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Dungeons and Dragons – Mystara

Class Build – Bard: College of Valour

Source: Players Handbook (5e-wiz-ph-55)

For one of my new gamers they are building a bard using the college of valour option that is part of my campaign setting so I thought I would make a post about all the linked content so its all in one place and will make referencing it easier.

Where to Start – Race

Race is one of the most inportant aspects of character creation as it points to solutions of class, homeland and background options that work well with the charcter concept.

There are a few different options in my setting for taking on character races, here is a link to the source material for my players – DnD Races Page.

Player was happy with a Dwarf (Stonebound), this changed to a Dwarf (Hillbound), then to an Elf (Sunfey) then to a Genasi (Darkchild), then to a Dwarf (Stonebound), then to a Elf (Sunfay), so will reflect changing the character at that point.

Here are the basics of what choosing a elf and sunfey would result in from a character build perspective.

Class Options – College of Valour?

Base racial options for the character are as follows.

The player has chosen to go with Bard and College of Valour.

Selecting Attributes

This has been left with the player to decide, when I have the details I will add them in here as part of the character build walk through.

Attributes have 27 point buy, starting with a base of 8.

  • Total Points (18/27)
  • Strength gains 10 – costing 2
  • Dexterity gains 11 – costing 3
  • Constitution gains 12 – costing 4
  • Intelligence gains 10 – costing 2
  • Wisdom gains 15 – costing 9
  • Charisma gains 14 – costing 7

STR 10 (-) DEX 11 (-) CON 12 (+1) INT 10 (-) WIS 15 (+2) CHA 14 (+2)

After Point by add the following racial changes: +2 Dex, +5 Int

STR 10 (-) DEX 13 (+1) CON 12 (+1) INT 15 (+2) WIS 15 (+2) CHA 14 (+2)

Backgrounds

The character background options for consideration suitable for Rockhome:

  • Guild Artisan
    • Skill Proficiencies – Insight, Persuasion
    • Tool Proficiencies – One of your choice
    • Language Proficiencies – Select one
    • Guild Business – Selection One
    • Guild Membership (Guild Artisan) – As an established and respected member of a guild, you can rely on certain benefits that membership provides. Your fellow guild members will provide you with lodging and food if necessary, and pay for your funeral if needed. In some cities and towns, a guildhall offers a central place to meet other members of your profession, which can be a good place to meet potential patrons, allies, or hirelings.
      • Guilds often wield tremendous political power. If you are accused of a crime, your guild will support you if a good case can be made for your innocence or the crime is justifiable. You can also gain access to powerful political figures through the guild, if you are a member in good standing. Such connections might require the donation of money or magic items to the guild’s coffers.
      • You must pay dues of 5 gp per month to the guild. If you miss payments, you must make up back dues to remain in the guild’s good graces.
  • Background Selections – Tool (Blacksmith), Language (Ethengarian), Business (Smiths and metal-forgers)

Languages

For mystara there are two common languages, Alpahtian and Thyatian. Not everyone know both languages. A good trade language is the Traladara language used as a core for a few countries in the region as well.

  • Racial Languages: Common (either Thyatian) and Dwarven
  • National Starting Languages: Common (Thyatian), Dwarven (Rockhome), Ethenarian
  • Background Languages

Name and Sex

The name of the character will be left to the player with the sex of it also being up to the player. Playing a male of a female has not impact on what the character can do, just how they will be perceived in different encounters.

Choice of Background and Quirks

I left the choice of quirks and background to the player.

Weapons Mastery

These are concepts that exist in the setting of Mystara that I have adapted to 5th edition and expanded. Here are all the options available to the character and when they kick in.

  • Weapons Mastery

Secret Crafts

Secret Craft Options available to the character.

Secret CraftCraftologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (Dwarven, Elven, Gnome)
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (Dwarven, Elven, Gnome).
  • Bonus Language – Dwarven, Elven, or Gnome
  • Specialisations of Crafter include – Crafting (Blacksmith, Jeweler, Leatherworker, Tailor, Woodworker), Enchanting (Eclectist, Implemancer, Wardwrite)
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Matter Immortal, Dwarven and Gnome Pantheon Immortal, but any Immortal who is a Patron of Crafts is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts of Crafting (any) You can make a craft check to use a artefact of crafting without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Dwarven or Gnome attuned racial magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Craftologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Craftologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you cause one of your items to explode which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to craft until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using tools.
  • Craftologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are able to learn a new crafting recipe for mundane equipment and feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of crafting is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using tools.

Secret CraftsCraftologist – 1st Circle

Secret Crafts – Manifestations (Replaces other active secret craft manifestation when activated) Each Manifestation uses a light colour based on the Sphere it is being drawn from Energy (red), Entropy (black), Matter (green), Thought (white), Time (Blue). Each manifestation lasts until the end of your next long rest, and you can spend 1 soul burn to keep it active until the next long rest without rolling or you dismiss it.

Craftologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, light radiates out to 10ft and everyone within your light radius has advantage on craft related checks.

Craftologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Craftologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Craft Specialisation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activate as part of a short rest. You can prepare one spell from the craft list as a known spell. You can reactivate this power to replace the known spell. Non-spellcasters can use this to gain a cantrip if listed.
  • God Crafting (Power SB 1 DC 16): As an action you can gain the benefit of a weeks worth of crafting in an instant, but still need to make the crafting roll to build the item.
  • Practiced Hand (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You gain expertise on Crafting checks and tool use.
  • Resource Allocation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You can change one set of tools over for another, or musical instrument into a different musical instrument, but not vehicles. During a long rest you can adapt a vehicle for a different terrain, or turn a tool in to musical instrument or a musical instrument into a tool. The item reverts to its normal form when the manifestation ends.

Downtime Activities: can require 1 or more soul burn points to activate and maintain. You do not require you to have the manifestation active to use. Use of downtime abilities cannot be offset by magical items or artefacts.

  • Workshop (SB 1+) Must create a workshop to use their abilities in at the cost of 5,000 gp per circle they have obtained.
  • Metallurgical Expertise (SB 1) You can halve the costs of downtime conducted in the same week you activate this, which can remain active till you finish your downtime activities taking up one of your downtime options for that week.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Crafter Familiar (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to help with crafting. This gives the familiar the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar.
  • Crafter Companion (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to help with crafting. This gives the companion the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion.
  • Crafter Mount (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to help with crafting. This gives the mount the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount.
  • Crafter Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.

Secret CraftCryptologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (Dwarves, Dragonkin, Giantkin and Human (Heldannic))
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Craft Bonus.
  • Bonus Language – Draconic (High), Dwarven (High), Halfling (Ancient), or Jotun (Giant)
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Thought Immortal, Norse Pantheon Immortal, Giantkin Pantheon Immortal, Dragonkin Immortal, Dwarven and Gnome Immortal, but any Immortal who is a Patron of knowledge is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts with Runes (any) You can make a craft check to use a artefact with Runes without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Runic attuned magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Cryptologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the critical failure effect your mind is wracked with pain which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in your craft language until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language. And as further punishment from your transgression you take an effect based on how many runes you used that day already. Further uses of the power until you finish a long rest are treated as a critical failure.
    • First activation of a Rune that day – a hurricane centred on you covering 24 miles lasting 1d12 hrs with no travel possible during this event
    • Second activation of a Rune that day – a minor earthquake shakes the area covering 16 miles centred on you.
    • Third activation of a Rune that day – a violent earthquake shakes the area within a 32 miles radius cause great structural damage.
    • More than three runes activated that day – the violent earthquake and the hurricane both occur over a 32 miles radius, with no magic or runes working for 6d4 hours and the rune you used is altered and must be relearned by all runemasters who know it..
  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect your mind is bolstered by the power of the immortal and you feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. As an additional effect your activation of runes for the day is cleared. Your grasp of your craft language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Secret CraftCryptologist – 1st Circle

Secret Crafts – Manifestations (Replaces other active secret craft manifestation when activated) Each Manifestation uses a light colour based on the Sphere it is being drawn from Energy (red), Entropy (black), Matter (green), Thought (white), Time (Blue). Each manifestation lasts until the end of your next long rest, and you can spend 1 soul burn to keep it active until the next long rest without rolling or you dismiss it.

Cryptologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, you radiate light 5ft radius and can see any active rune’s within 50ft outside of your light radius from you.

Cryptologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Cryptologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Lesser Rune – Power Matter Rune (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As a standard action you can activate this power to activate a lesser rune of matter you created, this causes it to light up with a dim 5ft white glow.
  • Lesser Rune – Activate Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): This allows use an activated lesser rune of matter as a bonus action for the reshaping of the affected matter within a one-foot diameter per level. This could be used to open passageways through stone, mend broken items, calm an area of water. Reshaping lasts if the crafter is concentrating or up to a minute whichever is shorter, at which time they can choose for the material to keep its new shape or return to its previous shape. This expends the power from a rune.
  • Lesser Rune – Draw Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): You scribe a lesser rune of matter you know in the air. It remains while you concentrate. You can maintain up to your Intelligence modifier in different runes, usually one of each circle.
  • Greater Rune – Bonus Affinity (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As an action, you can activate this power to have the bonus power of a Greater rune.
  • Greater Rune – Identify (Power SB 1 DC 16): Once per rune per day, you can use an action to learn about a active rune you can touch, while also causes it to light up with a white light for 60 ft while you touch it. This does not use up the power in the rune.

Downtime Activities: can require 1 or more soul burn points to activate and maintain. You do not require you to have the manifestation active to use. Use of downtime abilities cannot be offset by magical items or artefacts.

  • Runebook (SB 1) This secret craft requires a book of runes (use a blank spellbook) to write down all the details of how to use each rune you have researched and how to use it. Not referring to the book of runes when using a known rune adds +5 to the craft check DC.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Greater Rune – Learn (Con 1) You can spend a week downtime, with special preparation, and if you don’t die you learn 1 rune chosen for you by the gods, and sacrifice one point of constitution that cannot be regained with magic and reduces the maximum you can reach at the same time. Chance of death is a craft check DC of 16 plus the number of greater runes you know) You can then manipulate a greater rune power via the secret craft.
  • Lesser Rune – Learn Matter Rune (SB 1) A crafter may spend a week to research a lesser rune of matter and learn the rune for non-living material such as gold, steel, lead, granite, sand, crystal, water, glass, leather, silk. wood, tar, etc.
  • Lesser Rune – Scribe Matter Rune (SB 1) You can scribe a lesser rune of matter that you have in your book of runes onto a surface as a 10 minute ritual using a crafter check DC 16 and costs 50 gp.
  • Runic Familiar of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to take on a rune of matter. This gives the familiar the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Companion of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to take on a rune of matter. This gives the companion the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Mount of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to take on a rune of matter. This gives the mount the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.

