I am trying to create an interesting version of bard for modern settings without magic. I must admit I am a bit stumped as to what 'powers' to give such a character. Any ideas or suggestions?
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By "without magic" do you mean "without any abilities that have magical effects" or just "without the ability to cast spells"?
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The bard from Dark Sun lost out on magic, but in return they got access to a lot of poisons and poisoncrafting. That might be a good starting point.