful gifts and wanted to play a little game with the guest from the North.

The girl was the main attraction at a concert, and the Rat Master backed her up on his flute. But something strange happened to the violinist. Her hands would not obey her. She played out of tune, made mistakes, and broke a string. The audience listened impatiently, but the queen left the hall before the concert was over. Then, in front of thousands of people, the girl slapped the piper in the face. She realized that he had been using a spell to ruin her playing.

The outraged violinist left Adornia, disappearing without a trace for quite some time. When she surfaced once again in the Dokht Imperium everyone was surprised, for she came as a heroine. She did not forget what she had learned in Adornia and opened the first conservatory in the Imperium, which trains Bard heroes and ordinary musicians. The heroine prepared for battle with the Adornians, yearning to see whose fingers were faster and whose strings were stronger.

Talents

Inspiration

The color of the notes around the heroine tell the player which talent should be used. When the specified talent is used the character receives extra Prime and Inspiration, stacking up many times and proportionally increasing the damage of the Bard's magic melodies.

Battle Song

For a few seconds the heroine causes magical damage to several nearby enemies. If this talent is used on Native Terrain, five enemies are affected instead. After learning Song of Silence, Battle Song also prevents the enemy from using talents for a short time.

Song of Triumph

The heroine temporarily increases the Strength or Intellect of nearby allied heroes, whichever of these characteristics is higher. After the heroine learns Slow Rhythm, the attacks of allies affected by Song of Triumph lower enemy Speed for several seconds.

Song of Defense

When this talent is activated all nearby allied heroes receive a shield that absorbs some of the damage they receive. When used on the Native Terrain the heroine also recovers a portion of her Health. After the heroine learns the Energy of Sound, she recovers energy for each shield that survives the talent's whole duration.

Magic Melody

The heroine summons a violin to a specified location for a few seconds, which creates a visible zone around itself and inflicts magic and physical damage on nearby enemies each second. The amount of damage caused by Magic Melody depends on the heroine's Cunning and her mastery of Inspiration. After the heroine learns Magic Violin the maximum range of Magic Melody is increased and, in addition, the summoned violin repeats the themes played by the heroine.

 

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