Secret CraftEntertainologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Cha + circle +2 (Animalistic, Atruaghin, Ethengarian, Halfling, Makai)
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Cha mod + circle achieved +2 (Animalistic, Atruaghin, Ethengarian, Halfling, Makai).
  • Bonus Language – Atruaghin, Ethengarian, or Makai
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Matter or Thought Immortal, Atruaghin Pantheon, Ethengarian Pantheon, Halfling Pantheon, Makai Pantheon, but any Immortal who is a Patron of artist is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts of Entertainment (any) You can make a craft check to use a artefact of entertainment without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Musical Instruments or Halfling attuned racial magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Entertainologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Entertainologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are vibrating with Thunder which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to conduct performances until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using instruments.
  • Entertainolgist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are resonating with supporting vibrations causing a Thunder effect but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of performing is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using performance.

Secret CraftFireologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (fire elemental aspect, genasi)
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (fire elemental aspect, genasi).
  • Bonus Language – Primordial (Ignan)
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Energy Immortal, Fire Pantheon Immortal, Radiant Pantheon Immortal, but any Immortal who is a Patron of fire is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts of Energy (Fire) You can make a craft check to use a artefact of energy without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Fire Genasi attuned racial magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Fireologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Fireologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed in your fire which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in Ingan until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language.
  • Fireologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are wreathed in fire but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of the Ignan language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Secret CraftMusicologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Cha + circle +2 (Dragonkin, Elven)
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Cha mod + circle achieved +2 (Dragonkin, Elven).
  • Bonus Language – Draconic or Elven
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Matter or Thought Immortal, Dragonkin Pantheon Immortal, Elven Pantheon Immortal, but any Immortal who is a Patron of artists is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts of Music (any) You can make a craft check to use a artefact of music without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Musical attuned magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Musicologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Musicologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are vibrating with Thunder which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to conduct performances until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using instruments.
  • Musicologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are resonating with supporting vibrations causing a Thunder effect but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of performing is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using performance.

Secret CraftsMusicologist – 1st Circle

Secret Crafts – Manifestations (Replaces other active secret craft manifestation when activated) Each Manifestation uses a light colour based on the Sphere it is being drawn from Energy (red), Entropy (black), Matter (green), Thought (white), Time (Blue). Each manifestation lasts until the end of your next long rest, and you can spend 1 soul burn to keep it active until the next long rest without rolling or you dismiss it.

Musicologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, you radiate soothing hum and light 5ft radius. Your vocal and language dependant effects, powers and magic are extended by twice your musicologist radius.

Musicologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Musicologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Countersong (Power SB 1 DC 16) As a reaction you can play discordant notes to interrupt the act of spellcasting. Acts as the spell counterspell.
  • Deafening Thunder (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): When your attack does Thunder damage, you can choose to cause the subject to make a Constitution saving throw or become deafened until they take a short rest or have an ability or spell used on them that removes the deafened condition.
  • Music Specialisation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activate as part of a short rest. You can prepare one spell from the craft list as a known spell. You can reactivate this power to replace the known spell. Non-spellcasters can use this to gain a cantrip if listed.
  • Song of Woe (Power SB 1 DC 16): As an action you can activate this power. Enemies within 60 ft have a -2 to Wisdoms saving throws and -1 to attack and damage rolls, you can maintain this with concentration for up to 10 minutes.
  • Thunder Substitution (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16) Activate as part of a short rest. You can substitute the damage type of a spell you cast this round by using a reaction to that of Thunder.
  • Tuned Ear (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): You gain advantage on Perception check and saving Throws for Thunder or language dependent effects.

Downtime Activities: can require 1 or more soul burn points to activate and maintain. You do not require you to have the manifestation active to use. Use of downtime abilities cannot be offset by magical items or artefacts.

  • Music Room (SB 1+) Must create a music room to use their abilities in at the cost of 5,000 gp per circle they have obtained.
  • Reputation – Initiate (SB 1) You can spend a week in a town gaining reputation to have advantage on all social checks for the next year. You increase your reputation in that location to its maximum for your level and you become recognisable by locals by sight and sound.
  • Composition (SB 1) You write a composition (musical, song, ditty) regarding a subject of your choice that is picked up in locations you have reputation. The details of what the composition is about is kept in going while you keep the soul burn loss. You may only have one per circle compositions going at any one time.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Musical Familiar (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to perform music. This gives the familiar the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar.
  • Musical Companion (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to perform music. This gives the companion the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion.
  • Musical Mount (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to perform music. This gives the mount the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount.
  • Musical Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.

Secret CraftSpiritologist – Initiate

  • Craft Bonus = Proficiency + Wis + circle +2 (Atruaghin, Ethengarian and Traladaran)
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Wis mod + circle achieved +2 (Atruaghin, Ethengarian and Traladaran).
  • Bonus Language – Celestial, Atruaghin, Ethengarian or Traladaran
  • Guardian Spirit – Select Guardian Spirit.
  • Associated Sphere – Usually a Matter Immortal, Atruaghin Pantheon Immortal, Ethengrian Pantheon Immortal, but any Immortal who is a Patron of resurrection, life or death is also valid.
  • Expanded Magic: Characters gain extra spells to their spell list from this secret craft. A prepared caster gains them as spells in their spellbook, a spontaneous caster can swap out the spells with their known spells during craft downtime.
  • Artefacts of the Afterlife (any) You can make a craft check to use a artefact of the afterlife without expending the items power by paying for it with your own life force instead. This avoids the chance of a penalty being activated. You can also steal power from an artefact to heal your soul burn. If you are attuned to the artefact, you can use its power to activate your secret craft features without a chance of a penalty being activated. Atruaghin, Ethengarian or Traladaran attuned racial magical items allow you to pinch their charges for the day using 1 charge to replace 1 soul burn, and for each level or rarity above common the magical item can replace an additional point.

Spiritologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Spiritologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed in your spiritual energy which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You age increases by the Critical Effect Modifier. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in Celestial until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language.
  • Spiritologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed spiritual energy but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. You age decreases by the Critical Effect Modifier. Your grasp of the Celestial language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Spell Lists

Available from certain levels a paladin can selects spells from them when they gain new spells each level.

House Rule – In my setting, Sorcerers learn 1 cantrip for each Tier that they have achieved (a tier is every 5 character levels) with 3 extra cantrips at first level. Cantrips can come from the secret crafts they have learnt.

Spell ListClass ListBard

Cantrips Blade Ward (ph219), Dancing Lights (ph231), Friends (ph245), Light (ph256), Mending (ph260), Message (ph260), Minor Illusion (ph261), Prestidigitation (ph248), True Strike (ph285), Vicious Mockery (ph285),

1st Level Spells Animal Friendship (ph213), Bane (ph217), Charm Person (ph222), Colour Spray (ph223), Command (ph223), Comprehend LanguagesR (ph225), Cure WoundsR (ph231), Detect MagicR (ph232), Disguise SelfR (ph234), Dissonant Whispers (ph235), Faerie Fire (ph240), Feather Fall (ph240), Fog Cloud (ph244), Healing Word (ph251), Heroism (ph251), Hideous Laughter (ph281), IdentifyRO (ph253), Illusory ScriptRO (ph253), Longstrider (ph257), Silent Image (ph277), Sleep (ph277), Speak with AnimalsR (ph278), Thunderwave (ph283), Unseen ServantR (ph285),

2nd Level Spells Aid (ph212), Animal MessengerR (ph213), Blindness/Deafness (ph220), Calm Emotions (ph222), Cloud of Daggers (ph223), Crown of Madness (ph230), Detect ThoughtsR (ph232), Enhance AbilityR (ph238), Enlarge/ReduceR (ph238), Enthrall (ph239), Heat Metal (ph251), Hold Person (ph252), Invisibility (ph255), KnockR (ph255), Locate Animals or PlantsR (ph257), Locate ObjectR (ph257), Magic MouthR (ph258), Mirror Image (ph261), Phantasmal Force (ph265), RestorationR (ph256), See InvisibilityR (ph275), Shatter (ph276), Silence R (ph276), SuggestionR (ph280), Zone of TruthR (ph290),

3rd Level Spells Bestow Curse (ph219), Clairvoyance (ph223), Dispel MagicR (ph235), Fear (ph240), Feign DeathR (ph241), Glyph of WardingRO (ph246), Hypnotic Pattern (ph253), Major ImageR (ph259), Mass Healing World (see Healing Word), NondetectionR (ph264), Plant GrowthR (ph267), Sending (ph275), Slow (ph278), Speak with DeadR (ph278), Speak with PlantsR (ph278), Stinking Cloud (ph279), Tiny HutRO (ph256), Tongues (ph284),

4th Level Spells Compulsion (ph225), Confusion (ph225), Dimension Door (ph234), Dominate Beast (ph235), Freedom of Movement (ph245), Greater Invisibility (see Invisibility), Hallucinatory TerrainRO (ph250), Locate CreatureR (ph257), Phantasmal Killer (ph266), Polymorph (ph267),

5th Level Spells Animate Objects (ph214), AwakenRO (ph217), Dominate Person (see Dominate Beast), DreamRO (ph237), GeasRO (ph245), Greater Restoration (see Restoration), Hold Monster (see Hold Person), Legend Lore (ph), Mass Cure Wounds (ph237), Mislead (ph), Modify memory (ph), Planar Binding (ph), Raise Dead (ph), Rary’s Telepathic Bond – R (ph/tce), Scrying (ph), Seeming (ph), Teleportation Circle (ph)

  • 6th Level -Eyebite (ph), Find the Path (ph), Guards and Wards (ph), Heroes Feast (ph/tce), Mass Suggestion (ph), Ott’s Irresistible Dance (ph), Programmed Illusion (ph), True Seeing (ph)
  • 7th Level – Etherealness (ph), Forcecage (ph), Mirage Arcane (ph), Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion (ph), Mordenkainen’s Sword (ph), Prismatic Spray (ph/tce), Project Image (ph), Regenerate (ph), Resurrection (ph), Symbol (ph), Teleport (ph)
  • 8th Level – Antipathy/Sympathy (ph/tce), Dominate Monster (ph), Feeblemind (ph), Glibness (ph), Mind Blank (ph), Power Word Stun (ph)
  • 9th Level – Firesight (ph), Power Word Heal (ph), Power Word Kill (ph), Prismatic Wall (ph/tce), True Polymorph (ph)

* details to come. R – Ritual Spells.
Source: ph, tce

Spell ListSecret CraftCryptologist (Crypt)
(Rune, Symbol and Word based spells)

Cantrip Blade Ward (ph219), Encrypt / Decrypt (mhh165), Prestidigitation (ph248), Scribe (mhh190), Word of Misfortune (mwb437)

1st Level Spells – Deep Breath (mhh162), Flurry (mhh168), Freeze Potion (mhh169), Gliding StepR (mhh170), Goat’s Hoof Charm (mhh170), Hearth Charm (mhh173), Ill-Fated Word (mhh175), Loki’s Gift (mhh181), Protection from Evil and GoodR (ph271), Speak with Inanimate Object – R (mhh194), Trick Question (mhh199)

2nd Level Spells Berserk *, Bless Rune – R*, Fist of Thor *, Grudge Match (mhh172), Interpret Rune – R*, Wotan’s Rede – R (mhh203)

