MAGICAL MUSKETEERS – The Gun Magus Martial Tradition for the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Magus Class

NEW MARTIAL TRADITIONS
The following is a new Magus Martial Tradition for use with the rules for the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Magus class found here. This also makes extensive use of the firearms rules found here.

Special thanks to my fellow blogger, Doctor Necrotic, for suggesting this Martial Tradition!

GUN MAGUS
Gunmage
WAY OF THE GUN
Beginning when you choose this martial tradition at 1st level, you gain proficiency with firearms. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with magic weapons. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.

You also gain a pistol or rifle and 20 bullets.

GUN MAGIC
At 1st level, you gain the ability to attune to any firearm. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with firearms. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability. 

Further, you can use your magus abilities that require a melee weapon attack with firearms. For instance, you can use the Magus Arcana Critical Strike with firearms.

Finally, you gain the ability to deliver any magus spell or cantrip that requires a ranged attack roll through your bonded weapon. To do so, you take the Attack action with a firearm and simultaneously cast any magus spell you have prepared or magus cantrip you know as a bonus action. If you hit, the firearm ranged weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If you roll a critical hit, the spell’s damage (if any) is doubled. This ability can be used once per round and cannot be used in the same round as spellstrike or spell Combat. However, at 20th level, you can choose to use spell combat and this ability in the same round.

ARCANE ACCURACY
Starting at 5th level, you can spend 1 arcane pool point to avoid suffering disadvantage on an attack roll when you attack a target beyond normal range with your bonded weapon.

THE MAGIC BULLET
At 11th level, you perfect your mastery of firearms. By expending 1 arcane pool point, your bonded weapon regains 2 bullets, which each count as magic weapons.

Further, you can the ability to spend 1 arcane pool point and deliver any of your prepared spells or cantrips through your bonded weapon, including those which normally require a melee attack roll. If the spell has an area of effect, such as a cone or sphere, the spell effect originates at the target. For instance, if you use this ability to cast the burning hands spell, the spell affects a 15 foot cone that spreads out from, and includes, the target.

DUNGEON MUSER’S NOTES
Since firearms are beginning to play a larger role in my 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons game, I felt it would be best to take the good Doctor’s suggestion and introduce a gun-wielding variant for the Magus.

I tried to avoid duplicating the abilities of the Spellslinger Gunslinger archetype so as to give this subclass its own thematic space. In the end, I think I struck the right balance where the Gun Magus is a better spellcaster, but the Spellslinger is a better gunfighter, but I will be happy to hear your thoughts, dear readers.

RESOURCEFUL RESKINNING
As with the Magus class itself, with a few changes, this martial tradition could be used to replicate an arcane archer, similar to the Arcane Archer Prestige Class from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, or a divine/primal magic archer, similar to the Seeker class from 4th Edition D&D.

For a Seeker-type character who uses druidic-style magic combined with archery, you could easily use the Ranger spell list up to level 5 and then use spells from levels 6 to level 9 from the Druid spell list, to make up the balance.

THE MAGUS UNLEASHES A RIPOSTE
Yet another gunslinging option is ready to join your 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign!

Until next time, I remain;

THE DUNGEON MUSER

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MAGICAL MUSKETEERS – The Gun Magus Martial Tradition for the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Magus Class

Casting Call – Foster Nikodemus – High Tech 14th Level Magus

In the coming weeks, I will be running a few short adventures for a friend in a reworked version of Monte Cook’s classic Dark Space setting, using the following PC.

These adventures are intended to test the draft rules I have worked up for the Magus and my conversions of Pathfinder’s high technology items.  I will be posting the sessions on the Dungeon Musings YouTube channel, but figured that regular readers may enjoy seeing how all these rules come together in one character.

Dark Space Redux
For those who may be curious about the setting of these adventures, the following is the pitch I sent to my buddy.

Here’s what I’m proposing as the “10 Things” breakdown for our take on Dark Space 2.0:

1) Dark Space 2.0 = Macabre Planetary Romance.
This take on the setting is swords & sorcery & sci-fi & horror, in equal parts. The galaxy is still recovering from the apocalyptic impact of the Pirathon Purging and, though civilization has returned to the Twenty Worlds (for the most part), nobody knows what has happened to the billion other inhabited planets and advanced civilizations that populated the rest of the Galaxy, before the Purging.

Rayguns and spaceships are common to the setting, but for a variety of reasons (price, reliability, etc…) a good sword still has a favored place. And, while there are organizations, like the Loremasters, that fund missions to reconnect with the Lost of the Galaxy, some urge caution, noting that the rediscovery of Dresden, the Necroworld, serves as a lesson that some things are better left undiscovered.

2) I keep my Spellbook next to my Engineering Textbook.
Magic has been around for as long as sentient species have been around (and, indeed, it most certainly predates mankind), and it developed alongside the development of science. Rather than being mutually exclusive areas of inquiry, magic and technology can and do interact freely (indeed, it is said that wizards were some of the first scientists).

However, since magic is, essentially, an individual using their skills and training to break the natural laws, and since not everyone can do that, scientists came to be more influential over time, since their discoveries often did more to benefit society, as a whole, than the discoveries of magic.

3) The Pirathon Purging.
Several thousand years ago, an extremist sect of a scientist/priests known as the Pirathon unleased a virulent pair of viruses on an unsuspecting galaxy. The two divinely augmented viruses released came to be known as the Dark and the Death…the first of which was a computer virus driven by a maliciously crafty divine spark and the second was a lethal biological agent that killed across species.

No inhabitant of the Twenty Worlds knows what happened in other parts of the Galaxy, but most inhabitants of the Twenty Worlds (well, 19 of the Worlds…Dresden was pretty much immune to the Death…) were spared extermination by the Death thanks to the divine magic of the priesthood of Immotos (a human god of discovery and exploration). This quick action left the priest of Immotos as a powerfully influential cultural force in the Post-Purging society (helped, in no small part, by the death of some rival gods when their entire body of worshippers were snuffed out by the Death and/or the effects of the Dark…).

Unfortunately, the computers were not so fortunate, and nearly all recorded knowledge was wiped out by the aggressive spread of the Dark. While some of the survivors of the Purging were able to recreate some of that lost knowledge, most complex information that required computers for calculation, such as the navigation charts used by starships, was totally lost.

In the time since, some of that information has been rediscovered by the Lorekeepers and other intrepid archaeologists, in computers that were somehow spared the effect of the Dark (indeed it was the rediscovery of a damaged, but uninfected, computer in a flooded aqua arcology on Geideri that allowed the Twenty Worlds to find each other again), and the rediscovery of this valuable knowledge is one of the key motivations behind the exploration of the “lost” areas of the Twenty Worlds and the ruins found in the Dark Space beyond.

4) Softech
The continuing threat of the Dark meant that rebuilding a society based on traditional computers would be an invitation to future disaster and, sadly, traditional biotech was susceptible to the Death, so it was not a viable alternative.

Fortunately, a somewhat unstable alternative to biotech, which came to be known as Softech, presented an alternative. Softech fused magic and biotechnology to create organisms with near-infinitely malleable, yet stable, DNA that proved remarkably resistant to the Death (the magically shifting DNA proved too slippery for the Death to get hold of), which was easily adapted for a variety of uses.

At the time of the Purging, Softech was a niche industry, used to create bizarre products for sale to the wealthy (floating pets that emitted pleasant odors and sounds, etc..), but it has since proved to be the basis for rebuilding of civilization in the Twenty Worlds.

However, nobody thought to ask whether Softtech was developed by the arcane genesplicer who first introduced it to the Twenty Worlds, or whether he/she had it given to him/her by some other creature…

5) Twenty Known Worlds
These represent the worlds that have been rediscovered, to date. Independent explorers and expeditions founded by the Loremasters try to push the boundaries of the Known Worlds into the Dark Space beyond, but without widely distributed starmaps (which some rival organizations jealously guard) or any way of knowing how the Death and the Dark may have affected the rediscovered worlds, this can be a dangerous matter of trial and error (where “error” most often means death by any one of a variety of nasty means…).

One of the things that has been utterly lost to the Dark is the means by which the Lost Galaxy used to communicate with each other. Loremasters know that there was some form of hyperspace-driven internet-type network that would relay communications from world-to-world, but nobody knows how it actually worked.

Some spacers say that they receive weird messages while travelling in hyperspace, which they attribute to the Ghost of the Hypernet, but most say that’s just superstition.

6) Hardtech is Ancient and Omnipresent
All the trappings of a rough-and-tumble sci-fi setting, like Star Wars or Firefly, are present here, though seen through a Post-Apocalyptic Softech lens.

You may have a handheld scanner, but it was likely crafted thousands of years before your birth and it features a core of Softech wiring that requires frequent nutrient baths.

You may have a “burner pistol” (slang for a plasma pistol), but it’ll be old and unreliable (since it’s cheaper to buy cartridges for an older, existing gun than to buy a brand-new one).

Also, since it wasn’t a big priority for Post-Purging society to figure out how to build hi-tech guns, manufacturers have had to try and figure out how to rebuild them, thousands of years after that knowledge passed from the minds of men, so there are still some kinks to work out in them.

Finally, you could have a ship that can get around the planet, but without either a Softech hyperspace engine (which is too large for a small ship) or a mage or psychic to power a smaller hyperspace device…you are stuck on that planet.

7) A Present based on a Fictional Past.
Post-Purging society in the Twenty Worlds tried to rebuild a civilization as close to the one they lost in the course of the Purging. Unfortunately, given the loss in life, knowledge, and technology in the course of the Purging, this has sometimes ended with results that are more poor imitations of life in the Lost Galaxy, rather than a carbon copy.

For instance, the Twenty Worlds has an Interworld Sentate, based loosely on the Intergalactic Senate of the Lost Galaxy, and an Interworld Defence Force at their disposal, but it is really just a loose alliance, like the United Nations. The IDF does have a standing army, but highly skilled members of the IDF, like your magus, are more often deployed like Old West Texas Marshals (one warrior mage, one riot) than like traditional military units.

While this is hardly ideal, the IDF has become a much sought after source of peacekeeping for much of the Twenty Worlds, so they find their resources stretched thin, a lot of the time.

