I've played every other class into the epic levels, but I've never played a bard beyond 4th level. This needs to change.

I beg the assistance of the bard mistresses and masters here in the forums on two possible builds:

1) a Half-Orc split class barbarian/bard or barbarian/rogue/bard with emphasis on THF

and

2) a Pale Bard in Zombie or Vampire form.

I'd like to weigh the pros and cons of both to see which build will give me more bang for my buck.

Thank you so much for any assistance you can render.