VENEFICUS (Unique 5e Sorcerer)

Another Maze of the Blue Medusa conversion for my parties reference, but feel free to use it. Shamelessly stolen from Coins & Scrolls and update/changed for 5e.


VENEFICUS (SORCERER) 

Wizards have mind-guns that shoot spell-ferrets. They train and breed spells. Warlocks borrow power. Cleric and Paladins are gifted power.

A Sorcerer’s power is their own.

They have turned their souls inward and built a pyre in their hearts. They are more real than the rest of the world. Rare, because their arts cannot be taught, and because they frequently explode. Intolerable, because they cannot abide servitude or obedience. Powerful, because the world reshapes itself to their whims. There are no sorcerers around here; they’re all from Foreign Parts and they are all absolutely nuts. Sorcerers tend to be female as most formal wizard academies do not train women (think witches for example) and males are picked up by the academics at a young age and trained to be wizards.

Bloodlines, starting equipment, saving throws, etc are the same as the base 5e sorcerer.  Replace the spellcasting, sorceress points, and metamagic class abilities with soul casting and sorcerous powers class abilities. You gain the billowing robes, soul vision, magic ward, and free will as class abilities.

Level XP Proficiency Bonus Features Sorcerer Dice
1st          – +2 Sorcerous Origin, Soul Casting 1d6
2nd        400 +2 Billowing Robes 2d6
3rd     1,200 +2 Soul Vision 3d6
4th     3,000 +2 Ability Score Improvement 4d6
5th     7,500 +3 Magic Ward 5d6
6th   16,000 +3 Sorcerous Origin 6d6
7th   25,000 +3 Free Will 7d6
8th   38,000 +3 Ability Score Improvement 8d6
9th   52,000 +4 Ability Score Improvement or level 14 Sorcerous Origin Feature 9d6
10th   68,000 +4 Ability Score Improvement or level 18 Sorcerous Origin Feature 10d6
* You may spend 100,000 XP or sacrifice a level 9 or 10 spell slot to gain a level 11 to 20 class feature.

 

SOUL CASTING

You alter the world through sheer force of will. You need no charms, no runes, no spells, no incantations. Reality is yours to command.

You change the world using your Sorcerer Dice (SD, green d6). You start with 1 SD and gain more as you level up, per the Sorcerer Table. Each time you wish to use one of the abilities below, invest any number of your SD. The [sum] of the SD rolled, as well as the number of [dice] invested, may affect the result. You add your spellcasting ability bonus to the roll.  You roll a d20 to hit and use your SD to enhance your chance to hit or do damage – your choice.

SD can be used any number of times per day. However, each time you use your sorcerous powers past the first time per day, add +1 ID (Instability Die, purple d6) to your pool. These dice do not count towards the [sum] or [dice] of any given power, they do count towards doubles, triples, and quadruples for calamities. Use 2 different colours of dice. You can also add ID to increase the effects of your sorcerous powers.

E.g. Charisma the Sorceress, level 2, has 2 SD to invest. She wishes to Harm a target and invests both SD. She has used two other sorcerous effects today, so adds +2 ID. Only the 2 SD count towards the [dice] and [sum] of the spell, but all four dice are counted for the purposes of Calamities (doubles, triples, and quadruples). Sorcerers don’t run out of steam. They have the opposite problem. Like an overcharged locomotive, they sometimes explode. 

Sorcerous Powers

Malum (Harm)
Deal [sum]+[dice] damage to one target creature or object you can see. Creatures and magical objects may Save to negate at the DM’s discretion but this will usually only be powerful foes (for example, creatures with Legendary Resistance), otherwise, the to-hit roll determines if the spell landed or not. Flavour however you’d like: lightning bolts, beams of light, grasping hands from the underworld.

+1 ID for each prior sorcerous effect you’ve used today.
+1 ID per additional target.
+1 ID to do half damage even on a miss (you may add this after the result of your to-hit roll is made.

Immutatio (Alter) 
Make a declarative statement affecting one creature or object you can see. The statement is true for [dice] rounds. The statement cannot cause damage directly (use Harm), move a creature or object, or create new objects or effects (use Create). Creatures and magical objects can Save to avoid being altered.

Example:

  • “This door does not exist.” You can walk through the space the door formerly occupied.
  • “The dragon is now a mole”. The dragon still has all its original abilities and HP, but it might be easier to hit.
  • “The dragon is made of paper.” The dragon is now made of paper for [dice] rounds. If you set it on fire with a torch, it will take extra damage.

