January 26, 2018

College of Baator

Bardic College
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College of Baator

Most bards practice endlessly to perfect their craft, taking every opportunity to perform and hone their musical skills. Becoming a musician is a long, arduous road that requires passion, talent, and a great deal of fortune, but not all bards are so diligent. Some seek out a shortcut, no matter what the cost―even if it means their souls.
     Striking a deal with a powerful devil (or another sinister power) can confer upon a bard unbelievable musical skills, but usually comes a mortal cost to be extracted at a later date. Few bards walk this infernal path, but those that do invariably gain legendary skill and a meteoric rise to stardom. Other bards label this group of pact-makers the College of Baator: a designation laced with seething jealousy, begrudging respect, and a pious moral judgement that devils should never be trusted.

Deal with a Devil
When you reach 3rd level, you make a pact with a fiend (usually a devil), gaining worldly power for the cost of your soul. When you make an ability check relating to musical instruments, you can always use your Charisma for the check, and you add twice your proficiency bonus to the check. Furthermore, you know how to expertly play every song ever written.
     Lastly, you learn the eldritch blast cantrip, which counts as a bard spell for you.

Infernal Duelist
Also at 3rd level, whenever you make a contested ability check with another creature, you can roll a Bardic Inspiration die and add it to the roll, without expending any uses of that feature.

Eldritch Invocation
At 6th level, your fiendish patron grants you a magical boon. You can choose one Eldritch Invocation from the warlock class that does not have prerequisites.
     At 14th level, you gain an additional invocation, provided you qualify for its prerequisites (you can treat bard levels as if they were warlock levels in this instance).

Hellish Recovery
At 14th level, you can draw additional power from your fiendish ally. You can use your action to recover an expended spell slot of 5th level or lower. Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.
     In addition, you learn the infernal calling spell, which counts as a bard spell for you and doesn’t count against the number of bard spells you know.



Changelog: 1/27/18: Eldritch Invocation: 6th level invocation can't have prereqs

11 comments:

  1. This is definitely neat, but I'd love to see even more with this theme! I feel like there should be the "Deal with the Devil" and then further class features add both benefits and "issues" owing to your dark pact. There could even be a "binary choice" capstone feat that signifies whether you won the golden fiddle or the Devil got your soul.

    Either way, thanks for the subclass and for getting me thinking about my next character. :D

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    1. Well, all things considered, warlocks aren't really about the downsides of their deals, no matter who they're entwined with. It's implied in their fluff, but there's no mechanical downsides attached.

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  2. This is fucking insane... Literally yesterday I was trying to figure out how to make EXACTLY THIS without having to multiclass. Stop reading my mind!

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  3. Shouldn't Deal with a Devil read, "... gaining OTHERworldly power for the cost..."

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    1. No, it's 'worldly' as in, this power belongs merely to the corporeal world (in contrast to the spiritual), and you don't take it with you when you die.

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  4. This this is fun but a very golden fiddle deal if you ask me

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  5. I can’t say I’m fond of this. It immediately just strikes me as a quick and easy way to make a wild bard DPS without much loss. Eldritch Blast + Aginizing Blast is an almost definite choice for anyone, and then drop your Magical Secrets (or even just Magic Initiate) for Hex, and you’re basically a warlock without the level investment and a way better spell setup.

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    1. I've been thinking about this all night, and I have a solution: I'll specify that your invocation pick at 6th level must not have a prerequisite, so it means you have to wait until at least 14th to get agonizing blast.

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    2. That definitely makes this way better and can make for some much more interesting ideas other than the aforementioned combo.

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  6. Fire on the mountain, run boys run

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