@Chris Maybe bards can be wield musical weapons? A multi-string bow that can be used as a harp? A drum stick that can be used as a mace? a flute that can be used as a blow-gun? A pole-arm that can be used as a lute? Like Gene's Giant Ax Lute! When switching from playing the instrument to attacking with the instrument, there would be a delay (like when you deck swap) - which would represent the extra time required to move the instrument into "play" position or "attack" position. Also perhaps bard skills can include: Confuse/Distract Beast Sonic Impact - a AOE that does damage and chance to knock back (perhaps this would make them "immune" to music related debuffs for a short time becuase the blast would impair their hearing for a while). Harmonic fury - damage to a single creature. Mega-Hurts (aka Megahertz) - okay, this one is a joke: A powerful sound, that hits with a big hurt.