8) The Pirathon.
One of the great mysteries in the Twenty Worlds is who the Pirathon were and why they unleashed the Dark and the Death. Fragments of information, found in surviving Hardtech computers have suggested that the Pirathon was an anti-technology cult, but it is not clear what  god they may have prayed to (in the D&D sense of clerics/paladins), if they even had divine backing

Whatever the case may be, every living inhabitant of the Twenty Worlds knows the name of the Pirathon and their role in bringing about the end of the civilization of the Lost Galaxy.

9) Lost Worlds.
It is estimated that only 1 in a 10,000 people survived the Purging in the Twenty Worlds, leaving vast swaths of each of the Twenty Worlds completely devoid of sentient beings (or, at least, of people).

In the thousands of years since the Purging, most efforts of the Post-Purging society has been to reconnect with the wider Lost Galaxy and rebuild their interstellar civilization, rather than to recivilize each planet. This has left many parts of the Twenty Worlds untouched and unexplored for thousands of years (some of which have been remade into savagely inhospitable climates, due to weather control satellite systems driven mad by the Dark).

The Loremasters have funded expeditions into those forgotten areas, but the survivors who return report dangerous creatures, degenerate humanoid tribes, and lethal Hardtech devices that remain potent, thousands of years after the Purging.

However, in spite of the danger, the Loremasters remain convinced that the value of the secrets that these lost areas may hold is great enough to justify the risk of plumbing the depths of these techno-ruins.

10) A New Dawn or the End of Days?
Some inhabitants of the Twenty Worlds feel that the rediscovery of the Twenty Worlds, and their alliance in forming the Interworld Senate, represents a new dawn for civilization, and the first step towards reclaiming the half-remembered splendor of the Lost Galaxy. To these folks, the Loremasters and their ilk represent the best hope for civilization.

Others, however, feel that they are the last light shining in a devastated galaxy, and that it is simply a matter of time before the Pirathon’s dark patron notices that a handful of worlds, out of the billions annihilated in the Purging, escaped the wrath of the Dark and the Death…and returns to finish what it started.

To these folks, the Loremasters represent the most significant threat to civilization, and fear that, by blindly stumbling about in the Lost Galaxy, they may bring the final doom of civilization back with them…

Foster Nikodemus is a former member of the Interworld Defence Force who has retired to work as an explorer/archaeologist for the Lorekeeper organization.

If you are curious about Foster’s name, I thought it would give the setting more “regional flavor” to set naming conventions for each world and Geideri Prime has surnames drawn from classical Greece (so last names like Achilles, Nike, Lysander) and British-sounding first names.

So something like Saint-John Thales, Elizabeth Archaeleos, or Jefferson Zoticus would be right at home on Geideri Prime.

 


Foster Nikodemus – Dark Space Redux
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Male Human Lorekeeper Magus 14
XP 140,000
Neutral Good

Strength 11 (+0)
Dexterity 16 (+3)
Constitution 13 (+1)
Intelligence 18 (+4)
Wisdom 14 (+2)
Charisma 9 (-1)
Size: Medium
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 185 lbs
Skin: Light
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Black Straight

Maximum Hit Points: 87
Hit Dice: 14d8
Speed: 30 feet
Armor Class: 15 (Smart Armor – Compact Form + Dex) or 17 (Smart Armor – Expanded Form + Dex)

Proficiency bonus: +5
Initiative modifier: + 8
Attack (handheld / thrown): + 5
Attack (missile / finesse): + 8
Strength save: +0
Dexterity save: + 3
Constitution save: + 6
Intelligence save: + 9
Wisdom save: + 2
Charisma save: -1
Insight (passive): 12 (17 with advantage)
Perception (passive): 17 (22 with advantage)
Languages: Geideri Prime
Proficiency: Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons, Laser Pistol, Laser Rifle, Sonic Rifle, Stun Gun, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Heavy Armor, Engineer’s Tools, Technologist, Land Mounts, Shuttlecraft

Experienced Engineer: Foster’s time with the Lorekeepers has taught him to work carefully around timeworn high technology. When you are rolling to determine how technology works (as described on page 268 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide), you can always ignore a result that would use a charge or waste an item. You still suffer any other effects of a failed roll. Further, when you attempt to learn or recall a piece of lore relating to timeworn high technology, if you do not know that information you often know where and from whom you can obtain it (though doing so may be an adventure unto itself).

Cold Bringer (Rapier +1) [+9 to hit; 1d8+4 piercing, finesse]
Fire Bolt [+8 to hit; 3d10 fire damage (range 120 feet)
Laser Pistol [+8 to hit; 1d12+3 fire damage, Ammunition (range 50/200), Semi-Automatic, Reload (Capacity: 10, 1 charge per use)
Shocking Grasp [+8 to hit; advantage on roll vs. target in metal armor, 3d8 lightning damage and target can’t take reactions until the start of its next turn]
Sonic Rifle [+8 to hit; 2d10 thunder damage, Ammunition (range 150/600), Automatic, Reload (Capacity: 20, 1 charge per use)
Unarmed strike [+3 to hit; 1 bludgeoning]

Skill Name Key Ability Skill Modifier Ability Modifier Trained? Misc. Modifier
Acrobatics Dex 3 = +3
Animal Handling Wis 2 = +2
Arcana Int 9 = +4 +5
Athletics Str 5 = +0 +5
Deception Cha -1 = -1
History Int 9 = +4 +5
Insight Wis 2 = +2
Intimidation Cha -1 = -1
Investigation Int 4 = +4
Medicine Wis 2 = +2
Nature Int 4 = +4
Perception Wis 7 = +2 +5
Performance Cha -1 = -1
Persuasion Cha -1 = -1
Religion Int 4 = +4
Sleight of Hand Dex 3 = +3
Stealth Dex 3 = +3
Survival Wis 2 = +2

Feats:
Alert:

  • Foster gains a +5 bonus to initiative.
  • Foster can’t be surprised while he is conscious.
  • Other creatures don’t gain advantage on attack rolls against Foster as a result of being hidden from him.

Technomancer:

  • Foster can spend 1 hour to recondition up to three pieces of timeworn technology, after which the item no longer has a chance of glitching until he completes a long rest. He can perform this reconditioning while he completes a short or a long rest.
  • Foster gains the ability to power technological items with his spell power and vice versa, as a bonus action, as set out on the table below. Once he uses this ability he must complete a short rest or a long rest before using it again. For example, as a bonus action he could expend 5 charges from a battery to gain a 3rd level spell slot.
Spell Slot Level Charges
1st 2
2nd 3
3rd 5
4th 6
5th 7
  • Foster’s spells that have charm effects can affect robots, ignoring their immunity to the charmed condition. Further, his conjure spells can now be used to conjure robots.

Weapon Master:

  • Proficient with Laser Pistol, Laser Rifle, Sonic Rifle, and Stun Gun.

Foster typically uses Technologist to summon four Arachnid Robots with a conjure minor elementals spell.

ARACHNID ROBOT
Arachnid Robot

Small robot, unaligned
Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 20 (5d6 + 5)
Speed 40 ft., climb 20 ft.
STR 8 (-1) DEX 13 (+1) CON 12 (+1) INT 10 (+0) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 1 (-5)
Skills: Athletics +2, Perception +4, Stealth +4
Damage Vulnerabilities: lightning
Damage Immunities: poison, psychic
Condition Immunities: charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60ft., passive Perception 14
Languages: Common, Hallit
Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)
Explode. When the arachnid robot dies, it explodes in a burst of plasma. Each creature within 5 feet of it must make a DC 11 Dexterity saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) fire and lightning damage on a successful one.
Fragile. When the arachnid robot is reduced to less than 11 hit points, it suffers disadvantage on all ability checks and attack rolls.
Vulnerable to Critical Hits. When the arachnid robot is hit with a critical hit, it must make a DC 15 Constitution saving throw or be stunned for 1 round.
ACTIONS
Multiattack.
The arachnid robot makes two claw attacks.
Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) bludgeoning damage.
Plasma Spray. The arachnid robot exhales a 15-foot cone of plasma. Each creature in that area must make a DC 11 Dexterity saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) fire and lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.
Plasma Torch.
Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 15/45, one target. Hit: 8 (2d6 + 1) fire and lightning damage.

Magus spells:

First-level castings: 4/day
Second-level castings: 3/day
Third-level castings: 3/day
Fourth-level castings: 1/day

Foster’s Cantrips are Fire Bolt, Light, Mage Hand, Shocking Grasp.
Foster can prepare 11 magus spells daily.
Foster’s Spellbook (his Wizard spells are in bold).

  • First Level spells are Detect Magic, Detect Radiation, Fog Cloud, Silent Image, Technomancy.
  • Second Level spells are Invisibility, Levitate, Scorching Ray, Web.
  • Third Level spells are Fireball, Fly, Haste, Leomund’s Tiny Hut, Lightning Bolt, Magic Circle, Recharge, Water Breathing.
  • Fourth Level spells are Arcane Eye, Conjure Minor Elementals, Fabricate, Polymorph, Remove Radioactivity.

