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    Dwarf in the Playground
     
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    Default Songs for Bards

    A long while ago I wrote some quick and dirty poems for bards to use in-game as bard songs as my DM liked to give bonuses for creative roleplaying. I thought I'd post them here for criticism (read: blatant attention seeking) and to create a thread for people to perhaps provide their own. A quick search didn't bring anything up, so I don't think this has been done yet, but if it has, please provide a link. I like random poems.

    Basic Bard Songs
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    Counter song
    You think your song to be alluring
    But my friend I find it boring
    If you’ll permit me to be terse
    I think I have a better verse

    Fascinate
    Come one, come all throughout the land
    To hear tales tall and tales grand
    ‘bout courage, greatness and even woe
    on a tuneful journey we shall go!

    Inspire courage
    Friends, dear friends, do not fret
    The battle is not over yet
    Those wounds you have on face and back
    Why they be merely but a scratch
    So turn around and face your foe
    With blade in hand, to battle go!

    Suggestion / mass Suggestion
    Come over here and listen thus
    And play a game with all of us
    <insert command here>
    And I think you’ll agree that when you’re done
    You will have had far more fun!

    Inspire Greatness
    The mighty deeds of heroes old
    Through the ages have been told
    By bards and wordsmiths, using verse
    But next you you, they all look worse
    The heroic things you shall do today
    Shall go down in history

    Song of Freedom
    My dearest pal under horrid curse
    Let me lift your spirits with my verse
    And free you from this woesome fate
    Just listen up, and you’ll feel great!

    Inspire heroics
    Against odds insurmountable
    Against foes near uncountable
    You my friend shall arise the victor
    (though I may not be the best predictor)
    so let your voice reach through the sky:
    “Hello <insert name of foe here>, today you die!”


    Inspire Competence (by skill)
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    Appraise
    With keen eye and keener mind
    Analyse this most recent find
    To see if it is filled with worth
    Or just some crap pulled from the earth

    Balance
    Keep your footing strong and sure
    Or else you’ll be feeling very poor
    if you fall toward the ground below
    embarrassment will soon follow

    Bluff
    A lie is a very funny thing
    For mirth and sorrow it can both bring
    Not that we ever would
    Lie, I mean, but we could
    Should the need ever arise
    But not right now, tell filthy lies.

    Climb
    A spider climbs along the wall
    But, miraculously, she does not fall
    So be like our arachnid friend
    Else your journey may swiftly end

    Concentration
    Keep your mind focused on one thing
    And all the glories it may bring
    Don’t be distracted, even by me
    To fill your heart with so much glee
    And satisfaction of a job well done
    You finished yet? Oh what fun!

    Craft
    Practicality, working with the hand
    To make wonders both small and grand
    To fill observers up with awe
    And hear them cry “oh! Make some more!”

    Decipher script
    Reading things is hard at best
    But this is a much harder test
    For this to me just looks like scrawl
    But you are better, above all
    At making out what’s on the pages
    Of text from long forgotten ages
    So get to it, read swift and sure
    Things that I would find a bore

    Diplomacy
    Combatants on either side
    Of a much enlarged divide
    A battle fought by those most able
    Sat around, or at, a table
    Fighting with their words most wise
    To come to some compromise

    Disable Device
    A twist here, a turn there
    Parts and pieces everywhere
    If only the instructions were still here
    We wouldn’t be looking on in so much fear
    So hurry up and turn that off
    No one move, no one cough
    For the slightest mistouch of smallest parts
    Could stop the beating of all our hearts.

    Disguise
    A bit of paint and some new clothes
    A slight re-shaping of the nose
    Make the cheeks a different hue
    To make you look completely new
    And completely fool the untrained eye
    Into seeing just some random guy.

    Escape Artist
    Those bonds look a little tight
    But soon you’ll be back in the fight
    A wiggle, then a little twist
    Will free you all, from leg to wrist

    Forgery
    People have a unique style
    Of writing, so use all your guile
    To imitate completely true
    The documents in front of you
    Or p’raps one that you’ve never seen
    So keep your pen flowing clean
    And so appear before our eyes
    A paper telling perfect lies

    Gather Information
    People, all come to this hall
    And, pray you, please tell us all
    Of everything about this place
    And all the problems we may face
    And people here with noble birth
    Or rumours ‘bout some hidden worth
    Tell us now and please, be quick
    Because I’m running out of shtick

    Handle Animal
    Attack, come, defend and down
    Or p’raps performing, like a clown
    Fetch, guard, heel and seek
    Just one of these will take a week
    Stay, track and even work
    A heavy load to tug and jerk
    What ever tricks you need to learn
    Perform well, and treats you’ll earn!

