The skeleton was one of the first monsters introduced in the earliest edition of the game, in the Dungeons & Dragons “white box” set (1974), where they were described as acting under the instructions of their motivator, usually a magic-useror cleric of chaotic alignment.
In the worlds of D&D, words and music are not just vibrations of air, but vocalizations with power all their own. The bard is a master of song, speech, and the magic they contain. Bards say that the multiverse was spoken into existence, that the words of the gods gave it shape, and that echoes of these primordial Words of Creation still resound throughout the cosmos.
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