College of Masques

There are actors who bring characters to life on the stage. For those of the College of Masques, all the world becomes a stage. Life is theater. Bards of the College of Masques are keen observers of people, learning the mannerisms of others. Using what they learn, they become masters of mimicry. They adjust their body language and speech to disguise themselves. The most skilled can even change their form to become their character.

Bonus Proficiencies

When you join the College of Masques at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in Deception or Persuasion. In addition, you can target yourself with your Bardic Inspiration feature. However, you can only expend this Bardic Inspiration die on a Deception, Performance, or Persuasion ability check.

Theatrical Visage

At 3rd level, you create a special mask called a Visage that grants you an ability depending on your choice. You can change your choice of Visage whenever you finish a long rest.

  • Joyful Visage. When one dons the Joyful Visage, they attain the blessing of mirth, yet bear the responsibility of spreading it to their audience. Whenever a creature makes a Charisma ability check that is aided by your Bardic Inspiration, they also gain advantage on the roll.
  • Sorrowful Visage. By donning the Sorrowful Visage, one accepts their vulnerability in order to connect to the hearts of their audience. Once per round, whenever a creature hits you with a weapon attack, it must succeed on a Charisma saving throw against your spell save DC or suffer disadvantage on its next attack. Creatures immune to the charmed condition automatically succeed against this effect.
  • Blank Visage. To don the Blank Visage is to embrace the boundless potential of an empty canvas, adapting to whatever their audience requires. You can cast the disguise self spell at will, without expending a spell slot or verbal and somatic components.

Master of Improvisation

At 6th level, you have learned to make the most of any circumstance on the stage. Whenever a creature uses its Bardic Inspiration for a Charisma ability check, the inspiration die isn’t expended.

A Thousand Faces

Starting at 14th level, you do not merely wear a mask. It is a second you. Your Visages gain an additional ability.

  • Joyful Visage. Whenever a creature expends their Bardic Inspiration die on a Charisma ability check, they can treat a d20 roll of 14 or lower as a 15.
  • Sorrowful Visage. When a creature fails the saving throw against Sorrowful Visage’s effect, they are stunned until the start of their next turn.
  • Blank Visage. Your ability to disguise yourself is no longer merely an illusion as you truly become another. When you cast disguise self from your Blank Visage, the changes are no longer magical and will hold up to physical inspection. Additionally, you can also change your voice and even your equipment (though it must be of similar size and shape). If equipment is further than 5 feet from you for longer than an hour it will return to its original appearance.
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