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Skill Check

The past few hours I was tinkering with ideas about skills checks, and a thought occurred to me.  If you leaf through most modules there are always instances where the GM will be told to ask players for a specific type of skill check, or a range of skills. There’s nothing wrong with a GM having an idea for a certain type of situation to call on a select range of skills, but it may deprive players of a chance to flex their roleplaying muscles. The example I thought up while I was wasting time at work today uses Dungeons & Dragons 5e, but the principle applies to any rpg with a skill system.

Imagine your players have entered a local pub looking for information, now let’s also pretend that this didn’t devolve into a ballroom brawl ( a certain monk and warlock I know could probably learn something from this come to think of it.) One of the patrons, a minotaur sailor known to have dealings with the black market, overhears them chatting up the crowd and takes an interest.

Maybe he’s been soured on smugglers after years of being cheated? Or perhaps he’s hoping to send some trouble towards his competitors? Whatever his reasoning he’s not inclined to impart information to anyone who he doesn’t trust. Stomping his way through the pub he proposes a challenge to test their mettle, in this case a pepper eating contest.

Now some GM’s would probably ask for a Constitution saving throw, but there’s plenty of opportunity for creative players to find a way to win out this encounter. A saving throw might favor the broad shouldered goliath barbarian, but the other members of the party could have a great deal more difficulty measuring up. Now there’s something be said for a comical failure and they certainly provide opportunity for roleplay, but let’s examine a few other possibilites.

The halfling bard might manage to deceive the minotaur, pretending that to him the pepper is no hotter than piece of bread. A dragonborn wizard skilled at sleight of hand might tuck the offending pepper into his sleeve. The elf druid might fallback on her knowledge of herb lore and attempt to make a nature check to see what she has on hand that might counter the burning sensation of the peppers.

Give your players an chance to get creative an approach the problem from a different angle. Now a GM also has to know when to say no, but saying yes present much more exciting results for the table more often than not.



Castlevania Part 1

After watching the new Castlevania series on Netflix  couldn’t help thinking it would make a great setting for a very dark Dungeons and Dragons campaign with some cool steampunk elements. I’m actually working on a short module that takes players through a brief adventure in that world. However creatures from that setting can be folded into almost any D&D game with a little imagination.

For folks who have yet to see the show please stop reading now if you care about spoilers.

I’d also like to let everyone know in advance I am not a longtime fan of Castlevania, I’ve been aware of the franchise for many years but I never played any of the games. If I get any of the terminology wrong please forgive me.

Also Castlevania is the property of Konami and the Netflix series is the property of Netflix, I claim no ownership of either. All of the art pictured here is from the Netflix series and belongs to their artists, it is also pretty great and definitely helps make the show worth your time. So without further ado…


I’ve seen these things called imps and goblins, to me they look like Red Court vampires from The Dresden Files. At any rate they seem to make up the bulk of Dracula’s demonic army.


Medium fiend, chaotic evil

Armor Class 13 (natural armor)

Hit Points 18

Speed 60 ft., climb 20 ft, flight 40 ft.

Str 10 (+0) Dex 16 (+3) Con 12 (+1) Int 8 (-1) Wis 10 (+0) Cha 8 (-1)

Skills Perception +2, Stealth +5

Damage Vulnerabilities Cold, radiant

Damage Immunities Fire

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10

Languages  Abyssal, Common

Challenge 1


Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6+3) slashing damage.

Infernal Blast. Range Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, 60/100 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (1d8+6) fire damage. Creatures within 30 ft. of the target must make a DC 14 Dexterity Saving throw, on a failed saving throw they take half as much damage as the hit target, on a successful saving throw they take no damage. All objects in the radius of the attack that are not being held burst into flames.

Shock troops for Dracula these summoned monsters serve as the foot soldiers in his army. They are capable warriors able to spread violence throughout cities and the surrounding countryside with ease.

