A Fochlucan bandore was a masterwork magic bandore and one of the Instruments of the Bards.[3][4][2][1]


Fochlucan bandores were 3-string instruments similar to lutes.[3] It was fashioned from striated maple wood and inset with tiger's eye stones.[2]


Fochlucan bandores were superior in every way to ordinary bandores.[1] Like other Instruments of the Bards, they could only be used properly by bards, and could be dangerous if anyone else attempted to play or even carry them.[3][1]

Bards wielding a Fochlucan bandore had their charming abilities greatly amplified by their magic.[1]

Like all Instruments of the Bards, these bandores had the capability of storing spells. A bard playing a Fochlucan bandore could invoke the spells fly, invisibility, levitate, protection from evil and good, entangle, faerie fire, shillelagh and speak with animals each once a day, until the instrument recharged its magic at the next dawn.[1] However, earlier Fochlucan bandores, those found after the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, could only cast cast light, flare, mending, and message, each one a day.[3][4][2]


The first Fochlucan bandores were created by a legendary bard in the Moonshae Isles named Falataer. He used them to test and reward the students of the Fochlucan level of his bardic college,[3][4][5] which came to be regarded individually as a legendary bard college in its own right.[1][6]

Over time, other bards have copied the original design, while retaining the original name in Falataer's honor.[3][4][5]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Andy Collins, Eytan Bernstein, Frank Brunner, Owen K. C. Stephens, John Snead (March 2007). Magic Item Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 161. ISBN 978-0-7869-4345-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 160–161. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Richard Baker (November 2004). Complete Arcane. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 148. ISBN 0-7869-3435-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Andy Collins, Eytan Bernstein, Frank Brunner, Owen K. C. Stephens, John Snead (March 2007). Magic Item Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 150. ISBN 978-0-7869-4345-6.
  6. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 123. ISBN 978-0786965809.

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