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Discordance
Music may soothe the savage beast, but playing a few clashing notes will weaken even the strongest of creatures.
The Tools
Musical instruments of all shapes and sizes can be found throughout Britannia. They are required to use the bardic skills of Discordance, Peacemaking and Provocation.
Using Discordance
To discord a creature you:
  • Click the blue gem next to the skill on your skill list.
  • Click on the creature you wish to discord.
If successful, your target will lose a percentage of its skills and stats. The percentage lost is dependant on your Discordance skill. For instance, at 50.0 skill, the target loses 10% from all stats and skills; and at 100.0 skill the target loses 20% from all stats and skills. Once the effect wears off, the target's skill and stats will return to normal. (Does not affect player characters.)

Discordance will also make a creature easier to provoke.

Note: If you have previously used a musical instrument to discord a creature, and that instrument is still in your backpack, you automatically use that instrument to discord. If you wish to change instruments, simply double-click on the instrument you wish to use. The next time you use a Barding skill, the new instrument will be played.

Range: The base range of all bard abilities is 8 tiles, with each 15 points of skill in the ability being used increasing this range by one tile. Bards must be within this range of the target to use the ability. Furthermore, the bard must remain within this range or the ability's effect ends.

Continuation: Once Discordance has been used on a target, the bard must remain alive, visible, and within range of the target or the effect ends. Regarding creatures with "Dragon AI" (such as daemons, drakes, hellhounds, nightmares, and, of course, dragons): if at any point the bard moves while using any barding song, that may compel the creature to retarget on the moving character.
Additional Information
Professional Title: Bard
Skill Used by: Skill list
Trainers: Bard, Bard Guildmaster, Waiter/Waitress
Primary Stat: Intelligence
Secondary Stat: Dexterity
Handy Additional Skills for Bards:
Musicianship - Your skill with musical instruments is automatically checked when you attempt to entice.
Provocation - Use your musical instrument to provoke monsters to attack the target of your choice.
Peacemaking - Call forth sounds of peace and serenity from your instrument of choice.

Last Updated: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:22:10 +0000
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