Bards are masters of legends and tales of great things, but also quite worldly and experienced.
Bards have specialized knowledge of Lore. They gain half their Bard level, rounded up, to relevant rolls.
Bards gain the ability to cast arcane Bard spells, beginning with 0th level, at level 5. They gain 1st-level Bard spells at level 7, and follow the standard spell progression thereafter.
Bards begin the game with 2 weapon proficiencies, and gain a new one every four levels. They are able to use all light and medium weapons. Bard THAC0 decreases by 1 every 3 levels of experience. Bards use a d6 for hit dice.