Pathfinder 1e: Frigid Grasp

We at Jon Brazer Enterprises are hard at work on the Book of Beasts: Magus Codex, the next entry in the Character Codex Subscription. However, it has become painfully obvious to us that there is a serious lack of touch spells for the class. The class is built around the spellstrike class feature and there are so few official touch spells that we are reusing the same spells over and over again or making excessive use of the close range arcana, wasting some of the spell’s potential. It really is crazy that there are not a plethora of touch spells (particularly in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Magic) for magi to use.

So when I’m not building new NPCs, I’m creating new spells for them. We’re not using these spells anywhere in the Book of Beasts: Character Codex since those are purely Paizo-created options from the Pathfinder RPG line of books (so no, there aren’t any options utilized from the campaign setting material appearing in this collection either). One I wanted to ask about was frigid grasp. All the first level damage spells I created do something cool to make up for dealing less damage than shocking grasp. When it came to frigid grasp I wasn’t sure if a –2 penalty to Reflex saves was balanced. Should it be –1? I went with –2 because a –1 feels like it should be a cantrip instead of a 1st level spell. However, I am wondering if a cantrip-level penalty would be appropriate with a little less than a typical 1st-level damage spell. Should it be variable, like a 1d3 penalty?

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Frigid Grasp

School evocation [cold]; Level arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 1, bloodrager 1, magus 1, occultist 1
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range touch
Target creature or object touched
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance yes
Your successful melee touch attack deals 1d4 points of cold damage per caster level (maximum 5d4). Additionally, the target suffers a –2 penalty to Reflex saving throws until the start of your next turn.

Pathfinder 1e: Magic Talismans

As a long time Pathfinder publisher, I’ve gotten to know the magic items available rather well. This is one of the things that I think need a refresh. Take scrolls for example. It’s a spell on a piece of paper. That can be changed some, I believe. Change them to talismans. Wear them around your neck, pull out the right one, and speak the spell completion words and poof the spell goes off. Same effect as a scroll but a different in the imagination.

This particular one is an update of a an old 3.5 feat that never got as much appreciation as I felt it deserved.

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Craft Magic Talisman [Item Creation]

You can create magic fetishes (also called charms) that hold spells until triggered. A talisman is a singleuse magic item and functions like a scroll.

Prerequisite: Caster level 1st.

Benefit: You can create a talisman of any spell that you know. Crafting a talisman takes 2 hours if its base price is 250 gp or less, otherwise scribing a scroll takes 1 day for each 1,000 gp in its base price. To craft a talisman, you must use up raw materials costing half of this base price.

The base price of a talisman is its spell level times its caster level times 25 gp. Any talisman that stores a spell with a costly material component cost also carries a commensurate cost.

Activating a talisman is the same as activating a scroll.

5e: Designing Warlock Patrons

With the impending release of Book of Heroes: Heroic Fighter Archetypes, I am setting up the framework for the next few installments. One if them is warlocks, because I love warlocks. It’s a solid class mechanically, and it has a back story built right in. My first 5e character (post playtest) was a warlock—Sir Tim von Daggerdale. He’s fun. I haven’t played him in years, but I enjoyed the fun times I had with him.

From the point of view of the in-game characters that choose to be a warlock, let’s moment and analyze the biggest choice for the character: the otherworldly patron. The PHB has 3 in there: the Fiend and let’s just call them Fey and Great Old One. Specifically, I am only looking at flavor reasons why a character would choose to make a deal with these; I’m not looking at the game mechanics.

Warlock

First just being a warlock means a number of things. You made a deal with a being for power. So you lacked the patience to study to become a wizard, the innate ability to become a sorcerer, the faith and devotion of a cleric or a paladin or any of the other prerequisites for the other classes. This deal is or power plain and simple. Without that deal you believe you would be simply average. The real question is, “Is that true or is the deal holding you back from what you are meant to be?”

Fiend

The deal you make with a fiend is never what you expect. Even if you think you found all the loop holes, you haven’t. This deal always benefits the fiend far more than it benefits you. So what does it say about a person that reaches out to a demon or a devil for power? It could say you are ambitious and are willing to make sacrifices to see that ambition come to fruition. It could say you desire to rule over others, stopping conflicts by making others see what is obvious to you. One could even choose the fiend pact out of a desire to preserve life, believing that taking such power is required to make others hear what you have to say. No matter what the reason, choosing the fiend pact is a far more complex option than simply believing that the devils have it right.

