February 22, 2017

Epic Boons - Ascend to Archfey

I doubt any of you will be surprised to learn that I have thought about how PCs could become archfey. I wanted it to be something that would be within reach of relatively ordinary characters; there are no hard and fast rules about how powerful the archfey really are and several sources mention elves (particularly eladrin) rising from being adventurers to being archfey. Therefore, I went with epic boons!

Becoming an Archfey

Any creature that gains the boons of Fey Justice, Fey Majesty and Fey Pact-Making (detailed below) may call themselves archfey. The title has no power in and of itself, but it carries significant authority among fey creatures nonetheless. Archfey command respect from other creatures, and may reasonably expect to socialize with deities and other powerful beings. Many archfey establish courts in the faerie style – or serve in the courts of even greater archfey – even if they are not faeries themselves. These courts typically wander the planes hosting balls, parties and celebrations, forming one of the central pillars of fey culture by bringing together the oft-isolated enclaves of fey creatures into something resembling a society.

Epic Boons

Boon of Fey Immortality
Prerequisites: either fey ancestry or fey creature trait

The most powerful fey are true immortals, untouched by time and impossible to kill. You do not age, and indeed, can alter your appearance to look like yourself at any age. If you are killed by any means, including by being disintegrated or having your home destroyed, you are resurrected 2d10 days later in the spot where you died. Your new body is in perfect health; all negative conditions and injuries you suffered from when you died are removed. During those days, your soul experiences whatever afterlife it would normally have.

Boon of Fey Justice
Prerequisites: either fey ancestry or fey creature trait

You can turn other fey creatures into nymphs and cold riders (use the dryad and wight stat blocks). This functions in the same way as the true polymorph spell, except that its duration is instantaneous, shapechangers are not immune and the effects are automatically permanent. If the target has class levels, they retain them after the transformation.
     Once you use this ability, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.

Boon of Fey Majesty
Prerequisites: either fey ancestry or fey creature trait

You can grant divine magic to clerics and create favored souls. Choose up to two cleric domains (which should reflect your values and personality); your clerics and favored souls must belong to one of your domains. You can revoke a cleric’s powers at any time, though you are also obliged to answer them if they cast the commune spell. Favored souls must be chosen before they are born; you must appear in person to bless (or curse) the pregnancy – it is traditional but not compulsory to do this in disguise.
     Once per day, you can appear to one of your clerics or favored souls in a vision or dream. There is no limit on the nature or duration of this vision, and you can alter your appearance during it in any way you like.

Boon of Fey Pact-Making
Prerequisites: either fey ancestry or fey creature trait

You can make pacts with warlocks and grant any relevant pact boons, as if you were an Archfey Otherworldly Patron. You can also transfer warlocks to and from other archfey – and can re-negotiate the terms of the pact in the process.
     You can terminate a pact at any time, but when you do so, you immediately take 10d10 necrotic damage which cannot be avoided or resisted in any way.

15 comments:

  1. Ooh nice, I never thought about acending to an archfey before but this seems cool. Alongwith the cleric domains it feels like becoming a demigod or similar.

    I love if you are making this a series coz this is the stuff you can build a campaign around and your woke in this is awesome

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    1. #stayWoke, darlings!

      It is perhaps the beginning of a series. I'm hoping to include feats, to provide options for lower-level characters as well. ^_^

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    2. I imagine it will, at the very least, be a very interesting footnote on the rules page. Epic Boons provide a lot of freedom to do things otherwise impossible within the space of the game, so I hope we can continue to make some interesting stuff with them.

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  2. Oh, for all you patrons out there, you can find stat blocks for the cold rider and rusalka (which is a kind of arctic nymph) in the Tundra update. Check it out if you haven't already!

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  3. "Any creature that gains the boons of Fey Justice, Fey Majesty and Fey Pact-Making (detailed below) may call themselves archfey."

    Was the Pact of Fey Immortality deliberately left off as unnecessary to call oneself archfey, or was it neglected by accident, or was it added later and just not updated?

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    1. It was deliberately left as unnecessary. A far as I am concerned, not all archfey are immortal. Equally, some people may have endless life from their race or class, so they wouldn't need the boon for it.

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  4. Why would the patron take damage from terminating a pact? Especially the Archfey pacts that are practically whimsy.

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    1. Because there has to be a cost, otherwise what's to stop patrons making and breaking pacts willy-nilly? It creates a much more interesting narrative when you look behind the curtain and see that pacts go both ways and that patrons have to be at least a little bit careful in giving out power.

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    2. Because having warlocks at your disposal grant you power just as it grants powers to those warlocks, and breaking such a powerful pact has consequences.

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  5. I really like the concept- Archfey are not really detailed although they appear in lots of 5e material, and this gives a way to create them (which fits perfectly into my campaign!).
    I hope you'll making more of these!

    I do have 2 reservations though- The first is that archfey should no, in my opinion, be able to grnt powers to clerics. This should be the privilege of deities and demi-deities only. Warlocks and favored souls should be those that archfey grant powers to (in addition to wild magic sorcerers, perhaps).

    The second is that pretty much every non-deity/titan being could be killed. I guess the DM could include methods of permanently killing archfey, though (weapons that destroy souls or something like that).

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    1. Yeah, the cleric thing might be a bit divisive and I could understand someone removing or changing that aspect. My thinking here is that these boons are primarily being taken by elves and fey creatures, whose religions are different from the basic humanoid assumptions. I think it's canon in FR that some of the Elven deities have archfey alter-egos. Plus page 11 of the DMG says you can have religious systems without Gods, so I'm taking it as official that clerics can worship whatever they want.

      The counter argument to the immortality thing is that almost anything that can be killed can also be raised. Especially if you're an epic-level adventurer. This boon is just like having a pre-paid, automated raising service, which seems like something that would work well from a metagame perspective. It opens up new storytelling opportunities.

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    2. Well, I guess when True resurrection is available, the only ways to really get rid of a PC is imprisonment/true polymorph/soul destruction, which would work with that epic boon anyway.

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    3. I'm not sure where it stands in the current edition, but D&D canon has previously been that cleric powers come more from the cleric and their belief than the deity, since it was possible in previous editions to worship abstract concepts like 'Justice' or 'Goodness' and have the full powers of a cleric.

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    4. Still possible. You can also worship a demon lord without bein g a warlock, for example. However, in that case the power comes from the clerics themselves and not from the being, which is why I think an archfey should no be able to grant powers to clerics, even though there may exist clerics which worship the archfey and gain power from that.

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  6. More of this kind of stuff- I'd love to see more of this stuff in PDF form that looks all pretty and what not. This is the new kind of content that is flexible and you can drop into games- more please!

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