3rd Level SpellsGlyph of WardingRO (ph246), Hero’s Steel (mhh173), Inscribe Rune – R*, Know Rune – R*, Magic CircleRO (ph257), Rune of Imprisonment (mwb433), Spiteful Weapon (mhh194), Thunderclap (mhh197)

4th Level Spells – Binding Oath (mhh151) – R, Cursed Gift (mhh161), Jotun’s Jest (mhh177), Mark of Ownership (bls86), Moon Trap (mhh183), Power Word Lesser Pain (mhh186), Rain of Blades (mhh188), Snow Boulder

5th Level Spells – Grasp of the Tupilak (mhh171), Hod’s Gift (mhh174), Not this Day! (mhh184)

  • 6th Level – Extract Knowledge (mhh166) – R
  • 7th Level – Mark of Exile (bls85), Power Word Pain (xge163), Seal of Sanctuary (mhh190), Symbol of Sorcery (mhh196)
  • 8th Level – Power Word Restore (mhh186)
  • 9th Level – Greater Seal of Sanctuary (mhh171)

* details to come. R – Ritual Spells
Source: bls, mhh, mwb (GM Only), ph

Spell ListSecret CraftEntertainologist (Entertain)
(Distraction, Entertain, Senses or Visual based spells)

Cantrip – Decorate Object (bls41), Detune (bls43), Dissonance (bls45), Gust (xge158), Prestidigitation (ph248), Shape Water (xge164), Silhouette (mhh193), Thaumaturgy (ph283), Thunderclap (xge168),

1st Level Spells – Bewitch (bls19), Cirrem’s Bewilderment (bls32), Colour Spray (ph223), Detect Evil and GoodR (ph232), Detect MagicR (ph232), Detect Poison and DiseaseR (ph232), Enhance Oration – R (bls52), Malicious Intent (bls84), Morph Shadow (bls88), Quick Change (bls96), Silent Image (ph277),

2nd Level Spells – Bead of Blazing (bls18), Blindness/Deafness (ph220), Blur (ph220), DarkvisionR (ph230), Death March (bls40), Detect ThoughtsR (ph232), Energetic Burst (bls52), Find TrapsRO (ph242), Jungle Cry (bls79), Phantom Accompaniment (bls93), Pyrotechnics (xge163), See InvisibilityR (ph275), Silence R (ph276), Taunt (bls116), Wolf’s Howl (bls129)

3rd Level Spells – Air of Nobility (bls13), Dancer’s Grace (bls38), Lustful Gaze (bls83), Major ImageR (ph259), Player Instrument (bls93), Spiteful Images (bls113), Unfasten (bls121), Wailing Dirge (bls125)

4th Level Spells – Association (bls15), Fire Fascination (bls58), Hallucinatory TerrainRO (ph250), Maligned Performance (bls84), Megalomania (bls86), Portrait (bls94), Voice of Confession (bls124)

5th Level Spells – Dance of Seduction (bls38), Discordant Chorus (bls45), Reverence (bls99), Shattering Cry (bls105), Tattoo Object (bls116)

  • 6th Level – Dirge of the Victorious Knights (fkcc21), Illusory Illusion (bls74), Nymph’s Aura (bls90), Song Barrier (bls109)
  • 7th Level – Agitate Crown (bls11), Charismatic Shield (bls30), Mangling Foot (bls85), Pocket Paradise (bls94)
  • 8th Level
  • 9th Level

R – Ritual Spells.
Source: bls, fkcc, mhh, ph, xge

Spell ListSecret CraftFireologist (Fire)
(Fire and Radiant based spells)

Cantrip – Control Flames (xge152), Create Bonfire (xge152), Fire Bolt (ph243), Green-Flame Blade (scag143), Prestidigitation (ph248), Produce Flame (ph270), Sacred Flame (ph273), Spectral Weapon (GM)

1st Level SpellsAbsorb Elements (xge150), Burning Hands (ph221), Divine Favour (ph235), Fiery Cloth (bls56), Fiery Grasp (bls57), Fire Burst (bls58), Fire Under the Tongue (mhh167), Flaming Bolts (bls59), Guiding Bolt (ph249), Hellish Rebuke (ph251), Protection from Evil and GoodR (ph271), Searing Smite (ph275),

2nd Level Spells – Aganazzar’s Scorcher (xge150), Air Forge – R (bls12), Augment Flames (bls16), Branding Smite (ph220), Continual FlameR (ph228), Elemental Horns (mhh165), Fiery Shield (bls57), Flame Blade (ph243), Flameswell (bls59), Flaming Sphere (ph243), Heat Metal (ph251), Ignite (bls74), Moonbeam (ph262), Pass through ElementR (ea08), Pyrotechnics (xge163), Scorching Ray (ph274),

3rd Level SpellsAwaken Element (ea08), Blade of Wrath (mhh153), Blinding Ash (bls22), Blinding Smite (ph220), Crusader’s Mantle (ph231), Dispel MagicR (ph235), Elemental Shape (ea08), Far Strike (bls56), Fireball (ph242), Flame Arrows (xge156), Ire of the Mountain (mwb430), Magic CircleRO (ph257), Melf’s Minute Meteors (xge161), Protection from Energy (ph271), Spirit Guardians (ph279),

4th Level SpellsConjure Minor ElementalsRO (ph226), Elemental Bane (xge155), Fiery Blast (bls56), Fire Shield (ph243), Flame Spiral (bls59), Flame Wave (mhh167), Flames of Purification (bls59), Guardian of Faith (ph248), Searing Projectiles (bls103), Siphon Elemental Lifeforce (ea08), Wall of Fire (ph286)

5th Level SpellsConjure ElementalRO (ph225), Destructive Wave (ph232), Dispel Evil and Good (ph234), Flame Strike (ph243), Immolation (xge158), Magic Circle against EnergyR (ea08)

* details to come. R – Ritual Spells.
Sourcebooks: bls, ea08 (conversion), ph, xge

Spell ListSecret CraftMusicologist
(Audio, Music, Sound or Vocal based spells)

Cantrip – Detune (bls43), Dissonance (bls45), Prestidigitation (ph248), Thaumaturgy (ph283),

1st Level SpellsDissonant Whispers (ph235), Enhance Oration – R (bls52), Sonic Boom (bls110), Unchained Melody (bls120)

2nd Level Spells – Death March (bls40), Harmony of Heroes (bls68), Keen Hearing (bls79), Magic MouthR (ph258), Phantom Accompaniment (bls93), Shatter (ph276),

3rd Level Spells – Barbaric Yawp (bls17), Blade Song (bls21), Cacophony (bls27), Dancer’s Grace (bls38), Dread Scream (bls48), Major ImageR (ph259), Musical Mural (bls88), Player Instrument (bls93), Resonant Imbalance (bls99), Sound Worm (bls110), Wailing Dirge (bls125)

4th Level Spells – Bead of Blasting (bls18), Crystal Wail (bls37), Faithful Hound (ph262), Harmonic Discord (bls67), Maligned Performance (bls84), Paean of Greater Glory (bls92), Paean of the Holy (bls92), Voice of Confession (bls124)

  • 5th Level – Dance of Seduction (bls38), Discordant Chorus (bls45), Reverence (bls99), Shattering Cry (bls105), Song of Vengeance (bls110), Violent Scream (bls124), Voice of Memories (bls124), Wail of Fate (bls124)
  • 6th Level – Dirge of the Victorious Knights (fkcc21), Nymph’s Aura (bls90), Song Barrier (bls109), Words of Thunder (bls129)
  • 7th Level – Pocket Paradise (bls94)
  • 8th Level – Harmonic Dissolution (bls67)
  • 9th Level

R – Ritual Spells.
Sourcebooks: bls, fkcc, ph

Spell ListsSecret CraftSpiritologist (Spirit)
(Afterlife, Radiant and Undead based spells)

Cantrip – Bless the Dead (mhh153), Mage Hand (ph257), Sacred Flame (ph273), Ward against Undead (br208)

1st Level SpellsArmour of the Void (ph216), Commune with Shade (bls33), Detect Life – R (bls43), Divine Favour (ph235), Guiding Bolt (ph249), Holy Infusion (bls71), Morph Shadow (bls88), Shroud the Shadow (bls106), Speak with Inanimate Object (mhh194)

2nd Level SpellsBranding Smite (ph220), Corpse Lanterns (fkcc20), Dust to Death (bls49), Ethereal Strike (bls54), Find Corpse (bls57), Healing Spirit (xge157), Moonbeam (ph262), Protection from Paralysis (bls95), Rite of Counsel – R*, Soul Shield (bls110), Spirit Blast (bls112)

3rd Level SpellsAnimate Dead (ph213), Aspect Tattoo – R (bls14), Blinding Smite (ph220), Crusader’s Mantle (ph231), Expunge Shadow (bls55), Feign DeathR (ph241), Hero’s Steel (mhh173), Rain of Blades (mhh188), Rite of Defilement – R*, Rite of Healing – R*, Rite of Protection – R*, Spirit Guardians (ph279), St. Blusen’s Reaver Spirit (mwb434)

4th Level Spells – Exorcise (bls55), Find Greater Steed (xge156), Force Corporeality (bls60), Guardian of Faith (ph248), Guardian of Nature (xge157), Negative Energy Aura (bls90), Profane Link (bls94), Rite of Cleansing – R*, Siphon Elemental Lifeforce (ea08), Test of Souls – R (br208)

5th Level SpellsAntilife Shell (ph214), Deathly Gaze (bls41), Destructive Wave (ph232), Dispel Evil and Good (ph234), Flame Strike (ph243), Rite of Atonement – R*, Rite of Initiation – R*, Wrath of Nature (xge171)

  • 6th Level – Life Shot (bls81)
  • 7th Level – Divine Disconnection (bls46), Rite of Cursing – R*
  • 8th Level
  • 9th Level – Judgement of Maal – R (br207)

* details to come. R – Ritual Spells.
Source: bls, br, fkcc, mhh, mwb (GM Only), ph, xge

Character Advancement

Creating a 1st level Bard
  • Attributes – Dwarven Traits:
    • Ability Score Increase: Constitution +2
    • Alignment: Dwarves are Lawful in general
    • Size: 4 to 5 ft tall and average about 150 pounds. Medium size.
    • Speed: base walking is 25 ft and your speed is not reduced by heavy armour
    • Darkvision (Dwarf) you can see in dim light within 60 ft as it was bright light, and darkness as if it was dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
    • Dwarven Combat TrainingWeapons Mastery: Gains proficiency with five weapons of significance of your choice. If you have proficiency with these weapons, they are upgraded to skilled. Standard Weapons – Battleaxe, Handaxe, Throwing Hammer, and Warhammer
    • Tool Proficiency: You are proficient with the artisan’s tools of your choice: Smith’s tools, brewer’s supplies, or mason’s tools.
    • Stonecunning (Dwarf) Whenever you make a Intelligence (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
    • Prophecy: Each dwarf is given a prophecy from their birth that describes how they die.
    • Languages: You speak, read and write Common (Thyatian) and Dwarvish.
    • Pantheon: Dwarven and Gnome
  • Attributes – Dwarven – Stonebound (Dwarf of Earth) Traits
    • Ability Score Increase: Strength +2.
    • Heart of Stone (Stonebound) You have advantage on saving throws against necrotic and radiant effects. You have resistance to necrotic and acid damage, resistance to magical healing. You also have weakness to lightning damage. While touching the earth you can find your way back from where you have come.
    • Dwarven Armour Training: You have proficiency with light and medium armour.
    • Master Crafter: They have expertise with their chosen profession when reaching adult.
    • Evolution (1st Evolution): Counts as the Old Dwarf and Genasi races for the purposes of effects and magical items. As a 1st evolution, there is a 25% chance for any offspring to be a Genasi.

