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Epic Characters

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This 30-page handbook contains progression from 20th to 30th level for all twelve classes and the 51 archetypes. It also includes epic racials for all 21 subraces and 4 epic prestige classes.

The book will be updated as more official classes, archetypes and races are released.

All art within the book is courtesy of and copyright by dleoblack, Tom Edwards, and Daniel Kamarudin respectively.

Please leave a review after purchase, so I know what you like and/or dislike. It'll help me with future iterations of Epic Characters, as well as with the other products I have in the works.

Changelog

v1.1: Fixed minor errors and typos, removed D&D logos

v1.2 (6th of july 2016): Wording and balance, navigation improvments, two new prestige classes, epic levels for Heroes of the Orient, epic levels for the villainous archetypes found in the DMG

v1.3 (28th of november 2016) - wording and balance, new eldritch invocations, added Unearthed Arcana support, and Volo's Guide to Monsters support.

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Epic Monsters Playtest

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Heroes of the Orient Monsters of the Orient: Complete Bestiary Heroes of the Orient: Unearthed Kensai

 
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Ryan P September 22, 2017 2:34 am UTC
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Hey Marc,

I was curious about the Chiseled Warrior's Limbs of Steel feature being used by a monk. Would the martial dice be increased or would it have no effect?
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Marc A September 22, 2017 6:34 am UTC
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Hi Ryan,

It is intended to have no effect. A chiseled warrior very much relies on Strength and brute force while a monk relies on Dexterity and precision strikes.
The chiseled warrior also has a Strength and Constitution requirement; ability scores that fit a barbarian, fighter, and paladin much more than a monk.

That being said, you could rule it any way you want in your game. It probably wouldn't break anything, other than that the AC increase at 3rd level is massive.
In terms of pure damage, the monk's Martial Arts becomes equal to the chiseled warrior at 23rd level and outshines it at 29th level.
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Alexander L September 09, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
My friend showed me this book, and its amazing! Such great work, I was wondering if there was a way for me to contact you as I'm making a class and would like to make an Epic version of it. The guidelines you have in the book are great but theirs nothing like talking to the creator
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Marc A September 11, 2017 7:49 am UTC
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Hi Alexander,

I'm glad you like it!
You can reach me at dnd5eoss@gmail.com
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Finnian Q August 31, 2017 10:32 am UTC
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I like it
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Marc A September 02, 2017 10:47 am UTC
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Hi Finnian,

That means a lot! Thank you.
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Eric M August 29, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
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Hey Marc,

Love your work, my entire group of dnd players love the chance to continue playing after level 20. Any idea on how long until the major update happens?
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Marc A September 02, 2017 10:46 am UTC
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Hi Eric,

Thank you for your kind words! I starting working on this because I felt the exact same way.
I can't really give an ETA at the moment though.
I'm also working on an epic monster manual and I'm aiming at publishing it along with the 2.0 update for Epic Characters.

There's still playtesting, art commissions, tweaking, etc.
It takes a little while but I really don't want to rush these things.
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Cameron F August 29, 2017 5:59 am UTC
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Hey there Marc!

I saw you mentioned you were working on a large update! I was wondering if the Grave Domain from the UA is part of that update?
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Marc A August 29, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
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Hi Cameron,

I haven't gotten to it yet but it's absolutely on the to-do list.
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John A August 22, 2017 8:58 am UTC
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Hey, Marc,

I love this guide and am planning on using this with the Heroes of the Orient book. I wonder if there'll be epic levels for the subclasses not mentioned already in the document.
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Marc A August 25, 2017 9:20 am UTC
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Hi John,

Thank you for your kind words!
The missing archetypes will definitely find their way in there.
Working on a rather large update at the moment.
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Nathan N August 18, 2017 8:57 am UTC
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Hey Merc,

Love your work and hope you can update epic characters to include the other UA material. I'm curious, with the level 24 and 30 sorcerer ability, intensify spell and weave conduct, how does it interact with cantrips? As you can't pay cantrips slot to empower it and there is not a specified cost for casting another cantrip on the same turn.
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Marc A August 19, 2017 11:52 am UTC
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Hi Nathan,

Thank you for your kind words!
I've got many things in the pipeline for Epic Characters, including inclusion of UA material.

Regarding the epic sorcerer, those two features aren't intended to work with cantrips. I'll reword it to be spells of 1st level or higher.
Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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finn D July 25, 2017 10:26 am UTC
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Hey Marc,

I just want to say I am a huge fan of all your products, this one especially. I can't wait till I get to bust out this one at one of my tables. I did have a question though. Are you considering adding the two UA classes to your book?

I am personally a huge fan of the mystic and one of my players is a huge fan of the artificer and it would be interesting to see how you would think it is best to scale those two into level 30. I understand completely if you wouldn't want to do that, since both classes are prone to be changed in the future, mystic maybe more than artificer, both classes are fairly complex and are quite bulky compared to those from the PHB and I am aware that creating 10 more levels for a class is a lot harder than creating 2/3 level progressions for an archetype. And, to make matters even worse, they don't really follow any of the archetypes described in the beginning of this book, since the artificer doesn't focus on fighting with weapons like the ranger or paladin,...See more
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Marc A August 08, 2017 10:03 am UTC
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Hi Finn,

Thank you for your kind words. It means a ton and I appreciate it.
That is why I spend so much time working on these titles :)

But to answer your question: I absolutely do plan on including them both.
Classes are just so hard to get right. The mystic in particular is a very complex class - I feel like I need to do extensive playtesting in order to get a good sense of the class.
I want to do it justice and not rush to completion just to do it.

