Here's a quote from the new Producer's Letter posted today 4/30: "On the Bard front … there will be a new quest for the three Masteries of Provocation, Peacemaking, and Discordance … the details of each of these Masteries will follow as the respective quests and balancing for each of them make their way to Test Center." My immediate conclusion is that his isn't going to be good for bards. Is there any other skill or profession that requires a quest to achieve "mastery"? I know that you have to do a quest before you can train spellweaving, but this sounds like something quite different. To me, this sounds like they're going to make legendary bards jump through some hoops in order to be "masters" again. The quest part I'm actually not that worried about; and if it comes with some type of item that helps bards, then they won't get any complaints from me. The part that scares the bejesus out of me is the "balancing for each" that they have planned. Last time they "balanced" bard skill it was a colossal nerf - and in terms of provoke maybe the biggest nerf in the history of UO, before or since. I'm scared to death that bard skills will be totally useless after they get done balancing. So, I have a plea to the developers for whatever they are planning, there are very very few bards around these days, and those that still trudge along are limited to specific uses. If bards skills are overpowered, people would flock to them (see all the archer/sampire/necro templates that people have flooded). Bards have already been completely eliminated from PvP because their skills don't function at all. Even in PvM, bard skills are only useful as support and countless other templates are more useful in doing damage, getting drops, etc. So please, please, please, don't nerf a skill that players have largely already left for dead. I'm begging.