The Bards' Guide
**** Please read the articles in the guild room. They contain good info written by
**** experienced bards. There are good guidelines and general rules concerning the guild.
The quests in the guild are, and how they're solved:
level title requirements
1st .. Novel song-brother ... civilized background, dex
2nd .. Song scribbler ....... explore the guild
* You need to visit every room at the guild. You'll see a progress
info when you go around.
3rd .. Simple harpist ....... setting the message
* Set your guild status message that is shown at 'bard who'
4th .. Pied piper ........... itinerant errand of bards
* Contact a Loremaster or a Masterbard. You can see who they are
with 'bard who'. Ask from him (politely!) to give you a task.
He will then tell you what your task is.
5th .. Singing sword ........ win at the bardic casino
* Go to the bardic casino, it is w,nw,d,n,e,s from the entrance.
There are two games available for you. Pick the one you like and
play until you win enough. You can type 'info 5' at the guild advancement
room to see how much you need to win.
NOTE: The amount of money you need to win is depending on your player level.
for a lvl 50 its petty cash, but for 90 its ~40-50k already. So
do this quest and advance to 6th before you advance your player levels too much.
6th .. Explorer ............. explore 15%
7th .. Wandering loresman ... -
8th .. Sell-harp ............ meet the songmasters
* Check 'bgreet xxx' to see all the Songmasters. You need to visit
each one. I am not sure if only going to the same room and leaving
counts, but type 'greet just to make sure.
To ease up the quest, you can ask for a distinguished bard to help you.
He can use 'Pathfinder' to relocate to the songmasters directly and
then summon you there.
9th .. Promising harpist .... have a costume approved
* Go to the wardrobe (w,ne from 'enter') and create yourself a costume.
Look at the list for instructions and follow them. Don't muck around
with the costume, but do it properly. You might consider also thinking
about your first onstage performance, and create a costume for that.
Ask for a Loremaster (politely) to come and approve your costume when
10th .. Songwriter ........... three songspells kbh'd
* You need to see three spells 'known by heart' in your bscore.
11th .. Known songwriter ..... onstage performance
* Your first performance. There is a stage where you enter the bards'
guild that is used for performance alone or in a group. Pick an idea,
lyrics, poems, something you like and go to the stage and rehearse.
Look at the instructions how to use the stage, and how to wear your
costume. When you think your ready, inform a Loremaster (politely)
about it, and set a date/time when he/she will come and see your
performance. You also must inform other players at the 'tales'
newsgroup so they can come and watch it.
12th .. Musician ............. 500 gold received alms
13th .. Legendteller ......... 10 quests solved
14th .. Grindstone champion .. instrument created
* See below in the 'Instruments' section how to do this.
15th .. Grinning picker ...... -
16th .. Bard ................. -
17th .. Adventurous musician . explore 28%
18th .. Robust poemist ....... play (minimum 2 persons)
* This is probably considered by many the most intimidating quest at the
guild. Performing is always exciting and for many, frightening. This however
requires more timing and teamwork. Get a friend, make up a play or re-act
some famous dialogue, etc. The main point is that both performers are at the
same page when the performance is on. The keyword is: rehearse.
Go to the stage, and go through the play. You can 'review' the play
after you've rehearsed it to see what it looked like to the audience.
19th .. Respected musician ... -
20th .. Deadly singer ........ six songspells kbh'd
* You need to see six 'known by heart's in your bscore.
21st .. Reigning sell-harp ... three instruments
* You need to create three instruments. As the instrument creation cooldown
is three days, on your first reinc you cannot advance in less than
nine days beyond this level no matter what.
22nd .. Virtuous bard ........ tale
* You must write a tale and present it to a Loremaster (politely) who
23rd .. Bladesinger .......... -
24th .. Songweaver ........... -
25th .. Songhurler ........... 20 quests solved
26th .. Bladesdancer ......... -
27th .. Divine composer ...... five instruments
* Create two more instruments.
28th .. Singing wayfarer ..... explore 35%
29th .. Expert wayfarer ...... explore 45%
30th .. Professional bard .... explore 50%, 23 spellsongs kbh'd
* This is a tricky one. There are two ways of acheaving this.
1) KBH all songs, including the infamous melody of the misadventurer.
2) KBH all songs except the melody, and keep casting bardic spells until
your might is 'paltry'. One player told me that this took 4 months
RL time of playing to achieve, but atleast you dont have to suffer the
consequences of the misadventurer.
