December 9, 2017

Fury Magic

Sorcerous Origin
Comments from the Finger: This one came about because we decided that (pretty soon) we should remake the Rage Mage barbarian, so that there can be a reasonably good gish option for barbarians. Until then, we figured that an angry sorcerer is a lot like a Super Saiyan, which means that it's more than worth an archetype of its own.

Fury Magic

The mark of a deep, unabiding rage surges through your blood, empowering your wrath with arcane devastation. The origin of your sorcerous magic is your anger: as your fury grows, so too does your arcane might, swelling like a wave until all who stand before you are swept aside in a torrent of fire and blood.
     Perhaps these powers have existed in your family for generations, a heritage of hot-headedness and explosive outbursts, passed from father to son. Or perhaps you are the first in a century to manifest them. Regardless, from the moment your temper first drew forth arcane flames, your life was irreparably changed.

Furious Resolve
At 1st level, your connection to the furious power of your ancestors hardens your body into steel. Your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 again whenever you gain a level in this class. As well, so long as you are not wearing armor, your AC equals 13 + your Constitution Modifier.

Arcane Fury
Starting at 1st level, you can tap into the immortal rage of your blood, flooding the world with your magic. As a bonus action on your turn, you can enter an Arcane Fury. While in an arcane Fury, you gain the following benefits while not wearing armor:
  • Once per turn, when you make a spell damage roll, you add an additional +2 to the roll.
  • When you cast a sorcerer spell that deals damage, you become surrounded by an aura of damaging energy. Until the end of your next turn, any creature that hits you with a melee attack or starts its turn within 5 feet of you takes damage equal to your Charisma modifier. This damage is of the same type as the spell you cast to activate the aura.
  • You gain resistance to all damage types, except bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing. 
You cannot concentrate on spells while you are in the midst of an arcane fury. Your arcane fury lasts for 1 minute. It ends early if you are knocked unconscious or if your turn ends and you haven't attacked or damaged a hostile creature since your last turn or taken damage since then. You can also end your arcane fury on your turn as a bonus action.
     You can enter an Arcane Fury once, regaining your use following a long rest. Starting at 3rd level, you can spend 3 sorcery points to enter an Arcane Fury again before taking a long rest.

Font of Wrath
Starting at 6th level, you learn to use your fury to fuel your spells. Whenever a hostile creature deals you damage, your metamagic effects cost 1 less sorcery point than normal (minimum 1) until the end of your next turn; you also gain this benefit every turn you are in an arcane fury, even if you take no damage.
     As well, your arcane fury damage bonus increases to +4 damage.

Frenzied Devastation
At 14th level, while in an Arcane Fury, your spells deal maximum damage to unattended inanimate objects. As well, your arcane Fury damage bonus increases to +6 damage.

Endless Anger
Beginning at 18th level, as a reaction when you take damage, you can spend 3 sorcery points to erupt in a wave of fury. If this damage would reduce you to 0 hit points, but not kill you outright, you drop to 1 hit point instead. Additionally, if you are not in an arcane fury, you enter one that lasts until the end of your next turn.

28 comments:

  1. Sorry again for the late post. It's finals week!

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  2. Ka-Me-Ha-Me-FIREBALL!!!

    Sorcerers are my favorite class, I love seeing new options, and I love to use them as spellslingers, so I can't help but like this class (although I'm not 100% certain about the balance of Font of Wrath. But there's only one way to really be sure about that).

    One tiny wording issue: IIRC, you "roll damage for a spell", not "make a spell damage roll".

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    1. I do see these as basically Nova: the class. Past the first Arcane Fury, it costs you 3 sorcery points to use, so there's really no discount unless you use MORE than 4 metamagic abilities during your fury.

      As well, even with the first level ability, you're a sorcerer: if you're taking damage often enough to trigger Font of Wrath regularly, your tank isn't doing his job.

      My idea for how this would work is that, generally, he's burning all of his sorcery points very, very fast, but pulling some bonkers damage out of it.

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    2. I'm not expecting to use Arcane Fury more than once per long rest (I've rarely seen barbarians doing that), but even so it doesn't seem overpowered- especially since you can't concentrate on spells, which reduces your defense to only...

      Mirror Image, Blink, and Shield. Which is, umm... Pretty damn good. But the concentration think still matters a lot, nontheless.

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  3. I accidentalybread this as furry not fury.

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    1. I did the same the first time I glanced at it.

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    2. Lol. They originally had it as 'furious magic', which I think might be worse, if anything.

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    3. Hahahaha Furry Magic would be something to see.

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  4. "The mark of a deep, unabiding range surges through your blood, empowering your wrath with arcane devastation."

    I am guessing range is supposed to read rage?

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    1. Ahem. Check that sentence again.

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    2. I'm just imagining a sorcerer archetype designed around increasing range to ridiculous numbers.

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  5. I was just hoping you would redux rage mage, I link this arch type but I'm honestly more excited for rage mage being teased. Still this one is badass as well. I never thought of a rage filled sorcerer before, I like the idea.

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    1. We're still doing that, but it needs another round of polish before we put it out. Rage Mages are tricky.

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    2. Are they rage inducing?
      Eh?
      Eh?
      ...
      I'll see myself out.

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    3. Oh, I didn't mean to sound pushy. I phrased that wrong. I meant when this was posted I had just been thinking about how I wanted a new rage mage. This archtypes is bad ass, I kindof want to see it played now. But as exciting as this is I'm more excited for the little tease you made to a rage mage redux. I didn't want to sound ungrateful or anything for this one, I just wanted to show my excitement for rage mage. I realized after my post that I phrased it wrong

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  6. Mr.gibberish are you usually a bard

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    1. I cycle through classes, and multiclass a lot. So... Sometimes.

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  7. I have a slight problem with saying that your body hardens into steel, as the iron golem's ac is a 20 as natural armor. I would say that it just hardens or something along those lines, as if it hardened to steel it would either have an ac of 20 or just be generally strange.

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    1. Fair enough -- we were definitely using flowery language there.

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  8. Now i wanna try this w/ a scourge aasimar (afb, how's it spelled?). Arcane Fury + Radiant Consumption = spending a turn basically transforming into a super saiyan. ki blasts/ other moves could be represented by magic missle, fireball, etc or mc into sun soul monk and gain flight w/ the fly spell.

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  9. This looks awesome! Just one thing, would the last points of Font of Wrath and Frenzied Devastation read better if it was 'In addition, your arcane fury bonus damage...' rather than 'As well, your arcane fury bonus damage...'?

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  10. Quick Question for Y'all. What counts as an unattended inanimate object? Like can nobody be touching it, would the guards on a castle wall make it count as being attended? Just a little vague for me, with that wording it could be useless or amazing!
    BTW, love this Mage full of Rage!

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    1. 'Unattended' is a shorthand way of saying that an object isn't being worn or carried by a creature (or any other situation which would count as the object being in possession of a creature, such as the object being attached to the creature's belt, or dragged on a rope.) If a player could argue that it's in their inventory, then it's attended.

      A castle wall is too large to be considered attended. I hope that makes sense!

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