I don't quite understand your topic and post. The way it is worded makes it seem to me that you are offering a reason, which you do not actually give.
I think that you meant to ask 'How can a Bard be part of an adventuring party without seeming out of place?'. Is that correct? Or something else?
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Or maybe the bard sees himself as an adventurer first, bard second.
He's someone who can swing a sword and cast arcane magic...but it just so happens he can sing and play instruments as well.
In that case, though, it's more of a hobby than a class, innit?
I know about some bards, in fact I started another thread about famous bards. IT's just the image of a guy singing while his friends fight a demon.
a warrior skald who mixes skill at arms with thundering music,
OR he believes that this group, with the right inspiration and spin, can become famous, and with that, the bard who is there to record and tell their tales is also a part of history.
Or maybe he's just a buddy who came along for the ride and likes to sing and tell stories....
Not necessarily. It just might involve renaming/refluffing several of the bard powers to make them less goofy, though, if they're anything like their 3E predecessors.
The 'musical adventurer' schtick was one of the reasons I never looked seriously at the bard in 3rd. It was just too dorky. The only time I played one, I did some major refluffing; his bardic song was oratory, defined as inspirational speeches and historical accounts of similar battles, selected spells based on battlefield uses (like Tactical Precision), and multiclassed with the crusader for some martial prowess.
In other words, I invented the warlord.
You spoony Bard!
Did you ever see 300? You know the guy with the eye-patch wrap thing, who told the story?
Yeah, he was a bard.
"...and spin..." This is the key part, especially if most of your campaigns end up with your party standing atop a pile of freshly killed nuns and/or orphans.
PC: Okay, Elvis! You're up! Make this look good!
Chaucer: You're good. You're very good. My lords, my ladies, and everybody else here not sitting on a cushion!
Chaucer: Today... today, you find yourselves equals.
Chaucer: For you are all equally blessed. For I have the pride, the privilege, nay, the pleasure of introducing to you to a knight, sired by knights. A knight who can trace his lineage back beyond Charlemagne. I first met him atop a mountain near Jerusalem, praying to God, asking his forgiveness for the Saracen blood spilt by his sword. Next, he amazed me still further in Italy when he saved a fatherless beauty from the would-be ravishing of her dreadful Turkish uncle.
Chaucer: In Greece he spent a year in silence just to better understand the sound of a whisper. And so without further gilding the lily and with no more ado, I give to you, the seeker of serenity, the protector of Italian virginity, the enforcer of our Lord God, the one, the only, Sir Ulllrrrich von Lichtenstein!
Chaucer: Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
You don't have to be a bard to tell a story...
Are you walking in slow-motion so you still look awesome?
We're all mad here.