February 19, 2019

Abyssal Domain

Divine Domain
Notes from the Nails: evil death cults must still have clerics, right? The 'cult fanatic' stat block in the MM has cleric spells, after all.

Abyssal Domain

It is a common misconception that the members of demon-worshiping cults are all mindless slaves, crazed hedonists, or violent murderers. The truth is that many of them are perfectly sane, with dreams of enslaving demons for themselves, rather than the other way around. A select few are even strong enough to do so, rising through the ranks of their cult to become powerful priests and summoners, capable of calling upon armies of fiends and mortals alike to do their bidding.

February 15, 2019

Vortirrackt and Methuselah

In this series, I'll be slowly tackling a rework of one of our favorite classes, the Binder. The class was originally a straight update of the class of the same name from D&D 3.5's Tome of Magic, including most of the original vestiges, but as we revisit this class, we'd like to examine its mechanics and its concepts with fresh eyes, improve upon them, and write a whole new list of vestiges.

This week, we wrap up 5th level vestiges with Vortirrackt (maybe my new favorite vestige) and move right along to 6th level with Methuselah (perhaps one of my favorite minor characters from mythology). 


February 12, 2019

Way of the Rose

Monastic Tradition
Comments from the Nails: so romantic...!

Way of the Rose

One of several flower-themed monastic traditions practiced in the Feywild, the Way of the Rose emphasizes the importance of love and compassion in all things. Although the monastery is closely associated with the Rose Court, all are welcome to join, including human visitors from the Material Plane.

February 7, 2019

Æglæca and Korine

In this series, I'll be slowly tackling a rework of one of our favorite classes, the Binder. The class was originally a straight update of the class of the same name from D&D 3.5's Tome of Magic, including most of the original vestiges, but as we revisit this class, we'd like to examine its mechanics and its concepts with fresh eyes, improve upon them, and write a whole new list of vestiges.

This week we have a summoner vestige that gradually became a single-target buffer vestige, plus a teleportation vestige.

February 4, 2019

Coffee Domain

Divine Domain
Comments from the Finger: I realized, much to my horror, that I had missed writing a domain for my personal lord and savior. 

Coffee Domain

Herbalists have long brewed teas and other remedies to ease the body and sharpen the mind, but those time-tested staples have steep competition for being the preferred drink of choice. Coffee is a beverage with powerful alchemical effects: it staves off sleep, boosts concentration, and imparts a feeling of wakefulness and inspiration. Everyone from commoners to archmages has come to enjoy the bitter warmth of this brew, so it's no small wonder that demigods, and eventually full-on godly powers, have adopted coffee as a domain.
     Gods of this domain include Vigil, Keeper of the Morning, Twitsh, Lord of Streams, and Cinder, God of Flame. However, many clerics turn to this domain without an associated deity, taking up the mantle because they are dependent, if not outright fixated, on coffee.

January 31, 2019

Subclasses | Rebinding

In this series, I'll be slowly tackling a rework of one of our favorite classes, the Binder. The class was originally a straight update of the class of the same name from D&D 3.5's Tome of Magic, including most of the original vestiges, but as we revisit this class, we'd like to examine its mechanics and its concepts with fresh eyes, improve upon them, and write a whole new list of vestiges.

While we're working on the remaining 4th-6th level vestiges, I though I'd show off the subclasses we've got finished! As with all of our classes, we only finish two to three subclasses while we're still working on the class, so we can make sure that it and its subclasses are balanced.

A (Sub)Class Act

Anyone that's done enough homebrew can tell you that subclasses typically follow a hidden kind of outline, which can range from fairly broad categories to very specific feature types. A paladin, for example, always has Channel Divinity options at the beginning of the subclass and a very specific 20th level capstone, whereas a rogue or barbarian have more varied subclasses, but generally have interaction and exploration features at consistent levels.