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"It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior..."

Spellfire Wielder is a complete class that allows you to explore the full potential of the most coveted magical power in Faerûn. Inspired by the AD&D and 3rd edition versions of spellfire as well as Shandril's Saga by Ed Greenwood.



Includes three archetypes, briefly detailed below:

  • Spellfire Channeler: You are on the path toward achieving true mastery over spellfire. You can shape and unleash the power of your gift in ways lesser wielders can only dream of.

  • Weavetouched: You wield the fabled Silver Fire, a rare form of spellfire that until the restoration of the Weave was only seen in the hands of Mystra's chosen.

  • Corrupted Wielder: A villainous/antihero path that allows you to drain magic not only from spells or items but from the lifeforce of living creatures as well.



Important note: At the end of the document you will find answers to some of the most common questions about the design of the class and how it should be implemented in a campaign. Feel free to ask me any other questions you might have and I will answer them and edit the document as needed.

Update 3/2/2016: Spellfire Blast now has a base damage of 1d6 (Greatly improves sustainability at lower/mid levels). Crown of Fire does not require 10 spellfire points per round to maintain (the price was too steep considering your magic absorbing capabilities are diminished for its duration).

Update 4/1/2017: Improved recovery of spellfire points and other minor quality of life changes.

 
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Josh G January 30, 2016 12:24 am UTC
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Am I the only person who notices how weak this class is?
- It gets no cantrips, meaning that it does not get reliable access to damage output
- Its restoration rate of spellfire points is too low; the benefits of using them are too low
- Since this class does not restore its power daily, it can be even weaker on a bad day

This is a super cool idea, but it needs some serious revision. Compare it side-by-side with a warlock and make sure they can go toe-to-toe.
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Josh G January 30, 2016 12:33 am UTC
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Why don't you look at the warlock class as the basis, but replace its spell slots with the Spellpoints variant from the DMG. Then, give it cantrips, increase its Spellfire Blast damage, increase its Healing Fire healing. Balance the restoration of their spellfire points so that it is balanced with the warlock, but keep your flavor.
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Josh G January 30, 2016 12:35 am UTC
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You may even want to create a unique Spellfire Blast cantrip (balance it against Eldrich Blast!)
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January 30, 2016 6:53 am UTC
CREATOR
Hey Josh, thanks for you comments. I have thought many times about the sustainability of the class. In our campaign which had an abundance of magic it was not much of a problem, although at lower levels it is always a factor. What I have been considering is making Spellfire Blast have a base damage of 1d6(+Charisma mod?) so you can use it as a cantrip/basic attack of sorts, but I would not add anything else.

Overshadowing other casters is very easy with this class, which is why I believe that balancing it with another caster class is not a good idea. Since you are more or less immune to magic from a single source at a time, being able to use you abilities as freely as the other casters will leave most players with a sour taste in their mouths.
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January 30, 2016 7:36 am UTC
CREATOR
The restoration rate of spellfire points will begin to skyrocket when magic items and higher level adversaries start coming into play. You will be debuffing them and making them waste their actions, while powering up yourself at the same time. If your DM is but a bit generous with what is considered absorbable/drainable magic it can get out of hand pretty fast.

This class does not aim to be a staple PHB one. It is its own thing, due to the unique flavor and nature of its powers. The highs and lows you are mentioning, should be a part of the class, although I totally understand your concerns and why you would want a more streamlined structure.

Happy adventuring and thanks again for your input. :)
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Josh G January 30, 2016 9:58 pm UTC
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I can see what you are saying. That being said, I do think that balance is still a goal for this class going forward. I like the idea of setting minimum damage, and you may consider increasing the healing too.

I would at least stabilize the resource a little. Let this class's ability to absorb magic be balanced against how warlocks restore spell-slots on a rest. Let this class's resources reset after a long rest; let them and a warlock have the same amount of power at the start of the adventuring day (none of this 1d10 stuff). However, where a warlock restores his power through short rests, this class would have to absorb magic.

I also don't really see the point of being able to hold onto over your maximum spellfire points is. To me it would be better if this class were relatively stable than anywhere on the scale of "I'm stuck in the underdark and nobody here casts spells" and "I am paralyzed from my awe-inspiring spell-tanking."

If the class's power...See more
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Josh P January 29, 2016 6:32 am UTC
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Again great work, I have a couple of question though.

Is the save dc to prevent items being drained equal to the normal spellfire dc?

What is the action required to maintain Maelstrom of Fire?
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Nick L January 29, 2016 6:56 am UTC
Thanks for your comment!! Now on to some answers:

Yes, unless otherwise noted, for the features that require a save, use the Spellfire Save DC.

As long as you keep using your Action on your turn to power the effect it does not end. If you cannot, or if you choose to take a different Action, the Maelstrom ends and you cannot use it again until you have completed a long rest. I will change the wording to make a bit more clear when I update this.
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Ryan H March 02, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
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How long does crown of fire last? It states the cost to activate but nothing else
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