Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Secret Craft

DnD Secret Crafts Craftologist

Dungeons and Dragons – Mystara

Secret Craft of Great Makers

aka Masters of Crafting, Craftologist or Paragon

They are known as an Craftologist in the great Smithries and workplaces of the world such as Darokin, Minrothad and Rockhome. They started out (and can still be found) as the Masters of Crafting. This is an expansion of the Secret Crafts inspired by Gazetteer 3.

A group of dwarves learned to harness magic through rings of power, gnomes who specialise in magic over technology. This is also the path of the Paragon who are required to take this secret craft to the path to immortality in the sphere of energy. These are abilities granted by the grace of the patrons of crafts.

Source Material: This secret craft was built from material gained from various editions of the game. Principalities of Glantri (gaz3), Deep Magic 9 – Ring Magic (DM9), Encyclopaedia Arcane – Constructs (ea04), Encyclopaedia Arcane – Crossbreeding (ea13), Ultimate Prestige Classes Vol 1 (Artificer, Forge Mage, Gifted Maker)

List of Practitioners of the Craftologist Secret Craft

  • Initiate
  • 1st CircleShofa – Bard of Valour (Fri)
  • 3rd Circle
  • 5th Circle

Craftologist Craft Locations

Characters in these locations can activate a secret craft without expending points on a success or failure, but still suffer the full effects of a critical failure. In some instances, a critical success enhancement has become permanent.

Good Magic LocationsGoblinpark (Alfheim(-4,11)),

Craft Magical Items – Craftologist

Ranks of the Craftologist Secret Craft

Craftologist Initiate

To become an initiate, one must be part of a Crafters Guild in Rockhome, Darokin or Minrothad.

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.

Associated Classes: These classes can select this secret crafts as part of their level advancement.

  • Barbarian: Battlerager (scag121)
  • Cleric: Creation Domain (br185), Forge Domain (xge18)
  • Fighter: Battle Master (ph72), Shieldbearer (mhh38), Weapon Master (gm)
  • Paladin: Oath of Perfection (br198)
  • Wizard: Arcane Tradition of Ring Warden (mhh90), School of Artifice (br202)

Available Feats for an Craftologist:

Spell ListSecret CraftCraftologist (Craft)
(Dwarf, Enhancement, Ring and Utility based spells)

Cantrip – Control Flames (xge152), Dancing Lights (ph231), Decorate Object (bls41), Druidcraft (ph231), Gust (xge158), Hoarfrost (mhh174), Itemize (bls79), Light (ph256), Mage Hand (ph257), Mending (ph260), Prestidigitation (ph248), Produce Flame (ph270), Shape Water (xge164), Thaumaturgy (ph283), True Strike (ph285),

1st Level SpellsAlarmR (ph212), Bless (ph220), Circle of WindR (mhh157), Create or Destroy WaterR (ph230), Faerie Fire (ph240), False Life (ph240), Heroism (ph251), Jump (ph255), Longstrider (ph257), Mage Armour (ph257), Ringstrike (mhh188), Speak with AnimalsR (ph278), Unfettered Steed (bls122), Unseen ServantR (ph285),

2nd Level SpellsAid (ph212), Air ForgeR (bls12), Artistic Inspiration*, Bitter Chains (mhh151), DarkvisionR (ph230), Elemental Horns (mhh165), Enhance AbilityR (ph238), Enlarge/ReduceR (ph238), Find TrapsRO (ph242), KnockR (ph255), Locate Animals or PlantsR (ph257), Locate ObjectR (ph257), Magic Weapon (ph258), Molten Strike (bls87), Pass Without TraceR (ph265), Reverberate (mhh188), Rope TrickR (ph273), See InvisibilityR (ph275), Spider Climb (ph278),

3rd Level SpellsAir BreathingR (bls12), Create Food and WaterR (ph230), Dispel MagicR (ph234), Glyph of WardingRO (ph246), Haste (ph251), Innocuous Aspect (mhh175), NondetectionR (ph264), Phantom SteedRO (ph266), Reshape Metal (bls99), Speak with DeadR (ph278), Speak with PlantsR (ph278), Tenacious Blade (bls116), Tiny HutRO (ph256), Tiny Servant (xge168), Water BreathingR (ph288), Water WalkR (ph288),