Magus

  • The DC to resist your spells is DC 17 (8 + proficiency bonus + your intelligence modifier).
  • Spellstrike: Whenever Foster casts a magus spell or cantrip that requires a melee attack roll, he can deliver the spell through his bonded weapon instead. To do so, he takes the Attack action with a melee weapon and simultaneously casts any magus spell he has prepared or magus cantrip he knows as a bonus action. If he hits, the melee weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If he rolls a critical hit, the spell damage is doubled. Spellstrike can be used once per round.
  • Spell Combat: Once per round, when he takes the Attack action, Foster can cast any non-cantrip magus spell that he has prepared as a bonus action, either before or after the Attack. If the spell is a ranged attack that would suffer Disadvantage on the attack, he can make a DC 10 Constitution check as part of the bonus action to make the ranged attack normally.
  • Arcane Pool: Foster has 14 points in his Arcane Pool. He regains all Arcane Pool points when he completes a long rest. He can expend points from his Arcane Pool as a bonus action to grant any nonmagical weapon he are holding, or his bonded weapon, a bonus to hit and damage rolls and transform the weapon into a magic weapon for a duration of Concentration, up to 1 minute. The bonus to hit and damage depends on the amount of Arcane Pool points spent, as follows.
Bonus to Hit and Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
+1 1
+2 3
+3 6
  • Sword Magus: Foster can use his Arcane Pool abilities with magic weapons. When he does so, his Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.
  • Spell Recall: Foster may transform unspent Arcane Pool points into one spell slot as a bonus action on his turn. The table below shows the costs of creating a spell slot of a given level.
Spell Slot Level Arcane Pool Point Cost
1 1
2 3
3 5
4 6
  • Extra Attack: Foster can attack twice when he takes the Attack action.
  • Elemental Weapon: Foster can infuse his bonded weapon with primal elemental power. Foster can expend 5 points from his Arcane Pool as a bonus action to transform any nonmagical bonded weapon into a magical weapon. Choose one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder. For a duration of Concentration, up to 1 hour, the weapon has a +1 bonus to attack rolls and deals an extra 1d4 damage of the chosen type when it hits
  • Knowledge Pool: As an action, Foster can transform unexpended Arcane Pool points to cast one spell from the magus spell list as if he had prepared that spell, whether he has that spell prepared or not. The table below shows the costs of casting a spell of a given level.
Spell Level Arcane Pool Point Cost
1 3
2 4
3 6
4 7

For the sake of easy reference, the Magus spell list is reproduced here:

1ST LEVEL Burning Hands, Chromatic Orb, Color Spray, Detect Magic, Earth Tremor, Expeditious Retreat, Feather Fall, Fog Cloud, Grease, Ice Knife, Jump, Longstrider, Magic Missile, Ray of Sickness, Shield, Silent Image, Tenser’s Floating Disk, Thunderwave, Unseen Servant, Witchbolt

2ND LEVEL Aganazzar’s Scorcher, Cloud of Daggers, Darkness, Enhance Ability, Enlarge/Reduce, Flaming Sphere, Gust of Wind, Invisibility, Levitate, Magic Weapon, Mirror Image, Melf’s Acid Arrow, Misty Step, Ray of Enfeeblement, Scorching Ray, Shatter, Snilloc’s Snowball Swarm, Spider Climb, Web

3RD LEVEL Blink, Counterspell, Dispel Magic, Flame Arrows, Fireball, Fly, Gaseous Form, Haste, Lightning Bolt, Major Image, Melf’s Minute Meteors, Phantom Steed, Sleet Storm, Slow, Stinking Cloud, Tidal Wave, Vampiric Touch, Water Breathing, Wind Wall

4TH LEVEL Arcane Eye, Dimension Door, Elemental Bane, Evard’s Black Tentacles, Fire Shield, Greater Invisibility, Ice Storm, Phantasmal Killer, Polymorph, Stoneskin, Storm Sphere, Vitriolic Sphere, Wall of Fire

Magus Arcana:

  • Familiar: Foster knows the find familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual.
  • Mystic Arcanum: Foster can cast the delayed blast fireball spell without expending a spell slot. He must finish a long rest before he does so again.
  • Quickened Magic: When Foster casts a spell that has a casting time of 1 action, he can expend 2 points from his Arcane Pool to change the casting time to 1 bonus action for this casting.
  • Pool Strike: Foster may expend 2 or more points from his Arcane Pool as a bonus action to charge one of his hands with mystic energy. Choose one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder. He may then make a melee spell attack with his charged hand to deal 2d10 damage of that type to the target you hit. He may expend further Arcane Pool points to increase the damage done, as set out in the following table:
Pool Strike Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
2d10 2
3d10 3
5d10 5
6d10 6

Foster Nikodemus’ Gear
Batteries (10 spares), Chemalyzer, Flash Grenade, Grade 3 Hemochem (2 doses), Green E-Pick, Helmet that incorporates Black Veemods and Periapt of Proof Against Poison, Ion Tape, Jet Pack, Laser Pistol, Medlance, Smart Armor, Sonic Rifle, Zipstick

Cold Bringer: A +1 rapier that was originally crafted for an elite commander of a Dresden armed forces. It grants the wielder resistance to Cold and allows the wielder to understand and read the Dresden language.

NEW RULES FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY ITEMS

High Technology Properties 

Autofire
A weapon that has the Autofire property can be used to fire a hail of shots at your enemies in two different ways, each of which takes your Action.

The first is to cover a 10ft radius area with a hail of lead. Make an attack roll and all targets in the area must make a Dexterity save against the result of your attack or take weapon damage (without adding your ability modifier) on a failed save, or half damage on a successful save. This attack uses 10 shots.

The second is to focus fire on a single target. Make an attack roll and, if you hit, add two extra damage dice to your damage roll. For example, if you hit a target with this attack using a Laser Rifle, you roll 4d10 fire damage. This attack uses 5 shots.

Laser
A weapon with the laser property passes through force fields and force effects, such as the wall of force spell. Objects like glass or other transparent barriers do not provide cover from lasers, but unlike force barriers, a transparent physical barrier still takes damage from a laser passing through it. Invisible creatures are immune to damage caused by a laser weapon. Fog, smoke, and other clouds provide cover in addition to concealment from laser attacks.

Semi-Automatic
A weapon that has the semi-automatic property can attack twice when the attacker takes the Attack action. This does not stack with the Multiattack or Extra Attack abilities.

High Technology Items
Jet Pack
Technological Gear, Very Rare
Weight 10 lbs., Capacity: 100, 1 charge per use
A jetpack consists of a pair of cylindrical tanks worn on a shoulder harness with a pair of motion-sensitive rings worn on the thumbs that are used as wireless thrust and attitude controls. The jetpack can be activated with a Use Object Action or your free “interact with object” action (as described on page 190 of the Player’s Handbook). The jetpack grants a fly speed of 60 feet. The exhaust isn’t hot or concentrated enough to be used as a weapon.

A jetpack can be operated in overdrive, giving the wearer a fly speed of 90 feet and consuming twice as many charges per round.

Laser Pistol
Weapon (firearm), Rare
Damage: 1d12 radiant, Weight: 2 lbs., Properties: Ammunition (range 50/200), Laser, Semi-Automatic, Reload (Capacity: 10, 1 charge per use).

Laser Rifle
Weapon (firearm), Very Rare
Damage: 2d10 radiant, Weight: 6 lbs., Properties: Ammunition (range 150/600), Automatic, Laser, Reload (Capacity: 20, 1 charge per use).

Smart Armor
Medium Armor or Heavy Armor, Rare
Armor Class (AC): 13 + Dex modifier (max 2) (Compact Form) or 15 + Dex modifier (max 2) (Expanded Form), Weight: 20 lbs, Properties: Reload (Capacity 60, 1 charge per 10 minutes)

While inactive, smart armor resembles a breastplate of adamantine scales, which doesn’t seem out of place among most metal armor, except for its alien aesthetics. When activated as a Reaction, smart armor expands to cover the wearer’s legs and limbs, and a built-in magnetic generator hardens the armor into a rigid, plate-like form. When in this form, it uses the statistics of smart armor (expanded form). It can be collapsed back to breastplate form with a bonus action, and automatically retracts when it loses power. In either form, smart armor reduces bludgeoning, piercing, slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t adamantine by 2.

Sonic Rifle
Weapon (firearm), Very Rare
Damage: 2d10 thunder, Weight: 6 lbs., Properties: Ammunition (range 150/600), Automatic, Reload (Capacity: 20, 1 charge per use).

A sonic rifle emits a blast of devastating sonic waves that shatter and blast flesh, bone, and anything else they happen to strike. A target critically hit by a sonic rifle must succeed at a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or be deafened. The deafened condition does not heal naturally and must be cured by a lesser restoration or a similar ability.

EXISTING HIGH TECHNOLOGY ITEMS
Battery
Technological Gear, Common
Weight 1 lb.
Most technological items are powered by electricity. While one can use the electricity provided by a generator, these are rare, expensive, and rarely portable. It’s more common and practical to charge such items with batteries. A battery looks like a small silver disk that’s etched with strange lines—some people have taken to calling batteries “silverdisks” and sometimes use them as coins. A battery contains 10 charges when full; to charge an item with a battery, one simply slips the disk-shaped device into the proper slot on the item. The battery’s charge instantly fully depletes, and the item’s internal capacitors fill with 10 charges as it does so. If the item had fewer than 10 open slots in its capacity, the excess charges the battery once held are lost. A battery can be kept within an object indefinitely, or it can be ejected from the object for the purposes of recharging it or storing it elsewhere without affecting the item’s charge. Inserting or ejecting a battery is a move action.

Chemalyzer
Techological Gear, Rare
Weight 8 lbs, Capacity 10, 1 charge per use
A chemalyzer is a handheld unit with an extendable wand tipped with a sampling nozzle. It grants advantage on all checks made to identify an unknown pharmaceutical, poison, chemical, or substance. It cannot aid in the identification of magical effects or items like potions.

Flash Grenade
Technological Gear, Rare
Weight: 1 lb.
A grenade is a small, cylindrical device that is designed to be thrown as a ranged finesse weapon at a point up to 60 feet away or fired from a grenade launcher. Before being thrown by hand, the grenade must be primed with a quick twist of a dial at one end and then armed with a click of a button at the center of that dial. Priming and arming a grenade is done as part of the Attack action; a grenade launcher primes and arms all grenades it fires. The grenade detonates at the beginning of the wielder’s next turn, hopefully in the area targeted. When a grenade detonates, it damages all targets within a 20 feet of the grenade. Deals no damage but blinds creatures for 1d4 rounds if they fail a DC 15 Dexterity saving throw.

Grade Three Hemochem
Pharmaceutical, Rare
Hemochem stops bleeding and promotes healing. A single dose of hemochem allows the patient to regain a number of hit points per round for 1 minute, up to their maximum hit points. Multiple doses injected do not stack, but they do reset the duration of the effect back to 1 minute. Grade three Hemochem heals 3 hit points per round.

Green E-Pick
Technological Gear, Rare
Weight 1 lb., Capacity 10, 1 charge per use
An e-pick (short for “electronic lock pick”) is a small device that can be used to unlock and disable electronic locks and devices, much in the same way that a set of thieves’ tools can be used to dismantle mechanical locks and devices. The bonus is determined by the rating of the e-pick. A Green E-Pick grants +4 to all checks. Using the device does not grant proficiency with thieves tools, but allows the user to make rolls against electronic devices without disadvantage. If you are proficient with Engineer’s Tools, you may also add your proficiency bonus to checks when using an e-pick.

