In the last post, someone says that bards pull alot of hate. I don't exactly see how this is true, considering that most bards just kind of sit back, if your sub is whm, you gain a little hate, but this is mostly when there is an emergency, in which case someone will have more hate than you. I can see some debuff songs causing hate, but most of the time you should wait a little into combat for a warrior to provoke them, which isnt a problem. most warriors use provoke simply to lure the monster to them. I also agree that race should not decide your class, in the long run, with bard as your main class, it won't really matter too much at all. There are always items out there to help you, and parties will still want you just based on the fact that your a bard. Just do your thing as long as you are happy.