Bard Reliquary Dice Set

I’m scared too. I’m scared that one day, the muses will stop speaking to me. Because who are we when we can no longer do the one thing we were put on this Continent to do?
-Jaskier Viscount de Lettenhove

What Is a Bard?

The term “bard” has a different definition depending on who you ask. To the fantasy buffs, it is a charismatic singer-storyteller; with an amorous appetite, always causing mischief around town. To history buffs, it could be a hired oral historian and genealogists that artistically orates the exploits of its subjects.
To the gamer, a Bard could be a class that uses musical magic to inspire teammates or viscous mockeries to defeat foes. The true definition is somewhere in the middle depending on the language it comes from.

Bards in History

The earliest use of the term “bard” is used by Latin authors in the first century and describes them as national minstrels or poets for the barbarians in the west. Western Europe developed its definition, by the high medieval period, bards were often hired by nobles to give artistic praise to ancestors and spread the world of their clients’ exploits. Julie d’Aubigny is the perfect example of a bard by any definition she was a famed Opera singer, expert duelist, and seductress with a list of wild exploits a mile long, including sneaking into convents, illegal duels, and even arson!

Bards in Fantasy

Fantasy bards, at their base, aren’t too different from their historical counterparts. Traveling artists that run into their muses, typically the Protagonists, through some often weird series of events and waxing poetic about their activities while periodically giving sound advice and direction. One such example is Jaskier of the Witcher series; he follows Geralt, much to the witcher’s annoyance, and lends direction, spirit, and often comedy to the adventure through simply existing. Barding isn’t something you learn in a lot of examples. It’s something you’re born with.

The Finest Materials

Ask anybody what instrument a bard plays and the answer is always the lute. Make music at your table with these Myrtle Dice that all contain a Clef on the highest number; you can hear the harmonics in the wood when you bounce them. These handcrafted dice come encased in a handcrafted Maple box that bears hand-laid Black Walnut and Myrtle marquetry in the design of a lute, playing music. All three of these woods were used to make the Bards’ signature instrument.
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