I want to play a Bard whose main performance skill is Ventriloquism.
And I want to give his dummy its own personality.
And possibly its own character class.
What can I say? I was a Soap fan. I loved Chuck and Bob.
This could work in one of two ways. The Ventriloquist would be the Bard, and the Dummy would be, say, a Wizard... Or maybe the Ventriloquist would be a big, burly fighter type who only talks (and uses his Bardic abilities) through his dummy.