One might wonder, what is the power of a spiritualist? It’s very much laid out in their name, someone who works with the spirits of the deceased. Such sorcerers are fabled for calming angry spirits who lacked desire to move on to the after life. In some instances, they have found ways to harness the spirits, whether out of mutual pact or magical extortion.
For most of your life, you have felt a connection with spirits. Over time, you tried to develop talents to reach out to the realms beyond. While not a bloodline in its own right, you have been touched by the nether realms, planar domains where souls travel upon death. Harnessing your talent, you are more than capable of communing with spirits either through seance or through a known spell.
However, conjuring and working with spirits is often taboo, and is such practiced in secret. While some may hear of you and seek you out for counsel when dealing with the dead, others might see you as a second rate necromancer. Some orders have even formed within various religious organizations as exorcists, while others revel in individual freedom when dealing with the shadows beyond our world.
Author’s Notes: I’m back with Blog Carnival content once more! This time, I thought I’d dabble into the Occult theme by making a Spiritualist based circle for the Sorcerer. While other classes also felt like good picks, this felt like the quickest match for me. So, let’s speak with the dearly departed as we explore the Nether World with the Spiritualist. And as a bonus, have a background on exorcism.
You may find more on the May 2017 Blog Carnival here! Alternatively, you may be interested in the Sage Variant: Occultist background that I made last year. This would better fit a medium who contacts spirits through seances and the like, should you favor a more gothic flavor over a high fantasy one!
Also, this is the first pass for this sub-class, it will be due for revision in subsequent weeks. This first draft is experimental and possibly volatile.
Many incredible mages exist throughout the multiverse. They have unlocked the secrets to incredible power, twisting magic into spells rarely seen by fellow spellcasters… if at all. Those of great power tend to be reclusive, for a powerful mage makes many enemies. Some even take their magic to new and epic levels. Whether they become archmages, demigods or just powerful spirits locked in some dimension; some yearn for a student to pass their work onto in some capacity. After all, while some magical secrets should die with their creator, other gifts should be passed on.
The Ancient Magi Patron provides one such method. Those in service to the ancient magi are typically scholars of the arcane, seeking ways to expand their knowledge and craft. Many are devotees to the very arcanist they serve, while some are just greedy and desire to steal forgotten magic for their own benefit. More often than not, their arcane superior is aware of their intentions and will use them accordingly. Many ancient magi aren’t even on this plane anymore. Many of them have long since passed away or are locked in other realities. Some have been stranded in the Astral Plane, effectively frozen in time; while others are permanently sealed in unknown demiplanes. Some lucky ones dwell on material planes, but try to make their presence as nuanced as possible. Great mages like Mornenkainen and Elminster are examples of such magic-users.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Looking back, I wasn’t really too happy with my original draft. The general idea was solid, but I tried to make it feel too much like a binder vestige instead of a patron. Plus, some of the mechanics were made when I didn’t fully understand the warlock class. Now, some of the ideas here are heavily experimental. Giving a class ability to cast a certain spell 1 – 2 per day… and at the strength of the warlock’s level? That might be a bit strong, but I wanna see where I can develop this. None the less, I wanted to make a warlock patron that carries both a bit of sorcerer and wizard flavor to it. Plus, I created a quick-n-easy class variant for those of us who are nostalgic for the Archivist from the 3.5 Book, “Heroes of Horror”.
A bane among their compatriots and a blessing all the same. The Practical Joker is a master of mischief and mayhem. Perhaps they’re creators of comedy, perhaps their sheer power of annoyance is a weapon all its own. Either way, it’s not likely they’ll be trusted by many people and for good reason.
This isn’t to say these cheery pranksters are forces for antagonism. On the other hand, many are quart jesters or comical folk in general. Many travel around, hoping to bring amusement… usually at someone’s expense. Assuming they have a sense of humor, they’re often in on the joke. However, some practical jokers take their craft too far. They become malicious, seeing downright sadistic acts as comical. These people become feared as villains in their own right.
Author’s Note: The Muscle Wizard didn’t turn out how I had hoped. It was a one shot joke based on a one shot joke anyway, so no harm done. Also, this sub-class is built around the idea of manipulating enemies and making light of a situation. This archetype is not intended for more serious games. Likewise, this archetype shouldn’t be used as an excuse to troll your fellow players. That’s a reason why Kender tend to be banned at a lot of tables. Also, better late than never, right?
“No, I can’t stop my hand from glowing like that. Yes, the fey can be jerks sometimes.”
You’re not only knowledgeable about the Fey, you are part of their world as well. It’s more than likely you are the descendant of a fey-based creature or someone who served an archfey patron. Whether a gift or a curse, the powers of the fair folk have been passed down to you. You’re able to weave your magic in fantastic and creative ways, including using your faerie-based charms to turn the tides of a fight in a pinch. Because of this charm,it’s not uncommon for many onlookers to see your unnatural power as a bewitching beauty or something horribly uncanny.
Some of these fey sorcerers decide to hone their craft however they can. Some will travel to the Fey realms of Arcadia in order to master their talents to the best of their ability. Others will seek faerie-creatures on the Material Plane, in hopes of locating willing teachers. Either path is a life filled with adventure and very fitting of their magical origins. Some of these sorcerers take up a life of whimsy and free mindedness in tribute to the beings that blessed them with their gift. As a result, it is possible that your personality may be capricious, secretive, chaotic, cheery or something else entirely; perhaps a reflection of a certain Court or being in particular. For creatures already descended from fey, such as gnomes and elves, their use of sorcery is a means of bolstering power they already have.
“Tell me your words of wisdom, Fey Owl!”
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Greetings and well met! Since we already have a patron for the warlock, I figured bringing back the fey bloodline was the next step. With that, here’s my take on what I think a fey-sorcerer would look like. I focus on enhancing enchantment and illusion magic, both popularly associated with faerie trickery. I also look at allusiveness and the sneaky nature of the fey as well as the festive and charismatic aspects too. And to top it off, defenses against charms and sleep effects. Hopefully I hit all the touchstones I was looking at! No matter, here’s a sorcerous character who’s home in the lands of faerie.