February 19, 2018

The Spirit of Jazz

Otherworldly Patron
Notes from the Nails: I own ya, baby! Ev'ry time ya pick up an instrument, I'll be there, inside ya, wearin' ya like a glove!

The Spirit of Jazz

When legendary jazz musician Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson was dying of strange swamp fever, it is said that he recorded one last album, smearing a drop of his own blood on the record. The album itself is lost to time but, in making it, Jimmy liberated his soul to wander the world as the Spirit of Jazz. To this very day, his apparition has been known to appear to aspiring musicians, offering them a piece of its power in exchange for ownership of their souls. 

Expanded Spell List
Your pact with the Spirit of Jazz allows you to choose from an expanded list of spells when you learn a new spell. The following spells are added to the warlock spell list for you.

Spirit of Jazz Expanded Spells
Spell Level Spells
1stdissonant whispers, false life
2ndmagic mouth, pyrotechnics
3rdcrusader's mantle, speak with dead
4thcompulsion, death ward
5thimmolation, seeming

Musical Secrets
At 1st level, you learn the vicious mockery cantrip, which counts as a warlock cantrip for you and doesn't count against the number of cantrips you can learn. Additionally, you gain proficiency with all musical instruments and always use Charisma for any ability checks relating to music. You can use a musical instrument as a spellcasting focus for your warlock spells. Lastly, you can spend 1 minute working with whatever materials are lying around to construct any kind of musical instrument you desire. These improvised instruments are useless to anyone except you.

Sax on Fire
Also at 1st level, you can use an action to play a musical instrument and allow your body to be possessed by the Spirit of Jazz. This releases a blast of funky mojo, forcing creatures in a 15-foot cone originating from you to make a Wisdom saving throw against your warlock spell save DC. Each creature that fails its saving throw is deafened until the end of your next turn.

Smooth Talk
At 6th level, you can channel the supernatural charisma of your patron to convince almost anyone of almost anything. When you make a Charisma (Deception) or Charisma (Persuasion) check, you can use this feature to gain a +10 bonus to the roll. You can do so after seeing the initial roll but before any of the roll's effects occur.
     Once you use this feature, you can't use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

Jazz Maverick
When you reach 10th level, your freewheeling style renders it impossible to hold you down. You are immune to the grappled, paralyzed, and restrained conditions.

Voodoo Scat
At 14th level, you are blessed with a fragment of Howlin' Jimmy Jefferson's mad genius. You learn the spell destructive wave and can cast it as an action without expending a spell slot.
     Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

2/23/17: Musical Secrets: Added vicious mockery cantrip and ability to use instruments as a spellcasting focus


  1. Are the instruments you make with Musical Secrets intended to be actual, normal instruments? Because if so, you can make over 10 000 gp worth of lutes in 5 hours.

    1. Haha, no, that's not what I meant. They're improvised instruments that work for you but are useless to other people. I'll add a note to that effect.

  2. A wonderful Mighty Boosh reference here!

  3. For the capstone...
    Also perfect for a heavy metal warlock

  4. *the sound of careless whisper echoes over the battlefield. it is hour eight of the song being played now and the orcs have surrendered*

  5. can you use instruments as a spellcasting focus? because i have been wanting to fool everyone with a warlock so they think its a bard.

    1. Hmm. I mean it would make sense here, and I gave it to the musical druid (Circle of Drums).

      But I don't think it's necessary to make the subclass work. The only time you really need to play an instrument is for Sax on Fire, which isn't actually a spell.

      I think what I'll say is that 'musical instruments can be used as foci' is a blanket rule for all classes in a battle of the bards campaign, otherwise not so much.

    2. I was going to ask the same thing. I think it would make sense to include the use of instruments as a foci in musical secrets.

  6. That's a very cool idea, full of flavor, but I think it is rather weak on the combat side, would be extremely good on campaings heavy with roleplay action rather than combat ones. I don't know if that is the point, but I can see it becoming a very cool mix of bard and warlock classes, maybe give it the viscious mockery cantrip at some point, and do something looking like a mass bardic inspiration, maybe at lv10.

    1. I like the vicious mockery idea: it's implemented.

    2. Dissenting opinion: I didn't think this needed Vicious Mockery. But the Finger is in charge, so...

  7. With a good skin, it could fit for a Tenacious D'esk feel too.

  8. Ain't no door back there, it's a toilet. MFOV brings all the references I dig (from Mountain GOats to Mighty Boosh)

    1. Every PC ever: "Don't lock your door, or we'll come in through your rooftop!"