The Tenacious Troubadour
“Now, let me tell you the tale of the Heroes of Our Age, their prowess legendary, and their feats…”
“And their feats unsurpassed! For I walked with those great men, and I…”
“pls halp, ned buf”
“And I… hate this job.”
Class: Bard, Virtue of Valor
Multi-Class: Artificier, Cleric, Shaman
Paragon Path: War Chanter
Epic Destiny: Fatesinger
Ability Scores, Level 1:
8 STR (-1)
18 CON (+4)
10 DEX (+0)
11 INT (+0)
13 WIS (+1)
18 CHA (+4)
Ability Scores, Level 30:
10 STR (+0)
26 CON (+8)
12 DEX (+1)
13 INT (+1)
15 WIS (+2)
26 CHA (+8)
Surges: 15 (50 HP)
Initiative: +22; Speed: 8
Attack Bonus: +35 (with weapon), +32 (with implement)
Skills: Arcana (+21), Bluff (+28), Diplomacy (+30/+35), Heal (+22), Intimidate (+24), Nature (+22), Religion (+21), Streetwise (+28)
Gear: +6 Feytouched Elderhide, +6 Lilting Songblade (Longsword), Light Shield, Helm of Heroes (epic tier), +6 Brooch of Vitality, Couters of Second Chances (paragon tier), Gloves of the Healer (epic tier), Shadow Band, Luminary Ring, Healer’s Sash, Sandals of Avandra
War Song Strike/Guiding Strike
Call Spirit Companion
Powers in bold are kept at level 30.
1-Shout of Triumph
3-Song of the New Dawn
13-Couplet of Deceptive Weakness/Insult of Passivity (replaces Shout of Triumph)
17-Sever the Source (replaces Unluck, Cleric MC)
23-Chant of Bad Fortune (replaces Song of the New Dawn)
27-Surge of Valor (replaces Couplet of Deceptive Weakness/Insult of Passivity)
Words of Friendship
5-Tune of Ice and Wind/Vigorous Cadence
9-Wail of Anguish
15-Menacing Thunder/Satire of Evasion -> Lightning Sigil (replaces Tune of Ice and Wind/Vigorous Cadence)
19-Increasing the Tempo (replaces Slayer's Song)
20-Visions of Victory
25-Frenzied Rhythm (replaces Wail of Anguish)
2-Song of Courage -> Protective Roots
6-Ode to Sacrifice
22-Adjure the Chosen
26-Fragment of the Song
1-Improved Majestic Word
2-Focused Expertise (Longsword)
6-Hide Armor Expertise
8-Initiate of the Faith
11-Combat Virtuoso – Replace Toughness
12-Acolyte Power (Protective Roots)
16-Mark of Healing
18-Novice Power (Sever the Source)
21-Robust Defenses – Replace Paragon Defenses
22-Multiclass Mastery (Student of Artifice + Adept Power [Lightning Sigil]) –Replace Improved Valor
22-Acolyte Power (change from Protective Roots to Adjure the Chosen)
A couple of things to make this even better, although they can be included in the Nova turn itself, they last all encounter, so why not set them up early?
-Lilting Songblade: Allies within 20 squares of me gain +4 item bonus to damage until the end of the encounter. Damage increases by 2 whenever an enemy is killed.
-Lightning Sigil: Give to an ally who will be making the most attacks in the upcoming nova. They get a nice +13 lightning damage on every single hit.
Minor Action: Fragment of the Song, Close Burst 13, spending an action point grants two extra actions.
Action Point: Allies within 5 squares of me gain +8 to attack and +8 to damage.
Action Point 2: Hey, why not?
Move -> Minor Action: Adjure the Chosen, each target in a close burst 13 gains a +2 power bonus to speed, attack, and damage, and can crit on a 18-20. Last until the end of my next turn.
Standard Action: Sever the Source, target gains vulnerability 12 to all damage.
Action Point Standard Action: Visions of Victory, with a hit, an ally can use an Encounter Power and automatically hit with it. +42 vs. AC thanks to CA and Action Surge.
Action Point Standard Action: Increasing the Tempo, ally gets four basic attacks.
Action Point Standard Action: Victorious Smite, an ally can shift 3 squares and make a basic attack against my target with a +8 bonus to attack and damage.
Action Point Standard Action: Surge of Valor, allies within 10 squares can shift 2 squares and make a melee basic attack with +9 to attack and damage. +42 vs. AC thanks to CA and Action Surge.
Free Action: Daily Item Power of the Helm of Heroes. Activated on the party's Striker during the attack that is granted to him by Surge of Valor. The basic attack becomes a standard action and he gains +10 power bonus to damage for that action.
-All allies get double benefit from Action Points spent during their nova turn.
-All allies gain +10 to hit.
-All allies gain +26 to damage, Lightning Sigil target gains +39 to damage. (counting extra damage from vulnerability as just a flat plus to damage, as I like typing larger numbers!)
-One ally can use an Encounter Power with no misses.
-Four basic attacks from the party Striker, or whoever has the strongest basic attack.
-A melee attack from everyone in the party but the Striker. (total bonus on the attack: +19 to attack, +35/+48 to damage)
-Striker gains a standard action to use during my turn. (total bonus on the action: +19 to attack, +43 [or more, if he has a Sigil] to damage)
-A select ally gets a basic attack against my target. (total bonus: +18 to hit, +34/+47 to damage)
Total: 9 extra actions granted, not counting the extra actions gotten from an ally spending an Action Point in the range of Fragment of the Song. Assumes the party is Bard + 3 characters capable of taking advantage of the basic attack bonuses.