    Heal
    Alas! Alack! Yea, even woe
    Our friend has suffered a heavy blow
    So bandage well his grievous wounds
    So that he may recover soon

    Hide
    In shadows dark we move unseen
    Unspotted by even senses keen
    Around the corner, behind a wall
    Or even down on ground we crawl
    In this hidden place we lurk
    And at our foes, we gladly smirk

    Intimidate
    Listen well you little snot
    We don’t like you a whole lot
    So tell us what we need to know
    Or through a table you will go/
    Give us what we want to have
    Or we shall cleave you right in half
    (pick the most appropriate two final lines, though the 2nd one needs work)

    Jump
    Like the grasshopper, or even flea
    Leap! Leap with bended knee
    Soar high into the air
    And land safely over there
    Else troubles you will surely face
    As you fall from lofty place
    Into the unforgiving earth
    While the rest of us point with mirth!

    Knowledge (arcana)
    Into musty tomes you dove
    Your mind an arcane treasure trove
    Of powers beyond mere mortal men
    All at the tip of mundane pen
    So call forth your arcane facts
    Of spells more powerful than axe
    And bring us all these things to bear
    And then with us, please do share

    Knowledge (architecture and engineering)
    Buildings mighty, high and tall
    Or what holds up a simple wall
    All these things that you should know
    Skills you learned long ago
    So tell us 'bout this edifice
    And all the things that make it tick

    Knowledge (dungeoneering)
    Caverns deep and filled with woe
    Into these places we must go
    But by the most tremendous luck
    An expert we do have with us
    So tell us please. Do Pray tell
    About this horrid dungeon hell

    Knowledge (geography)
    Lake and stream, vale and tor
    All these things you know and more
    The land is spread before your eyes
    And about it all you are most wise

    Knowledge (history)
    The past is indeed a funny place
    But relevant to what we face
    So recall the facts of a bygone age
    Written down on dusty page
    That you once learned at tutor’s knee
    And tell us all. This is my plea

    Knowledge (local)
    Legend has it that you have ken
    About this place that we are in
    About the facts within this vale
    So spin us an interesting tale
    That we might listen and come off wiser
    And with your facts, be not a miser

    Knowledge (nature)
    The difference between ash and oak
    Or the games of fairy folk
    What creatures hide ‘neath rock or bough
    Tell us all, and tell us now

    Knowledge (nobility and royalty)
    Lineage and noble birth
    People with much greater worth
    Nobler blood than you or I
    Those people live in towers high
    And yet you above all should know
    About the places that they go
    Or who indeed did sire whom
    By which nurse and in which room

    Knowledge (religion)
    Mighty gods with powers great
    Their holy priests that castigate
    The sinner or indeed the saint
    And clerics that pray with no complaint
    About these things and maybe more
    You learned at church in days or yore
    So bring to mind this holy writ
    And tell us. Well? Get on with it!

    Knowledge (the planes)
    Fire, earth and air and water
    Shadow that flows through bricks and mortar
    The mighty homes of holy gods
    Or this humble plain with tilléd sods
    To these places we soon may go
    So please good sir/ma'am, tell us all you know

    Listen
    Listen well with keenest ear
    Beyond the silence you should hear
    Things said with whispered hush
    Or footsteps that come after us
    Or cries of help from far away
    From some princess most cliché
    Or even the scurrying of some rat so near
    What, dear friend, can you hear?

    Move Silently
    Creep across the dusty ground
    Foot by foot, not make a sound
    Lest something wicked hears your step
    Like Orc or may be worser yet
    Even so, they’d hear this song
    ‘tis me that has put his foot wrong!

    Open Lock
    Tumblers that tightly brace
    This door so firmly held in place
    Will soon be moved by nimble hand
    And obey the pick’s command
    And so slip firmly to the side
    Allowing portal to open wide

    Perform
    A dance or song or drunken verse
    All a part of showbiz curse
    To entertain a gathered crowd
    Who clap and whoop and cheer aloud
    So for this circus, to earn our bread
    A little coin for the joy we spread
    Every little helps a lot
    So give a little of what you’ve got
    Then we’ll be on our merry way
    To entertain another day

    Profession
    Indeed an expert in his field
    All his work perfection yields
    Knows his way around the ropes
    With hardest task he easily copes
    Toiling ‘till the end of day
    Awesome skill he does display
    So work, good friend to earn your bread
    In chosen field, until you’re dead.

