Friday, March 16, 2018

Savants of Monvesia

There are those who have achieved a mastery over their skill that the results are seemingly supernatural.  These classes defy type:  Artificers (Expert-Mages), Barbarians (Warrior-Priests), Monks (Warrior-Experts), and Mystics (Mage-Priests).
Barbarian and Monk have been moved from "Warriors of Monvesia."  Artificer and Mystic are new classes from Unearthed Arcana with updated versions available at the DM's Guild; they are here explored for Monvesia for the first time.

Savants & Sainthood

Rules for achieving sainthood can be found herehere, and here--but these rules focus on the traditional fantasy classes.  If using a savant class, the following considerations apply:
  • For the Polymath, a savant class may fill the requirement for either of its types (see above).  The same "replacement" must be made in the Polymath's lives as is made among his companions:
    • If a petitioning polymath has a mystic companion and a mage companion, then the petitioner must live as a mystic and as a mage (and not as a priest).
  • For the Thaumaturge, artificers and mystics are also considered "miracle workers," so member of these classes may pursue this Path.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

5th Edition Dogfolk

Plane Shift: Amonkhet treated us to another therian race in D&D:  the dogfolk.  This race specifically takes the form of the Khenra--jackal-folk prone to twin offspring.  While this particular race is unique to the world of Amonkhet, the idea of dogfolk has been common to gaming for decades.  In BD&D, we had two versions:  the Lupins (the foil to and rivals of the Rakasta) as well as the isolated Hutaakan.  Just as with catfolk in my previous post, I will explore the possibilities of dogfolk subraces.

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To play an alternate dogfolk subrace, disregard the features identified below as being specific to the khenra. Instead, apply the traits of your chosen subrace.


Khenra are unique to the world of Amonkhet, one of the many planes of Magic: the Gathering.
Ability Increase:  +1 Strength
Khenra Twins:  {see Plane Shift for full details}

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

5th Edition Catfolk

Volo's Guide to Monsters presented our first taste of catfolk in 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons.  However, it only gave us one of several catfolk that have populated the game:  the Tabaxi.  While similar to other options from the game, such as rakasta, the tabaxi are optimized to a particular style of play.  Using the traits of the tabaxi as a baseline, we can explore some of the game's other catfolk--as well as those of other popular games.

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To play an alternate catfolk subrace, disregard the features identified below as being specific to the tabaxi. Instead, apply the traits of your chosen subrace.


Tabaxi typically resemble leopards and jaguars.  They are friendly and nimble hunters.
In Monvesia, these are the Parrsasca.  These are the female Leonin of Magic: the Gathering. 
Ability Increase:  +1 Charisma
Natural Climber:  You have a climb Speed of 20 ft.
Naturally Observant:  You have proficiency in the Perception skill.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monvesian Culture: Veldi Madjiq

The magic practiced in Veldistan is not the tower wizardry (ie. Schools of Magic) of other human cultures, but something more closely related to early human practices in Desolation.  It was the form of magic once taught by the HMDJVNW known as ENSHZRYD.  During the Exodus, humanity developed the Old Ones' arts into their own.  This was the form practiced by the saint Mohas--writer of the text that would form the basis of human religion in Monvesia. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Undying of Monvesia

In some settings, the undead are the creation of bored, evil gods who seek to terrorize the mortal world.  In Monvesia, they are a natural offshoot of the transitive region of the Necrosphere.  This region goes by several names:  the Plane of Shadow, the Plane of Fear, the Domains of Dread, the Nightmare Realm.  All undead are powered by this place, and it is in this place that the most powerful of their kind have come to live eternally and rule over their fellows.  These are the Undying who make pacts with warlocks.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Archfey of Monvesia

The archfey of Monvesia have already been visited briefly in two previous posts:  first the warlock entry of Mages of Monvesia, and again when exploring Elfish Gender.  Here I will explore each of the five archfey in some detail.  Though each of the archfey are members of one race or another, all are unique and powerful creatures.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Classifying Monvesian Creatures

As has been pointed out in previous posts, the nature of Monvesia is different from that other D&D worlds.  To accommodate these differences, there needs to be some minor shuffling of creatures.  A few new monster types have even been created.  Below, those creature types which are new or altered are listed.


Many creatures normally classified as monstrocities are included among the beasts of Monvesia. 

Daemons (Multiple Types)

Daemons are a family of several monster types, each tied to the transitive aspect of one of the Spheres. Four of these types already exist in the game, and two are new: Celestials, Fey, Fiends, Hybrids, Tulpa, and Undead.