Like bards, skalds use their performance talents to inspire allies. The skald's violent nature, however, twists this inspiration into calls for heroic rage. As scholars, they record and retell stories of valor and prowess in battle; as artists, their nuanced and multidimensional creativity reflects their ability to emulate a versatile range of magical abilities. And in combat, skalds push forward with the front lines into melee combat to better experience the bloody stories they will tell for years to come.1
Elsewhere on Golarion, skalds are found among:
- elite military officers in Andoran, Cheliax, Lastwall, Mendev, and Taldor3
- battle-drummers and warchanters in the Hold of Belkzen, where the greatclubs that beat rhythms on hide-covered barrels are put to equal use against enemies' heads4
- the demon-worshiping Bekyar, where dancing skalds power their raids2
- Shoanti tribes, where they serve as both warchanters and spirit-singers2
- the gripplis of the Valashmai Jungle have skalds who weave their magic into powerful war paints5
There are no known restrictions on the race of a skald.