The Bardic Shield (Bard 26 / BG 4 / RDD 10)

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    Orion

    Facing a difficult opponent at level 29 with Divine Shield, Bard Song, Haste, Improved Invisibility active, 71 AC with 50% concealment. Divine might provides +10 divine damage, RDD 10 +8 Str plus Bard Bull’s Strength spell plus stackable Blackguard Bull’s Strength feat – 43 Str.

    Facing off with a difficult enemy with Bard Song, Divine Shield, Darkness/Ultravision. (NWN:EE Beamdog and WoG PW Server)

    Commentary:

    Bard / BG / RDD is a very powerful and popular class combination.

    Here I work on a concept aiming for powerful defensive capacity while being able to have potentially 50 Strength.

    Maximum AC with +5 items is 81.

    10 (base) + 8 (full plate) + 3 (tower shield) + 1 (dex) + 8 (tumble 40) +4 (RDD 10) +2 (armor skin) +5 (deflection )+5 (natural) +5 (dodge) +5 (armor) +5 (shield) +5 (bard song) +5 (expertise) +10 (divine shield).

    There is no weapon focus and AB is 41, which combined with bard song (+2 AB), curse song (-5 AC to enemies) and taunt (-6 AC) it should be able to hit things well with any weapon (I take exotic proficiency), making it a universal weapon wielder.

    Although one can swap Exotic Proficiency for Knockdown, or forĀ  Improved Expertise to get the AC to 86 which are all great choices too.

    There are more cool features too like

    • 640hp with capped constitution
    • Great saves which can be ‘double buffed’ (ie fort save -> can get bonuses from both Con and Cha)
    • Divine might for up to +10 divine damage
    • Blackguard Bull’s Strength, which can be added to Bard’s Bull Strength.
    • Level 6 bard spell casting including
      • Darkness spells (which can be cast in full armor without arcane spell failure)
      • Silence spells (to mute mages, self cast it on yourself then charge up to them, you will not be able to sing however)
      • Improved invisibility (50% concealment)
      • Protection versus evil (mind immunity against evil opponents)
    • UMD to equip many items or use any spell
    • Modified Lore 37 to identify things

    Build details:

    Bard(26), Blackguard(4), Red Dragon Disciple(10), Human

    Must be Evil alignment and not Lawful alignment, designed to be playable level 1-40 in player versus monster environments.

    STR: 16 (38)
    DEX: 8
    CON: 14 (16)
    WIS: 8
    INT: 14 (16)
    CHA: 15 (18)

    Human: (Quick to Master)
    01: Bard(1): Expertise, Blind Fight
    02: Bard(2)
    03: Bard(3): Weapon Proficiency Exotic
    04: Bard(4): STR+1, (STR=17)
    05: Bard(5)
    06: Red Dragon Disciple(1): Power Attack
    07: Red Dragon Disciple(2): (STR=19)
    08: Red Dragon Disciple(3): STR+1, (STR=20)
    09: Red Dragon Disciple(4): Cleave, (STR=22)
    10: Blackguard(1)
    11: Blackguard(2): {Smite Good}
    12: Blackguard(3): CHA+1, Divine Shield, (CHA=16)
    13: Bard(6)
    14: Red Dragon Disciple(5)
    15: Bard(7): Curse Song
    16: Red Dragon Disciple(6): STR+1, (STR=23)
    17: Bard(8)
    18: Blackguard(4): Divine Might
    19: Red Dragon Disciple(7): (CON=16)
    20: Red Dragon Disciple(8): STR+1, (STR=24)
    21: Red Dragon Disciple(9): Armor Skin, (INT=16)
    22: Red Dragon Disciple(10): {Darkvision}, (STR=28), (CHA=18)
    23: Bard(9)
    24: Bard(10): STR+1, Epic Prowess, (STR=29)
    25: Bard(11)
    26: Bard(12)
    27: Bard(13): Great Strength I, (STR=30)
    28: Bard(14): STR+1, (STR=31)
    29: Bard(15)
    30: Bard(16): Great Strength II, (STR=32)
    31: Bard(17)
    32: Bard(18): STR+1, (STR=33)
    33: Bard(19): Great Strength III, (STR=34)
    34: Bard(20)
    35: Bard(21)
    36: Bard(22): STR+1, Great Strength IV, (STR=36)
    37: Bard(23): Lasting Inspiration
    38: Bard(24)
    39: Bard(25): Great Strength V, (STR=37)
    40: Bard(26): STR+1, Epic Skill Focus: Perform, (STR=38)

    Hitpoints: 400
    Skillpoints: 292
    Saving Throws (Fortitude/Will/Reflex): 29/26/22
    Saving Throw bonuses: Spells: +6
    BAB: 26
    AB (max, naked): 41 (melee), 26 (ranged)
    AC (naked/mundane items only): 23/34
    Spell Casting: Bard(6)
    Alignment Changes: 0

    Disable Trap 1(4), Discipline 43(57), Hide 5(4), Listen 43(42), Lore 8(37), Open Lock 1(0), Perform 43(57), Search 5(8), Set Trap 1(0), Spellcraft 27(30), Taunt 43(47), Tumble 40(39), UMD 29(33)

    01: Disable Trap(1), Discipline(4), Lore(4), Open Lock(1), Perform(2), Set Trap(1), Taunt(4), Tumble(4), UMD(4),
    02: Discipline(1), Lore(1), Perform(2), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), Save(1),
    03: Discipline(1), Lore(1), Perform(2), Taunt(1), UMD(2), Save(1),
    04: Discipline(1), Lore(1), Perform(1), Taunt(1), UMD(1), Save(3),
    05: Hide(5), Lore(1), Perform(1), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), UMD(1),
    06: Search(5),
    07: Discipline(3), Listen(2),
    08: Discipline(1), Save(4),
    09: Discipline(1), Save(8),
    10: Discipline(1), Taunt(5), Save(7),
    11: Discipline(1), Taunt(1), Save(10),
    12: Discipline(1), Taunt(1), Save(13),
    13: Perform(1), Taunt(1), Tumble(10), UMD(8),
    14: Discipline(1), Listen(2), Save(2),
    15: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Taunt(2), Tumble(2), UMD(2), Save(1),
    16: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Save(4),
    17: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(3), Taunt(2), Tumble(2), UMD(2),
    18: Discipline(1), Taunt(1), Save(3),
    19: Discipline(1), Listen(6), Save(1),
    20: Discipline(2), Listen(1), Save(3),
    21: Discipline(1), Save(7),
    22: Discipline(1), Save(12),
    23: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Taunt(5), Tumble(6), UMD(6),
    24: Discipline(1), Listen(4), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), UMD(1),
    25: Discipline(1), Listen(2), Perform(2), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), UMD(1),
    26: Discipline(1), Listen(2), Spellcraft(2), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), UMD(1),
    27: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), Save(1),
    28: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), Save(2),
    29: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), Save(3),
    30: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(6), Taunt(1), Tumble(1), Save(1),
    31: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(5), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    32: Discipline(1), Listen(2), Perform(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    33: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    34: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    35: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    36: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    37: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1), Tumble(1),
    38: Discipline(1), Listen(1), Perform(1), Spellcraft(4), Taunt(1),
    39: Discipline(1), Listen(2), Perform(1), Spellcraft(3), Taunt(1),
    40: Discipline(1), Listen(5), Perform(1), Taunt(1),

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