December 5, 2020

Emotion Lord

Sorcerous Origin
Comments from the Finger: This isn’t a Bravest Warriors reference. And even if it was, it definitely ended up being very different in practice. 

Emotion Lord

Whenever you are filled with heartbreak, terror, or the depths of sorrow, waves of arcane energy spill forth from you. You might have found the spark of magic when great tragedy struck or while you shook with rage, or it may have always lingered in the back of your soul, only erupting forth when you lost control. However it originated, controlling your emotions and knowing yourself is key to manipulating your deep well of arcane energy. To lose focus, to be governed by your emotions, allows all your magic to flow through you in spectacular and uncontrollable fashion. But to have control of yourself, and true understanding of your soul, grants you a breadth of magic few can hope to equal.

“I first discovered my magic while…”
d10     Event
1-2     Wracked by grief
3-4     In the throes of passion
5-6     Shaking with rage
7-8     Bursting with joy
9-10     Terrified to my core

Emotional Magic
At 1st level, you learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown on the Emotional Spells table. The list of spells you know from this table changes with your predominant emotional state. These emotions should be informed by your character’s history as much as the current situation, however, the GM decides whether or not a situation is inappropriate to inspire a specific emotional state. For example, a pitched life-or-death battle is unlikely to inspire love. If your emotions would be uncertain, choose this state randomly.
Each spell counts as a sorcerer spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of sorcerer spells you know. These spells can’t be replaced when you gain a level in this class.

Emotional Spells
1stthunderwaveexpeditious retreat heroismcharm person sleep
3rdscorching rayinvisibilitylesser restorationenthrallsilence
5thlightning bolt fearflysendingslow
7thfire shieldphantasmal killerfreedom of movementcompulsionbanishment
9thcloudkillmisleadgreater restorationgeasantilife shell

Also at 1st level, you can use your action to probe the surface level of a creature's emotions. You must be able to see the creature and it must be within 30 feet and have an Intelligence of 3 or higher. You learn the creature's emotional state and, at the GM's discretion, one of the creature's Bonds.

Mood Swing
Starting at 6th level, you can channel great swings of emotional energy at a whim. You can use the following abilities, regardless of your emotional state:
Burning Rage. As a bonus action on your turn, you can spend 1 sorcery point to ignite in arcane fury. Until the beginning of your next turn, when a creature comes within 5 feet of you or starts its turn there, it must make a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC. On a failed save, it takes 2d6 fire damage.
Crestfallen. Beset by sorrow, you can spend 2 sorcery points as a bonus action on your turn to fade out the world. Until the beginning of your next turn, you are visibly transparent and attack rolls against you have disadvantage. This effect ends early if you are hit by an attack.
Flight of Terror. You can spend 1 sorcery point to take the Disengage action as a bonus action on your turn.
Heartsick. Overcome by lovesickness, you can use your bonus action and spend 1 sorcery point to end one effect on yourself that is causing you to be charmed or frightened.
Moment of Bliss. As a bonus action, you can spend 1 sorcery point to gain a flying speed equal to your movement speed until the end of your turn. If you end your turn in the air without anything holding you aloft and you are within 30 feet of the ground, you float gently to the ground.

Shift Temperament
At 14th level, you can use your action to bend the emotions of a creature you can see within 60 feet, which must make a Charisma saving throw against your spell save DC. If the creature fails its saving throw, you can use one of the following abilities on it:
Charmed. You spend 1 sorcery point, and the creature is charmed by you for 1 minute. This effect ends early if you or your companions do anything harmful to the creature.
Frenzied. You spend 3 sorcery points to cause the creature to become frenzied for up to 1 minute. The creature can repeat this saving throw whenever it takes damage, ending the effect on itself on a success.
A frenzied creature loses the ability to distinguish between friend and foe, regarding all creatures it can see as enemies. While frenzied, the creature chooses the targets for its attacks, spells, and ability randomly from among the creatures it can see within range, and it must make an opportunity attack if any creature provokes one. 
Frightened. You spend 1 sorcery pont and the creature is frightened by you for up to 1 minute. The creature can repeat this saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
Indifferent. If the creature is hostile towards you, you can spend 2 sorcery points to render it indifferent toward you for up to a minute. This indifference ends if the target is attacked or harmed by a spell or if it witnesses any of its friends being harmed.

Vibrant Soul
By 18th level, you have mastery over your mercurial feelings. You know all of the spells on your Emotional Spells list at all times. Additionally, you learn the spell antipathy/sympathy, which counts as a sorcerer spell for you and doesn’t count against your total number of spells known. You can cast this spell by spending 10 sorcery points, instead of using a spell slot.

Sidebar: Enchantment Isn’t Love
Spellcasters of all stripes possess magic which can influence the heart, inspiring emotions which simply aren’t genuine. When this magic fades, so too do the emotions they inspired. Even spellcasters which derive their powers from emotionality should be mindful of this: magically-inspired emotions are manipulative, not romantic. 


  1. Am I the only one that kinda gets Raven from Teen Titans vibes from the description of the archetype, recognizing that mechanically she definitely falls much more towards a shadow sorcerer or warlock

    1. Thats interesting! I was picturing Starfire, what with Joy causing flight and all.

    2. That makes sense, and given that this is more about using your emotion to fuel the spells, Starfire does line up a bit more

  2. Oh man, this is so damn cool! Perfect for an eladrin. Also perfect for It's not weak- the options are good, anda NPC!

    Fire shield, not flame shield.

    At first glance, I thought Shift Temperament, is not what you'd want as a sorcerer- at 14th level you probably prefer to sling spells with your action.
    But on second thought, Quicken Spell exists, and combined with Shift Temperament, it makes this sorcerer a great debuffer, with many cheap, non-concentration options!

    I really like that you don't need to spend the point (or even decide the effect) if the creature succeeds- it really motivates the player to use the ability.

    1. Something I deleted seems to have gone into the second sentence; it was supposed to be "Also perpect for a NPC!"

  3. Is it just me or is Shift Temperament missing an option, as there are 5 emotions for the spells & Mood Swing?

    1. Nope, was thinking the same thing.

    2. We sort of didn't have a clean delineation for the Shift Temperament options. We knew we wanted charmed and frightened, as well as possibly an Enraged, and added Indifferent for completeness. There really wasn't a consideration about whether it should fit the emotional categories.

      Should I consider cutting one or more options to make it clear that we're not trying to line up to the emotions? Maybe just leave Enraged and Indifferent?

    3. No I wouldn't cut anything, its fine as is, or at least it is in my opinion. The 4 just matched up to the 5 emotions outline, so it felt like it needed one more..