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    NecromancerGirl

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    Default Re: Bard that can buff, heal and tank for (sneak attacking) rookies

    I would suggest a bardsader. You'd get more tanky and party-defending stuff that way, including such useful abilities as Iron Guard's Glare and Covering Strike.

    Here's a barsader build I made a while back. It assumes a few non-standard rules are in effect, most importantly LA buyoff and lack of alignment restrictions for bards/Chaos Music (or RKVs drop the Wee Jas requirement, then you can be CG). The build starts at ECL 4 minimum, ideally 6+ (due to the LA), unless you use template classes with LA buyoff (which is more cheesy than it already is). The custom magic items aren't required, but that masterwork natural horn is pretty neat (Song & Silence, 3.0 content). And I might've forgotten some other details, just let me know if that's the case.

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    LG half-battle dragon human
    divine bard 4/crusader 1/knight of the raven 5/ruby knight vindicator 10
    29/10/16/16/10/16 (32-point-buy, increases in strength)

    1) Dragonfire Inspiration
    h) Extra Music
    3) Song of the Heart
    6) Words of Creation
    9) Chaos Music
    12) Song of the White Raven
    15) Lingering Song
    18) Extra Granted Maneuver


    Equipment
    Masterwork natural horn of use-activated inspirational boost and harmonize
    Custom item (1 1 1.5 + 2 4) 2 2000 + 100 = 38 100 gp
    3 pounds
    Vest of legends and +5 resistance
    25 000 + 16 000 = 41 000 gp
    1 pound
    Nightstick
    7500 gp
    5 pounds
    +1 ornate restful lightweight heavy fortification reinforced segmented mithral full plate
    6 6 1000 + 500 + 500 + 1200 + 300 + 9000 + 600 + 1500 = 49 600 gp
    20 pounds
    +1 ornate swarmstrike white raven razor sharp adamantine greatsword
    3 3 2000 + 1000 + 3000 + 500 + 50 = 22550 gp
    8 pounds
    +1 soulfire tiger claw (pouncing charge) bracers of armour and +4 dexterity
    25 000 + 16 000 + 15 000 1.5 = 63 500 gp
    1 pound


    Inspire Courage
    +3 from 14 effective bard levels (4bard + 1crusader, Song of the White Raven + 4Chaos Music + 5vest of legends)
    +1 from Song of the Heart
    +1 from masterwork natural horn
    +1 from inspirational boost
    2 from Words of Creation
    +12 total
    +12 Dragonfire Inspiration

    3d4 nonlethal damage per use from Words of Creation.


    Tactics
    Round 0 swift
    standard
    move
    Cast inspirational boost
    Cast haste
    Move into position and draw weapon
    Round 1 swift
    swift
    full-round
    Inspire Courage
    Divine Impetus: Dragonfire Inspiration
    Fight, or cast creaking cacophony and move
    Round 2 swift
    swift
    full-round
    Command raven
    Divine Impetus: initiate boost
    Fight
    Round 3 full-round Fight


    I hope it's got some ideas you can use for your character.
    Last edited by ExLibrisMortis; 2018-08-15 at 03:34 PM.
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    Libris: look at your allowed sources. I don't think any of your options were from those.
    My incarnate/crusader. A self-healing crowd-control melee build (ECL 8).
    My Ruby Knight Vindicator barsader. A party-buffing melee build (ECL 14).