October 16, 2018

Circle of the Flower Garden

Druid Circle
Notes from the Nails: this one was inspired by one of the players in my fey game, who is playing a petal bard with a 'gardener' background.

Circle of the Flower Garden

Long hours of toil in your herb garden, flower patch, or greenhouse has finally awakened the magical powers that had lain dormant within you. Now your ability to shape the spaces around you is augmented by the awesome abilities of the druid. Whether you use this to make the world more beautiful, or to hinder and trap your enemies in endless hedge mazes, is up to you.

Garden Wall
When you choose this circle at 2nd level, you gain the ability to magically transform the landscape around you, turning even the most barren of plots into an artfully sculpted oasis. You can use an action on your turn to expend one spell slot and conjure into existence trellis walls, archways, and wooden fences into unoccupied spaces you can see within 60 feet. The walls are covered in climbing plants and block line of sight, though ranged attacks can pass through them.
     The walls are up to 6 feet tall and 6 inches thick, have an AC of 10 and 5 hit points per 5-foot section. You can create up to four 5-foot sections per spell slot level; they do not have to be contiguous. The walls last for up to 1 minute, or until you lose your concentration (as if concentrating on a spell).

Expert Botanist
Also at 2nd level, you can add twice your proficiency bonus to any Nature checks you make relating to plants and plant creatures.

Hand-Picked Bouquet
At 6th level, you always have a bunch of flowers on your person, which you can give away to make a positive impression on other people. When you make a Performance or Persuasion check to influence a humanoid within 30 feet of you, you can present them with a bouquet of flowers. You can then add your Wisdom modifier to the check and, regardless of the outcome, the target must make a Wisdom saving throw against your druid spell save DC or be charmed for 1 minute. While charmed in this way, they regard you as being the height of refinement and sophistication.
     Once you have used this ability, you must complete a short or long rest before you can use it again.

Starting at 10th level, flowers begin to bloom around you constantly, wherever you go. As such, you are permanently surrounded by a cloud of pollen, which you can stimulate using your druidic powers. Whenever a hostile creature moves within 10 feet of you, or begins its turn within this radius, it must make a Constitution saving throw against your druid spell save DC or begin to sneeze uncontrollably for the remainder of its turn. While sneezing, the creature has disadvantage on attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks, and its base movement speed is reduced by 10 feet. Creatures that do not need to breathe are immune to this ability, and it does not function under water or in strong winds. A creature that succeeds on this saving throw is immune to this effect for 24 hours.

In Bloom
When you reach 14th level, you have perfected the art of gardening and can always bring out the best in the plant you grow. Whenever you cast a spell that creates, summons or enhances the earth, plants, earth elementals or plant creatures, the range and duration of the spell are doubled. Additionally, if the spell's casting time is one action, you can cast it as a bonus action on your turn.


  1. Wow, this looks really fun. It's one of those cases where abilities are all over the place but work in a very thematic way which unites them well.

  2. Great subclass! I do have a few questions about the 2nd level ability, it says that the walls allow ranged attacks, though it breaks line of sight. I dont understand how this works. Also, climbing plants? Can you just climb up them? So if I put this in a hallway, cold they climb up over them? Maybe ranged attacks have disadvantage on account of the arrows or other projectiles having to pass through a lattice, like threading a needle.

    1. Am I able to solid snake this shit? Instead of a cardboard box I use a flowery wall?

    2. I imagine blocking line of sight means you effectively shoot blind.

    3. Yeah, you can shoot things without being able to see them in the standard RAW (with disadvantage obviously). Also there are potential situations where you could use divination magic or... a lot of mirrors... to see past a wall.

      As for climbing the conjured trellises, yes you totally could. It might require an athletics check, depending on the circumstances, but that's absolutely a legitimate thing to try.