Attributes – Earth Aspected Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Constitution +2
  • Appearance: Green eyes, Veins, Skin or Hair are trademarks of Earth Aspected characters.
  • Touch of the Earth (Earth aspect) While taking a short rest on raw unworked earth or stone, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Power of Matter (Earth aspect) When using (or effected by) Acid or Poison you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow green till the start of your next turn.
  • Danger of Thought (Earth aspect) When hit by Lighting or Thunder damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Lightning and Thunder effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Earth Evolution: Counts as a Genasi for the purposes of using Earth Genasi effects and magical items, but not as a Earth Genasi. With every genasi offspring there is a d20 roll to determine their elemental aspect:
    • 80% chance of an Earth Aspected child (1 to 16)
    • 5% chance of an one of the other elements aspects. Air (17), Darkness (18), Fire (19), Water (20)

Character Level 01 Traits

  • Downtime – One activity each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 1
  • Proficiency Bonus +2
  • Attunement Slots – 3
  • Renown at Starting City +1
  • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
  • Weapons Mastery: Training available up to Skilled Only.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 01 (Starting)
    • 8 HP + Con Mod
    • Proficiencies:
      • Armour: Light Armour
      • Saving Throws: Dexterity, Charisma
      • Skills: History plus choose any three
      • Tools: Three musical instruments of your choice
      • Weapons Mastery: Gains proficiency with simple weapons and four martial weapons of your choice. (Standard: hand crossbows, longsword, rapiers and shortsword)
    • Equipment:
      • rapier or longsword or any simple weapon
      • Diplomats pack or entertainers pack
      • lute or other musical instrument of your choice
      • Leather armour and a dagger
    • Spellcasting (ph53 – Bard) The spellcaster is a 1st-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 8+prof+ability, to hit with prof+ability with spell attacks) The caster has the following spells prepared: (A prepared caster has access to half of level then add ability modifier spells known from their spellbook)
      • Spell Save DC = 8+prof+ability
      • Spell Attack = prof+ability
      • Spells Known = 2 Cantrips plus 4 other spells
      • Spell Slots = 1st (2)
    • Bardic Inspiration (ph53/tce – d6): As a bonus action, you give another character inspiration as long as they can hear you within 60 ft. A character can have inspiration for 10 ten minutes. They can use this inspiration on one ability check, attack roll or saving throw after they make the roll but before they give the GM the result. You can use this feature up to your Charisma modifier (minimum 1) which refreshes after a long rest.
  • Player Choices: Renown Khan’s Camp +1
    • Racial Options: Metalsmith,
    • Background Selections – Skills (Insight, Persuasion), Tool (Blacksmith), Language (Ethengarian)
    • Attributes: STR 10 (-) DEX 11 (-) CON 12 (+1) INT 10 (-) WIS 15 (+2) CHA 14 (+2)
    • Class Options: Musical Instruments (Drums, Teenage Angst, Vocals), Cantrips (Vicious Mockery (ph), Scribe (mhh190)), 1st Level Spells (Healing Word (ph), Ill Fated Word (mhh175), Loki’s Gift (mhh181), Trick Question (mhh199)), Weapons Mastery (swapped crossbow and rapier with longbow and shortbow), Skills (Arcana, Medicine, Religion). Ritual Spells (Comprehend Languages (ph), Identify (ph252))
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Protection from Good and Evil (ph270))
    • 2nd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Speak to Inanimate Objects (mhh194))
    • 3rd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Detect Magic (ph232))
    • 4th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Illusory Script (ph))
    • 5th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Speak with Animals (ph))
    • 6th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Unseen Servant  (ph))
    • 7th Week – Learn Musical Instrument (Bagpipes)
    • 8th Week – Learn Musical Instrument (Lute)
Advancing to 2nd level Bard

Character level 02 Traits

  • Downtime – One activity each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 1
  • Proficiency Bonus +2
  • Attunement Slots – 3
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 02
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Bardic Inspiration Update (Tashias 2nd) If a character has bardic inspiration when casting a spell of healing or damage, they can choose to spend the inspiration to heal additional hit point, or cause additional damage appropriate to the spell.
    • Jack of All Trades (ph54) gain half proficiency (rounded down) to all skill checks that your not proficient in.
    • Song of Rest (ph54) You can use soothing music of oration to help revitalise your allies during a short rest. Allies who can hear your performance gain 1d6 extra hit points at the end of a short rest.
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (3)
  • Player Choices:
    • Spells Known: Detect Magic (ph)
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Detect Life (bls43))
    • 2nd Week – Learn a Language (1st) Goblin
    • 3rd Week – Research Goblin Contract
    • 4th Week – Research Family Line
    • 5th Week – Research Elemental (due to elemental in a barrel)
    • 6th Week – Research Language (2nd) Draconic
    • 7th Week – Research Language (3rd) Heldannic
    • 8th Week – Secret Craft – Initiate (1st) Craftologist
Advancing to 3rd level Bard

Character level 03 Traits

  • Downtime – One activity each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 1
  • Proficiency Bonus +2
  • Attunement Slots – 3
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
  • Weapons Mastery – One weapon upgrade.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 03
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Bardic College: Choose a bardic College.
    • Expertise: Choose two skills to gain expertise with.
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (2)
  • Attributes – Bard – College of Valour – Level 03
    • Bonus Proficiencies – You gain proficiency with medium armour, shield, and martial weapons.
    • Combat Inspiration – A creature with your inspiration dice can use it to add to damage, or as a reaction to add to their AC when they are attacked but before they know the result.
  • Attributes – Dwarven – Hillbound (Dwarf of Air) Traits
    • Ability Score Increase: Wisdom +1.
    • Dwarven Toughness: Your hit point maximum increases by 1 and increases by 1 every time you gain a level.
    • Heart of Lightning: You have resistance to Lightning, Thunder and Necrotic, and resistance to magical healing. You have a weakness to acid damage.
    • Sunlight Growth: They have expertise with any checks relating to growing plants in the sunlight where they live. When looking at the sky in daylight, you can take an action to know which way is north.
    • Evolution (1st Evolution): Counts as the Old Dwarf and Genasi races for the purposes of effects and magical items. As a 1st evolution, there is a 25% chance for any offspring to be a Genasi.

Elemental – Air Aspected Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Dexterity +2
  • Appearance: Pale eyes, blonde hair, white veins or skin are trademarks of Air Aspected characters.
  • Touch of the Air (Air aspected) While taking a short rest in the open sky, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Power of Thought (Air aspected) When using (or effected by) Thunder or Lightning you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow white till the start of your next turn.
  • Danger of Matter (Air aspected) When hit by Acid or Poison damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Acid or Poison effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Air Evolution: Counts as a Genasi for the purposes of using Air Genasi effects and magical items, but not as a Air Genasi. With every Genasi offspring there is a d20 roll to determine their elemental aspect:
    • 80% chance of an Air Aspected child (1 to 16)
    • 5% chance of an one of the other elements aspects. Darkness (17), Earth (18), Fire (19), Water (20)
  • Player Choices:
    • Spells Known: Lesser Restoration (ph)
    • Spell Replaced: Detect Magic with Wotans Rede (mhh203)
    • Weapons Mastery: Hand Crossbow
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Learn Musical Instrument (Harp)
    • 2nd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Enhance Oration (bls52))
    • 3rd Week – Research Vampires
    • 4th Week – Research Hellforges
    • 5th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Locate Animals or Plants (ph))
    • 6th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Locate Animals or Plants (ph))
    • 7th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Magic Mouth (ph))
    • 8th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Magic Mouth (ph))
Advancing to 4th level Bard

Character Level 04 Traits

  • Downtime – One activity each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 1
  • Proficiency Bonus +2
  • Attunement Slots – 3
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 04
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Ability Score Improvement (gain both) Abilities and Feat
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (3)

D&D RacesElven Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Dexterity +2
  • Alignment: Elves are Chaotic in general
  • Size: Elves are between 6 and 7 feet tall. Your size is Medium
  • Speed: Your walking speed is 30 ft
  • Darkvision (Elven) you can see in dim light within 60 ft as it was bright light, and darkness as if it was dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
  • Elf Gifts (Level Up) Choice of Mystic Rapport, Prescient Vision or Preternatural Awareness
  • Fey Ancestry (Elven) Advantage on saving throws against being charmed, gaining an expertise dice, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Trances (Elven) You don’t sleep. Instead you meditate for 4 hrs a day and gain the same benefits as sleep.
  • Starting Languages (Elven) You speak, read and write Common (Thyatian and Alphatian) and Elvish (Clan dialect)
  • Character Options – Available to all Elven Subraces

Racial OptionsElvenSunfey (Elf of Fire) Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Intelligence +1.
  • Cantrip: You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell list. Intelligence, Wisdom or Charisma is your spellcasting ability for it (whichever is higher).
  • Cunning Diplomat (Sunfey) You can always use Intelligence, when making a Deception, Insight, Intimidation or Persuasion check.
  • Extra Language (Sunfey) You know two extra language of your choice.
  • High Elf Education – You are proficient in Culture and one additional skill of your choice.
  • High Elf Weapon Training (Sunfey) Proficiency with Longsword, Shortsword, Shortbow and Longbow or four proficiencies of your choice with GM permission.
  • Secret Crafts: (Starting) Your choice of starting secret crafts include: Fireologist, Elvenologist.
  • Racial Subtypes: Count as a Elf, High Elf and Humanoid.
  • Evolution (1st Evolution): Counts as the Elven and Genasi races for the purposes of effects and magical items. As according to the Aspected traits a 2nd evolution, there is a 25% chance for any offspring to be a Genasi.

