Healing Bard: Secondary Feat Advice
I'm looking for some feat advice on playing a 'Pure' Spellsinger bard that can provide some decent healing.
I'm rejoining the game after a long hiatus and used a stone of experience to catch up to some friends that are at level 15 now.
They are... I guess you could call it 'softcore' -- not looking for efficiency or even elite quests mostly, and there will be many deaths I'm sure but they are having fun, so thats all the matters. So far they've been doing everything without grouping with others -- a Ranger, Paladin, Artificer and Wizard -- with healing hirelings for backup. I'd like to replace one of those hirelings.
My Original plan was to dump all stats but cha, acquire some metamagic(maximize, extend, quicken) feats and get greater spell focus enchantment so I can provide some Spell CC along with Songs. Recently, however I got some +3 tomes, and some Charisma weapons (at first the moonhowl axe, now a pair of dynastic falcatas) -- I also have a bunch of melee gear. I know speccing around specific weapons is gimping me a long run but I'm willing to have to use specific weapons; Is a cha-based TWF Spellsinger a thing that people do? If I switched from CC to Melee as my secondary focus -- it would allow me to save Spellpoints for Healing/buffs and not have CC compete for that. I would keep spellsinger so I could have more SP/SP regen and therefore more longevity on healing. The major problem I see is Lack of feats:
My take on important feats:
For any Bard:
For Healing, Ideally you'd want (in my opinion in descending order)
For Melee (would be able to swap out the khopesh feat/slashing to piercing if I ever got the epic cha weapons)
Two Weapon Fighting
Improved Two Weapon Fighting
Greater Weapon Fighting
Improved Critical (slashing for now)
Oversized Two Weapon Fighting
A human Pure bard is 4 feats short -- so what do I cut?
Magical Training, Oversized Two Weapon Fighting and Power attack are on the chopping block right now -- but I'm not sure what else to cut..
Would I be better off with the original plan and just stacking DC for CC instead of these melee feats? I could still use a charisma weapon to whack things that don't need to be CCed along with a healing shield (I have wall of wood)
Also, I have no idea what a good resource would be to find level 15 gear; I have some money and A 17 Artificer as resources, and I don't mind doing some quests, I'm just not sure where/how to look.
I still have a heart of wood; and I have +3 tomes str/dex/cha;
as often I agree with the XP of ohers
Aashrym essentially has it covered (as one comes to expect) :D
Zongen has Max only (a current req option for SS presently) and drops quicken for Imp crit blunt (uses sireth with Fathesinger for sonic vulnerability).
Anyways Bards can still make a meaningful ( and noteworthy) contribution to healing role as secondary fiddle (sometimes primadona when group and Q diff allow).
Keep Barding all !!