The Saga of the Black-Clad Bard
The Black-clad Bard appears to be a middle-aged man, with a gaunt, drawn face and long, white hair. He dresses eccentrically – wearing a buffy, black garment complete with obnoxious frills, though he more typically obscures himself with a long, tattered, jet-black cloak. More distressing is the human skull he carries with him – he often converses with it in dramatic tones, flourishing it emphatically like a duelist would wield a rapier.
The Bard’s true identity and motives are unknown. Only once has he directly revealed himself to the party, and when he did he disappeared so suddenly that the party wondered if perhaps it had been an illusion and not a man at all.
When Chief O-Tok credited the Orcs’ idea to educate themselves and trade their new-found gold to a Spirit-Talker wearing puffy garb and brandishing a skull, the adventurers immediately began to wonder if they’d been manipulated into somehow doing the Bard’s bidding.