Helmet with Black Veemod
Technological Gear, Rare
Weight 2 lbs., Capacity 10, 1 charge/day
A black veemod enhances vision, and by blinking twice rapidly, the wearer can magnify what she’s seeing. Blinking twice again restores normal vision. This grants advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks.

Ion Tape
Technological Gear, Common
Weight: 1 lb.
Ion tape is a ribbon of material tightly wound around a spindle. A roll of ion tape fits in the palm of a hand and comes in a wide range of colors. A single roll contains 50 feet of tape. A single strip of tape is easy to cut through or tear. When wrapped around an object, it has a weak adhesive that keeps it in place. When ion tape is exposed to an electrical charge of any power (including a jolt from a zip stick), the tape bonds together into a single mass of plastic-like material, gaining AC 15 and 30 hit points. When used to bind a creature, a few strips of activated ion tape require a successful DC 20 Strength check to break. A second jolt from an electrical source causes the tape to revert to its weaker ribbon condition, at which point it can be torn free easily. A strip of ion tape can hold about 5 pounds of weight normally, but when activated via a jolt, a single hardened strip can support up to 300 pounds of weight. The uses for ion tape are many—it can be used to construct basic objects (such as a ladder), patch holes, bind prisoners, and so on.

Medlance
Technological Gear, Uncommon
Weight -, Capacity 10
This wand-like device contains a reservoir at one end and a small pad at the other. A medlance can be filled with a single dose of liquid, such as a pharmaceutical, a potion, or a poison. It can then be used to administer the liquid to a creature—if the target does not wish to be injected with the medlance’s contents, the wielder must succeed at a melee attack to dispense it as an Attack action. Otherwise, administering liquid via a medlance is a Use an Object action. A medlance doesn’t use charges, but after being used to administer 10 injections, its internal sterilization mechanisms are depleted and the device becomes useless.

Zipstick
Technological Gear, Common
Weight 1 lb., Capacity 10, 1 charge per use
A zipstick is a small pen-like device used to administer a small jolt of electricity. This jolt is enough to cause 1 point of lightning damage with a successful melee attack. A zipstick is used most often to activate or deactivate items that function on ion-bonding technology, such as ion tape.

Casting Call – Foster Nikodemus – High Tech 14th Level Magus

THE MASTERS OF SWORD AND SPELL RETURN! – THE REVISED MAGUS CLASS FOR 5TH EDITION DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

REVISED PATHFINDER MAGUS CLASS IN 5E DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

One of the two classes unique to the Pathfinder RPG that I feel I need to convert in order to run the Iron Gods adventure path in 5E is the Magus class. I have read some commentary online suggesting that the Fighter’s Eldritch Knight Martial Archetype (the “EK”) is a “close enough” conversion, but after looking at the Magus and the EK in detail, and looking at what a Magus NPC from Iron Gods would look like as an EK in 5E D&D, I think I would lose some of the unique feel of the Magus class (in particular the neat ability to deliver spells through weapon strikes) if I didn’t come up with a 5E version.

My first effort at converting the Magus class can be found here, but after having a Magus PC played in my Tyranny of Dragons campaign, I now feel that those rules are unbalanced, particularly given the fact that my first draft of the Magus was, essentially, a Wizard with even more badass abilities.

The following is my revised version, which scales back the number of spells the Magus gains to make for a character that strikes a better balance between spellcaster and swordsman (or swordswoman).

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MAGUS CLASS FEATURES
As a magus, you gain the following class features.

HIT POINTS
Hit Dice:
1d8 per magus level.
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per magus level after 1st.

PROFICIENCIES
Armor:
Light armor
Weapons: Simple weapons
Tools: None
Saving Throws: Constitution, Intelligence
Skills: Choose two skills from Acrobatics, Arcana, Athletics, Insight, Intimidation, and Perception

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

  • (a) a martial weapon or (b) a quarterstaff
  • (a) a scholar’s pack or (b) an explorer’s pack
  • Leather armor
  • A spellbook
THE MAGUS                
Level Proficiency Features Arcane Pool Magus Arcana Cantrips Known 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1 +2 Magus Bond, Martial Tradition, Spellstrike, 2
2 +2 Arcane Pool, Spellcasting, Spell Combat 2 2 2
3 +2 3 1 2 3
4 +2 Ability Score Improvement 4 1 3 3
5 +3 Martial Tradition Ability, Spell Recall 5 1 3 4 2
6 +3 Extra Attack 6 2 3 4 2
7 +3 Elemental Weapon 7 2 3 4 3
8 +3 Ability Score Improvement 8 2 3 4 3
9 +4 Knowledge Pool 9 3 3 4 3 2
10 +4 Spell Access 10 3 4 4 3 2
11 +4 Martial Tradition Ability 11 3 4 4 3 3
12 +4 Ability Score Improvement 12 4 4 4 3 3
13 +5 13 4 4 4 3 3 1
14 +5 Spell Access 14 4 4 4 3 3 1
15 +5 15 5 4 4 3 3 2
16 +5 Ability Score Improvement 16 5 4 4 3 3 2
17 +6 Counterstrike 17 5 4 4 3 3 3 1
18 +6 Spell Access 18 6 4 4 3 3 3 1
19 +6 Ability Score Improvement 19 6 4 4 3 3 3 2
20 +6 Master Magus 20 6 4 4 3 3 3 2

CANTRIPS
At 1st level, you know two cantrips of your choice from the magus spell list. You learn additional magus cantrips of your choice at higher levels as shown in the Cantrips Known column of the Magus table.

SPELLSTRIKE
Whenever you cast a magus spell or cantrip that requires a melee attack roll, you can deliver the spell through your bonded weapon instead. To do so, you take the Attack action with a melee weapon and simultaneously cast any magus spell you have prepared or magus cantrip you know as a bonus action. If you hit, the melee weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If you roll a critical hit, the spell’s damage (if any) is doubled. Spellstrike can be used once per round.

MAGUS BOND
At 1st level, you learn a ritual that creates a magical bond between yourself and one weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest. The weapon must be within your reach throughout the ritual, at the conclusion of which you touch the weapon and form the bond.

Once you have bonded a weapon to yourself, you may use the bonded weapon as a spellcasting focus for your magus spells.

MARTIAL TRADITION
At 1st level, you choose a tradition that shapes the way you combine spells and weapons in combat. Choose Staff Magus, Sword Magus, or Gun Magus, each detailed at the end of the class description. The tradition you choose grants you features at 1st level and again at 5th and 11th level. 

ARCANE POOL
You have 2 points in your arcane pool at 2nd level, and you gain more as you reach higher levels, as shown in the Magus table. You can never have more points in your arcane pool than shown on the table for your level. You regain all arcane pool points when you complete a long rest.

You can expend points from your arcane pool as a bonus action to grant any nonmagical weapon you are holding a bonus to hit and damage rolls and transform the weapon into a magic weapon for a duration of Concentration, up to 1 minute. The bonus to hit and damage depends on the amount of arcane pool points spent, as follows.

Bonus to Hit and Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
+1 1
+2 3
+3 6

SPELLCASTING
As a student of arcane magic, you have a spellbook containing spells that show the first glimmerings of your true power. See chapter 10 of the Player’s Handbook for the general rules of spellcasting and below for the magus spell list.

SPELLBOOK
At 2nd level, you gain a spellbook containing three 1st-level magus spells of your choice.

PREPARING AND CASTING SPELLS
The Magus table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st level and higher. To cast one of these spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.

You prepare the list of magus spells that are available for you to cast. To do so, choose a number of magus spells from your spellbook equal to your Intelligence modifier + half your magus level, rounded down (minimum of one spell). The spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots.   See the description of a Wizard’s preparation and casting of spells on page 114 of the Player’s Handbook for an example of how to prepare your spells as a magus.

You can change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a new list of magus spells requires time spent studying your spellbook and memorizing the incantations and gestures you must make to cast the spell: at least 1 minute per spell level for each spell on your list.

SPELLCASTING ABILITY
Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for your magus spells, since you learn your spells through dedicated study and memorization. You use your Intelligence whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Intelligence modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a magus spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

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

LEARNING SPELLS OF 1ST LEVEL AND HIGHER
Each time you gain a magus level, you can add one magus spell of your choice to your spellbook. Each of these spells must be of a level for which you have spells slots, as shown on the Magus table. On your adventures, you may find other spells that you can add to your spellbook, the same a wizard (see page 114 of the Player’s Handbook for more information on your spellbook).

SPELL COMBAT
At 2nd level, you learn how to cast spells and wield your weapon at the same time. To use this ability, you must have one free hand and be wielding a light or one-handed melee weapon. Once per round, when you take the Attack action, you can cast any non-cantrip magus spell you have prepared as a bonus action, either before or after the Attack. If the spell is a ranged attack that would suffer Disadvantage on the attack, you can make a DC 10 Constitution check as part of the bonus action to make the ranged attack normally.

MAGUS ARCANA
As your eldritch combat skills improve, you master mystic techniques known as arcana that provide new ways for you to combine the powers of the martial and the arcane.

At 3rd level, you gain one magus arcana of your choice. Your magus arcana options are detailed at the end of the class description. When you gain certain magus levels, you gain additional magus arcana of your choice, as shown in the Magus Arcana column of the Magus table.

Additionally, when you gain a level in this class, you can choose one of the magus arcana that you know and replace it with another magus arcana that you could learn at that level.

SPELL RECALL
At 5th level, you learn to transform the occult power of your arcane pool into fuel for your spellcasting. You can transform unexpended arcane pool points into one spell slot as a bonus action on your turn. The table below shows the costs of creating a spell slot of a given level. You can create spell slots no higher in level than 5th using spell recall and these spell slots only last until you complete a long rest. You can only create spell slots of a level equal to that you can cast.

Spell Slot Level Arcane Pool Point Cost
1st 2
2nd 3
3rd 5
4th 6
5th 7

EXTRA ATTACK
Beginning at 6th level, you can attack twice, instead of once, whenever you take the Attack action on your turn.

ELEMENTAL WEAPON
At 7th level, you learn the ability to infuse your bonded weapon with primal elemental power. You gain the ability to expend 5 points from your arcane pool as a bonus action to transform any nonmagical bonded weapon into a magic weapon. Choose one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder. For a duration of Concentration, up to 1 hour, the weapon has a +1 bonus to attack rolls and deals an extra 1d4 damage of the chosen type when it hits.

