The Bards are the Minstrels and Storytellers of the Realms. In many cultures they are also at the forefront of the Battle, using their drums and songs to urge the soldiers onward into the fray.
Bards use a combination of arcane and druidic magics called upon through music by using song and lute, lyre, flute, etc., in addition to dexterous activities like slight of hand and knife throwing. So in essence, they are a hybrid of three basic class types: Mage, Druid and Rogue. They can use any single-handed weapon, or a quarterstaff, and wear Cloth or Leather Armour; allowing for D1 on the meter. They are allowed Magic Resistance of M2 on the meter.
They spin tales of the past and present, bringing heroism and valor into everyday lives. They can also sing Dirges that will bring a tear to even the staunchest warrior.
Bards use poetry and music to effect changes in the world around them. This grants them certain powers and abilities. Such abilities may include causing damage to an opponent or healing surrounding allies. This includes granting endurance and food, or stealing energy from an enemy.
Upon rare occasion a Chief Bard's songs can even bring back a single person from the dead. However, this is only if he or she has been granted that ability/position on the battlefield.