Hey there, hi there, everyone!
I've been aware of this thread for a few days. Despite the fact that one of my characters, Alisa, has been a topic of discussion, I've refrained from participating, largely because the conversation has had an adversarial and unpleasant tone. I now feel compelled to make a few remarks, since the OP has adopted an ungenerous tone towards me. And, so:
1) Twilight, welcome to the forums, and welcome to the Challenges and Playthroughs section. I look forward to following your character's adventure.
2) Class power is a function of context, including playing style. It is to a significant extent subjective. While I and many other experienced players find bards balanced, powerful, top-tier, eminently suited to solo Trilogy runs, that doesn't mean that everyone else needs to think the same. I'll suggest that we should allow Twilight his opinion. Likewise, Twilight, you should consider the possibility that there are other valid views of the bard class's power curve. You may find people more willing to respect your views if you respect theirs.
3) Twilight, to the extent that your objective here is to get people to engage with your run, learn from your posts, and share in your triumphs and failures, then you may find that civility serves you better than hostility. This is a welcoming place, a friendly place. We accept all who respect the community, its members, and its norms. We'd all like to make a new friend. Consider being one.
Once again, welcome!
She probably drank the Violet potion and then drank a bunch of potions of Agility/Mind Focusing to restore the lost DEX.
Head of the class
If you drink a Potion of Agility and a Potion of Fortitude after drinking the Violet Potion then you can offset the penalties. Drinking a Potion of Mindfocusing and or casting DUHM can raise your dex and con further still
If anyone has any questions about Alisa's run, feel free to ask. I'll be happy to explain anything and everything. For reference, it was a successful SCS/Ascension Trilogy No Reload, one of many Trilogy No Reloads I and my colleagues completed on the Bioware Forums. We also had a bard led party complete the No Reload challenge. In addition, many years ago, we had a blade solo the Ascension battle on insane (with reloads). There's no challenge too big for a bard- at least in this girl's opinion!