KNOWLEDGE POOL
At 9th level, you gain the ability to improvise with your spellcasting. As an action, you can transform unexpended arcane pool points to cast one spell from the magus spell list as if you had prepared that spell, whether you have that spell prepared or not. The table below shows the costs of casting a spell of a given level. You can cast spells no higher in level than 5th using knowledge pool.  You can only cast spells with this ability of a level equal to that you can cast.

Spell Level Arcane Pool Point Cost
1st 3
2nd 4
3rd 6
4th 7
5th 8

SPELL ACCESS
By 10th level, you have expanded your magical knowledge with the secrets of other traditions. Choose two spells of 3rd level or lower from the wizard spell list, and add them to your spellbook.

The chosen spells count as magus spells for you and can be used with any of your other magus abilities.

You learn two additional spells of 4th level or lower from the wizard spell list at 14th level and two additional spells of 5th level or lower at 18th level.

COUNTERSTRIKE
At 17th level, you learn to instinctively disrupt the spells of other casters. When a creature within 5ft of you casts a spell, you can use your reaction to make a melee weapon attack against that creature. If you hit the target and it is concentrating on a spell, that creature has disadvantage on the saving throw it makes to maintain its concentration. 

TRUE MAGUS
At 20th level, you perfect your magus techniques, gaining the ability to use spell combat and/or spellstrike on both of your attacks, each round. You can choose to use spell combat or spellstrike twice, or use each ability once.

MARTIAL TRADITIONS

STAFF MAGUS

STAFF COMBAT
Beginning when you choose this martial tradition at 1st level, when you take the Attack action and attack with only a quarterstaff or magic staff, you can attack a second time, by using both ends of the staff. The weapon’s damage die for this second attack is d4 and the attack does bludgeoning damage.

STAFF MAGIC
At 1st level, you gain the ability to attune to any magic staff, regardless of any class restrictions that staff might otherwise have. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with magic staves. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability. 

Further, you can use your magus abilities while wielding a staff with two hands.

DEFENSIVE STANCE
Starting at 5th level, you add +2 to AC when wielding a quarterstaff or magic staff. At 11th level, this bonus increases to +3 to AC.

STAFF MASTERY
At 11th level, you perfect your mastery of magic staves. Once per day, as an action you can expend points from your arcane pool to recharge a staff to which you are attuned on a one for one basis. For example, you could expend 5 points from your arcane pool to restore 5 charges to a Staff of Fire to which you are attuned.

SWORD MAGUS

MARTIAL TRAINING
Beginning when you choose this martial tradition at 1st level, you gain proficiency with martial weapons. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with magic weapons. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.

ARMORED MAGUS
Starting at 5th level, you gain proficiency with medium armor. At 11th level, you gain proficiency with heavy armor.

GUN MAGUS
Gunmage
WAY OF THE GUN
Beginning when you choose this martial tradition at 1st level, you gain proficiency with firearms. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with magic weapons. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability.

You also gain a pistol or rifle and 20 bullets.

GUN MAGIC
At 1st level, you gain the ability to attune to any firearm. You also gain the ability to use your Arcane Pool abilities with firearms. When you do so, your Arcane Pool ability supersedes the weapon’s bonuses and abilities (if any) for the duration of the Arcane Pool ability. 

Further, you can use your magus abilities that require a melee weapon attack with firearms. For instance, you can use the Magus Arcana Critical Strike with firearms.

Finally, you gain the ability to deliver any magus spell or cantrip that requires a ranged attack roll through your bonded weapon. To do so, you take the Attack action with a firearm and simultaneously cast any magus spell you have prepared or magus cantrip you know as a bonus action. If you hit, the firearm ranged weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If you roll a critical hit, the spell’s damage (if any) is doubled. This ability can be used once per round and cannot be used in the same round as spellstrike or spell Combat. However, at 20th level, you can choose to use spell combat and this ability in the same round.

ARCANE ACCURACY
Starting at 5th level, you can spend 1 arcane pool point to avoid suffering disadvantage on an attack roll when you attack a target beyond normal range with your bonded weapon.

THE MAGIC BULLET
At 11th level, you perfect your mastery of firearms. By expending 1 arcane pool point, your bonded weapon regains 2 bullets, which each count as magic weapons.

Further, you can the ability to spend 1 arcane pool point and deliver any of your prepared spells or cantrips through your bonded weapon, including those which normally require a melee attack roll. If the spell has an area of effect, such as a cone or sphere, the spell effect originates at the target. For instance, if you use this ability to cast the burning hands spell, the spell affects a 15 foot cone that spreads out from, and includes, the target.

MAGUS ARCANA

If a magus arcana has prerequisites, you must meet them to learn it. You can learn the magus arcana at the same time that you meet its prerequisites. 

ARCANE ACCURACY
You can expend 1 point from your arcane pool as part of an Attack to gain advantage on your next attack roll. This must be spent before you make your attack roll. 

CLOSE RANGE
You can deliver ray spells (such as ray of frost, ray of enfeeblement, and scorching ray) as melee spell attacks (making them eligible for your spellstrike magus ability). If the ray spell targets more than one creature, you make only one melee spell attack to deliver one of the rays; additional rays may target other creatures normally, but those attacks are made at disadvantage. 

CONCENTRATE
You may reroll a Constitution check made to maintain Concentration on a spell that you just failed. You must keep the result of your second roll. Once you use this ability, you cannot use it again until you complete a short rest or a long rest. 

CRITICAL STRIKE
Prerequisite: 12th level
When you score a critical strike with a melee weapon attack, you may cast a spell or cantrip with a range of touch as part of that attack. You must have a spell slot equal to the level of the spell cast available when you use this ability, which is expended as if that spell was cast normally.  Once you use this ability, you cannot use it again until you complete a long rest. 

DISPELLING STRIKE
Prerequisite: 9th level
You can spend 3 points from your arcane pool as a bonus action to imbue a melee weapon with disruptive arcane energies. The next target you strike a target with that weapon is affected as if subjected to a dispel magic spell. 

EMPOWERED MAGIC
When you roll damage for a spell, you can expend 1 point from your arcane pool to reroll a number of damage dice up to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of one). You must use the new rolls. 

FAMILIAR
You learn the find familiar spell and can cast it as a ritual. 

HASTED ASSAULT
Prerequisite: 6th level
As a bonus action, you can expend 3 points from your arcane pool to gain the effect of the haste spell until the end of your next turn. 

MANEUVER MASTERY
You learn two maneuvers of your choice from among those available to the Battle Master archetype in the fighter class (at page 73 of the Player’s Handbook). If a maneuver you use requires your target to make a saving throw to resist the maneuver’s effects, the saving throws DC equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength or Dexterity modifiers (your choice).

To use one of your maneavers, you expend 1 point from your arcane pool to gain 1 superiority dice, which is used to fuel that maneuver. This superiority dice is a d8.  You may use superiority dice you gained from other classes to fuel these maneuvers, but you may not use the superiority dice generated from your arcane pool to fuel any other maneuvers. 

MYSTIC ARCANUM
Prerequisite: 12th level
Choose one 6th-level spell from the magus spell list as this arcanum.

You can cast your arcanum spell once without expending a spell slot. You must finish a long rest before you do so again.

If you are 14th level, you may select a 7th-level spell instead, if you are 16th level, you may select an 8th level spell, and if you are 18th level, you may select a 9th level spell.

You may select this Arcanum more than once, selecting a new arcanum spell each time.

POOL STRIKE
You may expend 2 points from your arcane pool as a bonus action to charge one of your hands with mystic energy. Choose one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder. You may then make a melee spell attack with your charged hand as an Action to deal 2d10 damage of that type to the target you hit. If you miss on the attack, the charge persists until you hit, or for as long as your concentrate, to a maximum of one minute (whichever happens first). You may expend further arcane pool points to increase the damage done, as set out in the following table:

Pool Strike Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
2d10 2
3d10 3
5d10 5
6d10 6
8d10 7

You may use your spellstrike magus ability with this arcana.  You may also use this ability with Two-Weapon Fighting (described at page 195 of the Player’s Handbook), if you otherwise qualify for Two-Weapon Fighting.  For the purpose of Two-Weapon Fighting, your hand counts as a light melee weapon when using this ability.

QUICKENED MAGIC
When you cast a spell that has a casting time of 1 action, you can expend 2 points from your arcane pool to change the casting time to 1 bonus action for this casting. 

REFLECTION
Prerequisite: 15th level
As a reaction, you may expend 10 points from your arcane pool to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell of 7th level or lower within 60 feet of you, as if you cast the counterspell spell. If the interrupted spell would have targeted someone other than the caster, you can choose to have it reflected back on the interrupted caster, as if she was the intended target.

SUBTLE MAGIC
When you cast a spell, you can expend 1 point from your arcane pool to cast it without any somatic or verbal components. 

SPELL SHIELD
As a reaction, you can expend 1 point from your arcane pool to impose disadvantage on an attack roll that targets you. 

WAND MASTERY
Whenever you use an enchanted wand to cast a spell, you calculate the DC for any saving throws against those spells as 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Intelligence bonus. 

WAND WIELDER
You can activate a wand or staff in place of casting a spell when using your spell combat and spellstrike magus abilities. 

