I haven't had a Bard in my party so far and I've wanted to have one, so I added Voghiln, but he's got a level-up with a new proficiency, so now I have to decide what the best build is, and that requires knowing what the best items are for Bards in SoD.
I typically use the two-column, three-row formation. He certainly won't be in the front row, and I'm debating whether to put him in the second row or the third. Typically I like first row to be offensive combatants that rush out with boots of speed and engage the enemy in melee. Then the second row I like to be support combatants that are excellent at ranged attacks but can also use two-handed weapons with reach to attack in melee from the second row. The third row are the casters that rely on spells and fall back on ranged attacks, running for help from the better fighters if the enemy gets too close.
The problem with Voghiln is his proficiencies are Bastard Sword, Axe, Sword-and-shield, and Two-weapon. So he's not set up for the two-handed ranged and melee weapons I'd prefer in the second row. He comes with +1 Throwing Axes -- how viable are those compared to missile weapons?
His proficiencies also favor the use of shields, but that would exclude using the Reed of Echoes. But it does look like either way, he's going to want to focus on one-handed weapons. How would proficiency in Slings work for him vs. Axes (I do have the +2 Throwing Axe that returns).
And what can he wear that won't prevent him from casting spells?? Is there any elven chainmail in SoD?