Please note, Infernal Blast is meant to be a powerful attack capable of dealing huge damage. It can kill or seriously injure an entire low-level party if they aren’t careful as well as setting fire to everything in the immediate area. I designed it that way because we see these things peppering cities with these blasts and setting them ablaze in minutes. You may want to warn the party by having one of these things fire off a round at NPCs or buildings before opening fire on your players.


I love seeing a cyclops used as a monster, and this one is a bit like a beholder crossed with a cyclops. Easily the best monster in the Netflix series so far in my opinion.

Stone-Eye Cyclops

Huge fiend, lawful evil

Armor Class 16 (natural armor)

Hit Points 82

Speed 20 ft.

Str 18 (+4) Dex 12 (+1) Con 16 (+3) Int 10 (+0) Wis 10 (+0) Cha 8 (-1)

Skills Perception +5

Condition Immunities Petrified

Damage Vulnerabilities Radiant

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12

Languages  Abyssal, Common

Challenge 5

Feast on Terror. The Stone-Eye Cyclops feeds on the terror of those it has turned to stone, it regains 1d4 hit points each turn for each living victim it has turned to stone. It also adds +1 to any roll it makes for each living victim it has petrified.

Thundering Footsteps. Creatures and objects within 5 ft. of the Stone-Eye Cyclops when it moves take 1d4 bludgeoning damage.


Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (1d8+6) bludgeoning damage.

Eye Ray. Range Weapon Attack: +0 to hit, 30/60 ft., one target. The target must succeed on a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw. On a failed saving throw, the creatures turns to stone and is petrified.  Petrified creatures can only be returned to normal by killing the Stone-Eye cyclops that turned them to stone.

Powerful guardians that can be utilized to protect valuables or locations from unwanted visitors these towering behemoths are terrors to all. Although they’re more than capable or tearing treasure hunters limb from limb whenever the mood strikes them, they usually prefer turning intruders to stone so that they can feed off of their fear. The lair of a Stone-Eye Cyclops is almost always marked by the petrified bodies of their victims.

As I said this thing is like a cyclops and a beholder crossbreed, which amazing and horrifying all at once. The eye ray requires the cyclops to hit the opponents AC and then the players gets to make a dex save to avoid being petrified. This is, again, a savage attack that can take a player out of the action in one stroke. The cyclops shouldn’t be able to sneak up on a party so they’ll have some warning of what is coming. I went this direction because unlike the beholder who slowly turns victims to stone I wanted to give a more cinematic feel to the cyclops.  A huge beam engulfs your wizard and they’re just gone in an instant.

Anyway I hope someone out there finds these amusing if nothing else, thanks for reading.

Episode 95: Adventures in Middle-Earth Part 2 The Dangers of Mirkwood

In the 2nd introduction to our Adventures in Middle-Earth campaign we join an elf on parol deep in the southern reached of Mirkwood.

Way of the Iron Lightning

Fans of Critical Role will probably be familiar with the Gunslinger Martial Archetype for Fighters created by Matthew Mercer. I used that as a guidepost for creating a character centered on firerarms, but I went in a very different direction with this Monastic Tradition.

These monks employ firearms at close range in unison with martial arts making them even more deadly. The idea was inspired by history and fiction in equal measure, and I think it would make for some very interesting characters.

I didn’t want to break the game, or just saddle characters with a useless lump of iron. Nor did I want to steal from Matthew Mercer, who made the Gunsmith into something pretty amazing. To that end I went to the drawing board and started tinkering.

For the most part these monks don’t have the extreme range one might expect from such a thing, but again they’re meant to be using their weapons at close range. There are mechanics to better explain how that works below. I also wanted to emphasize their ability to use ki and to channel it through these weapons.

Is this perfect? Heck no and it could sure use some playtesting. I still think it is a worthwhile idea and I’d be happy to hear people’s thoughts on it.

