It is said that music has a special magic, and the bard proves that saying true. Wandering across the land, gathering lore, telling stories, working magic with her music, and living on the gratitude of her audience -- such is the life of the bard. When chance or opporunity draws them into conflict, bards serve as diplomats, negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies.
As a generalist, the bard can be a powerful ally, able to play any role her party needs. As such, she often makes a great team leader.
All simple weapons (plus longsword, rapier, short sword and shortbow), light armor, and all shields except tower shields.
(6 + INT modifier) * 4 at first level; 6 + INT modifier each additional level