Age of Heroes
Like Craft, Knowledge and Profession, Perform is actually a number of separate skills. You could have several Perform skills, each with its own ranks, each purchased as a separate skill. Each of the nine categories of the Perform skill includes a variety of methods, instruments or techniques, a small list of which is provided for each category below.
Act (drama, ritual performance)
Clowning (buffoonery, pratfalls, joke-telling)
Dance (belly dancing, classical dance)
Oratory (epic, ode, storytelling)
Percussion instruments (drum, tambourine, gong)
Satire (mockery, parody, comic impressions, ridicule, sending up individuals)
String instruments (lute)
Wind instruments (pan pipes, trumpet)
Sing (chant, intone, melody)
You can impress audiences with your talent and skill. A masterwork musical instrument earns you a +2 circumstance bonus on Perform checks that involve its use.
Varies. Trying to earn money by playing in public requires anywhere from an evening’s work to a full day’s performance. The bard’s special Perform-based abilities are described in that class’s description.
- Try Again:
Yes. Retries are allowed, but they do not negate previous failures and an audience that has been unimpressed in the past is likely to be prejudiced against any future performances. Increase the DC by two for each previous failure.