That doesn't contradict what I said. Being bad is neither sufficient nor necessary. But the bard can't be an especially good
choice or its peculiarities become irrelevant.
Edit: Okay, I originally was going to say lump on this one, but after chewing it over, I think this needs to be split into Spoony Bard
(pathetic supporting character with dandy-like characteristics) and Fiddly Bard
(fantasy class that involves mechanical peculiarities stemming from its non-martial concept).
Spoony Bard classic, my take:
Spoony Bards are a type of quirky, supporting character found in fantasy media. "Spoony" means sentimental or foolish; these characters tend to be lovers, not fighters. This character is the opposite of a Warrior Poet
or Cultured Badass
. As a convention of the genre
, this characters it typically The Bard
, and/or some sort of dandy. In story terms, the character is typically used a foil to more solemn characters. These sentimental characters may be The Heart
, but may simply be pathetic and histrionic. They could even be anti-heroic cowards, weeping victims
, or chronically distressed and captured. As a type of chronicler and sidekick
, the character may comment on the actions of the other characters
. Spoony Bards are usually too sad to qualify as solid comic relief, but can migrate into The Woobie
or The Scrappy
territory, depending on the writer and audience.
If this character shows up in a video game, they are typically a bard/minstrel type character, prince/princess or other chronically distressed character, or a notably non-lethal Joke Character
. They may be deliebrately designed to be feckless in battle, perhaps even randomly doing useless things. They may have really peculiar powers
, which may factor into the story to a greater or lesser extent, for good
edited 14th Apr '12 5:07:02 PM by pawsplay