Ideally it has to be balanced, fun, and "feel right".

The good news is that we're now two people working on expanding the Epic line - meaning both epic monsters as well as a massive update to Epic Characters.

That being said, I'd love to hear ideas and suggestions for all UA material.
If you have some good ideas and want to share them, please let me know at dnd5eoss@gmail.com :)
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David M July 14, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
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Hi Marc,

Looks really good, just reading the ranger entry and remembered the UA revised ranger had some interesting changes (specifically favored terrain and the beastmaster archetype), I was wondering if you had any plans to include a variant for it
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David M July 14, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
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Don't worry, just got to that section at the end
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Marc A July 14, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
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Hi David,

Yeah, it's in there. I just decided to separate official, UA, and third part content.

Still missing tons of other UA though. Gonna get the rest in there soon!
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Bradley W July 17, 2017 6:43 am UTC
I want to buy it but It'll probs be updated soon. Do we get to download the updated versions when they're done?
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David M July 22, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
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This one has all the versions available for download, other products I've bought from here only have the latest but once you've paid for it you'll get the latest version as long as you come back to check
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Marc A July 22, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
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Hi Bradley,

Thank you for your interest in my material.
David's answer is correct :)

Thanks for answering this one, David.
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Violet B August 07, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
does this book include centaurs?
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Marc A August 08, 2017 9:54 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Violet,

There are no new races within the book.
Sorry.
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July 13, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
How is progress on the epic monster guide going?:)
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Marc A July 14, 2017 6:52 am UTC
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Right now: slow.
I'm currently enjoying my vacation, but I'll be back at it soon :)
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July 13, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
How is progress on the epic monster guide going?:)
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Alexander K July 13, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Hey Marc, how did you get a profile picture?
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Marc A July 14, 2017 6:52 am UTC
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Hi Alexander,

I think it appeared on its own after logging in through Facebook.
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Hayden Q July 10, 2017 1:07 am UTC
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Thanks for this awesome PDF, it is very well done and would love to see future updates of this which includes more UA material. I'd like to ask a couple of things:

1) As you mentioned in the PDF, the Proficiency Bonus doesn't increase because of Bounded Accuracy, but we have Monsters (like the Tarrasque) who has a Proficiency Bonus of +9 (determined by the To Hit and their Saving Throws). Since a pure levelled character essentially gets to a Tarrasque level, it seems logical that the same Proficiency Bonus scaling should follow suit; after all, we are Epic Characters. Would this be a consideration for balancing in future updates?

2) Since spells (especially cantrips and 9th level spells for Wizards with their new 10th, 11th and 12th level spell slots) are balanced to 20th level, is there any opportunity for scaling those spells to level 30? For example, Fire Bolt increasing to 5d10 at 23rd level and 6d10 at 29th level.
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Marc A July 10, 2017 2:29 am UTC
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Hi Hayden,

I've actually considered both. I'm holding back in it for now though, simply because there aren't any monsters that can compete against characters with +16 to hit.

I'll have both options you mentioned play tested against epic monsters, however. We're just not quite there yet.

For reference, epic monsters will likely be CR 31-45.
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Marn M July 02, 2017 10:50 am UTC
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Hey, i realy love the ballance of the classes and that you have included a number of Unearthed Arcana class archtypes aswel. Are you planning on adding the rest of the Unearthed Arcana aswel? Like the "Lore Master" for the wizard?
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Marc A July 04, 2017 12:18 am UTC
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Hi Marn,

Thank you for your kind words, it means a ton!
And yes, I do in fact plan on including more UA material - including the lore master.

I've been focused on putting the finishing touches on my bestiary, but I'll be getting back into Epic stuff now.
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Marn M July 07, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
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Hi Marc,
Great to hear you are planning on continueing this book. Locking forward to seeing the next leg of epic character designs.
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Julio S June 28, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Hey Marc, I had a question about the Druid's level 28 ability. The capstone Archdruid ability says "Additionally, you can ignore the verbal and somatic components of your druid spells, as well as any material components that lack a cost and aren't consumed by a spell. You gain this benefit in both your normal shape and your beast shape from Wild Shape." I was wondering if the level 28 ability was then useless since the level 20 ability already encompasses it.
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Marc A July 04, 2017 12:17 am UTC
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Hi Julio,

I was just recently made aware of this. It isn't exactly useless, but it's not as powerful as intended.
I'm currently working on a fix.
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Ryan P June 23, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
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Just curious about the conjuration wizard's faithful companion effect. Would the hound gain a movement speed or do you use an action to just make it appear where you want it as part of making it alert?
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Marc A June 25, 2017 11:03 am UTC
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Yea, good question. I see how it is worded poorly.
The intention is that you can command it to move and that it otherwise just follows you if left to its own devices.
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