MAGUS SPELLS

CANTRIPS (0 LEVEL)
Acid Splash
Blade Ward
Chill Touch
Dancing Lights
Fire Bolt
Frostbite
Light
Mage Hand
Minor Illusion
Poison Spray
Prestidigitation
Ray of Frost
Shocking Grasp
Thunderclap
True Strike

1ST LEVEL
Burning Hands
Chromatic Orb
Color Spray
Detect Magic
Earth Tremor
Expeditious Retreat
Feather Fall
Fog Cloud
Grease
Ice Knife
Jump
Longstrider
Magic Missile
Ray of Sickness
Shield
Silent Image
Tenser’s Floating Disk
Thunderwave
Unseen Servant
Witchbolt

2ND LEVEL
Aganazzar’s Scorcher
Cloud of Daggers
Darkness
Enhance Ability
Enlarge/Reduce
Flaming Sphere
Gust of Wind
Invisibility
Levitate
Magic Weapon
Mirror Image
Melf’s Acid Arrow
Misty Step
Ray of Enfeeblement
Scorching Ray
Shatter
Snilloc’s Snowball Swarm
Spider Climb
Web

3RD LEVEL
Blink
Counterspell
Dispel Magic
Flame Arrows
Fireball
Fly
Gaseous Form
Haste
Lightning Bolt
Major Image
Melf’s Minute Meteors
Phantom Steed
Sleet Storm
Slow
Stinking Cloud
Tidal Wave
Vampiric Touch
Water Breathing
Wind Wall

4TH LEVEL
Arcane Eye
Dimension Door
Elemental Bane
Evard’s Black Tentacles
Fire Shield
Greater Invisibility
Ice Storm
Phantasmal Killer
Polymorph
Stoneskin
Storm Sphere
Vitriolic Sphere
Wall of Fire

5TH LEVEL
Bigby’s Hand
Cloudkill
Cone of Cold
Immolation
Mislead
Telekinesis
Wall of Force
Wall of Stone

6TH LEVEL
Arcane Gate
Chain Lightning
Disintegrate
Flesh to Stone
Investiture of Flame
Investiture of Ice
Investiture of Stone
Investiture of Wind
Otiluke’s Freezing Sphere
Sunbeam
True Seeing
Wall of Ice

7TH LEVEL
Delayed Blast Fireball
Firestorm
Prismatic Spray
Whirlwind

8TH LEVEL
Earthquake
Incendiary Cloud
Sunburst

9th LEVEL
Meteor Swarm
Prismatic Wall
Shapechange

MULTICLASS MAGUS
For characters who wish to multiclass as a magus, the minimum ability scores to multiclass as a magus are Intelligence 13 and either Strength 13 or Dexterity 13.

Further, when you multiclass into the magus class you gain proficiency in light armor and simple weapons.

Finally, when calculating the spell slots available to a multiclass character with levels in the magus class, you include half your levels in magus, when calculating your Multiclass Spellcaster spell slots.  See pages 163 and 164 of the Player’s Handbook for more information on multiclassing in 5E.

DUNGEON MUSER’S NOTES
I feel that this version of the Magus should play much more like the warrior/mage I intended the Magus to be. Characters made with these rules will be deadly melee fighters who can also unleash a variety of lethal spells.

The scaled-back number of spell slots should prevent Magus characters from infringing on the thematic space of dedicated spell casters and, as an added benefit, I think that the more limited number of spell slots will give the Magus’ other abilities (particularly the use of Arcane Points) a chance to shine.

RESOURCEFUL RESKINNING
As with my first draft of the Magus, with a few changes, this class could be used to replicate an arcane archer, similar to the Arcane Archer Prestige Class from the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, or a divine/primal magic archer, similar to the Seeker class from 4th Edition D&D.

For either of these options, you could change spell combat and spellstrike to function only with ranged weapons and permit the character to cast spells while using a two-handed ranged weapon. This extra feature would be balanced by the disadvantage that such characters would suffer when using their abilities in melee.

For a Seeker-type character who uses druidic-style magic combined with archery, you could easily use the Ranger spell list up to level 5 and then use spells from levels 6 to level 9 from the Druid spell list, to make up the balance.

THE MAGUS UNLEASHES A RIPOSTE
I will leave my first draft of the Magus up, for those who may prefer that version of the 5th Edition D&D class, but I, personally, prefer this version of the class over that earlier attempt. I look forward to seeing this new version hitting the table in my home game soon.

Until next time, I remain;

THE DUNGEON MUSER

THE MASTERS OF SWORD AND SPELL RETURN! – THE REVISED MAGUS CLASS FOR 5TH EDITION DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

CASTING CALL – Live from the Sword Coast: Carrick Moonwhisper 5th Level Magus – 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

This Friday, I will be posting a revised version of my conversion of the Pathfinder RPG’s Magus class.

As a preview of that conversion, I present for your review, a revised version of the Magus PC who is played by my son in my home 5th Edition D&D game.

Enjoy!

Carric Moonwhisper
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Male Moon Elf Soldier Magus 5 XP: 13,500
Faction: Misty Kingdom  Renown: 3
Neutral Good
Representing Jadon Thiessen

Strength 8 (-1)
Dexterity 18 (+4)
Constitution 12 (+1)
Intelligence 16 (+3)
Wisdom 12 (+1)
Charisma 11 (+0)
Size: Medium
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 165 lb
Skin: Light
Eyes:
Hair: Black Straight

Maximum Hit Points: 33
Hit Dice: 5d8
Speed: 30 feet
Armor Class: 16

Proficiency bonus: +3
Initiative modifier: +0 = + 0 [dexterity]
Attack (handheld / thrown): +2 = + 3 [proficiency] -1 [strength]
Attack (missile / finesse): +7 = + 3 [proficiency] +1 [dexterity]
Strength save: -1 = -1 [strength]
Dexterity save: +4
Constitution save: +4 = + 3 [proficiency] + 1 [constitution]
Intelligence save: +6 = + 3 [proficiency] + 3 [intelligence]
Wisdom save: +1 = + 1 [wisdom]
Charisma save: +0 = + 0 [charisma]
Insight (passive): 14 (19 with advantage)
Perception (passive): 14 (19 with advantage)

Languages: Common, Elvish, Giant
Proficiency: Land Mounts, Light Armor, Medium Armor, Simple Weapons, Martial Weapons
Acid Splash [2d6 acid damage (range 60), one creature or two within 5ft of each other, DC 14 Dex save for no damage]
Ray of Frost [+6 to hit; 2d8 cold damage and target speed reduced by 10ft (range 60)]
Shocking Grasp [+6 to hit; advantage on roll vs. target in metal armor, 2d8 lightning damage and target can’t take reactions until the start of its next turn]
Unarmed strike [+2 to hit; 1-1 bludgeoning]
Rapier [+7 to hit; 1d8+4 piercing, 1 lb, finesse]

Skill Name Key Ability Skill Modifier Ability Modifier Trained? Misc. Modifier
Acrobatics Dex 7 = +4 + 3
Animal Handling Wis 1 = +1
Arcana Int 6 = +3 + 3
Athletics Str 2 = -1 + 3
Deception Cha 0 = +0
History Int 3 = +3
Insight Wis 4 = +1 + 3
Intimidation Cha 0 = +0
Investigation Int 3 = +3
Medicine Wis 1 = +1
Nature Int 3 = +3
Perception Wis 4 = +1 + 3
Performance Cha 0 = +0
Persuasion Cha 0 = +0
Religion Int 3 = +3
Sleight of Hand Dex 4 = +4
Stealth Dex 4 = +4
Survival Wis 1 = +1

Magus spells:
First-level castings: 4/day
Second-level castings: 2/day

At magus level 5, Carrick knows 3 magus cantrips.
Acid Splash
Mage Hand
Ray of Frost
Shocking Grasp

Carrick can prepare 5 magus spells daily.

Carrick’s First Level Magus spells:
Burning Hands
Expeditious Retreat
Magic Missile
Shield
Thunderwave

Carrick’s Second Level Magus spells:
Invisibility
Misty Step
Scorching Ray

Soldier

  • You can exert influence and gain benefits from your military contacts.

Magus

  • The DC to resist your spells is DC 14 (8 + proficiency bonus + your intelligence modifier).
  • Spell Combat: Once per round, when Carrick takes the Attack action, he can cast any non-cantrip magus spell that you have prepared as a bonus action, either before or after the Attack. If the spell is a ranged attack that would suffer Disadvantage on the attack, Carrick can make a DC 10 Constitution check as part of the bonus action to make the ranged attack normally.
  • Arcane Pool: Carrick has 5 points in his arcane pool. Carrick regains all arcane pool points when you complete a long rest. Carrick can expend points from his arcane pool as a bonus action to grant any nonmagical weapon he is holding a bonus to hit and damage rolls and transform the weapon into a magic weapon for a duration of Concentration, up to 1 minute.  The bonus to hit and damage depends on the amount of arcane pool points spent, as follows.
Bonus to Hit and Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
+1 1
+2 3
  • Spellstrike: Whenever Carrick casts a magus spell or cantrip that requires a melee attack roll, he can deliver the spell through his bonded weapon instead. To do so, he takes the Attack action with a melee weapon and simultaneously cast any magus spell he has prepared or magus cantrip he knows as a bonus action. If he hits, the melee weapon attack deals its normal damage as well as the effects of the spell. If Carrick rolls a critical hit, the spell damage is doubled. Spellstrike can be used once per round.
  • Armored Magus: Carrick is proficient with medium armor.
  • Spell Recall: Carrick can transform arcane pool points into spell slots for the following costs:
    Spell Slot Level Arcane Pool Point Cost
    1st level 1
    2nd level 3

Magus Arcana:

  • Pool Strike: Carrick may expend 2 or 3 points from your arcane pool as a bonus action to charge one of his hands with mystic energy.  Choose one of the following damage types: acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder. He may then make a melee spell attack with his charged hand to deal 2d10 damage of that type to the target he hits. He may expend further arcane pool points to increase the damage done, as set out in the following table:
Pool Strike Damage Arcane Pool Point Cost
2d10 2
3d10 3

First Ability Score Improvement: +2 dexterity

Misty Kingdom Contacts:
Thaeriel Bitterleaf: Moon Elf Magus who roams the Sword Coast, overseeing agents of the Misty Kingdom and liasing with other allied organizations– Contact Bond Level 2.

Shaela Greenbow: Half-Moon Elf bard based out of Baldur’s Gate – Contact Bond Level 1

CASTING CALL – Live from the Sword Coast: Carrick Moonwhisper 5th Level Magus – 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

ROBOTIC RUNES AND RADIOACTIVE RITUALS – High Technology Spells for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

TECHNOLOGY MAGIC (NEW SPELLS/FORMULAE)
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The following spells are drawn from Paizo’s outstanding Technology Guide.

I was reluctant to convert these over, since 5th Edition D&D seems to have dealt away with the kind of hyper-specialized spells that have characterized earlier editions of the game.

However, in a campaign like Iron Gods, where high technology plays such a prominent role, these spells may see more consistent use, so I decided it would be worth converting these spells over to 5E.