Elemental AspectsFire Aspected Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Intelligence +2
  • Touch of the Fire (fire aspected) While taking a short rest in direct sunlight or within 5 ft of a source of fire, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Power of Energy (fire aspected) When using (or effected by) Fire or Radiant damage you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow red till the start of your next turn.
  • Danger of Time (fire aspected) When hit by Cold or Force damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Cold and force effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Fire Evolution: Counts as a Genasi for the purposes of using Fire Genasi effects and magical items, but not as a Fire Genasi. With every Genasi offspring there is a d20 roll to determine their elemental aspect:
    • 80% chance of an Fire Aspected child (1 to 16)
    • 5% chance of an one of the other elements aspects. Air (17), Darkness (18), Earth (19), Water (20)

Character Options – All Fire Aspected Sub-Races

  • Player Choices:
    • Attributes: +2 Charisma
    • Feat Selection – Actor (ph165)
    • Spells Known – Grudge Match (mhh172)
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Bless Rune)
    • 2nd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Bless Rune)
    • 3rd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Know Rune)
    • 4th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Know Rune)
    • 5th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Wotan’s Rede (mhh203))
    • 6th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Wotan’s Rede (mhh203))
    • 7th Week – Learn a Language (4th) Elven
    • 8th Week – Learn a Language (4th) Elven
Advancing to 5th level Bard

Character Level 05 Traits

  • Downtime – One activity each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 1
  • Proficiency Bonus +3
  • Attunement Slots – 3
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Gain one craft at Initiate.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 05
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Bardic Inspiration Upgrade: Inspiration dice upgraded to d8.
    • Font of Inspiration: Inspiration returns after a short rest.
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (3), 3rd (2)
  • Attributes – Dwarven Traits:
    • Ability Score Increase: Constitution +2
    • Alignment: Dwarves are Lawful in general
    • Size: 4 to 5 ft tall and average about 150 pounds. Medium size.
    • Speed: base walking is 25 ft and your speed is not reduced by heavy armour
    • Darkvision (Dwarf) you can see in dim light within 60 ft as it was bright light, and darkness as if it was dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
    • Dwarven Combat TrainingWeapons Mastery: Gains proficiency with five weapons of significance of your choice. If you have proficiency with these weapons, they are upgraded to skilled. Standard Weapons – Battleaxe, Handaxe, Throwing Hammer, and Warhammer
    • Tool Proficiency: You are proficient with the artisan’s tools of your choice: Smith’s tools, brewer’s supplies, or mason’s tools.
    • Stonecunning (Dwarf) Whenever you make a Intelligence (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
    • Prophecy: Each dwarf is given a prophecy from their birth that describes how they die.
    • Languages: You speak, read and write Common (Thyatian) and Dwarvish.
    • Pantheon: Dwarven and Gnome
  • Attributes – Dwarven – Stonebound (Dwarf of Earth) Traits
    • Ability Score Increase: Strength +2.
    • Heart of Stone (Stonebound) You have advantage on saving throws against necrotic and radiant effects. You have resistance to necrotic and acid damage, resistance to magical healing. You also have weakness to lightning damage. While touching the earth you can find your way back from where you have come.
    • Dwarven Armour Training: You have proficiency with light and medium armour.
    • Master Crafter: They have expertise with their chosen profession when reaching adult.
    • Evolution (1st Evolution): Counts as the Old Dwarf and Genasi races for the purposes of effects and magical items. As a 1st evolution, there is a 25% chance for any offspring to be a Genasi.

Attributes – Earth Aspected Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Constitution +2
  • Appearance: Green eyes, Veins, Skin or Hair are trademarks of Earth Aspected characters.
  • Touch of the Earth (Earth aspect) While taking a short rest on raw unworked earth or stone, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Power of Matter (Earth aspect) When using (or effected by) Acid or Poison you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow green till the start of your next turn.
  • Danger of Thought (Earth aspect) When hit by Lighting or Thunder damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Lightning and Thunder effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Earth Evolution: Counts as a Genasi for the purposes of using Earth Genasi effects and magical items, but not as a Earth Genasi. With every genasi offspring there is a d20 roll to determine their elemental aspect:
    • 80% chance of an Earth Aspected child (1 to 16)
    • 5% chance of an one of the other elements aspects. Air (17), Darkness (18), Fire (19), Water (20)
  • Player Choices:
    • Spell Known – Thunderclap (mhh197)
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Feign Death (ph240))
    • 2nd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Feign Death( ph240))
    • 3rd Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Feign Death (ph240))
    • 4th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Leomunds tiny hut (ph255))
    • 5th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Leomunds tiny hut (ph255))
    • 6th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Leomunds tiny hut (ph255))
    • 7th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Air Forge (bls13))
    • 8th Week – Learn Ritual Spell (Air Forge (bls13))
Advancing to 6th level Bard

Character Level 06 Traits

  • Downtime – Two activities each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 2
  • Proficiency Bonus +3
  • Attunement Slots – 4
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Upgrade one craft to 1st Circle.
  • Weapons Mastery – One weapon upgrade. Expert training available.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 06
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Bardic College Upgrade: Gain more features from chosen bardic college
    • Countercharm (ph54) As an action you can start a performance that lasts until the end of your next turn. During this time, you and any friendly creatures within 30 ft of you have advantage on saving throws against being frightened or charmed. The performance ends early if you are incapacitated, silenced, of chose to do so as a free action.
    • Musical Instrument – You learn another musical instrument or gain expertise in one instrument you already are proficient with.
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (3), 3rd (3)
  • Attributes – Bard – College of Valour – Level 06
    • Extra Attack – When making the attack action, you can attack twice.

D&D RacesElven Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Dexterity +2
  • Alignment: Elves are Chaotic in general
  • Size: Elves are between 6 and 7 feet tall. Your size is Medium
  • Speed: Your walking speed is 30 ft
  • Darkvision (Elven) you can see in dim light within 60 ft as it was bright light, and darkness as if it was dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
  • Elf Gifts (Level Up) Choice of Mystic Rapport, Prescient Vision or Preternatural Awareness
  • Fey Ancestry (Elven) Advantage on saving throws against being charmed, gaining an expertise dice, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Trances (Elven) You don’t sleep. Instead you meditate for 4 hrs a day and gain the same benefits as sleep.
  • Starting Languages (Elven) You speak, read and write Common (Thyatian and Alphatian) and Elvish (Clan dialect)
  • Character Options – Available to all Elven Subraces

Racial OptionsElvenSunfey (Elf of Fire) Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Intelligence +1.
  • Cantrip: You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell list. Intelligence, Wisdom or Charisma is your spellcasting ability for it (whichever is higher).
  • Cunning Diplomat (Sunfey) You can always use Intelligence, when making a Deception, Insight, Intimidation or Persuasion check.
  • Extra Language (Sunfey) You know two extra language of your choice.
  • High Elf Education – You are proficient in Culture and one additional skill of your choice.
  • High Elf Weapon Training (Sunfey) Proficiency with Longsword, Shortsword, Shortbow and Longbow or four proficiencies of your choice with GM permission.
  • Secret Crafts: (Starting) Your choice of starting secret crafts include: Fireologist, Elvenologist.
  • Racial Subtypes: Count as a Elf, High Elf and Humanoid.
  • Evolution (1st Evolution): Counts as the Elven and Genasi races for the purposes of effects and magical items. As according to the Aspected traits a 2nd evolution, there is a 25% chance for any offspring to be a Genasi.

Elemental AspectsFire Aspected Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: Intelligence +2
  • Touch of the Fire (fire aspected) While taking a short rest in direct sunlight or within 5 ft of a source of fire, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Power of Energy (fire aspected) When using (or effected by) Fire or Radiant damage you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow red till the start of your next turn.
  • Danger of Time (fire aspected) When hit by Cold or Force damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Cold and force effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Fire Evolution: Counts as a Genasi for the purposes of using Fire Genasi effects and magical items, but not as a Fire Genasi. With every Genasi offspring there is a d20 roll to determine their elemental aspect:
    • 80% chance of an Fire Aspected child (1 to 16)
    • 5% chance of an one of the other elements aspects. Air (17), Darkness (18), Earth (19), Water (20)

Character Options – All Fire Aspected Sub-Races

  • Player Choices:
    • Cantrips Known: Encrypt/Decrypt (mhh165)
    • Spells Known – Hero’s Steel (mhh173)
    • Weapons Mastery: Hand Crossbow (Expert)
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Secret Craft – 1st Circle (1st) – Craftologist / Weapons Mastery – Dart (Skilled)
    • 2nd Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Chuul Ichor) / Rune of Matter (Iron)
    • 3rd Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Concealed Weapon) / Rune of Matter (Copper)
    • 4th Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Deathtoad Toxin) / Rune of Matter (Silver)
    • 5th Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Distracting Shot) / Rune of Matter (Gold)
    • 6th Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Patient Shot) / Rune of Matter (Platinum)
    • 7th Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Pinning Hit) / Rune of Matter (Mithril)
    • 8th Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Rapid Shot) / Rune of Matter (Adamantin)
Advancing to 7th level Bard

Character Level 07 Traits

  • Downtime – Two activities each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 2
  • Proficiency Bonus +3
  • Attunement Slots – 4
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Upgrade one craft to 1st Circle.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 07
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (3), 3rd (3), 4th (1)
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Scorpion Venom) / Rune of Matter (Obsidian)
    • 2nd Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Wooziness Tonic) / Rune of Matter (Jade)
    • 3rd Week – Weapons Mastery – Option (Rapid Shot) /Rune of Matter (Stone)
    • 4th Week – Weapons Mastery – Dart (Expert) / Rune of Matter (Bone)
    • 5th Week – Weapons Mastery – Blowgun 1H (Skilled) / Appeasing Gods (Recover soul burn)
    • 6th Week – Weapons Mastery – Blowgun 1H (Expert) / Appeasing Gods (Recover soul burn)
    • 7th Week – Weapons Mastery – Blowgun 2H (Skilled) / Appeasing Gods (Recover soul burn)
    • 8th Week – Weapons Mastery – Blowgun 2H (Expert) /Appeasing Gods (Recover soul burn)
Advancing to 8th level Bard

Character Level 08 Traits

  • Downtime – Two activities each week of downtime
  • Character Tier – Tier 2
  • Proficiency Bonus +3
  • Attunement Slots – 4
  • Renown +1
  • Secret Craft: Upgrade one craft to 1st Circle.
  • Attributes – Bard – Level 08
    • 5 HP + Con Mod
    • Ability Score Improvement (gain both) Abilities and Feat
    • Spellcasting Increase:
      • Gain 1 Spell:
      • Replace 1 Spell:
      • Spell Slots change to = 1st (4), 2nd (3), 3rd (3), 4th (2)
  • Player Choices:
  • 8 Weeks Downtime (all characters get to spend 8 weeks downtime besides gaining a level)
    • 1st Week
    • 2nd Week
    • 3rd Week
    • 4th Week
    • 5th Week
    • 6th Week
    • 7th Week
    • 8th Week

Magical Items

I handle magical items differently in my world. Each character gains these options are new levels (2nd and beyond) and will only get to make the choice once their character is complete. All Items ar either random or selected by the GM.

  • Tier 1 – 2x Common Item or 1x Uncommon Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 2 – 2x lower tier or 2x Uncommon Item or 1x Rare Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 3 – 2x lower tier or 2x Rare item, or 2x Very Rare Item or Upgrade 1 item
  • Tier 4 – 2x lower tier or 2x Very Rare Item, 1x Legenday Item or Upgrade 1 item.

Items Gained in the course of the campaign –

Shofa (Stefan)
  1. F004 – d6 of Redtooth (M’drak)
  2. F007 – Horsebone Wand (Shofa)
  3. F011 – Medallion of Thoughts. Created by Undead, Quirk of Hungry. (M’drak)
  4. F014 – Dwarven Fortress Arrows (3x M’Drak)
  5. F016 – Ild Rune Stones (Shofa/Shoval) – Rune of Power
  6. F017 – Spell Scroll – Spare the Dying (x10 Shofa)
  7. F018 – Wand of the Songstress (Shofa)
  8. F020 – Wand of Pyrotechnics (Shofa)
  9. tba – Magical Longsword (clan longsword, dwarven runes)
  10. tba – Magical Hand Crossbow (+1)

Items consumed (used, lost or sold during storyline)

Finished Example

This uses my annotated stat block to show how I lay out PCs and NPCs for reference, and showing how its works for me. This is what players need to provide for ongoing reference of characters.

