Mastercrafting

Smithing is equal parts art and science: turning the raw materials of the world and crafting them into functional items that can be used for the benefit of civilization. Smiths can turn mundane materials into tools, weapons, and armor. The best smiths can produce equipment so fine that it is almost mystical. Creating a mastercraft …

Resurrection Mishaps

There are places and times when resurrection does not go as planned. Whether through planar misalignment, cosmic coincidence, or mystic interference it is possible for a soul to be resurrected with unexpected results. This is particularly common in places like Ravenloft, where powerful local magics seal the plane off from the rest of the multiverse. …

Generating Character Backgrounds using Tarokka Deck

Tarokka cards are an integral part of the culture of the Vistani, and they can tell as much about one’s past as one’s future. The following is a method for generating character backgrounds using the Tarokka deck. The features it generates are far more random than the background featured in the Player’s Handbook, and so …

Possession

Some beings, particularly those who are unable to cross into the mortal realm on their own, take possession of mortals to enact their will on the material plane. Using the bodies of their mortal hosts, they are able to enact their plans, coordinate followers, and gain greater power and influence. Possession is most common among …

Gladiatorial Combat

The Combatants An arena would be nothing without the gladiators that shed their blood on the sands. Arena promoters gather their talent from a number of sources: slaves, criminals, disgraced soldiers, and wherever else they can dredge up a body that can handle a weapon. Terms Fights in the pits often follow a certain set …

Herbalism

Herbalism is the art of distilling and combining plants, fungi, and other natural materials to create salves, ointments, and potions that heal and enhance a character’s natural abilities. While some of the ingredients used in the most powerful concoctions may have magical properties, most herbalism is done using natural and mundane components. An herbalist is …

Inspiration Variant

After a long rest, the PC’s inspiration count resets to 2. A player can use inspiration on a roll when he/she can explain how the action he/she is taking is an important part of the identity of his/her character. The DM should be liberal with allowing the use of inspiration. If the player made the …