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.
Come to the Dreamlands! It’s like Inception, but less convoluted!
Some arcanists travel over countless planes of power and thought throughout the multiverse. Infinite realms within these dimensions hold infinite possibilities. Some planes are manifestations of ideas come to life. The Plane of Dreams is, quite literally, one such plane. A realm where all matters of the mind run wild dwells, the traveler moves through this surreal realm in a semi-conscious state of being. Those who stay too long notice their magic is directly effected, as dream stuff changed the fabric of their being. Their ability to sleep is enhanced, visions in their dreams are more vivid and a piece of that planar power is sometimes inherited by the next of kin… or even themselves. Thus is the origin of the Dreams bloodline.
Dream Sorcerers sculpt their powers from the subconscious mind, creating incredible mystical shapes and forms. Some craft whole realities from the surreal images of the resting mind. Others are content with exploring the Dreamlands in their entirety. Some embark on dream quests, fighting creatures of dream stuff and more corporeal things like the Mi-Go. To some, the potential to rival the dark dream denizens of Dal’Quar in power is all too tempting. Some decide to forgo an absolutely mystical route in favor of the sciences, examining the nature of the mind itself and the effects of the sub-conscious. Those who maximize such powers to their benefit, no matter the motivation, are a force to be trifled with. Of course, Powers of the Dreaming are not to be taken likely. Those who abuse them could very well lose all grip on the difference between dream and reality.
Author’s Notes: I didn’t like how the original draft came out, it felt very un-sorcerer like… so I’m gonna fix that to the best of my ability. In short, some the abilities felt a bit dry; cut right out of some of my other work. Not to mention, I looked over the negative feedback the Favored Soul received from Unearthed Arcana, especially in regards to expanded spell lists. In the end, I felt like it needed some modification.
Beyond the mechanical, I wanted to expand on my Night Terror bloodline thematically too! I made it more general after reading up on all sorts of inspirations: H.P. Lovecraft’s dreamlands, dreams and their connection to the faerie folk, the Changeling setting from World of Darkness, various cultural looks at dreaming and divination and many more things! No matter, here’s my update of the “Night Terror Bloodline” from Halloween 2015.
“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.