Way of the Iron Lightning

A Monastic Tradition for the Monk Class

Monks of the Way of the Soaring Iron are masters at employing firearms at range and in close combat, utilizing them to deal devastating damage to their foes when partnered with their martial prowess. Monks who follow this path have learned the secret arts of forging firearms, and then how to employ them at close range to devastating effect. These monks are usually sworn to the service of a power, and serve as guardians or protectors of that power until their dying day. It is not unheard of for some to abandon their vows of service to take to the road as mercenaries.

Fists that Hold the Roar of Thunder

Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level you gain proficiency with firearms allowing you to add your proficiency bonus when making attacks with them.

You also learn channel your ki through your firearms giving you supernatural abilities when using them. You no longer have disadvantage when making attack rolls with your firearms when targeting a foe within 5 ft.

Unlike other firearms you also learn to use yours in melee as bludgeoning weapons. They are usually fitted with heavy weight in the handles, making them like clubs.

Ki Crafted Firearms

You gain proficiency with Tinkerer’s Tools. You may use them to craft ammunition or firearms, or to repair damaged firearms. All weapons created by monks of the Way of the Iron Lightning are crafted by channeling ki into them. Ki is an essential part of these tools, and they cannot be employed by anyone who has not learned to harness these mystic energies.

Cacophany of Thundering Shots

At the 6th level you gain additional abilities to channel your ki into your firearms.  Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki points to an additional with your firearm as a bonus action.

You can also spend 1 ki point to convert the damage from your firearm to thunder or lightning type when using this ability.

Eyes that See the Path

At the 11th level you gain a preternatural ability to sense oncoming attacks at range. All ranged attacks targeting you alone (This does not include cones, lines, blasts, cubes, spheres, or cylinders) have disadvantage. When a ranged attack misses you, you can immediately make an attack with your firearm as a bonus action.

Serenity of the Swooping Eagle

At the 17th level you gain the ability to take spend a full round aiming for your next shot, you cannot take any other actions during this round of combat, including bonus actions. When making your next attack add a +10 bonus to your attack roll and 2d12 to your damage. If the attack is successful the target must make a Dexterity saving throw with a DC equal to your attack roll, on a failed saving throw the target is knocked back 5 ft., and knocked prone.


Name                              Cost                       Damage                                         Weight                 Range  

The Coming Storm       Crafted                 1d8 Piercing/1d8 bludgeoning      10 lbs                (50/80)

The Twin Suns (Dual)  Crafted                 2d8 Piercing/2d8 bludgeoning      18 lbs                (40/75)

The Winding Path         Crafted                 2d10 Piercing                                   22 lbs              (100/300)


All of the firearms employed by monks of this monastic tradition are single-load weapons. They must be reloaded after each shot.

Hagrid’s Enchanted Motorbike 5e Version

One of the first magical items seen in the Harry Potter series, and certainly the loudest, is Hagrid’s enchanted motorbike. Hagrid has always been one of my favorite character from the books, and the thought of creating a version of his bike that could work in a D&D game amused me to no end.

Enchanted Motorbike

Wondrous Item, Unique

Originally belonging to Sirius Black it was passed on to Rubeus Hagrid after the deaths of Lily and James Potter. This enchanted enchanted motorbike is capable of flying over long distances at great speed. It was later modified to include defensive measures meant to aid in the escort of Harry Potter during The Second Wizard War.

Normally the enchanted motorbike has a flying movement of 150 ft., and a ground movement of 75 ft.

The headlight is capable of producing bright light directly in front of itself for a distance of 50 ft.

One weakness of the enchanted motorbike is that it is extremely loud and easy to track magically. Characters attempting to make a Dexterity (Stealth) check while using the enchanted motorbike have disadvantage and suffer a -10 penalty to their roll. Spells rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks made to attempt to track the motorbike’s movement have advantage.

The traps and defenses added to the enchanted motorbike make it far more powerful, but each can only be used once per day. The motorbike regains the use of these powers after 24 hours.