Fey

Harry Dresden made a deal with Queen Mab for power after he broke his back. She pursued him for a long time but it refused until he felt he had no option left except a deal with her. So what does it say about him and–back to the main topic–any character that makes a deal with Mab or some other great and powerful fey? First off unlike the other two you stand for life. Fiends and Cthulhu want the character’s soul (or the souls of others) while fey promote the natural world. So if you choose the Fey as your patron, you promote life not death. You may promote the life of animals and other non-intelligent creatures over humans but it is still life. You may find something appealing about civilization becoming a less potent force in the world. Perhaps you just enjoy being a force for chaos or a trickster.

Great Old One

While the cultist that is a true believer and wants to see the world end in fire or drown in water is the stereotype, it is far from the only kind of character that would make a deal with a Great Old One. I prefer a passage from the Roger Zelazny book A Night in the Lonesome October.

“I hunted rats and ate out of dustbins and saw my kittens killed and was hung by my tail and abused by wicked urchins,” Graymalk said suddenly, “before the mistress found me. She was an orphan who’d lived on the streets. Her life had been even worse.”

Here, Greymalk the cat is telling Snuff the dog why they support opening the gate and the Great Old Ones destroying the world. Greymalk and her mistress had terrible lives and the two want their own pain to stop, want the pain for others in their situation to stop and to make all those that inflict such pain to pay for their crimes. While a character in a 5e game might not want to go to such lengths, those in a position to be recruited by a Great Old One frequently have had something bad happen to them and it stayed bad for a very long time. Someone who has made a deal with an otherworldly being that wants to destroy the world wants to lash out, particularly at anyone causing pain. Those who take the power offered by Cthulhu and others of his kind may very well be good people willing to do bad things to bad people because of the pain inflicted upon them. So what does a deal with a Great Old One say about your warlock, that you’ve been hurt. Hurt quite a bit.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

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Not Going to PaizoCon 2019 Sale!

They Pathfinder Fans, It is that time of year again!

To put cucumbers in our ears?

No. It is time for the Not Going to PaizoCon 2019 Sale! This year is going to be amazing because every Pathfinder PDF we produce that is over $2 is 60% off the regular price and it is exclusively at the JBE Shop. To make it easy for you, we put all of our products that are on sale on its own page.

So if you have been wanting the $10 PDF of the Book of Heroic Races Compendium, you can now download it for only $4. That is one heck of a discount that you do not want to pass up. We’ve got monsters, NPCs, and spells from $1.18, playable races from $1.58, and Adventures from $2. Even the Book of the River Nations is available for only $2.38.

You do not want to pass this up. It lasts until the end of PaizoCon so while you are waiting for any spoilers from the convention, download these PDFs and enjoy yourself now. Check out the Not Going to PaizoCon 2019 Sale! at JonBrazer.com now.

Pathfinder Black Week Sale 2018

The holidays. Yes it is that time of year again where the Autumn colors come out, pumpkin spice turns to peppermint, and the spiders come indoors. Well, two out of three isn’t bad.

Here’s one more thing to brighten up your day: Jon Brazer Enterprises’ Pathfinder Black Week Sale. We have every last Pathfinder PDF we ever created at a whopping 75% off. That means that just about every PDF we have is under $2 and the few that aren’t are under $4. We have everything you could want: adventures, spells, races, vehicles, and much more.

This sale is going on now at JonBrazer.com, Paizo.com, and the Open Gaming Store. You don’t want to miss this sale. It is going on now and will end Tuesday, Nov 27th. So you have to hurry and grab what you want at these great deals. You won’t see a sale this good any time soon so order now.

5e: Honor Guard

Not long ago we shared a new spell for Fifth Edition, the conjure minor celestials spell. We assume they didn’t include that spell and replaced it with spells that said a cleric can call up some spirit to fight for you to same room in the MM by not including good things to call up. I’m not a fan of those spells and enjoy calling up creatures to your side that can also have a conversation with you.

The MM does have some lawful neutral celestials that I cannot touch, but that doesn’t stop me from making my own. This one is the first, based upon my own interpretation of the plane of law that I mentioned a while back (and should get back to). I hope you enjoy the honor guard. It will be apart of the Book of Magic: Conjurable Creatures, due out early next year along with many of these other creatures we are posting here on JonBrazer.com.

Until the book is finished, please check out our other Fifth Edition books, like the Book of Heroic Races: Player Races 1, available now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG/RPGNow, Paizo, and the Open Gaming Store.

Honor Guard (Guardian)

Small celestial, lawful neutral


Armor Class 13 (natural armor)
Hit Points 38 (7d6 + 14)
Speed 20 ft.