NOTE: You cannot join the navigator's guild until you're a full bard.
LM .. Loremaster ........... masterbard's approval
MB .. Masterbard ........... unimaginable pain and suffering
When casting bard spells, getting them KBH'd you get Bardic might, which can be
seen with the command 'bmight'. The statuses are:
After you've KBH'd all spells, the might should be somewhere around 'meager', if you've
just been doing the KBH. While writing this, the best bard in the game had 'excellent'
might, so it's not a fast process obviously.
Spells and KBH guides:
How spellbooks work:
Some spells can be KBH'd at the trainer, but some require a target.
Some require a monster, some another player or both. You can buy spellbooks
from the bards' guild, go w,s from the entrance. There is a vendor
that keeps 30 books in store. Some can be found at the magical shop at
shadowkeep. You can also buy a bag to store ~10 books.
The basic idea is that when you study the spell at the guild, you cannot
cast it immediately. You need to learn the words for that spell from a trainer
that are scattered around the realm. Type 'bgreet xxx' to see all the trainers.
From the list below you can see each spell and their spellsong.
First of all you need the skill 'songscribing'. The better it is, the better
your songbooks will hold. Then you must choose a spell to cast, and study it.
If its a spell you can KBH at the trainer, then go there and start casting.
Otherwise you need spellbooks, and here how it works:
Get books. You can buy them near the guild. From the street where the entrance
to the auditorium, go 2 w and one south.
Go to the trainer and check your inventory. See that you got your books
in order there. Type 'learn', and you will scribe the words to your spellbook.
Select the next book (give book 2 to yourself) and type learn again. Repeat
this until all the books are written.
Then check 'bscore'. You'll probably notice that it says something like this:
Clandestine thoughts needs more practice currently in memory
If you dont have the spell currently in memory, its says:
Clandestine thoughts needs more practice not in memory
When you cast the spell successfully, it will disappear from your memory,
and you need to either type 'learn' at the trainer, or 'read book'. If you
have multiple different books you can type 'read Spellsong name' (case sensitive).
When you memorize the spell, you'll get a message:
You memorize the tunes for 'Clandestine thoughts'.
After this, you can cast it. The spell% affects on how many times you need to
type 'learn' or 'read book'. The higher the spell% the less you need to read.
When you read a book, it starts to decompose. When the book reaches a condition:
A dead notebook for 'Clandestine thoughts', it will break down from the next read.
At this point, choose another book (again give the second best book to yourself so it'll
be first in your inventory), until all your books are depleted. You do not need to throw
the 'dead' notebooks away, but you can write them again at the trainer by typing 'learn'
again with each book. The maximum condition of the books will suffer, but atleast
you dont have to run and get new books all the time.
You need to create yourself atleast 5 instruments in order to max out the bards' guild.
The instruments are created at the bards' guild, southwestern part. You need to choose
a material and the type of your instrument. Here are the types and materials:
instrument material not allowed materials
bagpipes 50 kilos air
banjo 20 kilos burlap
bongo 12 kilos chalk
cello 35 kilos charcoal
clarinet 8 kilos clay
contrabasso 70 kilos cloth
cymbals 9 kilos coal
didgeridoo 28 kilos cotton
flute 5 kilos earth
guitar 30 kilos emulsion
harmonica 2 kilos enchanted air
harp 40 kilos feathers
horn 30 kilos fire
lute 18 kilos flesh
mandoline 18 kilos food
maracas 2 kilos fur
oboe 12 kilos hemp
piccolo 2 kilos ice
saxophone 30 kilos leather
sitar 22 kilos paper
tambourine 7 kilos phosphorus
trumpet 25 kilos rubber
tuba 80 kilos silk
violin 25 kilos sulphur
xylophone 8 kilos vegetation
Different instruments give different stats. You get hpmax, epmax, str dex and con.
To create an instrument, you need the skill 'Instrument creation'. It's very expensive,
but in order to create good instruments you need it at 90%+
So, choose an instrument, get the required amount of material which is not of the
disallowed materials and go to the instrument creation room.
Drop the nugget of material you have on the ground and type:
create [instrument] of [material]
This will take some few minutes, and depending on your skill the instrument
is generated. When you create an instrument and you're already wielding one,
you need to 'store' it first at the backroom (south of the creation room).
You can only create one instrument per three days, so start creating them as soon
as you get the creation skill.