Net: Loaded with an enchanted net that is expelled from the exhaust pipe it functions much the same as a Muggle net, but is propelled magically. See pg. 148 of The Player’s Handbook for rules on nets.

Brick Wall: Functioning similarly to the spell Wall of Stone the Enchanted Motorbike expels a solid brick wall directly in the path of an oncoming pursuer. This version of the spell has the benefit of requiring no components, or concentration to be maintained. Once the wall is created it remains present unless destroyed. See pg. 287 of The Player’s Handbook for the full explanation of the spell.

Dragon Fire: A line of flame erupts from the exhaust pipe sending the Enchanted Motorbike rocketing forward, effectively doubling its movement speed for one round. The range of the line is 100 ft., any creature standing directly in the path of the line must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed saving throw the hit creatures take 10d10 fire damage, on a successful saving throw they take half damage.

Speed 150 mph

Crew 1

Passengers 1

Cargo –

AC 15

HP 120

Damage Threshold 10

The Lasso of Truth: Revised

Edit: I updated the range of the Lasso of Truth on the advice of a few folks. Sorry if people are disappointed. You can always adjust it as you see fit in your own game.

A few days ago I saw a short clip of Wonder Woman using The Lasso of Truth in her upcoming movie. Wonder Woman has some of the coolest gear in all of the superhero world! She has an invisible jet (I think it is great and I don’t care what anyone else has to say on the matter), bracelets that can deflect bullets, a variety of Amazonian weapons, an of course a magical lasso capable of forcing anyone to tell the truth. After seeing the video I immediately wanted to create a Dungeons & Dragons version of it.

Creating it was a bit difficult though, I mean this is an item forged by a literal god and used by one of the most powerful heroes in all of history. I took a look at the Rope of Entanglement in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, but that just wouldn’t do so I went back to the drawing board.

I know some people will say it is too powerful, but you know what? In my mind it SHOULD be super powerful. Anyway I hope some people like this, and maybe it will find a home in some D&D games.

The Lasso of Truth

Legendary item (requires attunement)

This Lasso of Truth is infinitely long extending itself as the user wishes, but only weighing 15 pounds. Any creature bound by Lasso of Truth is compelled to speak only the truth, and will answer any questions imposed on it to the best of its ability. If you hold one end of The Lasso of Truth you can make an attack using your Dexterity, on a hit the target is restrained by it. The effective range of the Lasso of Truth is 80 ft./160ft. As an action you can extend the rope an additional 15 feet.

You can release the creature by using a bonus action. A target restrained by the rope can use an action to make a DC 25 Strength or Dexterity check (the target’s choice). On a success, the creature is no longer restrained by the rope. As an action you can also fling a bound target dealing 2d12 + your Strength modifier bludgeoning damage.

Creatures vulnerable to radiant damage are incapacitated while bound by The Lasso of Truth.

Forged by Hephaestus himself he Lasso of Truth is unbreakable, only a true denial of the truth or a god/goddess of deception might prove capable of destroying it.

The Lasso of Truth provides bright light source in a 5 foot vicinity.



The Cloak of Levitation 5e Magical Item

The Cloak of Levitation

Armor (cloth armor), wondrous

Securely displayed within The Sanctum in New York City even the current Sorcerer Supreme could not win over this fickle artifact.

While wearing The Cloak of Levitation gain a flight speed of 45 ft. You also increase your AC by +3 and you have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.

Confounding Cloth. The Cloak of Levitation can bind itself around an enemy blinding them quite effectively. It is capable of making an attack with a +5 bonus to hit, on a hit the target is blinded and takes 1d6+1 bludgeoning damage. This is not counted as an action for the player character wearing it. A target may attempt to escape by making a Dexterity or Strength saving throw with a DC of 16 as an action.

 Freedom of Movement. The Cloak of Levitation is able to move of its own accord. It has a flying movement speed of 30 ft. when it is not being worn.