+1 ID for each prior sorcerous effect you’ve used today.
+1 ID per additional target.
+1 ID to affect an area the size of a wagon (approximately a 20’ sphere).
+2 ID to affect an area the size of a cottage (approximately a 50’ sphere).

+3 ID to affect an area the size of a village  (approximately 1 square mile).

+1 ID to make the effect last for [dice] minutes.
+2 ID to make the effect last for [dice] hours.
+3 ID to make the effect last for [dice] days.

Ex Nihilo (Create)
Create something. The creature or object created exists for [dice] rounds. Without adding ID, the creature is Medium-sized or smaller and has 2 or fewer HD (or pick a creature of CR 2 or less). Objects are Medium-sized or smaller.

Creatures created cannot deal damage. You can create objects with magical effects (flying carpets, invisibility cloaks), but created objects cannot deal magical damage (you can make a regular sword but not a +10 vorpal sword of fire) or provide permanent effects (healing potions only heal for the duration listed, rings of permanent stat gain only work for the duration). You can make a sword that looks like a +10 vorpal sword of fire though.

+1 ID for each prior sorcerous effect you’ve used today.
+1 ID per additional object or creature created.
+2 ID to create a creature of up to +4 HD (CR 6, 12, 18 etc).
+1 ID to create an object the size of a wagon (approximately a 20’ sphere).

+2 ID to create an object the size of a cottage (approximately a 50’ sphere).
+3 ID to create an object the size of a village  (approximately 1 square mile).
+1 ID to create a magical or sufficiently weird object.
+1 ID to make the creature or object last for [dice] minutes.
+2 ID to make the creature or object last for [dice] hours.
+3 ID to make the creature or object last for [dice] days.

Billowing Robes
If you are wearing an outlandish costume worth at least 10 Δρ (drachma/gp), your armour counts as AC 11.
If you are wearing an outlandish costume worth at least 100 Δρ, your armour counts as AC 16.
If you are wearing an outlandish costume worth at least 1,000 Δρ, your armour counts as AC 18.

Money spent on billowing robes can not be used for XP.

Soul Vision
You can see the souls of living creatures. This allows you to guess the approximate location of invisible creatures. You can also immediately tell if a person is possessed, undead, protected by the Authority, or a spellcaster. The price for this gift is your connection to others. You permanently take a -2 to Wisdom (as the constant scrutiny of souls warps your mind) or Charisma (as you become callous and jaded) – your choice.

Magic Ward
Reduce all incoming magic damage by 2. Does not apply to self-inflicted damage. Once per day, negate the effects of a spell that targets you. Does not apply to spells generated by Calamities.

Free Will
Your mind is your own and you are difficult, if not impossible, to mentally dominate.  You have advantage on any mind-affecting effects, conditions or other spells that compel you in any way.  Even if you fail the saving throw the next time you can repeat the save you may choose to use your Charisma saving throw to overcome it. If a spell does not normally allow a repeat saving throw you may add an ID to your pool for the day to make another save.


SORCEROUS CALAMITIES

Sorcerous calamities occur whenever you roll doubles. The number of doubles determines the ensuing level of chaos.

Doubles x1              
Roll on the wild magic surge table.

Doubles x2
1              Effect targets adjacent target instead (harms next nearest person, alters wrong thing, creates related but not identical item).
2              Teleport 1d6x10′ in a random direction.
3              A random spell is also cast on your target.
4              Take 1d6 damage. You are flung 1d10′ in a random direction.
5              Add +1 ID to all rolls for the rest of the day.
6              Take 2d6 damage.  If reduced to 0 HP or below, explode. 3d6 damage, 20′ radius.

Doubles x3
1              Lose 1d6 permanently from a random Stat.
2              Effect is reversed (harm heals, alter in the opposite manner, create the opposite of what was intended).
3              Effect is maliciously altered (harm targets an ally, alter makes the target more dangerous, create something inconvenient).
4              A random spell is also cast, targeting you.
5              Roll on the Death and Dismemberment table (1d6 for location, 1d12+previous injuries for severity). HP is not reduced.
6              Take 3d6 damage. If reduced to 0 HP or below, explode. 5d6 damage, 50′ radius.

If you roll a doubles x4 or worse, ask the DM what happens.

One thought on “VENEFICUS (Unique 5e Sorcerer)

  1. Updated it to be more in-line with 5e.

    Increased number of d6 from 4 max to 10 max.
    Roll d20 to-hit (separated the to-hit out from the d6 rolls).
    Removed/modified the “target gets to save” – if the d20 to-hit roll shows the spell landed, target should not also get a save (generally).
    Added an ID option to allow half-damage on a hit.