Description : A ragged man visits the houses of the nobility. He entered O’Donnel’s house unknown and asked the musicians to play for him. Then he took the harp from them and played far superior music with the harp between his feet, and he played the music with his toes. He insulted O’Donnell and was surrounded by armed men, but he made some of the armed men assume his features, and they were attacked and killed. He restored them to life by getting the doorkeeper to rub their upper palates with an herb. The beggar headed off to the earl’s house, went to bed, and began snoring heavily. When he met the household, he was given a book that was turned upside down and began reading it. He began playing chess with some of the best chess players in the area and beat them with only half of the pieces on the board. The juggler plays various tricks on the household. He then moves onto the lawn and opens his bag. He throws a rope into the sky. A cat and mouse appear from the bag and race up the rope. The mouse rides on the cat’s back while the cat tries to unseat it. A hound and hare are released and race up the rope with the hare on the hound’s back. The hound fails to dislodge the hare. The boy then goes up the rope but fails to carry out the juggler’s instructions. He is restored to life by the juggler who departs.
Description : For those not familiar with the Quintessential books, this one kicks off with the Character Concepts chapter, a range of simple templates designed to be applied to beginning characters to subtly alter the core class. By taking a Character Concept, a Bard will suffer a penalty in one area but gain a benefit in another - this is primarily a roleplaying tool for players looking for a character who is a bit different from the normal run of the mill. For example, as a Bard you can now start as a Alderman, Ambassador, Artist, Aspirant, Cantor, Explorer, Law Keeper, Lore Master, Minstrel, Naturalist, (not Naturist. . .), Skald, Stormcrow, Talespinner, Trickster or Vagabond. The Prestige Bard covers avenues players may wish to explore when they come to specialise their Bard in one or more areas. As a Bard increases in level, he can choose to adopt the role of Dream Dancer, Elder, Grandmaster, Jester, Seneschal, Singer of the Dawn, Soul Taker, World Singer - or a combination of several. The Tricks of the Trade chapter gives Bards 'cool things to do', as I always describe it to our writers. It kicks off with many new uses for skills, such as using Gather Information to support Bardic Knowledge or Intimidate to bully. Assisting Actions allows a Bard to use his music in a non-magical manner to help others achieve their goals through Battle Hymns, Chamber Music, Folk Dance, Harvest Songs, Lullabies and Marching Songs, all of which also permit a Bard to specialise in the kind of music he performs. Finally, Professions allows a Bard to ally his musical talent with public performances, allowing him to adopt the roles of such things as Street Magicians, Town Criers and Animal Charmers - even if a player is not interested in pursuing such things (and who doesn't want a few extra gold on the side), then there is plenty of meat here for Games Masters to set urban scenes in their scenarios. This is followed by Bardic Feats, which allow a Bard to specialise in certain areas, taking advantage of his innate talents. He can choose to gain feats that allow him to Gossip, learn Elven Dreamweaving, become a Geographer or any one of 22 other feats. Tools of the Trade begins by looking at the qualities of Masterwork Instruments, leading into Invested Instruments - the development of seemingly magical powers as a Bard forms a close bond with his instrument over time. Magical Instruments are covered in depth with such items as the Chorus Harp and Rain Staff available, while Exotic Items covers more mundane objects such as a Metronome and Magician's Chest. Rules are also presented for Magical Crafts, for those Bards looking to produce art more permanent than tale or song. At the cost of a feat, a Bard may create sanctified architecture, magical candles, enduring embroidery, engravings of no little power, glassblowings that can capture flame, paintings that change appearance with the things they represent, pottery that will never permit food to rot, sculptures that can manifest voices and weavings that can make the lowest peasant seem noble. Finally, Magical Compositions represent lost items of Bardic lore that can be used by several performers to create castings that dwarf the abilities of a single Bard. Of all the Tricks of the Trade chapters we have done in the past, this is probably the greatest in scope! The Power of Lore concentrates on the Bard's knowledge capabilities and gives extra guidelines in its use, plus a few tips on circumstances in which its use may not always be obvious. Using this chapter, Bards can now find themselves far more intuitive, able to predict the actions of enemies or even memorise far for information than most people will ever know. The Mysteries of Music allow Bards to study their arts to far greater depth than has ever been possible before, unlocking the great secrets of legends who have come before them. There are 18 Mysteries detailed, all relating to a certain type of performance - the Great Harp, for example, or the Court Dance. Once a Bard begins studying a mystery, he gains the use new abilities that can be utilised through his music. By learning the mystery of Epic Chants, for example, he may start by accomplishing the Strength of Ancestors, which will boost the fortitude of those nearby. As he grows in understanding and power, he can turn this into Walking the Path of Legends, unlocking the hero in a comrade in a fight against evil. Sixteen new castings are presented in Bard Spells, of varying level. These include the Eye of the Heart, which permits him to automatically sense the location of hidden enemies and the Silver Voice, which makes a Bard very persuasive to those he speaks to. Once they have mastered the art of performing, Bards can become very confident, and when two meet, each may be eager to prove their skill. Bardic Duels allows them to decide who is the greatest and most skilled without resorting to violence or death. Such duels as Magic, Performance, Riddles, Rites and Steel are covered, though the Bard had better be sure of his abilities, as losing a duel can seriously hurt the purse! Finally, the Quintessential Bard wraps up with Venues, allowing a high level Bard to create a centre for art and inspiration - a theatre is one possibility, though some travelling Bards make do with a street corner to practice their skills. Full rules are given to develop a venue, including its acoustics, attributes, location and resources, with plenty of examples to guide a Bard to legendary renown. This is all capped by an Index, Rules Summary and a new Bardic character sheet.
Description : Written as a springboard to teaching grammar, this book is designed to help teachers of grades 4–8 teach students to use the sixteen essential grammatical elements (seven parts of speech, six phrases, and three clauses) in their writing. Exercises, strategies, and examples provide a guide for the teacher about how students can learn, expand, and transfer the grammar skills acquired to their own writing. The book is organized so that teachers can either pick and choose lessons that are tailored to meet their students' specific needs, or they can teach the material in a clear and effective scope and sequence from beginning to end.. Teachers Rave about Keith Polette’s New Way to Teach Writing! “I like the writing exercises that are incorporated right from the start and the interesting approach to getting students to develop their understanding in their own words. I also would recommend the book to other teachers because it has universal appeal for any teacher trying to improve their own understanding of grammar and writing or who is looking for another good resource for their students.” —Lona Garrison, Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA “I think this book is done very well. Teachers could use this book as a reference tool in the classroom.” —Deedra Murray, Edyth J. Hayes Middle School, KY Take a look inside: Focuses on one grammatical element at a time to assist teachers in building on students' prior knowledge. Addresses such topics as sentence building, combining, and imitation, writer's voice, word play, poetry, editing, and guided or process writing.
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