Sentience. The Cloak of Levitation is a sentient chaotic good item with an Intelligence score of 16, a Wisdom score of 14, Charisma 18. It has hearing and normal vision out to a range of 60 ft.  The Cloak of Levitation does not speak , but it understands many languages and it communicates through simple gestures.

Personality. Described by the Sorcerer Supreme as a fickle thing The Cloak of Levitation accepts no wearer lightly, but it is fiercely loyal and protective when it does allow someone to don it. However it remains willful and is not above dragging a resistant sorcerer like an errant apprentice.

The Cloak of Levitation’s primary purpose is to serve and protect its wearer, even risking its own destruction without a second thought.  It will however, sometimes decide on the best course for serving a sorcerer without consulting them.

The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game Part 1: How to Parkour Obstacles

This is the first installment in what I hope will be an ongoing series on the new Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game from Evil Hat Productions. Please note, these articles are meant to serve as helpful tips for players who are trying to improve their gameplay, or who’re are hoping to make gameplay a bit easier. I will be posting an actual review of the game as a podcast on Sunday March 12, 2017 though so please keep an eye out for it if you’re interested.

Before jumping into the tips I do want to offer a warning, there will be spoilers contained in these articles. If you haven’t read The Dresden Files books and you care about maintaining secrecy than please, stop reading now.

So you’ve purchased your copy of the core game and maybe a couple of the expansions, and you’ve played a couple of games, maybe by yourself or with a group of players. One of the first things you’ll have to learn to tackle are the obstacles. Obstacles vary greatly from book to both in the actual effects they bring to table and the number you’ll have to overcome. Ranging from one to three they’re often going to hinder your progress if not bring it to a complete halt.


For example Lunar Cycle from Fool Moon prevents hits from being added to either of the Loup Garou foes. This will protect the most powerful enemies in this book.


Meanwhile Harry Captured from Death Masks prevents Harry from Attacking or Investigating. Since every game uses Harry Dresden this effectively prevents him from helping the players move towards their primary goals.

Remember this is a cooperative game so all of the players need to work together if they’re going to have any chance at winning. One of the first things you should be doing is looking at the obstacles in play and seeing how they interact with the the foes and cases. Determine if the obstacle is a major hurdle or just an inconvenience, although in most situations you’re group will probably want to prioritize getting rid of the obstacle as soon as possible.

Harry’s Talent for moving obstacles and advantages around is one key strategy to bypassing these problematic hurdles. It allows him to move far away obstacles to a more advantageous position in the row is important in that it helps minimize the cost for getting rid of them. All of the characters have abilities that allow them to remove obstacles, but some are better at it than others.


Thomas Raith’s card Family Power allows to overcome all of the obstacles in 1 row for 5 fate points. This is perfect given the wealth and prestige of the White Court Vampires with the Raith family. (In one instance we see his sister Lara Raith arrange an airlift by the U.S. Navy.)  Now a cost of 5 fate points is nothing to laugh at, but if multiple obstacles happen to fall in the same row, especially n a game with 2-3 obstacles Thomas can wipe them out in a single go. Again, you have to weigh the cost and consider the opportunities carefully. In a game with only one obstacle in player this is almost certainly too high of a cost to pay.


Every character has a 1 range ability to overcome obstacles costing a single fate point. These pair very well with Harry’s ability to move the obstacles around when he discards for fate points. This of course means in many of your games you’ll have a chance at overcoming obstacles for a minimum cost. This strategy only works if you can get the obstacle where you need it to be and when you need it to be there.

Many characters have an ability with a variable fate cost or a variable range. A few of those cards have a fixed cost and range, which comes in handy. The variable cost cards are…not great. These should only be used in a moment of most dire need as they’re usually better for generating some much needed fate points. Besides t is so hard to be cool when you have to borrow your parent’s cars or you’re driving around in a beetle held together by the will of an underpaid wizard and duct tape.


Molly Carpenter’s card Borrow the Family Minivan is an example of one of these less optimal cards. As we can see it can eat up to five of your precious fate points, but it has a fixed range of 3.


Some characters like Sanya have attacks that allow them to overcome obstacles while adding hits. There aren’t too many of these cards so it is a great boon if you happen to get one. Since you can’t always count on a Knight of the Cross swooping into save the day these shouldn’t be counted on, if you happen to get one though you’re certainly going to want to use it. In general any cards that let you do more than one thing are going to be very helpful.

In short my tips are figure out what the obstacles are doing to your early on and then prioritize them. In most games you’re going to want to get rid of them straight away. Use Harry’s talent to move the obstacles around to help position them so that they can be overcome for a minimum cost if possible. If you have variable cards they should only be used when absolutely needed. Special cards like Family Power and Esperacchius are fantastic when the circumstances support them. Hopefully this helps everyone with getting over obstacles. I still think we need a Harry card that says “When a player overcomes an obstacle if Harry’s player shouts ‘Parkour” get x number of fate points.” Don’t judge me.

I do not own the Dresden Files and all of the art for this article was created by Tyler Walpole and Christian Mcgrath

The Occultist a Dungeons & Dragons 5E Character Class

I asked Twitter what sort of classes they felt are currently missing from rpgs, and I got some really interesting answers. A few people said they want to see an intelligence or lore based class. One person suggested an Occultist and that idea struck me.

The path the leads most to becoming cultists is not usually a pleasant one. Whether it begins with an unhealthy curiosity for the magical arts or an earnest desire to learn the occultist is meant to be an intelligent character who dabbles in magic without mastering it. I love the idea of a character who delves into lore a bit like a bard, but relies on ordinary research. Maybe it’s because I’m married o a librarian?

In order to make the occultist at least a little combat effective I gave them access to some spells and abilities, but largely this is a class that favors brains over brawn.

This is an extremely rough draft I only just finished so I know it still needs a lot of work. I only plotted it out to level 5 because I wanted to do some tinkering and see if how it is working up to that point. If you have any thoughts/suggestions please share.


Class Features

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d6 per occultist level

Hit Points at 1st Level: 6 + your Constitution modifier

Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d6 (or 4) + your Constitution modifier per occultist level after 1st


Armor: Light armor

Weapons: Simple weapons, hand crossbows, longswords, and shortswords


Saving Throws: Intelligence, Wisdom

Skills: Choose 3 from Arcana, History, Investigation, Medicine, Nature, and Religion


You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

*(a) a longsword or (b) any simple melee weapon

*(a) a scholar’s pack or (b) an explorer’s pack

*(a) a holy symbol or (b) an arcane focus


Occultists are almost to a one masters of ferreting out secrets everyone else has either forgotten, or hidden behind walls, armed guards, and “No Trespassing” signs. Your ability to conduct such painstaking academic endeavors has granted you a special insight into a variety of topics. Once+ your Intelligence modifier per day so long as your character has access to a library or any other similar facility your character may utilize the location to carry out such research.

Making a Intelligence saving throw with a DC as indicated on the table below. The final decision for what type category the information in question falls under is at the discretion of the GM.

Common Knowledge DC 5

Legends DC 7

Obscure Knowledge DC 10

Lost Knowledge DC 15

Hidden Knowledge DC 25

Forbidden Knowledge DC 30

Favored Topic

Very few occultists fail to specialize in one topic of study or another, and those that do so normally don’t live very long. Choose a topic from among the following possibilities: Constructs, Druidcraft, Fey Folk, Magical History, Religious Obscura, Secret Societies, Shapeshifters, The Undead, Wards, & Witchcraft.

You have advantage on: Charisma (Deception), Charisma (Intimidation)  Charisma (Persuasion), Intelligence (Arcana), Intelligence (History), Intelligence (Investigation), Intelligence (Religion), Wisdom (Animal Handling), Wisdom (Insight), and Wisdom (Medicine) checks made so long as they pertain to your chosen Favored Topic.

