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Strum a lute, bang on a drum or rattle a tambourine. Without a bit of skill in Musicianship, you'll likely send your audience screaming away from, or worse - toward you.
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.
Sold By: Tinker, Carpenter, Bard
Crafted? Yes, using the Carpentry and Musicianship skills.

Skill Bonuses: For every point above 100 that a Bard attains in their Musicianship skill, they will be granted a success bonus of 1% per point to Discordance, Targeted Peacemaking, and Provocation attempts.

For example: If you have a Musicianship skill of 110, your chance to provoke, discord, or peacemake a target will be increased by 10%.

Exceptional Player-crafted Instruments: These instruments will lower the difficulty of using a Bard skill against a creature by 5 points or, in other words, they will offer a 10% increase in the chance to successfully use a Bard skill against a creature (i.e. for every .1 of skill, the Bard will have a .2% chance).

Magical Instruments: These instruments have certain similarities to the "slayer weapons" (what some players call "Virtue weapons") that are more effective against certain creatures and less effective against others.

Each of these magical instruments will give the bard 10 skill points worth of difficulty modifiers against a certain class of creature. However, possessing these instruments does not cause the bard to be vulnerable to other types of creatures. Instead, when using the instrument against the opposing creature type, the attempt has a difficulty penalty instead of a bonus.

As an example, an instrument of Daemon Dismissal (labeled in the fashion of "a lute [Daemon Dismissal]") will increase the bard's chance to use a barding ability against any variety of Daemon by 20% (when that instrument is used). When used against an elemental, however, the bard's chance of success is reduced by 20%.

Magical instruments will be fairly common as loot on various creatures.

Using Musicianship
The Musicianship skill measures your ability to coax pleasing sounds from musical instruments. To use the skill:
  • Double-click an instrument of your choice.
  • If you are successful, a pretty tune plays. If you fail, however, you and your audience are treated to a particularly ugly noise.
    Additional Information
    Professional Title: Bard
    Skill Used by: Item Use
    Trainers: Bard, Bard Guildmaster
    Primary Stat: Dexterity
    Secondary Stat: Intelligence
    Handy Additional Skills for Bards:
    Discordance - Use your musical instrument to weaken creatures.
    Peacemaking - Use your musical instrument to soothe savage beasts.
    Provocation - Use your musical instrument to provoke monsters to attack the target of your choice.

    Last Updated: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:44:25 +0000
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