WARNING - NOTICE - ATTENTION:
The material needs to be in ONE PIECE. So providing 2x5kg does not work as one
10kg piece. BRING ENOUGH MATERIALS WITH YOU - if you break the instrument
and leave the room to get more materials, you burn your bardic might and cannot
create another instrument for three days.
Here are some example of instruments you can create (thanks to Wermine):
A violin made of titanium (divine) +5dex
A tambourine made of crystal (incredible) +6str +6con +36hpmax
An oboe made of ruby (incredible) +3str +6dex +3con +18hpmax +25epmax
A maracas made of dukonium (divine) +10str +10con +60hpmax +14epmax
A guitar made of mithril (divine) +5dex +20epmax
A flute made of emerald (divine) +5str +10dex +5con +30hpmax +41epmax
A bongo made of laen (magnificient) +8str +8con +48hpmax +1epmax
A trumpet made of kryptonite (divine) +5str +10dex +5con +30hpmax +42epmax
A xylophone made of ruby (unearthly) +8str +8con +48hpmax +1epmax
A piccolo made of ruby (divine) +5str +10dex +5con +30hpmax +42epmax
A harmonica made of weenite (unearthly) +4str +8dex +4con +24hpmax +34epmax
Spell KBH info
Spell: Musicians Alm
Casts required: 100 successes
Usage: No practical use
KBH: Create lyrics with the 'balm'-command that are not too long,
and sing the song by the trainer.
Spell: Kings Feast
Casts required: 100 successes
Usage: Creates a feast with food and drink
KBH: Just go to the trainer, and cast it repeatedly
Spell: Vigilant Melody
Casts required: 105 successes
Usage: Creates a mist that informs the caster whoever runs
through that mist.
KBH: Go to the caster, learn the song, run few paces to some direction,
cast it and go learn it again. You cannot cast the spell in the
room if there's a mist already in there.
Spell: Campfire Tune
Casts required: 140 successes
Usage: Heals everyone at the same room. A fire in the room enhances
KBH: If the trainer happens to be near a big mob, a frozen sea
or something similar, just get yourself hurt in there
run back to the trainer and heal yourself. Or get some
elemental item that hurts while held in your inventory
Spell: Venturers Way
Casts required: 90 successes
Usage: Restores endurance points.
KBH: Just run 20 paces away and back to the trainer, and
cast the spell.
Spell: Strength in Unity
Casts required: 200 successes
Usage: Unifies the party, sharing some of the damage anyone
in there receives.
KBH: Get a friend, remove all weapons and anything that
does damage and create a party. Go to an area with
some 1-2k mobs, attack the mob, cast the unity, leave
the room. read the book, go in, cast unity and leave.
Spell: Uncontrollable Mosh
Casts required: 160 successes
Usage: Physdam area spell that hurts everyone in the room,
including your partymembers
KBH: Go to newbie mountain and shoot.
Spell: Sweet Lullaby
Casts required: 65 successes
Usage: Lets everyone in your party camp, even if they don't
have the skill.
KBH: Go to the trainer, cast, wait for camp to reset, repeat.
Spell: Jesters Trivia
Casts required: 85 successes
Usage: Show everyones boosts, curses and suchs in the same room
KBH: Go to the trainer and cast repeatedly.
Spell: Noituloves Dischord
Casts required: 39 successes
Usage: A very weak attack spell
KBH: Go to newbie mountain and snuff some flies.
Spell: War Ensemble
Casts required: 295 successes
Usage: Gives an str/dex-boost +hpmax depending on your background
KBH: Go to the trainer and cast. Can be cast upon another so
just cast as soon as you regen enough.
Spell: Singing Shepherd
Casts required: 139 successes
Usage: Make outworld mobs follow you
KBH: Find some outworld area with a few squirrels and mice,
cast the spell on them (4-5 mobs), run around in a circle
(like 20x e,n,w,s) for a few times and they will drop
from your follow, cast the spell again and repeat. Note:
This is good to do when your spell% is low so they wont
follow you for long.
NOTE: There are a few ways to make this even faster, like
meddling with indoor exists and such. HOWEVER this most likely is
considered illegal, and should not be tried. Getting your KBH
status resetted because of a spell that can be KBH'd in a few
hours anyways is not worth it.
Spell: Con Fioco
Casts required: 230 successes
Usage: A good fire attack spell
KBH: Newbie mountain calls
Spell: Melodical Embracement
Casts required: 325 successes
Usage: Gives +skill% to some skills
KBH: Go to trainer, cast repeatedly.