STR 14 (+2) DEX 12 (+1) CON 15 (+2)
INT 8 (–1) WIS 11 (+0) CHA 9 (–1)


Saving Throws Con +4
Skills Athletics +4
Damage Resistance radiant; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, exhausted, frightened
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages all, telepathy 120 ft.
Challenge 1 (200 XP)


Aura of Honor. The honor guard is a shining example of honesty. All Deception checks made within 10 feet of the honor guard have disadvantage.
Spiritual Weapon. The honor guard’s weapons instantly disappear when disarmed and reappear in the honor guard’s hands.

Actions


Multiattack. The honor guard makes two bayonet attacks.
Bayonet. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage.
Divine Shot. Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 20 ft./120 ft., one creature. Hit: 12 (2d10 + 1) radiant damage. After firing, the divine shot cannot be fired again until the honor guard takes a move action to reload.

5e: Conjure Minor Celestials

Not long ago we shared with you one of my favorite creations for 5e, the lantern archon. This little talking ball of light is a guide through the heavens and a great helper to servants of a deity. There’s just one little problem with it, a cleric has to be level 13 to summon one and they cannot cast resurrection that day if they want to do so. I mean, I like that little guy and all but not that much.

It never seemed fair to me that wizards and druids can conjure up some help at much lower levels, but not the cleric. In other editions clerics are just as good at calling up help from beyond as wizards. So it only seemed logical that I do something about it.

Conjure Minor Celestials

5th-level conjuration
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: 90 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 hour
You summon celestials that appear in unoccupied spaces that you can see within range. You choose one of the following options for what appears:

  • One celestial of challenge rating 2 or lower
  • Two celestials of challenge rating 1 or lower
  • Four celestials of challenge rating 1/2 or lower
  • Eight celestials of challenge rating 1/4 or lower.

A celestial summoned by this spell disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or when the spell ends.
The summoned creatures are friendly to you and your companions. Roll initiative for the summoned creatures as a group, which has its own turns. They obey any verbal commands that you issue to them (no action required by you). If you don’t issue any commands to them, they defend themselves from hostile creatures, but otherwise take no actions.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using certain an 8th level spell slot, you choose one of the summoning options above, and twice as many creatures appear.

Here’s the only problem with this spell, the MM as a total of 1 celestial you can conjure with this spell—the pegasus. Even worse, VGtM doesn’t add any. There are a decent number of beasts, fey (mostly evil ones), and elementals in that book, but not a single celestial a cleric can conjure up at any level. The flail snail is conjurable for wizards and druids (or crying out loud), but nothing for the cleric.

So I will continue to correct that oversight, both in our blog and in the book Book of Magic: Conjurable Creatures, coming late 2018/early 2019. This is without a doubt a book focused on spellcasting players, but it is also great for GMs as well. I mean, its a book of monsters; every GM can use more monsters, even ones that are primarily good ones. If you are a GM or someone that primarily players spellcasters, I hope you check this book out.

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5e: Great Dodo

One of the problems that annoys me the most about Fifth Edition is the lack of character choice you have. Beyond 3rd level, there are very few choices for a character to make. Even spellcasters, the classes with the most numbers of choices regardless of edition get far less choice compared to other editions. This means that every choice you do make has to be more meaningful, far less choices can be a cute throwaway choice done just for the fun of it.

That is what makes the conjure spells so much fun for spellcasters. They can change their choices just because it seems like a good idea at that moment. If this one is silly, that’s ok because the next time you cast it can be completely serious. So while you have the opportunity, why not conjure up a great dodo. Before you go, “Wait, what?!?” here it is…

Great Dodo


Huge beast, unaligned


Armor Class 15 (natural armor)
Hit Points 152 (16d12 + 48)
Speed 30 ft.


STR 16 (+3) DEX 14 (+2) CON 17 (+3)
INT 2 (–4) WIS 12 (+1) CHA 5 (–3)


Saving Throws Con +6
Senses passive Perception 11
Languages
Challenge 6 (2,300 XP)


Flapping Run. When taking a Dash action, a great dodo treats its speed as 45 ft.
Actions


Bill Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 36 (6d10 + 3) bludgeoning damage. On a successful hit, the target must succeed a DC 16 Constitution save or be stunned until the end of the great dodo’s next turn.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 42 (6d12 + 3) piercing damage.

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5e: Arm Wrap

One thing I hear over and over again no matter what edition or variation of D&D, there just are not enough magic items for monks. In an effort to fix that, I started writing some. As usual for this blog when showing off something not yet published in a book, it hasn’t been approved by my editors yet so it is not as polished as it would be when given the final nod.

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Arm Wrap

Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement)

When wrapped around the arms, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls on from natural weapons such as claws and bite attacks as well as martial arts that use unarmed strikes. If you have ki points, you gain an additional ki point.

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