Each word led me on | to another word,
Each deed to another deed.
- Odin, the Hovamol, Stanza 142
I was thinking the other day about how Inspire Courage is a great ability, and that despite that bard just doesn't see that much play, probably in part because the bard just has a long-running frivolous reputation. It occurred to me to give Inspire Courage the Varangian treatment - stealing it and putting it on top of a fighter with d6 HD. Working in the Varangian vein, I originally was going to call it Skald. But I was reminded of Morrowind and its Buoyant Armigers, and figured maybe I would generalize it a bit.
Prime requisites: Strength and Charisma
Maximum level: 14
Warrior-poets cut their enemies with both word and sword. They are able fighters, advancing in attack throws and saves at a rate of 2 points per 3 levels. They gain a +1 bonus to damage at 1st level, and every third level. They save as fighters of their level and may use magic items usable by fighters.
Warrior-poets train broadly with weapons and armor, but their training is not as complete as that of fighters. Warrior-poets may use all weapons and armor, and fight with a weapon in both hands, a weapon in each hand, or a shield, except as restricted by their chosen style / cultural background:
- Skald: Not trained with armor heavier than chain.
- Zen Swordsman: Not trained with shields.
- Minstrel-Knight: Not trained with bows and crossbows.
- Blind Fighting
- Combat Reflexes
- Combat Trickery
- Dungeon Bashing
- Fighting Style
- Manual of Arms
- Military Strategy
- Precise Shooting
- Weapon Finesse
- Weapon Focus