April 30, 2018

Country Music Conclave

Ranger Conclave
Notes from the Nails: "Why, with a beard like that, I reckon you're some kind of country music ranger!"

Country Music Conclave

The rangers of the Country Music Conclave are, by and large, rustic sorts, most at home on the farm or in the woods. They value honesty and hard work, having dedicated their lives to protecting the land they love, and this attitude is reflected too in their traditional music. In country music, authenticity is king: songs are written from the heart with lyrics that focus on the hard realities of everyday life and rhythms that are easy to dance to.

Bonus Proficiencies
When you choose this conclave at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with brewer's supplies and one musical instrument of your choice.

Ring of Fire
Also at 3rd level, you gain the ability to imbue your strikes with magical fire. Once on each of your turns when you hit a creature with a weapon attack, you can inflict fire damage equal to your Wisdom modifier on any other hostile creatures within 5 feet of the original target.

Extra Attack
Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

Hoedown
At 7th level, you begin to take advantage of you quick footwork in the melee of combat. When there are two or more hostile creatures within 5 feet of you, you gain a +2 bonus to your AC.

Outlaw Country
When you reach 11th level, you decide to get back to basics and focus on fighting your favored enemies. Whenever you use your action to attack one of your favored enemies, you can make another weapon attack against the same target as a bonus action.

Tough as Old Snake Leather
By 15th level, when you are subjected to an effect, such as a green dragon’s poisonous breath or a blight spell, that allows you to make a Constitution saving throw to take only half damage, you instead take no damage if you succeed on a saving throw, and only half damage if you fail. Furthermore, you are immune to the poisoned condition.



Changelog:
05/07/2018: ring of fire: only affects creatures other than the original target.

17 comments:

  1. Mechanical, it looks sound, and the theme is very fitting, but the mechanics just seem to have too much thematic flavour besides the names.

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    1. Did you mean to say the features *dont't* have much thematic flavour? I guess that's a fair comment. My defense is that I want this to be coherent and playable, as well as jokey. So all of the abilities (except the last one) help this ranger to mix it up in close combat (but don't necessarily make it feel like a musician).

      And, like, the abilities fit the names, and the names fit the theme. I'm not sure I can do much more than that, considering 'country music singer' in itself isn't *actually* a type of warrior who'd be effective on the d&d battlefield (no offense).

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    2. You could give this archetype extra spells which relate to music- spells such as enthrall, tongues, compulsion and the like.

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    3. The problem with that is that I've already used that trick with the gospel cleric, orchestra paladin and jazz warlock (the first two haven't been published yet, but I wrote them before the ranger). I didn't want to keep repeating myself, and some of the archetypes need to be focussed on martial play styles.

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  2. Is Ring of Fire meant to basically be the Green Flame Blade cantrip?

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    1. It's kind of similar in some ways. Ring of Fire hits every enemy in a 5-foot radius though. Because it's a *ring*, you know.

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  3. Great job! I was just watching Cold Mountain last night and told my girlfriend(DM) that I wanted to play a real country bumpkin, nature know-it-all character like Ruby from the movie. I check here this morning and my prayers have been answered!

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  4. Properly hilarious and cool features. I particularly like the mental imagery conjured up by "Hoedown" and the great thematic and mechanical strength of "Tough as Old Snake Leather."

    If the Gospel Cleric, Orchestra Paladin, and Jazz Warlock are also in the works/already published, might this eventually become part of a compilation of a musical subclass for every class? Heavy metal Barbarian (Path of the Power Chord), military march Fighter (Marching Band archetype), Disco Sorcerer (Dance Floor Origin), classical Wizard (School of Composition), folk Druid (Circle of Folk Tales or Circle of Legends), Gregorian chanting Monk (Way of the Chant), rock 'n roll Rogue ("The King" archetype)... Throw in the College of Rhyme Bard from a while ago and you've got a pretty wide and varied selection.

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    1. Yeah, It's mostly already written. I've been calling it Battle of the Bards, and it's got some variant rules to go with it (look up musical adventuring in the archives).

      So far I have Path of Thunder (Heavy Metal), College of Dance (gotta have dancing to go with the music), College of Rhyme (Rap), Gospel Domain (Gospel), Circle of Drums (New Age), Master of Parades (Marching Band), a Reggae/Ska monk that we haven't settled on a name for, Oath of the Orchestra (Orchestral Music), Country Music Conclave (Country & Western), Rockstar (Rock/Pop), Musical Prodigy (Classical), Spirit of Jazz (Jazz) and School of Entrancement (Trance/Techno).

      Pretty close to your suggestions!

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    2. I got four of 'm :). Well, if there's room for more than one subclass per class, the rest are still up for free use. Either way, I'm excited for this one. :D

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    3. Well, so far there's been little appetite for Battle of the Bards in the polls, so I'll probably end up publishing them slowly on the blog.

      I might also look into doing the MHP base classes as musical genres, too. Not sure which yet... maybe alchemist would be prog?

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    4. The Alchemist seems like a natural candidate for the stage special effects technician, but as for performing music, I would vote for psychedelic rock. The witch would probably do gothic rock or a somewhat macabre take on folk music, and the craftsman has any industrial rock or electronic sound down. I'm guessing the gunslinger would also have a distinct country&western flavor. Not quite so sure what the warmage, warden, and shugenja would do.

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  5. I always have to ask this one: does Ring of Fire affect the target struck by the weapon attack, or just the ones around it?

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    1. The intent was just the ones around the original target. I'll modify the wording to be clearer.

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  6. I like it, it seems like a fun class to play, but I think the name of the subclass itself gives a false assumption that the character will be playing the music. Maybe renaming it to Squaredancer, Country, or something similar will convey the tone of the character and more what it will be doing.

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    1. Why won't it be playing music? I packaged in a musical instrument proficiency at 3rd level, and this is intended to be used alongside my 'musical adventuring' variant rules anyhow.

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