The bard is a hidden test character, that can be added to Hellfire by
adding bardtest to the command.txt file.
The bard is based on the rogue character model, with some changes. The bard can use two
separate on-handed weapons simultaneously; all the bonuses of the weapons are added
together, so it is possible to get some impressive hit and damage values. She uses a slash
style of attacking with what looks like a scimitar, when equipped with a two-edged or
blunt weapon. This circular style of attack allows her to hit multiple enemies with one blow.

She has strong stat bonuses for gaining levels, and gains little from increases in
vitality, although she achieves moderate results with increases in magic. She is
actually quite a strong spellcaster, second only to the sorcerer, similar to the rogue.
Her armor class tends to lag during the early levels; strategic retreats and engaging
a few enemies at a time is advisable.

The Bard is capable using two single-handed weapons at once, and can hit three enemies
at a time when using two single-handed weapons. Her special ability is the identify
spell, which functions in the same way as the scroll.

History of the Bard
Seekers of the Light once were common enough in Khanduras, but as the times changed,
signs of this ancient organization have long since faded. Their legacy remains as many
innkeepers remember the days that a Seeker entertained in the common room. Posing as
common female bards, they would regale over countless adventures of the most daring
kind, of great battles between darkness and light, and of magic, mystery, and intrigue.
But one always knew that the bard was no ordinary bard when one saw the muscles
toned from years of training, and the weathered hands from countless swordfights.

Searching for the Light, the Seekers always fought on the side of justice, swearing
to end evil once and for all. Their purpose is to find darkness and destroy it, and once
this was been done, they shared their tales to all that would listen. The woman warriors
attracted many followers, and many was the father that wept as his daughter went
to become a Seeker, for he knew that he would most likely never see her again. In recent
days the Seekers of the Light have fallen into decline as King Leoric grew mad and many
Warriors left to wage war in the North. Those that remain still travel the lands,
telling tales, and serving the Light. They come to Tristram hoping to rid the world
of evil once and for all.

Years of intense training make the Seekers exceptional at swordplay, as they are capable
of wielding two weapons at a time. Yet unlike others, they prefer a balance of all
skills, rather than concentrating on simply one trait, allowing them to conjure powerful
magics as well. With the knowledge of the ages stored in their minds from hearing
the endless tales of other Seekers, young bards learn to immediately identify any
item that they find, no matter how obscure or foreign.

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