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.

December 2, 2020

Urban Druid Redux

Druid Circle
Comments from the Finger: Our old Urban Druid has long been a staple of nontraditional druids everywhere, but it has definitely shown its age. We’ve learned a lot about how to make subclasses really sing in the years since its original release, so we’ve redesigned it from the ground up. Enjoy the new and improved Urban Druid!

Circle of the City

The city lives; it has a pulse. Its skin is of walls and towering stone structures, its breath is of chimneys and rivers. While the city exists, it lives in harmony with its people, a delicate balance mediated by the urban druids. These urban druids belong to the Circle of the City and are a direct antithesis to the conventional idea of a druid; whereas a normal druid lives among majestic forests or breathtaking mountains and dresses in the greenery of the forest, an urban druid wears unassuming clothes and wanders the back alleys of a well-trodden city. But their powers are not to be underestimated. Druids of this circle can channel their natural powers to twist the streets into knots, uproot towers, and animate the cobblestones. Their charge might be unorthodox, but their authority over the cityscape matches any other druid’s power over the forest.

November 25, 2020

Investigator

Base Class
Comments from the Finger: A co-creation of the Palm and myself (with the Pinky lending plenty of help on the most recent revision), this class bundles up Constantine, the Winchester Brothers, Scooby Doo, and Hellboy into a single mystery-solving, supernatural-killing package! As always, we design our classes around a single keyword, so I present to you "Ritual, the Class!"


Investigator

A collage of diagrams, maps, and small items litters the wall, pinned with nails and connected by a spiderweb of colorful strings. An elf stands nearby, contemplating the mystery splayed out in front of her and readying her crossbow for work. 
    A half-orc wearing a wide-brimmed hat leafs through a thick tome, double-checking the preparations: a sturdy net trap, holy symbols on the doors, cloves of garlic, and several dozen wooden stakes. The preparations made, the half-orc slinks into the shadows and readies himself for the bloodshed. 
    Hastily tracing symbols in chalk, a human wearing a long coat whirls about in a wide arc, completing a rough magic circle in mere seconds. A monstrously fat demon, blood dripping with its drool, lunges at him, but instead impacts off an invisible magical barrier, a cylinder raised from the circle’s edge. The fiend howls with rage, and the inquisitor breathes a sigh of relief.
    Supernatural detectives and monster slayers, investigators are always on the hunt for malevolent outsiders. Whenever evil seeps into the world—be it fiends, undead, or strange abominations from beyond the stars—investigators will be the first to locate them and banish their foul corruption from the mortal plane.

November 18, 2020

Fungal Fighter

Martial Archetype
Notes from the Nails: sometimes, an idea just comes to me and just works, you know? I'm really happy with how this one came out. It's so simple, but so effective.

Fungal Fighter

Whether by accident or by choice, a fungal fighter’s body is suffused with parasitic lifeforms: crusty shelf fungi, bulbous mushrooms, creeping molds, and colorful lichens. Although that might sound unpleasant, a fungal fighter actually has a symbiotic relationship with their fungi, which brings benefits to both parties. In exchange for a steady supply of high quality food, the parasites can make their host stronger and tougher, immune to poisons and diseases, and capable of releasing clouds of toxic spores as a defensive technique.

November 11, 2020

Master of Masks Redux

Bardic College
Comments from the Finger: The all-time favorite bard is back and better than ever!

College of Masks

Bards in the College of Masks (the masters of masks, as they have come to be called) are virtuoso performers who practice becoming the figure they portray, rather than merely imitating them. Bards who join in this college come to believe that all life is performed, rather than lived, and that to become an actor in this Great Play requires that one merely puts on the metaphorical mask of another. To engage in this great stage drama, a master of masks carries with him a number of masks, each a potent magical artifact of a specific archetypal character or creature to allow them to better enter those roles.

November 7, 2020

Highwayman

Ranger Archetype
Comments from the Pinky: Hands in the air, this is a surprise post! We've been hard at work revamping some old subclasses, and even writing some new ones like this robbin' hooded ranger. Keep an eye out for more subclasses soon!

Highwayman

For bandits, bank robbers, and green-clad folk heroes, there’s no better way to make money than robbing nobles at knifepoint, especially in caravans. None are more prosperous at roadside robbery, perhaps, than highwaymen, who leverage their stealth and numbers to steal anything they wish, before escaping into the trees with their bounty. A team of bandits work in smooth coordination, watching each other's backs in a choreographed theater of shouting, looting, and cutting down anyone who runs.