January 22, 2018

Oath of Yuletide

Sacred Oath
Comments from the Finger: Bear with me as I gush about a podcast and shamelessly promote them. I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't think it was worth everyone's time. Plus, I've got a late Christmas paladin, for anyone that thinks that Santa would be a great ass-kicking paladin.

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I absolutely have to tell you all about my new favorite podcast:

Hero Club

Without any exaggeration, it's not just one of the best D&D podcasts I've ever heard, it's one of the best productions I've ever heard. It's slickly edited, wonderfully acted, and imaginative as hell, to the point that you're probably going to forget it's a game with dice and attack rolls. It stands out from the rest of the D&D podcast crowd by being more polished and more entertaining by leagues and miles. (Oh, and did I mention that they'll be using the Lovecraft Handbook in their next campaign?)

Do yourself a favor and go listen to Hero Club. Do your friends a favor and go tell them to listen to it, too.

Their last campaign, The Fight Before Christmas, released just in time for Christmas. It might not be the holiday season anymore, but I decided to make an archetype based on the main character from that campaign (Santa Claus), who was statted out as a buff paladin.

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Oath of Yuletide

The Yuletide is an enchanted time of hope, togetherness, and generosity in the face of the bitterest months of the year. Throughout the centuries, this mystical season has had many keepers, from the bards of Candlenights, to the druids of Winter Solstice, but in recent years, paladins have been the vanguards for Yuletide cheer and traditions.
     The Oath of Yuletide’s traditions were first set down by Claus, the Old Saint, a jolly elf and toymaker from a frigid northern land who wished nothing more than to bring happiness to the world’s children. Today, it is championed by paladins that follow in his footsteps, wearing his signature crimson and white colors as they spread Yuletide cheer to all.

Tenets of Yuletide
The traditions held by paladins who swear the Oath of Yuletide may vary, and many of them may disagree on its fine details, but all know, in their hearts, the season's true meaning.
     Joy to the World. Spread happiness and hope wherever you travel, especially to the young and innocent.
     Peace on Earth. Protect the weak, but always seek a nonviolent solution, if possible. Friendship is almost always preferable to violence.
     Goodwill to Men. Treat everyone you meet fairly, and act kindly to those in need.

Oath Spells
You gain oath spells at the paladin levels listed.

Paladin Level Spells
3rdbless, sleep
5thenlarge/reduce, zone of truth
9thbeacon of hope, sleet storm
13thfabricate, freedom of movement
17thanimate objects, dispel evil and good

Channel Divinity
When you take this oath at 3rd level, you gain the following two Channel Divinity options:
     Jolly Countenance. As an action on your turn, you can use your Channel Divinity to inspire your allies with a hearty laugh or a warm grin. All friendly creatures within 30 feet of you gain temporary hit points equal to 2d10 + your Charisma modifier. These temporary hit points last for 1 minute, or until you fall unconscious.
     Sack of Presents. You can always find the perfect gift. As a bonus action, you can use your Channel Divinity when you reach into a bag, sack, or satchel to retrieve a beautifully wrapped gift for a creature you can see. You can choose any common magic item or piece of equipment worth 50 gp or less that fits within the container from which you retrieve it. Alternatively, you can let the GM decide on the item; in this case, the item is magically selected to be the perfect gift for the creature. Once you use this Channel Divinity option to select a gift for a creature (including yourself), you can’t create another gift for that creature for 1 week.

Aura of Merriment
Starting at 7th level, you and friendly creatures within 10 feet regain the maximum number of hit points possible from any magical healing.
     At 18th level, the range of this aura increases to 30 feet.

Spirit of the Season
By 15th level, as a reaction when you or a creature you can see within 10 feet of you makes a saving throw, you can choose for them to automatically succeed. Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.

Grandfather Frost
Starting at 20th level, you can use your action to assume an avatar of Claus, the Old Saint, for 1 minute. For this duration, you gain the following benefits:
  • At the beginning of each of your turns for the duration, you can choose one friendly creature within 30 feet of you to regain 10 hit points, and one creature within that range to take 10 cold damage.
  • Your melee attacks deal an additional 2d8 radiant damage. 
Once you use this ability, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.

Magic Items
These magic items are important to paladins who swear the Oath of Yuletide.

Sleigh of Swift Flying
Wondrous item, legendary
You can command this sleigh to levitate and fly by saying its command word. It can be controlled by its driver via a rein that requires at least one hand to manipulate.
     The sleigh is a huge object with an AC of 15, 100 HP and resistance to all damage. Up to two Medium creatures or one Large creature can ride inside the sleigh; it can also hold up to 1,000 lb. of cargo. The sleigh's base speed is 120 feet, and this is increased by 30 feet for each reindeer hitched to it, up to a maximum of 8 reindeer (360 feet).

Sword of Cheer
Weapon (longsword), very rare (requires attunement)
This sword, an ancient relic of yuletide tradition, consumes the evil that grips men’s hearts during the harshest of winter months. You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. This sword sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim light for an additional 20 feet. Each creature within the sword’s light is warmed gently, and has resistance to cold damage.
     Additionally, when you hit a fiend or undead with this weapon, the target takes an additional 1d4 radiant damage. If the target is possessed, it must make a DC 17 Wisdom saving throw; otherwise, the possession ends.


  1. This is lovely. I really like this idea.

  2. Reminds me of the recent The Adventure Zone podcast

    1. I could apply the same description to TAZ, yeah.

  3. if you guys want, you can use my santa illustration hehe https://www.dropbox.com/s/5d60yrac4ew50js/Santa_FundoTransparente.png?dl=0

    1. I had no idea you were an illustrator! We can't use that one here (as great as it is) because we've already gotten permission to use all of Marty Abbe-Schneider's awesome art, but you should send me an email at middlefingerofvecna@gmail.com if you're available for commission.

  4. I think you missed an opportunity to give him a chance to put someone on his naughty list either with spells or class/Channel Divinity feature, but otherwise this is awesome and I'm definitely gonna play it

  5. I really like this; Sack of Presents is a really unique idea for using Channel Divinity outside of combat. In fact, I think this is a good take on a less combat focused paladin. My only real issue is that the capstone seems too combat/damage oriented, which I feel takes away from the theme a bit. Maybe giving it some sort of passive ability like the Oath of Redemption would have been more fitting? I don't know, but all in all I really love both the theme and execution.