Yes, but not every traveling minstrel would call himself a 'bard'. Not ever High Priest is going to say 'I'm a cleric', not every woodsman is a ranger, there are not 'fighter' guilds in most settings, I highly doubt anyone refers to themselves as a 'Duskblade' or 'Hexblade', l doubt every person in touch with nature considers themselves a 'druid', and that's not a profession.
Originally Posted by Purity_Riot
I feel like you're being intentionally thick.
You know...I'm actually going to address this dogma in the slim chance someone of those reading this will gain some enlightenment.
but not every traveling minstrel would call himself a 'bard'.
Well, guess what? Every traveling minstrel wouldn't be a bard, now would they? A Bard has specific spells, they have proficiency with specific martial weapons, they gain specific abilities and have access to a specific spell list. And every adventurer who possessed these abilities, would in fact, know that they belonged to a group of individuals called bards. Why? Because being a Bard meant you could do those specific things. You know...like what it means to be a Wizard?
The same is true for a Duskblade or Hexblade. Being one of those means you can do very specific and unique things and society has labeled those people who can do those specific things
as a Duskblade or Hexblade. It's irrelevant what the player thinks. If you can do X, Y, and Z, society knows you are a that class. Anybody who can do those things and did not grow up under a rock would automatically know how people would label them. Just like modern day witches know that they are witches.
The complete set of powers each class has are unique to that class. People with those powers are labeled according to their class names and there's nothing meta-game about that. Society gives them the labels and the label are 100% accurate.
Now if some person playing a duskblade wants to act like they've never heard the term...whatever. It's a free world.