4th LevelFabricateRO (ph240), Mark of Ownership (bls86), Private SanctumRO (ph263), Secret ChestRO (ph254), Silver Spear (bls106), Spinning Axes (mhh194)

5th Level SpellsAwakenRO (ph217), Blessing of the Forge (bls22), Create Homunculus (xge152), CreationRO (ph230), Curse Ring (mhh161), Instant Siege Weapon – R (mhh176), Tattoo Object (bls116), Unyielding Durability (bls122)

  • 6th Level – Enchant Ring (mhh165), Farvision (bls56), Glass Window (bls64), Transmute Gold to Steel (bls119), Transparent Steel (bls119)
  • 7th Level – Disassemble (bls45), Ice Soldiers (mwb429), Ringward (mhh189)
  • 8th Level – Create Ring Servant (mhh160), Glass into Iron (bls64)
  • 9th Level – Circle of Devastation (mhh157)

* to be detailed. R – Ritual Spells.
Source: bls, mhh, ph, xge

Craftologist 1st Circle (Apprentice)

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.
Craftologist 2nd Circle (Journeyman)
Craftologist 3rd Circle (Adept)
Craftologist 4th Circle (Master)
Craftologist 5th Circle (Grand Master)

Secret Craft References

  • Activation Costs: 1 SB point per circle for Manifestation, Enhancement, Power and Downtime Activity unless otherwise specified.
  • Secret Craft Attempt = d20 + Prof + Abi mod + circle achieved.
  • Craft Check: The craft check is a d20 plus your proficiency and the associated attribute modifier. This craft check must use the language associated with the craft as part of the check. You add your circle level to the roll with Initiates being +0. For every 5 points you exceed the target number you reduce the Soul Burn cost by 1. For every point you fail the roll by, you can choose to succeed by adding those point to the soul burn cost as long as it was not a critical failure.
    • Base Critical Failure: A roll of a 1 on the craft check is a curse from your patron, and you suffer a mishap. The standard thing that happens is that you increase your soul burn by the Crit Effect Modifier, then it reduces your hit point maximum by the Crit Effect Modifier, and lastly it causes hit point damage equal to the Crit Effect Modifier. Check each of the crafts for what additional effect happen during a mishap.
    • Base Critical Success: A roll of a 20 on this check is a blessing from your patron, and you are granted a boon. The standard thing is that you reduce your Soul Burn by the Crit Effect Modifier, then it can restore damage to your maximum hit points by the Crit Effect Modifier, and lastly it refreshes you repairing hit points equal to the Crit Effect Modifier . Check each of the crafts for what happens during a boon.
    • Crit Effect Modifier: This is 1 + circle ability level + character level.
      • So a 8th level character using a 2nd circle ability would have a crit effect modifier of 11.
      • A 4th level character with a 1st circle ability would have a modifier of 6.
      • A 12th level character with s 3rd circle ability would have a modifier of 16.
      • A 16th level character with a 4th circle ability would have a modifier of 21.
      • A 20th level character with a 5th circle ability would have a modifier of 25.
  • Craft DC: The Base DC of a secret craft abilities is: Base Craft DC = 8 + Prof + Ability mod + circle achieved.
  • Manifestation – Lasts until the end of a long rest, you expend it, or you dismiss it as a free action. You can extend a craft manifestation for 1 soul burn after a long rest to last until your next long rest without the need for a craft check. Manifestations gives you access to Manifestation Aspects, Enhancements and Powers.
  • Manifestation Aspect – Selected as the version of the manifestation used when you activate the Manifestation.
  • Enhancement – Lasts as long as the manifestation is active.
  • Power – Has a limited duration, but needs the manifestation active to use.
  • SB – Soul Burn. Each point of Soul Burn is a reduction to your maximum hit points. If your Soul Burn ever reduces your hit point total to zero your character is destroyed based in the craft and sponsor. Soul Burn can be recovered via downtime or other methods all with GM approval.
Content Updates
  • 2022-04-21 – Added in a locations section.
  • 2022-03-13 – Updated the Initiate level abilities and wording. Update of the 1st Circle abilities and powers to bring them more in line with the changes made to the initiate level and through trial in play over the last year
  • 2021-10-07 – Wording cleanup to finish transition from copy of Airologist to a Musicologist page.
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