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College of the Dirgesinger

I was recently inspired by a post, and decided to make a 5e Adaptation of one of my favorite 3.5 classes. This particular adaptation is dedicated to @probablybardrpgideas and @probablynecromancerrpgideas, but I hope you all get a kick out of it.


College of the Dirgesinger

Bards of the dirgesinger college voice melodies not of celebration and joy, but of sorrow and grief. They seek to spread this melancholy outlook far and wide, believing that only those who give in to their sadness can truly understand the world.

These bards hold high positions in death-obsessed cultures. Serving as members of a secret guild or as part of a hierarchy of death priests, they are entrusted with the serious responsibility of composing suitable laments for the dead. The more important the deceased, the more sorrowful and movering their lament is expected to be. No one will remember the dead noble in a few short generations, but a great lament might be sung a thousand years hence.

However, most of these bards do not belong to any special hierarchy or guild. Instead they are rootless wanderers who travel from place to place, wrapped in inconsolable grief from some personal tragedy. These sad wanderers seek to express their grief through songs that teach the hearts of their listeners the meaning of true sorrow. Some of these bards want nothing more than for others to understand the depths of their loss. A few are sinister creatures who believe that, since joy has been extinguished for them, they must in turn extinguish the joy of others by using their powers to teach folk the folly of love, the futility of hope, and the finality of the grave. Bards of the last sort often associate themselves with powerful undead, serving the in the courts of vampire lords or lich-kings.

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