August 4, 2017

Spider Domain

Divine Domain
Comments from the Finger: Content warning for arachnophobes. And drowophobes. 

Spider Domain

The Spider Domain is under the exclusive purview of a single deity: The Spider Queen, Lolth, a capricious goddess that delights in torment, subterfuge, and dominating the weak. She is especially revered by the drow, but sinister creatures of every type make offerings to her, including petitioners who worship in secret on the surface. Customarily, Lolth only bestows clerical powers upon female priests, but there are always rare exceptions when it serves the Spider Queen's schemes. 
     The spider domain deals in secrets, subterfuge, assassination, and wanton cruelty. Clerics that make this domain their own are rarely anything other than evil.

Spider Domain Spells
Cleric Level Spells
1stcharm person, disguise self
3rdspider climb, web
5thfear, vampiric touch
7thdominate beast, giant insect
9thdispel evil and good, dominate person

Bonus Proficiencies
When you choose this domain at 1st level, you gain proficiency with the Stealth skill, whips, and poisoner’s kits.

Web Walker
Also at 1st level, you gain a climbing speed equal to your movement speed. Additionally, you ignore movement restrictions caused by webbing and you are immune to the effects of the web spell.

Channel Divinity: Venom
Starting at 2nd level, as a bonus action, you can use your Channel Divinity to coat a melee weapon you are holding with a paralytic poison. The next time you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack within the next minute, it must succeed on a Constitution saving throw. A creature that is immune to being poisoned automatically succeeds this saving throw. On a failed save, the creature takes poison damage equal to your cleric level and becomes paralyzed for 1 minute. On a successful one, it takes half as much damage and is not paralyzed. A creature paralyzed by this ability can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a successful save.

Blessing of the Spider Queen
Starting at 6th level, you have a divine connection to spiders of all types. Any spider that can see you is considered charmed by you, and can communicate with you as if you were under the effect of the speak with animals spell. 
     Additionally, you learn the spell conjure animals, which you can use only to summon giant spiders, giant wolf spiders, or swarms of spiders, unless you also know this spell from another source.

Divine Strike
At 8th level, you gain the ability to infuse your weapon strikes with the poisoning bite of a spider. Once on each of your turns when you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can cause the attack to deal an extra 1d8 poison damage to the target. When you reach 14th level, the extra damage increases to 2d8.

Domination
Starting at 17th level, you learn the dominate monster spell. When you cast the spells dominate beast, dominate monster, or dominate person, you ignore a target's immunity to being charmed. Additionally, you can use your bonus action, instead of your action, to take total and precise control of a target.

19 comments:

  1. Great as always.
    I had a suggestion for a cleric domain: Cult domain.
    Similar to Unearthed Arcana's school of Theurgy, but instead of a Cleric-y Wizard, its a Warlocky Cleric.
    For those people who worship fiends instead of bargain with them.

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    1. I'll put it on the todo list, but I think Rage Domain is ahead of it on the list.

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  2. Cool, and easily established in many worlds. Gonna use that,

    Insect plague seems more spidery than dispel good and evil, but that hardly matters.

    I expected something like a yochlol summoning (or even better, Zin-Carla) for the 17th level feature. Domination is ok though.

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    1. I think Domination fits the overall Drow theme a bit more, though summoning definitely would have been cool.

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    2. I thought about that, but I didn't want the subclass to be /too/ summon-heavy.

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    3. I guess that makes sense. And at 17th level you can use Gate to summon a yochlol, and Zin-Carla could be a Divine Intervention.

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  3. Simple, comprehensive, flavorful, mechanically balanced, and roleplay-encouraging. This is the best. <3

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  4. Personally, I would like a feature that allows the spider cleric to cast using Charisma, both beccuse drow have a charisma increase, and it's also how the drow priestess works in the monster manual.

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    2. I second that. Also, drow priestesses are a lot more warlocky than other clerics (knowingly worshiping for the cause of power).

      But I also agree with DroopieJ, this doesn't have to directly be part of the class.

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    3. Ah yeah one up for the droop man.but any way yeah now i just need a drow based monk archetype

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    4. Droopie, have you looked at the Way of the Wheel? That feels very thematic for a Drow.

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    5. Ive seen it ive used it ive loved it its torture heavy just its missing some element of the macabre i even had a drow courtier assasin who was a way of the wheel. Tazed and hurt the pcs when they needed a push in the right direction.

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  5. Fluff it and say this one does when you use it at home

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  6. Ooooooh.... I will say, this is one of my favorite cleric domains you've released.

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  7. Umm, quick question about the channel divinity. Does the damage happen again upon recurrent failed saves or only on the first one?

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    1. The repeated saves are only to end the effect early -- no further damage (the paralyzed condition is more than enough punishment.)

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