Each of these are assumed to be new additions to the alchemist, cleric, druid, magus, and wizard spell lists but, given that these spells relate to high technology, DMs may wish to restrict them to characters who have the Technomancer feat, the Artificer cleric domain, and/or the Renegade Technic Leaguer or the Kellid Tribesman backgrounds.

Boom

ANTITECH FIELD
7th- level abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self (10-foot radius)
Components: V,S,M (a pinch of rust)
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

You bring into being a mobile, hemispherical energy field that prevents high technology items, signals, and creatures from entering.

An antitech field suppresses any high technology effect used within, brought into, or deployed into the area, but does not negate it. Time spent within an antitech field counts against the suppressed effect’s duration.

Robots and other technological constructs that come in contact with an antitech field must attempt a Constitution saving throw each round they remain in the field or be stunned. Success indicates the creature suffers disadvantage on its ability checks and attack rolls until it leaves the antitech field. An affected robot can make a new Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a success, they are no longer stunned, but suffer disadvantage on it ability checks and attack rolls until it leaves the antitech field.

Partially technological creatures like androids or cyborgs merely suffer disadvantage on all attack rolls and ability checks if they fail this saving throw. Note that cybernetic equipment does not function in an antitech field, and all benefits granted by such gear are suppressed.

Non-technological creatures can enter the area, as can low-tech missiles like sling stones and arrows. High-tech missiles such as bullets and missiles, as well as high-tech rays like lasers and particle beams, immediately halt upon contacting the field, and either drop to the ground harmlessly or detonate. The antitech field does not offer any protection against explosions caused by technological explosives detonating against it—thus, creatures within the field could still take damage from a rocket that explodes against it.

If a creature is larger than the area enclosed by the barrier, any part of the creature that lies outside the barrier is unaffected by the field.

This spell can be used only defensively, not aggressively. Forcing an abjuration barrier against creatures that the spell keeps at bay collapses the barrier.

ANTITECH MAGIC CIRCLE
4th-level abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 10 feet
Components: V,S, M (powdered copper worth at least 100 gp, which the spell consumes)
Duration: 1 hour

You create a 10-foot-radius, 20-foot-tall cylinder of magical energy centered on a point on the ground that you can see within range. Glowing runes appear wherever the cylinder intersects with the floor or other surface.

While active, robots and other high technology creatures can’t willingly enter the cylinder by nonmagical means. If the creature tries to use teleportation or interplanar travel to do so, it must first succeed on a Charisma saving throw.

Robots and other high technology creatures suffer disadvantage on attack rolls against targets within the cylinder.

Targets within the cylinder can’t be charmed, frightened, or possessed by robots and other high technology creatures.

When you cast this spell, you can elect to cause its magic to operate in the reverse direction, preventing a robot or other high technology creature from leaving the cylinder and protecting targets outside it.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 5th level or higher, the duration increases by 1 hour for each slot level above 4th.

ANTITECH REBUKE
4th-level abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 150 feet
Components: V,S, M (powdered fragments of technology, which the spell consumes)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

You shroud the targeted high technology item, or robot or other high technology creature, with disruptive magical energy. The target (or creature carrying the targeted item) must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw when you cast this spell or be stunned for the duration of the spell.

At the end of each of its turns, an affected target can make a Wisdom saving throw. If it succeeds, this effect ends for that target.

At Higher Level. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of higher, it targets one additional target for each slot level above 4th.

DETECT RADIATION
1st-level divination (ritual)
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self
Components: V,S
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

For the duration, you sense the presence of radiation within 30 feet of you. If you sense radiation in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature, item, or area that bears radiation which informs you of the level of radioactivity.

This spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt.

DISCHARGE
3rd-level abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 150 feet
Components: V,S
Duration: Instantaneous

Discharge dissipates the charges from one high technology item, temporarily depowers one electrically powered high technology item that does not use charges, or severely hinders a robot.

If the spell targets an item with charges, the object loses all of its remaining charges. If the object is powered by electrical means other than charges, its functions are suppressed for 1d4 rounds.

If the spell targets a non-robot creature, the target must make a Constitution saving throw or one charged or electrically powered item on their person is affected, as described above. If the target is a robot, the robot must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or it suffers disadvantage on ability checks and attack rolls for 1 minute. An affected robot can make a new Constitution saving throw at the end of each of its turns. On a success, the effect of the spell ends.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 5th level or higher, you double the number of high technology items you affect for each spell slot level over 4th level.

IRRADIATE
3rd-level conjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 150 feet
Components: V,S
Duration: Instantaneous

You flood a 10 foot radius area with Low Level Radiation that lasts until the start of your next turn.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 4th level or higher, you increase the level of Radiation by one for each spell slot level over 3rd level, to a maximum of Severe Radiation Level using a 6th level spell slot. When cast using a higher level spell slot, the radiation spreads, per the standard 5E radiation rules.

MEMORY OF FUNCTION
7th-level transmutation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V,S, M (powdered skymetal worth at least 1,000 gp, which the spell consumes)
Duration: Instantaneous

You restore a broken item, or damaged robot or construct, to a functional state, as if it were new and intact. Any pieces missing from the item or construct remain missing. Significant missing pieces may prevent proper functioning. If the item uses charges, the item becomes fully charged.

A timeworn item becomes fully charged, but doesn’t lose the timeworn condition (this spell is one of the few ways a timeworn item can be recharged). For 1 hour after this spell is cast on a timeworn item, that item does not suffer any chance of glitching. Other consumables such as ammunition are not restored.

When this spell is cast upon a damaged robot or construct, all hit point damage dealt to that creature is healed. When this spell is cast upon a destroyed robot or construct, it is restored to full functionality and full hit points, provided no significant portion of the destroyed construct (such as an entire limb) is missing. Robots and constructs brought back in this fashion regain their memories up to the moment of their destruction and have no particular inclination to serve the caster.

PROTECTION FROM HIGH TECHNOLOGY
1st-level abjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V,S, M (powdered copper, which the spell consumes)
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is protected against robots and other high technology creatures have disadvantage on attack rolls against the target. The target also can’t be charmed, frightened, or possessed by them. If the target is already charmed, frightened, or possessed by such a creature, the target has advantage on any new saving throw against the relevant effect.

RECHARGE
3rd-level evocation
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V,S, M (200 gp worth of diamond dust, which the spell consumes)
Duration: Instantaneous

You restore up to 10 charges to a battery or half that number of charges to a high technology item capable of being charged by a battery. If you recharge a battery, there is a 20% chance that the battery is destroyed by the attempt.

If you restore more charges than the item can hold, the creature holding the item must succeed at a Dexterity saving throw or take 1d6 points of lightning damage for each excess charge. This spell provides no knowledge of how many charges an item can safely hold, but you can choose to bestow fewer charges than the maximum allowed to reduce the risk; you must declare how many charges you are restoring before casting this spell.

REMOVE RADIOACTIVITY
4th-level conjuration
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V,S
Duration: Instantaneous

You remove all radiation from a 20 foot radius around the point you touch. However, this spell has no effect on naturally radioactive materials, and as long as such materials remain in an area, the radiation that was removed may return.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 8th level or higher, this spell affects naturally radioactive materials, such as nuclear reactors or atomic warheads, as well.

TECHNOMANCY
1st-level divination (ritual)
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self
Components: V,S, M (oil stirred with a coil of wires)
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

For the duration, you detect the presence of high technology within 30 feet of you. If you sense high technology in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that is of high technology origin, and you learn its rough function (weapon, pharmaceutical, robot, etc…). Using this spell grants you advantage on your first Intelligence check made to understand how to use a high technology item.

This spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 1 foot of stone or 3 feet of wood or dirt.

DUNGEON MUSERS’ NOTES

While I was initially skeptical of whether it was necessary to convert these spells over from Pathfinder to 5E, now that they are done, I think they will add a lot to an Iron Gods campaign.

In particular, assuming that most of these spells were created by the Technic League, I think that these spells can help to explain why the League is so much better at dealing with high technology than any other group.

In my own Iron Gods campaign, in the interest of keeping high technology as mysterious as I can, I will likely restrict all of them to player characters who have the Technomancer feat and either the Renegade Technic Leaguer or Kellid Tribesman backgrounds.

Incidentally, in my conversion of the memory of function spell, I chose to dump the restriction that the Pathfinder version has relating to time (the PF version can only affect items destroyed up to 10 years per caster level ago). Most of the high technology gear found in the Iron Gods campaign is over 9000 years old and, since the spell grants no control over the restored items, who am I to prevent a foolish player from restoring an out of control annihilator robot to full health (like, say, the one encountered in Valley of the Brain Collectors…moo hoo ha ha ha!).

RESOURCEFUL RESKINNING

Apart from the memory of function spell, none of the spells presented here will likely see much use in campaigns that do not have a high technology presence, though you could rename the irradiate spell “exhaustion” and otherwise use it as written.

IS THIS A SPELLBOOK OR AN ENGINEERING TEXTBOOK?

I hope these spells give players and DMs playing/running 5th Edition D&D campaigns with a high tech presence (like, say, the Iron Gods adventure path) some additional opportunities to add a high technology vibe to their games.

Until next time, I remain;

  • THE DUNGEON MUSER
ROBOTIC RUNES AND RADIOACTIVE RITUALS – High Technology Spells for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

Live from the Sword Coast – A 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Session Recorded Live on February 27, 2015

For your viewing pleasure, I present the third episode of the Live from the Sword Coast podcast (featuring recordings of my gaming group’s 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign).

Tonight’s Cast:
Dungeon Master: Kevin Madison
Carrick Moonwhisper: Jadon Thiessen
Diero Dundragon: Stevie Mo
Malark Buckman: Jeff Ivey
Beradin Toraktalomar: Dave Oomah
Wrenn Pock: Brent Vandurme

Please note that this video contains SPOILERS for the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure and the Tyranny of Dragons campaign.

You can find the stats for this session’s player characters here:

Beradin Toraktaalomar

Carrick Moonwhisper

Diero Dundragon

Malark Buckman

Wrenn Pock

You can find rules for the Magus class in 5E here and rules for the Dwarven Ales mentioned in this episode here.

I hope you enjoy joining our session and, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send them my way at dungeonmusings@gmail.com.

Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter @dungeonmusings

Until next time I remain,

The Dungeon Muser

Live from the Sword Coast – A 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Session Recorded Live on February 27, 2015

MUSER’S MENAGERIE 5 – More Iron Gods Adventure Path Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

IRON GODS 5E BESTIARY – Part Five
As I have noted in previous entries in this series of blog postings, one of the most important things that needs to be converted in order to run the Iron Gods adventure path using 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons is the roster of exotic monsters encountered by the players along the way and, arguably, the three characters presented below are the three most important of all the others encountered in the first chapter of the Iron Gods adventure path.

For those who have missed the earlier Iron Gods 5E Bestiaries, this entry represents the final batch of conversions from the fifth part of the Fires of Creation. The conversions for the earlier parts of Fires of Creation can be found here, here, here, and here.

If you are planning on playing the Iron Gods adventure path, these characters may represent SPOILERS!

So, with those comments out of the way, let’s get to the final conversions for the Fires of Creation!

IRON GODS BESTIATRY: Fires of Creation – Part Five

KHONNIR BAINE
Khonnir
Medium humanoid (human), chaotic good
Armor Class 13 (amulet of protection)
Hit Points 33 (6d8+ 6)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 9 (-1) DEX 14 (+2) CON 10 (+0) INT 18 (+4) WIS 14 (+2) CHA 13 (+1)
Saving Throws: Dex +5, Int +7, Wis +5
Skills
: Arcana +7, Insight +5, Persuasion +4, Stealth +5
Senses passive Perception 12
Languages: Common, Androffan, Draconic, Dwarven, Gnome, Hallit, Ignan, Orc, Terran, Undercommon
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)
Special Equipment. Khonnir Baine wears an amulet that functions as a Ring of Protection (see 191 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide).
Cunning Action.
On each of his turns, Khonnir Baine can use a bonus action to take the Dash, Disengage, or Hide action.
Sneak Attack (1/Turn). Khonnir Baine deals an extra 3 (1d6) damage when it hits a target with a weapon attack and has advantage on the attack roll, or when the target is within 5 feet of an ally of Khonnir Baine that isn’t incapacitated and Khonnir Baine doesn’t have disadvantage on the attack roll.
Spellcasting. Khonnir Baine is a 7th-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 15, +7 to hit with spell attacks). He has the following spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): acid splash, bomb, mending, shocking grasp
1st level (4 slots): expeditious retreat, mage armor, unseen servant
2nd level (3 slots): melf’s acid arrow, scorching ray, web
3rd level (3 slots): dispel magic, fireball, fly, protection from energy
4th level (1 slot): fabricate
ACTIONS
Dagger Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4+2) piercing damage.

MEYANDA
Meyanda
Medium humanoid (android), neutral evil
Armor Class 18 (studded leather)
Hit Points 58 (9d8+ 18)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 12 (+1) DEX 14 (+2) CON 14 (+2) INT 12 (+1) WIS 16 (+3) CHA 10 (+0)
Saving Throws: Cha +3, Wis +6
Skills
: Perception +6, Religion +6, Survival +6
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages: Common, Androffan, Orc, Undercommon
Challenge 5 (1,800 XP)
Artificial Ancestry: Meyanda has advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic cannot put her to sleep.
Channel Divinity. Once per short rest or long rest Meyanda can use her channel divinity to Turn Undead or do one of the other potential uses listed below.
Constructed Body. Meyanda counts as both a construct and a humanoid for the purpose of effects targeting such creatures (such as the Charm Person spell, a Mace of Smiting, and a ranger’s favored enemy ability). She have advantage on saving throws against disease, fatigue, paralysis, poison, and being stunned.
Cybernetic Mind. Meyanda has difficulty processing her own emotions and understanding those of others. As a result, she suffers disadvantage when making Wisdom (Insight) checks, but she gains advantage on all saving throws against fear.
Gaslight Influence. Meyanda can use her Channel Divinity to cast the enthrall spell.
Madness Aura.
Meyanda can use her Channel Divinity to project an aura that makes all enemies within 30 ft. roll a DC 14 Charisma saving throw or suffer the effects of the confusion spell until the start of Meyanda’s next turn.
Mindshattering Strike. Once per turn, when Meyanda hits a creature with a weapon attack, she can cause the attack to deal an extra 4 (1d8) psychic damage to the target.
Nanite Surge. Once per day, Meyanda can use a bonus action to add +3 to the result of one d20 roll. This can be done before or after making the d20 roll. When Meyanda uses this ability, her circuitry-tattoos glow with light equivalent to that of a torch until the start of her next turn.
Spellcasting.
Meyanda is a 9th-level spellcaster. Her spellcasting ability is Wisdom (spell save DC 14, +6 to hit with spell attacks). She has the following spells prepared (the spells in bold are from the Madness domain):
Cantrips (at will): light, mending, spare the dying, thaumaturgy, vicious mockery,
1st level (4 slots): create or destroy water, cure wounds, dissonant whispers, shield of faith, tasha’s hideous laughter
2nd level (3 slots): aid, crown of madness, lesser restoration, ray of enfeeblement, spiritual weapon
3rd level (3 slots): dispel magic, fear, hypnotic pattern, protection from energy, spirit guardians
4th level (3 slots): confusion, divination, freedom of movement, hallucinatory terrain
5th level (1 slot): dream, flame strike, mislead
ACTIONS
Multiattack.
Meyanda makes two attacks with her inferno pistol or her spiked gauntlet.
Inferno Pistol Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 30/150, one target. Hit: 7 (1d10+2) fire damage. On a critical hit with this weapon, the target takes 1d4 fire at the start of each of its turns. A creature can end this damage by using its action to make a DC 10 Dexterity check to extinguish the flames. 10 shots per nanite canister.
Spiked Gauntlet Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4+2) piercing damage.

SANVIL TRETT
Sanvill
Medium humanoid (human), neutral evil
Armor Class 15 (studded leather)
Hit Points 52 (7d10 + 14)
Speed 30 ft.
STR 18 (+4) DEX 16 (+3) CON 14 (+2) INT 16 (+3) WIS 8 (-1) CHA 15 (+2)
Saving Throws: Con +4, Int +5
Skills
: Arcana +5, Deception +6, Investigation +5, Persuasion +6
Senses passive Perception 9
Languages: Common, Androffan, Hallit, Orc
Challenge 3 (700 XP)
Arcane Pool. Sanvill Trett has 7 points in his arcane pool. He may expend 1 point to gain +1 to hit and damage with his longsword, 3 points to gain +2 to hit and damage with his longsword, or 6 points to gain +3 to hit and damage with his longsword.
Elemental Weapon. Sanvill Trett may expend 5 points from his arcane pool to have his longsword gain +1 to attack rolls and deal 1d4 extra damage that is one of acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder damage (chosen when Sanvill Trett uses this ability).
Pool Strike. Sanvill Trett may expend points from his arcane pool as a bonus action to do extra acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder damage on one hit (the damage type chosen when Sanvill Trett uses this ability). Sanvill Trett may expend 2 points to do 2d10 damage, 3 points to do 3d10 damage, 5 to do 5d10 damage, or 6 to do 6d10 damage.
Spell Shield. As a reaction, Sanvill Trett may expend 1 point from his arcane pool to impose disadvantage on an attack roll that targets him.
Spellcasting. Sanvil Trett is a 7th-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 13, +5 to hit with spell attacks). He has the following spells prepared:
Cantrips (at will): chill touch, light, minor illusion
1st level (4 slots): burning hands, detect magic, thunderwave
2nd level (3 slots): invisibility, mirror image, misty step
3rd level (3 slots): counterspell, haste, invisibility
4th level (1 slot): greater invisibility
ACTIONS
Multiattack.
Sanvil Trett makes two attacks with his longsword.
Longsword Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d8+4) slashing damage.
Spell Combat. Sanvil Trett makes an attack with his longsword and casts any non-cantrip magus spell he has prepared as a bonus action.
Spellstrike. When Sanvil Trett casts a magus spell or cantrip that requires an attack roll, he can deliver the spell through his longsword. Using this action also costs Sanvil Trett his bonus action.

DUNGEON MUSER’S NOTES
One thing that regular readers of these conversions may note is that I have not given any of these characters Legendary Actions. My reasoning for not giving these characters Legendary Actions is different for each of these characters.

For Khonnir Baine, I didn’t feel that an NPC that will never see combat with the PCs needed those actions. For Meyanda, I felt that the combo of her spells, her abilities, and her ally (a Collector Robot) will make for enough of a challenge that she did not need additional actions to feel like a potent threat throughout the final fight. And for Sanvil, I felt that his Improved Invisibility and other Magus abilities will make him a challenging enough opponent without Legendary Actions.

Another thing I didn’t bother to include in the above stats are tool proficiencies, though I would likely give each of these characters proficiency with engineer’s tools and the technologist metaproficiency (rules for both of which can be found here).

Speaking of new rules, those looking for rules for Khonnir’s bomb cantrip can find it here, in my conversion of the Pathfinder Alchemist class to 5E.

If you’d like to see the rules for Meyanda’s race or for the Madness cleric domain can find them here and here, respectively.

Those looking for the Magus class (Sanvil’s been built as an NPC Magus) can find my conversion of the Pathfinder Magus class to 5E here.

RESOURCEFUL RESKINNING
While the Iron Gods characters are fairly unique in their abilities, there is nothing to stop an enterprising Dungeon Master from using these stats for another purpose.

For instance, the stats for Sanvill Trett could easily be used to represent an arcane assassin sent to kill the PCs.   Similarly, the stats for Khonnir Bhaine could be used for a tomb robbing wizard (not far off from what Khonnir is in the Fires of Creation anyway). Finally, while Meyanda’s stats are a little more mechanically linked to her race, she could serve as a priest to a god of madness, dreams, or altered states.

THE LAST LOG IS ON THE FIRES OF CREATION
With these three characters done, I am have now completed my conversions of the monsters and NPCs from the Fires of Creation. It will still be a while before I get to put these conversions to the test, but this has been an educational experience and I look forward to unleashing the hordes of the Iron Gods on my players sometime in the near future.

Until next time, I remain;

  • THE DUNGEON MUSER
MUSER’S MENAGERIE 5 – More Iron Gods Adventure Path Monsters for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition