Doing a nice brand new series of the ‘Word is on Fire’ combat classes. All new and improved and bright and shiny.
Entertainers are all about the flash, the pizzazz, about bolstering spirits and knocking your socks off. Their skills operate primarily on the fact that the parts of the brain that are affected by music are the same parts that go active when a person is under the influence of drugs. The proper auditory stimulus can have effects as wide as a burst of adrenalin, to a feeling of immense joy, to the sensation of vertigo, to waves of nausea. Their song also creates surges in the visual cortex and causes those around them to see things that aren’t there.
An entertainer will seek to exploit this through song, and enhance it with dance, and visual effects. They may do so to empower their allies. Lifting spirits, kicking off bursts of energy, increasing natural abilities, both ‘magic’ and physical attributes. Inversely they may use it to inflict debilitating side effects on opponents. Such as the aforementioned, sickness and vertigo, or they may seek to pacify them or even put them to sleep.
Visual effects can enhance the power of a song and as such entertainers will employ a wide variety of costumes and face paint; colorful, elegant, dramatic or otherwise, an entertainer picks out their clothing carefully with their ‘performance’ in mind; they costumes may not provide much in the way of defense, but a skilled Entertainer would only be impeded. They also mimic various styles of dance and gymnastics in their combat styles; studying things like contortion is not uncommon. Sometimes they will employ instruments, but their ability to make those around them hallucinate music brings that down to a matter of preference.
As with the rest of their species they have a natural talent for wielding the various elements. As with anything else an Entertainer will use this in their ‘performance’; flashes of fire, bursts of light, surges of foliage, gusts of wind and rain, combined with their other abilities this can throw an enemy into a full fledged panic, unsure if anything around them is real anymore. ‘There is a beauty in all things. A dance, a song, in all things. My performance is my weapon, and all is my performance.’
Entertainers select their weapons based on lightness and visual appeal, along with practicality, as with all things, seeking to enhance their performance. Common choices include light weapons like daggers and short swords or rapiers, sometimes pole arms or spears if they’re light and maneuverable, all manor of chain based weapons, Chakram, and occasionally fist weapons. They are the only class to wield a puppet as a weapon, treating them as a permanent dance partner. They are usually used to defend the entertainer if their performance doesn’t allow them to move. These puppets are not alive in any way, though their owner may treat them as such from time to time. They may utilize a musical instrument, but more often than not it also doubles as another sort of weapon.
Regardless of weapon choice, the most important part of an Entertainer’s arsenal is their headset. An ear piece and throat piece which acts as a conduit for their power allowing less strain on them; it boosts their voices so that they may be heard above all other sounds, and protects them from the effects of another entertainer, this way one does not interfere with another.
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