College of Lore
Bards of the College of Lore know something about
most things, collecting bits of knowledge from sources
as diverse as scholarly tomes and peasant tales.
Whether singing folk ballads in taverns or elaborate
compositions in royal courts, these bards use their gifts
to hold audiences spellbound. When the applause dies
down, the audience members might find themselves
questioning everything they held to be true, from their
faith in the priesthood o f the local temple to their
loyalty to the king.
The loyalty of these bards lies in the pursuit o f beauty
and truth, not in fealty to a monarch or following the
tenets o f a deity. A noble who keeps such a bard as a
herald or adviser knows that the bard would rather be
honest than politic.
The college’s members gather in libraries and
sometimes in actual colleges, complete with classrooms
and dormitories, to share their lore with one another.
They also meet at festivals or affairs o f state, where they
can expose corruption, unravel lies, and poke fun at selfimportant
figures o f authority.
When you join the College of Lore at 3rd level, you gain
proficiency with three skills of your choice.
Also at 3rd level, you learn how to use your wit to
distract, confuse, and otherwise sap the confidence and
competence o f others. When a creature that you can
see within 60 feet o f you makes an attack roll, an ability
check, or a damage roll, you can use your reaction to
expend one o f your uses o f Bardic Inspiration, rolling
a Bardic Inspiration die and subtracting the number
rolled from the creature’s roll. You can choose to use
this feature after the creature makes its roll, but before
the DM determines whether the attack roll or ability check succeeds or fails, or before the creature deals its
damage. The creature is immune if it can’t hear you or if
it’s immune to being charmed.
Additional Magical Secrets:
At 6th level, you learn two spells o f your choice from any
class. A spell you choose must be o f a level you can cast,
as shown on the Bard table, or a cantrip. The chosen
spells count as bard spells for you but don’t count
against the number o f bard spells you know.
Starting at 14th level, when you make an ability check,
you can expend one use o f Bardic Inspiration. Roll a
Bardic Inspiration die and add the number rolled to
your ability check. You can choose to do so after you roil
the die for the ability check, but before the DM tells you
whether you succeed or fail.