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This article has recently been converted to the new character-focused layout but it needs a lore enthusiast to help fill-out the sections. In addition, 'Relations trivia' and 'Lore trivia' have been moved here but need restructuring into article content - lore is no longer trivia.

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This article was last edited by Ruwbz on 08-May-2022 15:00.
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Bard
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A traveler from beyond the stars, Bard Bard is an agent of serendipity who strives to maintain the harmony between creation, and the cold indifference of what lies beyond it. Many Runeterra Crest icon.png Runeterrans sing songs that ponder his extraordinary nature, yet they all agree that the cosmic vagabond is drawn to artifacts of great magical power. Surrounded by a jubilant choir of helpful meeps meeps, it is impossible to mistake his actions as malevolent, as Bard always serves the greater good... in his own odd way.

BardSquare.png"The chimes of his footsteps are echoes of change."  Ryze
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Background

Early Life

Contemporary history

Recent events

Appearance

Bard is an ethereal Celestial being who created a corporeal form in order to traverse and interact with the physical world.[1] His corporeal form has stitched body with wooden-peg legs and a mask-face. Bard's true form is able to abandon his body while it 'deflates'.

Personality

Unlike celestials such as Soraka Soraka that care for living beings and their peaceful coexistence, Bard focuses more on the bigger picture by attending to matters of cosmic significance and assessing their threat levels for Runeterra. As such petty mortals are not important, unless they threaten existence and reality themselves. E.g. Bard would save you not because you yourself are in danger but rather because your descendants will have a hand in keeping cosmic balance in the future.[2]

Bard will not intervene in battles unless the combatants themselves are the ones that could change the world for the worse. In Bard Mountain his focus was not the Noxian assault but rather the artifact being misused, which is why he didn't help the villagers.[2]

Abilities

  • Celestial Physiology: Bard is a Celestial, a being coming from the celestial realm, transcending the physical world, and possessor of vast powers. As a Celestial, Bard does not posses a a natural physical body, and must create one to exist in the physical world. In his case, Bard created his body from the objects of a musician's caravan that was close to him when he came to Runeterra.
    • Dimensional Manipulation: Bard can warp space around him. With that, Bard can move across space without concern for physical forces such as gravity, friction, or momentum.
      • Portal Creation: Bard can create portals to other places, even other dimensions.
  • The Music of The Cosmos: Bard is a uncommon Celestial, in that he sees the universe as a song, with different parts of existence as notes and sounds, and threats to the cosmic order as dissonant notes to be put away. This different point of view gives Bard many different powers.
    • Cosmic Hearing: Bard can feel the movement of creation as sounds in a symphony. He mainly uses this as a way to appreciate existence, but if anything threatens the stability of the universe, Bard will them perceive it as a disruption in the symphony and immediately go where the disruption came from to stop it's continuation.
    • Cosmic Singing: By same token, Bard can warp reality with music. By blowing on his horn, Bard creates music that changes reality around him to his desires. He can slow down others, put living beings and inanimate objects in stasis, thereby putting them safe from harm, and summon healing items for his compatriots. It's likely that Bard's power are far greater, only limited by his own choice.
  • Familiars: Bard has a mystical bond with the Meeps Meeps, entities that are drawn to him. Even though they are capable of surviving on their own, they've traveled with Bard for so long they've formed a symbiotic bond.[3] The meeps themselves are born out of celestial energy left from the birth of the stars the birth of the stars.

Relations

Celestials and Aspect Hosts

Bard knows about and has met many celestials including the Aspects, their hosts, as well as other cosmic entities like Aurelion Sol Aurelion Sol.

Runeterra

Bard influences Runeterran history in a very different way compared to the Darkin Darkin. Where they seek to influence key events in history through conflict and bloodshed, Bard passively restores balance in Runeterra when its continued survival is about to reach critical levels.[2]

Bard has no ties to either the Frozen Watchers' return the Frozen Watchers' return, the Fall of Shurima the Fall of Shurima, nor the Shadow Isles' Ruination the Shadow Isles' Ruination. While all these events involved powerful forces, they had no larger cosmic ramifications, though Bard might have witnessed and even indirectly intervened in them.[4][5]

In Bard: Mountain the village sage implies his people will 'die without' the artifact Bard snatched from him. This was not the case, for one of the children residing in the Noxian-assaulted village grew up to become the elderly storyteller from The Wonder Above.[6]

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Biography

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Biography

The Wandering Caretaker

By Marcus Terrell Smith

Starring Champion

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Bard Mountain (Video)

When Runeterra's sacred treasures are misused, the Wandering Caretaker intervenes.

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Testimony of the Balladeer

By Marcus Terrell Smith

You, there! Yes, you! You look like a fine Demacian with working ears—one who might stay a stretch and heed the warnings of an old man who has seen the impossible.

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The Wonder Above

By Ryan Verniere

The stars tell their own stories. Some speak of past events. Some speak of... other things.

Alternate Universes

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A Snowdown Snowtale

The Poro King sends a young poro on an urgent mission: find the one with the magnificent mustache to save Snowdown!

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Attack of the Demon Poros

By POPSTAR URF

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Be Your Best Santa

Santa Draven, Ambitious Elf Jinx, and Snow Fawn Poppy step up to help Santa Braum with this year’s Snowdown festivities. But with Jinx and Draven at the frontlines, the celebrations could easily snowball into shenanigans!

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Make History

In this battle of regions, one will conquer all others to make history.

Trivia

  • Despite the lack of a physical form, Bard is not omnipotent. He can be banished and/or imprisoned by powerful magics, even so far as a force equally or more powerful possibly spelling his ultimate end.[7]
  • The green ball that sits in Bard's weapon is a harmonic key that splits layers of reality and taps directly into the magical friction that all worlds emit.[8]
  • Bard's manner of speech is a way to keep the information he gives a secret.
    • For example, if he were speaking to you you would think he speaks your language just fine, but in reality that is the case for you alone because you are meant to receive the message. If someone were to eavesdrop on the conversation they'd hear something akin to his in-game voiceover, an intentional move on Bard's part.

Change log

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4 Aug 2020 (During V10.16) Added.

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