Sunfey Bard College of Valour (Level 7)

Shofa (aka M’drak)
Medium Female Elf of Fire (Sunfey), chaotic
Bard, College of Valour 7

  • Armour Class:
  • Hit Points: 45 (7d8+7)
  • Speed: 30 ft

STR 10 (-) DEX 13 (+1) CON 12 (+1) INT 15 (+2) WIS 15 (+2) CHA 17 (+3)

  • Saving Throws: +4 Dexterity, +6 Charisma
  • Weapon and Armour: (Proficient) Light and Medium Armour, Shields, Simple and Martial Weapons (Skilled) Battleaxe, Handaxe, Longbow, Longsword, Shortbow, Shortsword, Throwing Hammer, and Warhammer. (Expert) Blowgun (1H, 2H), Dart, Crossbow (Hand).
  • Tools: Blacksmith, Metalsmith (Expertise), Musical Instruments (Bagpipes, Drums, Harp, Lute, Teenage Angst, Vocals)
  • Skills: (Proficient) +5 Arcana (I), +5 History (I), +5 Insight (W), +5 Medicine (W), +5 Perception (W), +6 Persuasion (C), +5 Religion (I)
  • Senses: +5 Perception (W), Darkvision 60ft
  • Languages: Common (Thyatian), Draconic, Dwarvish (High, Rockhome), Elven, Ethengarian, Goblin, Heldannic

ABILITIES

  • Bardic Inspiration (Bard 1st ph53 – d6 – 3 Uses): As a bonus action, you give another character inspiration as long as they can hear you within 60 ft. A character can have inspiration for 10 ten minutes. They can use this inspiration on one ability check, attack roll or saving throw after they make the roll but before they give the GM the result. You can use this feature up to your Charisma modifier (minimum 1) which refreshes after a long rest.
    • Bardic Inspiration Upgrade (Bard 5th) Inspiration dice upgraded to d8.
    • Combat Inspiration (College of Valor) A creature with your inspiration dice can use it to add to damage, or as a reaction to add to their AC when they are attacked but before they know the result.
    • Font of Inspiration (Bard 5th) Inspiration returns after a short rest.
  • Cantrip (Sunfey) You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell list. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it.
  • Danger of Time (Fire Aspected) When hit by Cold or Force damage you take additional damage equal to your proficiency. Cold and force effects you use, have their attack, damage and saving throw reduced by your proficiency instead of increased by it.
  • Darkvision (Elven) you can see in dim light within 60 ft as it was bright light, and darkness as if it was dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
  • Extra Attack (College of Valour) When making the attack action, you can attack twice.
  • Fey Ancestry (Elven) Advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
  • Guild Membership (Guild Artisan) – As an established and respected member of a guild, you can rely on certain benefits that membership provides. Your fellow guild members will provide you with lodging and food if necessary, and pay for your funeral if needed. In some cities and towns, a guildhall offers a central place to meet other members of your profession, which can be a good place to meet potential patrons, allies, or hirelings.
    • Guilds often wield tremendous political power. If you are accused of a crime, your guild will support you if a good case can be made for your innocence or the crime is justifiable. You can also gain access to powerful political figures through the guild, if you are a member in good standing. Such connections might require the donation of money or magic items to the guild’s coffers.
    • You must pay dues of 5 gp per month to the guild. If you miss payments, you must make up back dues to remain in the guild’s good graces.
  • Jack of All Trades (Bard 2nd ph54) gain half proficiency (rounded down) to all skill checks that your not proficient in.
  • Keen Senses (Elven) You have proficiency in the Perception skill.
  • Power of Energy (Fire Aspected) When using (or effected by) Fire or Radiant damage you add your proficiency bonus to the damage (or reduce damage taken) and cause your eyes to glow red till the start of your next turn.
  • Prophecy (Stonebound) Each dwarf is given a prophecy from their birth that describes how they die.
  • Song of Rest (Bard 3rd ph54) You can use soothing music of oration to help revitalise your allies during a short rest. Allies who can hear your performance gain 1d6 extra hit points at the end of a short rest.
  • Stonecunning (Stonebound) Whenever you make a Intelligence (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
  • Touch of the Fire (Fire Aspected) While taking a short rest in direct sunlight or within 5 ft of a source of fire, you can spend 1 HD to roll two dice and take the results of both.
  • Trances (Elven) You don’t sleep. Instead you meditate for 4 hrs a day and gain the same benefits as sleep.

SECRET CRAFTS

  • Secret Craft – Craftologist – 1st Circle
    • Craft Bonus = +6 (Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (tba))
    • Craft DC: 14 (The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (tba))
  • Secret Craft – Cryptologist – 1st Circle
    • Craft Bonus = +6 (Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (Dwarves, Dragonkin, Giantkin and Human (Heldannic)))
    • Craft DC: 14 (The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (Dwarves, Dragonkin, Giantkin and Human (Heldannic))).

Secret Crafts – The Craft Check (used whenever a 1 or a 20 is rolled on a craft check)

  • Base Craft Check Critical Failure: A roll of a 1 on this check is a curse from your patron, and you suffer a mishap. Check each of the crafts for what happens during a mishap. The standard thing that happens is that it doubles the loss to maximum hit points due to soulburn. This also ends any ongoing effects from your crafts.
  • Base Craft Check Critical Success: A roll of a 20 on this check is a blessing from your patron, and you are granted a boon. Check each of the crafts for what happens during a boon. The standard thing is that you half the loss to maximum hit points due to soulburn.

Craftologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Craftologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you cause one of your items to explode which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to craft until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using tools.
  • Craftologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are able to learn a new crafting recipe for mundane equipment and feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of crafting is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using tools.

Cryptologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the critical failure effect your mind is wracked with pain which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in your craft language until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language. And as further punishment from your transgression you take an effect based on how many runes you used that day already. Further uses of the power until you finish a long rest are treated as a critical failure.
    • First activation of a Rune that day – a hurricane centred on you covering 24 miles lasting 1d12 hrs with no travel possible during this event
    • Second activation of a Rune that day – a minor earthquake shakes the area covering 16 miles centred on you.
    • Third activation of a Rune that day – a violent earthquake shakes the area within a 32 miles radius cause great structural damage.
    • More than three runes activated that day – the violent earthquake and the hurricane both occur over a 32 miles radius, with no magic or runes working for 6d4 hours and the rune you used is altered and must be relearned by all runemasters who know it..
  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect your mind is bolstered by the power of the immortal and you feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. As an additional effect your activation of runes for the day is cleared. Your grasp of your craft language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Secret Crafts – Manifestations (Replaces other active secret craft manifestation when activated)

Craftologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, light radiates out to 10ft and everyone within your light radius has advantage on craft related checks.

Cryptologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, you radiate light 5ft radius and can see any active rune’s within 50ft outside of your light radius from you.

Craftologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Craftologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Craft Specialisation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activate as part of a short rest. You can prepare one spell from the craft list as a known spell. You can reactivate this power to replace the known spell. Non-spellcasters can use this to gain a cantrip if listed.
  • God Crafting (Power SB 1 DC 16): As an action you can gain the benefit of a weeks worth of crafting in an instant, but still need to make the crafting roll to build the item.
  • Practiced Hand (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You gain expertise on Crafting checks and tool use.
  • Resource Allocation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You can change one set of tools over for another, or musical instrument into a different musical instrument, but not vehicles. During a long rest you can adapt a vehicle for a different terrain, or turn a tool in to musical instrument or a musical instrument into a tool. The item reverts to its normal form when the manifestation ends.

Cryptologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Cryptologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Lesser Rune – Power Matter Rune (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As a standard action you can activate this power to activate a lesser rune of matter you created, this causes it to light up with a dim 5ft white glow.
  • Lesser Rune – Activate Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): This allows use an activated lesser rune of matter as a bonus action for the reshaping of the affected matter within a one-foot diameter per level. This could be used to open passageways through stone, mend broken items, calm an area of water. Reshaping lasts if the crafter is concentrating or up to a minute whichever is shorter, at which time they can choose for the material to keep its new shape or return to its previous shape. This expends the power from a rune.
  • Lesser Rune – Draw Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): You scribe a lesser rune of matter you know in the air. It remains while you concentrate. You can maintain up to your Intelligence modifier in different runes, usually one of each circle.
  • Greater Rune – Bonus Affinity (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As an action, you can activate this power to have the bonus power of a Greater rune.
  • Greater Rune – Identify (Power SB 1 DC 16): Once per rune per day, you can use an action to learn about a active rune you can touch, while also causes it to light up with a white light for 60 ft while you touch it. This does not use up the power in the rune.
  • Workshop (SB 1+) Must create a workshop to use their abilities in at the cost of 5,000 gp per circle they have obtained.
  • Metallurgical Expertise (SB 1) You can halve the costs of downtime conducted in the same week you activate this, which can remain active till you finish your downtime activities taking up one of your downtime options for that week.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Crafter Familiar (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to help with crafting. This gives the familiar the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar.
  • Crafter Companion (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to help with crafting. This gives the companion the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion.
  • Crafter Mount (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to help with crafting. This gives the mount the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount.
  • Crafter Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.
  • Runebook (SB 1) This secret craft requires a book of runes (use a blank spellbook) to write down all the details of how to use each rune you have researched and how to use it. Not referring to the book of runes when using a known rune adds +5 to the craft check DC.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Greater Rune – Learn (Con 1) You can spend a week downtime, with special preparation, and if you don’t die you learn 1 rune chosen for you by the gods, and sacrifice one point of constitution that cannot be regained with magic and reduces the maximum you can reach at the same time. Chance of death is a craft check DC of 16 plus the number of greater runes you know) You can then manipulate a greater rune power via the secret craft.
  • Lesser Rune – Learn Matter Rune (SB 1) A crafter may spend a week to research a lesser rune of matter and learn the rune for non-living material such as gold, steel, lead, granite, sand, crystal, water, glass, leather, silk. wood, tar, etc.
  • Lesser Rune – Scribe Matter Rune (SB 1) You can scribe a lesser rune of matter that you have in your book of runes onto a surface as a 10 minute ritual using a crafter check DC 16 and costs 50 gp.
  • Runic Familiar of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to take on a rune of matter. This gives the familiar the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Companion of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to take on a rune of matter. This gives the companion the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Mount of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to take on a rune of matter. This gives the mount the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.

