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BrokenRomance

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How Feasible is: A History Bard
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:18:51 PM »
I was wondering, exactly how feasible would it be to play a tribal bard from a made up tribe that has a rich oral tradition, and has kept the history of the things they've seen happen all over the known collecting stories alive?

If it's very feasible, I could see playing a travelling bard that performs for stories, food, and drink from other PCs, while also making it possible that PCs will hear about various histories although they may either be fabricated or it'd be required to submit copious amounts of requests for lore to compose into songs.
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 05:30:03 PM »
I was wondering, exactly how feasible would it be to play a tribal bard from a made up tribe that has a rich oral tradition, and has kept the history of the things they've seen happen all over the known collecting stories alive?

If it's very feasible, I could see playing a travelling bard that performs for stories, food, and drink from other PCs, while also making it possible that PCs will hear about various histories although they may either be fabricated or it'd be required to submit copious amounts of requests for lore to compose into songs.

This was half of the concept I had when I still had my tribal elf going on, so I'd say it is very, very possible. Making shit up is definetly something you wanna do here though.
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2016, 05:53:46 PM »
Pretty feasible, but I wouldn't expect much in terms of receiving information from requests for lore.  You'd probably have to find out all those stories ICly, because knowledge and history is typically a fairly guarded subject.  So unless you already know a bunch of stories from past characters to draw from, your concept of starting out from a tribe that knows these things is probably not going to work too well.

There are roles that can expect to get some lore requests answered, but those typically involve literacy and access to a vast library, or are specific to clan-related lore that would be passed down within that clan. 

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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2016, 06:26:42 PM »
As long as the stories are interesting, go for it.

Most of pre-modern historiography was just made up bullshit about how awesome/awful a particular scribe's patron/enemy was anyway.
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 07:28:52 PM »
I had a really great time doing something similar.  Admittedly, I was in a coded tribe at the time (Sun Runner).

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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 03:40:44 AM »
Circle Irofel was basically this, so I'd say it's doable.

It helps a lot if you have legacy knowledge from prior characters.

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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2016, 10:34:55 PM »
You're probably better off playing a wandering bard in search of knowledge, than a wandering bard who already has it -- unless you, the player, already has it. If you write in your background that you're a well-learned, it'll wind up being disappointing. Someone in a bar will ask you a question that you (the player) won't know the answer to, and some Bynner, whose biggest academic achievement was learning to take his boots off before entering the latrine, will rattle it off like common knowledge because his player has more years on Ginka than you.  This is true of most concepts that have any kind of knowledge requirement. Find out IC before you pretend like you know it.

Maybe you're young and your tribe has a rite, akin to a walkabout, where you go out in the world to learn stories to bring back. ;)
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2016, 03:45:22 AM »
I've always liked this concept and I've had a couple of Irofel bards. Staff is also generally very helpful with this concept. If they see you roleplaying a search for knowledge and talking to people about it they can give you a few points when you put in a request what you're looking for to help flesh out your historical stories. It may or may not be strictly true, history is often what the people you ask want to tell you it is. Your historical stories don't need to be strictly true either.
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2016, 10:49:13 AM »
There's actually a story teller in the city of allanak.
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And he'll tell you a nice tale of things that may or may not be true.
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Re: How Feasible is: A History Bard
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2016, 01:15:39 PM »
You're probably better off playing a wandering bard in search of knowledge, than a wandering bard who already has it -- unless you, the player, already has it. If you write in your background that you're a well-learned, it'll wind up being disappointing. Someone in a bar will ask you a question that you (the player) won't know the answer to, and some Bynner, whose biggest academic achievement was learning to take his boots off before entering the latrine, will rattle it off like common knowledge because his player has more years on Ginka than you.  This is true of most concepts that have any kind of knowledge requirement. Find out IC before you pretend like you know it.

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