Half-Remembered Incantations & Ancient Relics

Traditionally speaking occultists are not magic-users, and most will never take their knowledge beyond the realm of the theoretical, however some are foolhardy enough to try and practice what they’ve read about in ancient books and scrolls. At the 2nd level you gain spellcasting feature. You also learn a number of cantrips from another class equal to 1 + your Intelligence modifier. These spells might serve to confound and amaze commoners but true magic-users will see them as little more than parlor tricks. They are also the sum & total of your efforts.

Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your spells. You magic comes from countless hours of toil and study that have yielded little result. You use your Intelligence whenever a spell refers to your spellasting ability. In addition you use your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving the DC for a spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC= 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier.

Spell attack modifier= your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence modifier.

Occultist Archetype

Choose an occultist archetype, which describes the path your arcane research has lead you down: Demonologist or Arcaneologist, both detailed below.


Whispers from books sealed with chains and immersed in wells filled with blessed water have drawn more than one aspiring occultist to them. The promise of greater power fueled by commiserating with demonic beings is a temptation some simply can’t refuse, but it is a path best forgotten. Through years of research you have figured out a way to contact and bind a lesser demonic entity (usually this would be a suitably weak entity, occultists are beneath the notice of any truly powerful demons). These demons grant minor favors and snippets of knowledge, but they will continually try to take advantage of the interaction and twist it to their advantage.

Upon choosing the path of the Demonologist at your 3rd level you learn Abyssal.

At the 4th level you gain the ability to cast Banishment once per day without using a spell slot, however you must still use spell components, and the spell can only be used against demons.

At the 5th level you gain a demonic follower of a CR equal to ½ your current Occultist level rounded down. You may only have a single such follower at any time. The demon will obey some of your commands, but will not risk its own life without cause. The demon is in no way truly loyal however and will seek to take advantage of you if it is able. You may banish the demon at any time as a bonus action, however you cannot summon another follower for 1d20 days after doing so.


Devoted scholars who study the history of magic and its impact on cultures the arcaneologist is part scavenger part historian.

When choosing the path of the Arcaneologist  at the 3rd level you gain the ability to double your proficiency bonus when making either an Intelligence (Arcana) or  Intelligence (History) check.

Many types of magic seek to befuddle the mind or ensnare the senses. You have learned to resist such spells. At the 4th level you gain advantage on saving throws against being charmed. If you already have advantage on these checks from a racial ability you are immune to being charmed.

Ancient magic is often unstable and the protective wards left behind to defend lost strongholds are often more potent than when they were first cast. Layers of protective clothing interwoven with weak protective wars offer you minor protection against such threats. At the 5th level choose one of the following  (acid, cold, fire, lightning, poison, thunder, bludgeoning damage from magical weapons, piercing damage from magical weapons, or slashing damage from magical weapons), you now have resistance to that type of damage.


At the 3rd level you gain access to a minor ritual. Protective wards and incantations are fairly simple aspects of magic, but powerful never the less. You have mastered a minor variant of such a spell allowing you to shield yourself against attack if only briefly.  You may cast the spell Guards and Wards once per day without using spell slots but you must still use the spell components. The spell is also cast with the following modifications.

*The casting time is increased to 20 minutes.

*The wards only protect 1,000 square feet.

*You cannot use any of the other spell effects listed under the spell.



Level     Proficiency Bonus           Features              Cantrips Known                                Spells Known   

1st           +2                           Research, Favored Topic               0                                                              0


2nd          +2                           Half-Remembered                          1+                                                           0

Incantations &

Ancient Relics.


3rd           +2                           Occultist Archetype, Wards         1+                                                           0


4th           +2                           Ability Score Improvement          1+                                                          0                   


5th           +3                           ———————-           1+                                                          0

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