Spell: Soothing Sounds
Casts required: 220 successes
Usage: Disables default aggro from a mob, and often stops the
battle cancelling all spells and skills
KBH: Noctur's Ant Hill in Lucentium is an excellent place for
KBHing this. Or Kara'Tur if you're tough enough.
Just enter a room with an aggro mob, cast the spell, and
find the next aggro.
Spell: Noituloves Deathlore
Casts required: 202 successes
Usage: Psionic area spell
KBH: Newbie mountain
Spell: Dancing Blades
Casts required: 400 successes
Usage: Make blades dance in the air, attacking a mob of your choice
KBH: Newbie mountain.
Get a blade/knife, and do
'cast dancing blades at use knife 1'
and repeat. Very many times.
If you leave the room when the blades are flying, go ld, quit,
get summoned, relocate or are any other ways removed from the
room, the blade will drop to the ground and is pickable by anyone.
You can try to 'catch' the blade from mid-air if you need to leave.
WARNING: There have been several reports of this spell bugging
so that your blades will stay on the air and not return, or otherwise
mess up so you'll lose your eq. So do _NOT_ use any expensive eq if you're
not prepared to lose them.
Spell: Clandestine Thoughts
Casts required: 280 successes
Usage: Shield yourself from snooping spells
KBH: Shoot at yourself at a trainer (takes weeks), or search
for players to cast it on.
Spell: Catchy Singalong
Casts required: 95 successes
Usage: Annoy the hell out of people with a tune that travels
from player to player.
KBH: To newbie mountain again. Cast the singalong to a mob
and kill it. Wait for the catchy to drop and find the
next mob. You might try to lessen the lenght of the song
with shorter lyrics (using balm), but I don't know if
that's of any value.
WARNING: If you enter the church, you will stop singing
and you can cast the spell again immediately.
This however IS ILLEGAL and YOU WILL BE SCR00D if you do this.
Casts required: 333 successes
KBH: Get books, move a few steps away from an inn or your
startloc, cast, repeat.
Spell: Arches Favour
Casts required: 1 success
Usage: Gives luck.
KBH: You can train this when your bardic might reaches 'paltry'.
NOTE: See Melody of the Misadventurer.
Spell: Sounds of Silence
Casts required: 195 successes
Usage: mutes the mobs it hits so that they won't shout if they kill you.
KBH: Get books and silence the mobs at newbie mountain.
Spell: Melody of the Misadventurer
Casts required: 295 successes
Usage: To stop people from reaching the highest level of bards too fast
KBH: This spell ruins the luck of the target for ~15 minutes, but it
will screw the casters luck permanently, so you'll have to sac
items and wait for your luck to return to normal after this
I reckon the easiest way to KBH this is to hire few of your friends
to stand in the field for a few days, and just keep casting on them
one by one, wait for it to drop and repeat. Casting this randomly
to other players will make you a nice bunch of enemies and other
WARNING: Using quit/re-enter or other methods that
decrease the time it takes to KBH this are all illegal.
People have gotten their KBH statuses nulled because they tried to
circle around this one way or the other.
HOWEVER: You can avoid KBHing this by casting enough bard spells
to increase your bardic might enough to get Arches Favour, which
completes the last bard quest, 23 songs kbh'd.
Spell: Achromatic Eyes
Casts required: 350 successes
Usage: Brings the targets alignment towards yours.
KBH: Go to newbie mountain, cast the achromatic eyes to a mob and kill it.
Note: The spell takes its power from the following stats:
duration: song's %
power: song's %, charisma and guildlevel
This means that casting it to bigger mobs is more difficult, and the spell
ain't that useful alltogether, so keep it low% and cast it to really small mobs.
KBH Statuses in 'bscore':
not even started
will take forever
needs more practice
6000X = rememberance
one fifth soon!
far far, far away
one fourth someday
keep on trying..
this is sick, hehe
won't tell you! ;)
not even halfway
someday, my friend
seek the knowledge!
on the better side
courage, doing well
dreams do come true
1,000,000X and you see it
Gm's fax: +358 0 577795
PING! THE magic number!
still far away
not so far anymore
on the verge
any play now
NOTE: The statuses do not always go in correlation with your casts. Sometimes
they might go one per cast, sometimes stuck in place for many casts.