    Ride
    Get on your horse
    Spur its side
    Into the sunset you will ride
    Force it on
    Until the dawn
    When new sun is freshly born
    And there by babbling stream reside
    Horse and rider side by side
    To rest weary hooves and feet
    That through night has been so fleet

    Scry
    Through obscuring mists the eye does peer
    With force of will his sight does clear
    Seeing into worlds unknown
    Knowing more than can be shown
    Any secret you can hide
    Will soon be surely pushed aside
    As diviner looks into your soul
    Seeing unseen, clear and whole

    Search
    Seeking out what can be found
    Lying hidden on the ground
    Or stashed away in secret place
    Leaving nothing but a trace
    Invisible to untrained eye
    But soon uncovered by those who try

    Sense Motive
    A subtle sweating of the palm
    Thinly veiled by falsest calm
    A quick dart of the eye to side
    Soon reveals what he has to hide
    So seek out all these subtle clues
    And lies will be revealed to you

    Sleight of hand
    Now you see it, now you don’t
    Will it be seen, or perhaps won’t
    Nothing hidden up this sleeve
    Hands swifter than eyes can believe
    No magic in this simple trick
    It’s just that for you, we are too quick!

    Spell Craft
    A subtle difference in glow
    Every spell does have you know
    That belays their very form
    And how reality has been transformed
    So delve into magical lore
    What witchcraft is this? I implore

    Spot
    For things that think they move unseen
    Our sight and hearing are too keen
    For hidden dear foe you are not
    For your are too easy for us to spot
    Bow drawn back, we draw a bead
    Then in the dark, you silently bleed

    Survival
    Tracks in the earth or dusty ground
    Leading us around and round
    Soon belay their hiding place
    As keen eye the steps to trace

    Swim
    Drowning here until you’re dead?
    Why not have a swim instead?
    Just kick the feet and sweep the arm
    Draw yourself away from harm
    Until the shore you safely reach
    To dry yourself upon the beach

    Tumble
    Head over heels, or feet up high
    With ground in place of lofty sky
    The right way up just does not matter
    As hands instead of feet do patter
    While you tumble round about
    Taking unorthodox route

    Use Magic Device
    Who said wands were just for wizards?
    They aren’t the only ones who can cause blizzards!
    A little flicker of the wrist
    Or words said making tongues twist
    Make sure it’s held round the right way
    If head on shoulders you want to stay

    Use Rope
    50 feet of woven string
    Is more than often just the thing
    To do exactly what you need
    And make light work of heavy deed
    So tie the knots in the right places
    With different knots for different cases
    And surely you soon will find
    That climbing just got more refined/ The prisoner is now confined (pick one)
    Last edited by cheezewizz2000; 2009-10-24 at 04:47 PM. Reason: Title didn't have enough detail
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    Default Re: Songs for Bards

    Quote Originally Posted by cheezewizz2000 View Post
    Move Silently
    Creep across the dusty ground
    Foot by foot, not make a sound
    Lest something wicked hears your step
    Like Orc or may be worser yet
    Even so, they’d hear this song
    ‘tis me that has put his foot wrong!
    This one doesn't really work, but the rest are nifty!
    Awesome elfatar by Sneak.

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    /cast Message
    /inspire competence

    Problem solved.

    On topic, cute!

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    Inspire Heroics
    Strong as ten regular men, definitely!
    He faced the galloping hordes
    A hundred bad guys with swords
    Who sent those goons to their lords?
    Why, Prince Ali!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mando Knight View Post
    Inspire Heroics
    Strong as ten regular men, definitely!
    He faced the galloping hordes
    A hundred bad guys with swords
    Who sent those goons to their lords?
    Why, Prince Ali!
    *facepalm*

    Quote Originally Posted by Raewyn View Post
    This one doesn't really work, but the rest are nifty!
    Thanks! I sort of tried to include that in the song, but I like the message solution!
    Last edited by cheezewizz2000; 2009-10-24 at 05:17 PM.
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