College of the Roads

Also known as the College of Fate, bards of the College of the Roads learn the secrets of the Roamers, the People of Fate, whether they were born within their camps or later adopted into them. Music, chant, dance, and cunning words, along with the arcana of the cards of the Royal Road, are all the tools a bard of the college uses to perceive and tug at the threads of the great tapestry of fate. Bards of the Roads are vital members of a Roamer camp, seen almost every evening telling tales or singing songs around their campfires or leading the complex whirling dances of their festivals. Often, they tell fortunes for both those who travel with them and for visitors, the latter for a price, whether coin or favor.

Bonus Proficiencies

When you join the College of the Roads at 3rd level, you gain a choice of three of the following:

  • speak, read, and write a new language
  • proficiency with a new set of tools or land vehicles
  • proficiency in a new skill.

You can choose the same option multiple times.

Fated Opportunity

Also at 3rd level, you understand enough about the fabric of fate to occasionally tug at its threads. You can grant a Bardic Inspiration die as a reaction or as a bonus action. If you do so as a reaction, the creature granted the die can roll it and add its number to their current ability check, attack roll, or saving throw before the GM says whether the roll succeeds or fails.

Secrets of Fate

At 6th level, you understand further secrets of the Royal Road. You learn the augury, bless, and clairvoyance spells, which count as bard spells for you but don’t count against the number of bard spells you know.

Moon Dance

At 14th level, you have mastered the steps of the Sel-Shanna, the Moon Dancers, as part of your performance, letting you move like a quicksilver shadow. You can expend one use of Bardic Inspiration either to Dash or Disengage as a bonus action or to roll the die as a reaction and add its result to your Armor Class until the start of your next turn. You can do the latter after an attack hits you but before the GM rolls its damage or announces its effect.

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Blue Rose Adventurer’s Guide, Copyright 2020, Green Ronin Publishing; Lead Designer: Steve Kenson, based on original material by Jeremy Crawford, Steve Kenson, Alejandro Melchor, and John Snead.

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