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Reaper Bones review #211: Elliwyn Heatherlark, Gnome Bard

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Elliwyn Heatherlark, Gnome Bard

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Derek Schubert's Elliwyn is the kind of bard who carries around a horn and considers it music. We know this because her title claims she's a bard and the only musical instrument visible on her person is a horn. Which means battles go something like this.

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"Elliwyn, fascinate our foes!"

*Elliwyn takes a deep breath* HAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

"Elliwyn, encourages me to be more competent in my move silently skill!"

*Elliwyn takes a deep breath* HAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

"Elliwyn, we need something to inspire us!"

*Elliwyn takes a deep breath* HAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

You get the idea. Elliwyn holds his weapon aloft and her mouth is open, so perhaps she's a singer...but that horn is hard to ignore.

Of course, gnome bards are relatively recent, as evidenced by Gimble replacing Nebin in 2003 with the debut of the 3.5 Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Technically, Gimble didn't really "replace" Nebin so much as "give him a good shove" as the preferred class for gnomes changed from illusionist in 3.0 to bard in 3.5.

My current Shackled City 3.5 campaign features a gnome bard, Dross Whedon, and despite his small stature he's the defacto leader of The Protectors adventuring party, succeeding on more than one occasion in saving their collective butts with judicious application of the glitterdust spell. Dross is a singer too, so perhaps Elliwyn is on to something.

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