SPELLCASTING

  • Spellcasting (ph53 – Bard) The spellcaster is a 1st-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Charisma (spell save DC 8+prof+ability, to hit with prof+ability with spell attacks) The caster has the following spells prepared: (A prepared caster has access to half of level then add ability modifier spells known from their spellbook)
    • Spell Save DC = 14 (8+prof+ability)
    • Spell Attack = +6 (prof+ability)
    • Spells Known = 3 Cantrips plus 10 other spells
      • Cantrips – Encrypt/Decrypt (mhh165), Scribe (mhh190), Vicious Mockery (ph)
      • 1st Level Spells – Healing Word (ph), Ill Fated Word (mhh175), Loki’s Gift (mhh181), Trick Question (mhh199)
      • 2nd Level Spells – Grudge Match (mhh172), Lesser Restoration (ph), Wotan’s Reder (mhh203)
      • 3rd Level Spells – Hero’s Steel (mhh173), Thunderclap (mhh197)
    • Spell Slots = 1st (4), 2nd (3), 3rd (3), 4th (1)
  • Ritual books (Bard) Rituals not known as Spells or Memorises for the day require a character to make a Ritual Caster check with a DC = 10 + 2x spell level. bard Ritual spells use History for the check.
    • Ritual Spell Check: +5 (History)
    • Rituals Known – Air Forge (DC14), Bless Rune (DC14), Comprehend Languages (DC12), Detect Life (DC12), Detect Magic (DC12) Enhance Oration (DC12), Feign Death (DC16), Identify (DC12), Illusory Script (DC12), Know Rune (DC14), Leomunds Tiny Hut (DC16), Locate Animals or Plants (DC14), Magic Mouth (DC14), Protection from Good and Evil (DC12), Speak with Animals (DC12), Speak to Inanimate Objects (DC12), Unseen Servant  (DC12), Wotan’s Rede (DC14)
    • Ritual Book #1 (100/100 pages)
      • 1st Level – Comprehend Languages (ph), Detect Life (bls43), Detect Magic (ph232), Enhance Oration (bls52), Identify (ph252), Illusory Script (ph), Protection from Good and Evil (ph270), Speak with Animals (ph), Speak to Inanimate Objects (mhh194), Unseen Servant  (ph)
      • 2nd LevelBless Rune*, Know Rune*, Locate Animals or Plants (ph), Magic Mouth (ph), Wotan’s Rede (mhh203)
      • * Items to be detailed later by GM
    • Ritual Book #2 (40/100 Pages)
      • 2nd Level – Air Forge (bls13)
      • 3rd Level – Feign Death (ph240), Leomunds Tiny Hut (ph255)
  • Runes Known:
    • Matter (1st Circle) Adamantine, Bone, Copper, Gold, Iron, Jade, Mithril, Onyx, Platinum, Silver, Stone

Actions (1 per round)

  • Attack Action (ph192) – you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.
  • Dash (ph192) – you gain extra movement for the round equal to your speed.
  • Disengage (ph192) – Your movement does not provoke an attack of opportunity this turn.
  • Dodge (ph192) – Until the start of your next turn, attack rolls against you have disadvantage. Dex saving throws have advantage. These last unless you are incapacitated, or your speed is reduced to zero.
  • Help (ph192) – You can aid another giving advantage on the next ability check, or attack roll if you are within 5 ft of the target.
  • Hide (ph192) – You make a Dexterity (Stealth) check to hide.
  • Ready (ph193) – You can hold an action to use as a reaction. Set a trigger, if that trigger occurs either complete the action or you lose it and your reaction. Spells require concentration to ready and can be broken.
  • Search (ph193) – Either make a Wisdom (Perception) or an Intelligence (Investigation) check to find something.
  • Use an Object (ph193) – Allows you to interact with one of more objects on your turn.

Bonus Actions (1 per round)

  • Two Weapon Fighting (ph195) – If attacking with a light weapon in one hand, you can make a melee or thrown attack with a second weapon in your other hand. You don’t add the modifier to this attack unless it is negative.

Reactions (1 per round)

  • Opportunity Attack (ph195) – You can make one attack against a hostile creature that moves out of your reach.

Available Attack Options

WEAPON OPTIONSChuul Ichor, Concealed Weapon, Deathtoad Toxin, Distracting Shot, Patient Shot, Pinning Hit, Rapid Shot, Scorpion Venom, Wooziness Tonic

Chuul Ichor (Damage Option) – A creature hit by a weapon coated with this poison must make a Paralysis Saving Throw. Each successful hit with a weapon covered with this toxin increases the DC by 1.
Paralysis Saving Throw – Constitution vs Base DC. On a failure, it is paralyzed until the start of its next turn when they must make another Paralysis Saving Throw.
Associated WeaponBlowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Dart, Hand Crossbow

Weapon Option – Concealed Weapon (Bonus Action) You can make a Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) check opposed by active or passive Wisdom (Perception) check to conceal this weapon as a bonus action. You gain the Surprise Attack option while the weapon is concealed. Each level above expert adds +1 dice to the sneak attack damage.
Surprise Attack (Attack Option) As an action you can attack with a concealed weapon gaining advantage, if you already have advantage then it deals 1d6 sneak attack damage which stacks with any existing sneak attack you might have.
Associated WeaponsBlackjack, Dagger, Dart, Hand Crossbow

Deathtoad Toxin (Weapon Option) A creature hit by a dart coated with this poison must make a Poison Saving Throw at the start of their turn.
Poison Saving Throw – Constitution vs Base DC. On a failure, it takes +1d6 dice of poison damage for each weapon that struck the target coated in the toxin since their last turn.
Associated WeaponsBlowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Dart, Hand Crossbow

Distracting Shot (Attack Option) As part of the attack action, make an attack with your ranged weapon. You intentionally miss your target but give an ally of your choice the chance to attack while it is distracted. The next attack roll against the target by that ally has advantage if it is made before the beginning of the target’s next turn.
Associated WeaponsHand Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow, Light Crossbow, Longbow, Shortbow, Sling

Patient Shot (Attack Option) You carefully align your ranged weapons sites over your target. As an action in a turn that you have not moved, you may make a single ranged attack with advantage, and reduce your speed to zero until your next turn. Each level above expert with the weapon adds +1 to the attack roll.
Associated WeaponBlowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Hand Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow, Light Crossbow, Longbow, Shortbow, Sling

Weapon Option – Pinning Hit (Attack Option) – When you make a melee or ranged attack with this weapon, you may attempt to pin a creature up to one size larger to a wall or surface by catching their clothing with the weapons edge or point. This can be used against creatures without clothing at the GM’s discretion. If you hit, the target must make a Restrained Saving Throw vs your Base DC.
Retrained Saving Throw – Strength vs your Base DC. On a failure the creature is restrained, and can use an action on their turn to make another Restrained Saving Throw to get free.
Associated WeaponsBastard Sword, Battleaxe, Dagger, Dart, Hand Crossbow Handaxe, Heavy Crossbow, Javelin, Light Crossbow, Longbow, Shortbow, Sickle, Spear, Trident, Warpick

Rapid Shot (Bonus Action – Attack Option) You rapidly reload your weapon with loading, throwing off your aim but allowing you to make an additional attack this turn. As a bonus action, you may reload your hand crossbow and make an attack with it against a target within 30ft. This attack has disadvantage.
Associated WeaponsHand Crossbow, Light Crossbow

Scorpion Venom (Weapon Option) – A creature subjected to this poison must make a Poison Saving Throw at the beginning of each of its turns. This poison lasts until the target succeeds on three saving throws or is magically cured. Multiple applications of this resets the number of saving throws required.
Poison Saving Throw – Constitution vs Base DC. A target is taking 24 (7d6) poison damage on a failed saving throw, or half as much on a successful one.
Associated WeaponBlowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Dart, Hand Crossbow

Wooziness Tonic (Weapon Option) – A creature hit by a dart coated with this poison must make a Poison Saving Throw.
Poson Saving Throw – Constitution vs Base DC. On a failure, it is poisoned until the start of its next turn when it makes another Poison Saving Throw.
Associated WeaponsBlowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Dart, Hand Crossbow

FEATS

  • Actor (ph165) Skilled at mimicry and dramatics, you gain the following benefits.
    • Charisma +1 (to a max of 20)
    • You have advantage on Charisma (Deception) and Charisma (Performance) checks when trying to pass yourself off as a different person.
    • You can mimic the speech of another person or the sounds made by other creatures. You must have heard the person speaking. or heard the creature make the sound, for at least 1 minute. A successful Wisdom (Insight) check contested by your Charisma (Deception) check allows a listener to determine that the effect is faked.

Companions

  • Name – Cushion (Polar Bear Mount)
  • Notes
  • Background:
  • Age: Height: Proficiency Bonus: +3
  • Characteristics:
    • Personality:
    • Ideal:
    • Bond:
    • Flaw:
    • Personal Goals:
  • Downtime:
  • Character Variations:
  • Weapons Mastery: Base DC = 8 +abil mod

Equipment

  • Armour
  • Weapons
  • Magical Items – d6 of Redtooth
  • Magical Item – Uncommon – d6 of Redtooth – 100 gp
    • This six-sided dice uses dwarven runes for numbers and was used by a fallen prophet in the past and was split up from its sibling dice bringing ruin to all who carry it. Rumours persist that if an owner was to reunite the set, they would gain fortune beyond that of any other clan. The item cannot be sold, traded or lost in anyway. You gain advantage on rolling this six-sided dice, unless it is attuned to someone at the time. The bearer feels a sense of distaste when in contact with the item and continues to sense discomfort while bearing it. The item can’t be broken. Special means must be used to destroy it.
    • Attunement: Whenever you roll this six-sided die, you can control which number it rolls.
    • Relic: If you are a halfling, and your attuned to it, you can control the number even when someone else rolls it.
    • Set Bonus: This item is part of a set.
    • Details built from: Created by Dwarves, Prophecy History, Minor Property of Unbreakable, Quirk of Repulsive.
    • Owners and History:
      • 1000-01-01 – M’drak (Dwarf Bard) family inheritance.

SECRET CRAFTS

  • Secret Craft – Craftologist – 1st Circle
    • Craft Bonus +6 (Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (tba))
    • Craft DC 14 (8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (tba))
  • Secret Craft – Cryptologist – 1st Circle
    • Craft Bonus +6 (Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (Dwarves, Dragonkin, Giantkin and Human (Heldannic)))
    • Craft DC 14 (8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (Dwarves, Dragonkin, Giantkin and Human (Heldannic))
  • Secret Craft – Entertainologist – Initiate
    • Craft Bonus +6 (Proficiency + Cha + circle +2 (tba))
    • Craft DC 14 (8 + Prof + Cha mod + circle achieved +2 (tba))
  • Secret Craft – Fireologist – Initiate
    • Craft Bonus +7 (Proficiency + Int + circle +2 (elemental aspect, genasi))
    • Craft DC 15 (8 + Prof + Int mod + circle achieved +2 (elemental aspect, genasi))
  • Secret Craft – Musicologist – 1st Circle
    • Craft Bonus +7 (Proficiency + Cha + circle +2 (tba))
    • Craft DC 15 (8 + Prof + Cha mod + circle achieved +2 (tba))
  • Secret Craft – Spiritologist – Initiate
    • Craft Bonus +5 (Proficiency + Wis + circle +2 (Atruaghin, Ethengarian and Traladaran))
    • Craft DC 13 (8 + Prof + Wis mod + circle achieved +2 (Atruaghin, Ethengarian and Traladaran))

Secret Crafts – The Craft Check (used whenever a 1 or a 20 is rolled on a craft check)

  • Base Craft Check Critical Failure: A roll of a 1 on this check is a curse from your patron, and you suffer a mishap. Check each of the crafts for what happens during a mishap. The standard thing that happens is that it doubles the loss to maximum hit points due to soulburn. This also ends any ongoing effects from your crafts.
  • Base Craft Check Critical Success: A roll of a 20 on this check is a blessing from your patron, and you are granted a boon. Check each of the crafts for what happens during a boon. The standard thing is that you half the loss to maximum hit points due to soulburn.

Craftologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Craftologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you cause one of your items to explode which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to craft until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using tools.
  • Craftologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are able to learn a new crafting recipe for mundane equipment and feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of crafting is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using tools.

Cryptologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the critical failure effect your mind is wracked with pain which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in your craft language until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language. And as further punishment from your transgression you take an effect based on how many runes you used that day already. Further uses of the power until you finish a long rest are treated as a critical failure.
    • First activation of a Rune that day – a hurricane centred on you covering 24 miles lasting 1d12 hrs with no travel possible during this event
    • Second activation of a Rune that day – a minor earthquake shakes the area covering 16 miles centred on you.
    • Third activation of a Rune that day – a violent earthquake shakes the area within a 32 miles radius cause great structural damage.
    • More than three runes activated that day – the violent earthquake and the hurricane both occur over a 32 miles radius, with no magic or runes working for 6d4 hours and the rune you used is altered and must be relearned by all runemasters who know it..
  • Cryptologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect your mind is bolstered by the power of the immortal and you feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. As an additional effect your activation of runes for the day is cleared. Your grasp of your craft language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Entertainologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Entertainologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are vibrating with Thunder which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to conduct performances until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using instruments.
  • Entertainolgist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are resonating with supporting vibrations causing a Thunder effect but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of performing is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using performance.

Fireologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Fireologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed in your fire which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in Ingan until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language.
  • Fireologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are wreathed in fire but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of the Ignan language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Musicologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Musicologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are vibrating with Thunder which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You are unable to conduct performances until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using instruments.
  • Musicologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical success effect you are resonating with supporting vibrations causing a Thunder effect but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. Your grasp of performing is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using performance.

Spiritologist Additional Crit Effects

  • Spiritologist Additional Craft Mishap: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed in your spiritual energy which causes the irreducible damage (from the standard mishap) as a punishment from your mentor, this hit point damage also affects everyone in your manifestation. You age increases by the Critical Effect Modifier. You are unable to pronounce words correctly in Celestial until you finish a long rest and have disadvantage on rolls using the language.
  • Spiritologist Additional Craft Boon: In addition to the base critical failure effect you are wreathed spiritual energy but feel invigorated by the effect (from the standard boon), this hit point healing also affects everyone in your manifestation. You age decreases by the Critical Effect Modifier. Your grasp of the Celestial language is beyond your normal understanding, until you have a long rest you have Advantage on any rolls using the language.

Secret Crafts – Manifestations (Replaces other active secret craft manifestation when activated)

Craftologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, light radiates out to 10ft and everyone within your light radius has advantage on craft related checks.

Cryptologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, you radiate light 5ft radius and can see any active rune’s within 50ft outside of your light radius from you.

Musicologist Apprentice (Manifestation SB 1 DC 16): When you activate this manifestation, you radiate soothing hum and light 5ft radius. Your vocal and language dependant effects, powers and magic are extended by twice your musicologist radius.

Craftologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Craftologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Craft Specialisation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activate as part of a short rest. You can prepare one spell from the craft list as a known spell. You can reactivate this power to replace the known spell. Non-spellcasters can use this to gain a cantrip if listed.
  • God Crafting (Power SB 1 DC 16): As an action you can gain the benefit of a weeks worth of crafting in an instant, but still need to make the crafting roll to build the item.
  • Practiced Hand (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You gain expertise on Crafting checks and tool use.
  • Resource Allocation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activated during a short rest. You can change one set of tools over for another, or musical instrument into a different musical instrument, but not vehicles. During a long rest you can adapt a vehicle for a different terrain, or turn a tool in to musical instrument or a musical instrument into a tool. The item reverts to its normal form when the manifestation ends.

Cryptologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Cryptologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Lesser Rune – Power Matter Rune (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As a standard action you can activate this power to activate a lesser rune of matter you created, this causes it to light up with a dim 5ft white glow.
  • Lesser Rune – Activate Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): This allows use an activated lesser rune of matter as a bonus action for the reshaping of the affected matter within a one-foot diameter per level. This could be used to open passageways through stone, mend broken items, calm an area of water. Reshaping lasts if the crafter is concentrating or up to a minute whichever is shorter, at which time they can choose for the material to keep its new shape or return to its previous shape. This expends the power from a rune.
  • Lesser Rune – Draw Matter Rune (Power SB 1 DC 16): You scribe a lesser rune of matter you know in the air. It remains while you concentrate. You can maintain up to your Intelligence modifier in different runes, usually one of each circle.
  • Greater Rune – Bonus Affinity (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): As an action, you can activate this power to have the bonus power of a Greater rune.
  • Greater Rune – Identify (Power SB 1 DC 16): Once per rune per day, you can use an action to learn about a active rune you can touch, while also causes it to light up with a white light for 60 ft while you touch it. This does not use up the power in the rune.

Musicologist Apprentice Enhancements and Powers (Requires Musicologist Apprentice to be active)

  • Countersong (Power SB 1 DC 16) As a reaction you can play discordant notes to interrupt the act of spellcasting. Acts as the spell counterspell.
  • Deafening Thunder (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): When your attack does Thunder damage, you can choose to cause the subject to make a Constitution saving throw or become deafened until they take a short rest or have an ability or spell used on them that removes the deafened condition.
  • Music Specialisation (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): Activate as part of a short rest. You can prepare one spell from the craft list as a known spell. You can reactivate this power to replace the known spell. Non-spellcasters can use this to gain a cantrip if listed.
  • Song of Woe (Power SB 1 DC 16): As an action you can activate this power. Enemies within 60 ft have a -2 to Wisdoms saving throws and -1 to attack and damage rolls, you can maintain this with concentration for up to 10 minutes.
  • Thunder Substitution (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16) Activate as part of a short rest. You can substitute the damage type of a spell you cast this round by using a reaction to that of Thunder.
  • Tuned Ear (Enhancement SB 1 DC 16): You gain advantage on Perception check and saving Throws for Thunder or language dependent effects.
  • Workshop (SB 1+) Must create a workshop to use their abilities in at the cost of 5,000 gp per circle they have obtained.
  • Metallurgical Expertise (SB 1) You can halve the costs of downtime conducted in the same week you activate this, which can remain active till you finish your downtime activities taking up one of your downtime options for that week.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Crafter Familiar (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to help with crafting. This gives the familiar the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar.
  • Crafter Companion (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to help with crafting. This gives the companion the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion.
  • Crafter Mount (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to help with crafting. This gives the mount the ability to provide you with expertise, or if you already have that advantage on tool use while making items. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount.
  • Crafter Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.
  • Runebook (SB 1) This secret craft requires a book of runes (use a blank spellbook) to write down all the details of how to use each rune you have researched and how to use it. Not referring to the book of runes when using a known rune adds +5 to the craft check DC.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Greater Rune – Learn (Con 1) You can spend a week downtime, with special preparation, and if you don’t die you learn 1 rune chosen for you by the gods, and sacrifice one point of constitution that cannot be regained with magic and reduces the maximum you can reach at the same time. Chance of death is a craft check DC of 16 plus the number of greater runes you know) You can then manipulate a greater rune power via the secret craft.
  • Lesser Rune – Learn Matter Rune (SB 1) A crafter may spend a week to research a lesser rune of matter and learn the rune for non-living material such as gold, steel, lead, granite, sand, crystal, water, glass, leather, silk. wood, tar, etc.
  • Lesser Rune – Scribe Matter Rune (SB 1) You can scribe a lesser rune of matter that you have in your book of runes onto a surface as a 10 minute ritual using a crafter check DC 16 and costs 50 gp.
  • Runic Familiar of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to take on a rune of matter. This gives the familiar the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Companion of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to take on a rune of matter. This gives the companion the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Mount of Matter (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to take on a rune of matter. This gives the mount the ability to act as a written rune of matter for that element. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dwarven and Gnome, Dragon, Giantkin, and Norse pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount. Only on rune can be inscribed on a creature this way.
  • Runic Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.
  • Music Room (SB 1+) Must create a music room to use their abilities in at the cost of 5,000 gp per circle they have obtained.
  • Reputation – Initiate (SB 1) You can spend a week in a town gaining reputation to have advantage on all social checks for the next year. You increase your reputation in that location to its maximum for your level and you become recognisable by locals by sight and sound.
  • Composition (SB 1) You write a composition (musical, song, ditty) regarding a subject of your choice that is picked up in locations you have reputation. The details of what the composition is about is kept in going while you keep the soul burn loss. You may only have one per circle compositions going at any one time.
  • Craft Specialisation (SB 1+) You gain a known or prepared spell from the list of spells in this craft for each level you can cast. If you know more than one craft you can only have this available for one. Repeat activations changes the these slots to the activating craft. Costs 1 point per level of the spell. This loss is permanent while you have access to these spells. Unlike regular spells, Cantrips cost 1 point per character level.
  • Musical Familiar (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a familiar to perform music. This gives the familiar the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the familiar class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the familiar.
  • Musical Companion (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a companion to perform music. This gives the companion the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the companion class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the companion.
  • Musical Mount (SB 1+) You spend a week to training a mount to perform music. This gives the mount the ability to perform music with expertise. This will cost you 1 soul burn per character level (or 1 point if you have the mount class feature or follow the Dragonkin or Elven pantheons). You cannot recover the soul burn while you retain the mount.
  • Musical Scroll (SB 1+) You can spend a week scribing any spell from this secret crafts list onto a scroll, with the craft DC equal to 10 + spell level. Success causes SB equal to the spell level, which remains until the scroll is used. Unlike other scrolls, this scroll requires no check to activate and always succeeds at being cast. The soul burn spent on the scroll returns once the scroll is used.

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Artificer – Bombardier (Tinkerkin),
Barbarian – Totem Warrior (Plamin, Camdu),
Bard – College of Valour (Sunfey),
Druid – Circle of Dreams (Woodfey), Circle of the Tree of Life (Seasonfey),
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Paladin – Oath of Radiance (Sunfey), Oath of Vengeance (Firechild),
Sorcerer – Wild Magic (Shadowfey),
Warlock – Celestial (Llewell),
Wizard – Bladesinger (Nerye),
Dragon – White (Calcryx).
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I am a long term gamer, I run 6 RPG's a fortnight, host board game, card game and LANs each about once a quarter and have an addiction to buying more games. Games I am currently running are Pathfinder (1st and 2nd Edition) and Dungeons and Dragons (5th Edition).

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