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Incarnate: The Last of the Lacers

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ANNIVERSARY UPDATE!

So, this book was released a little over 2 years ago. In the interim, I have gathered as much criticism and playtests as I could manage, and poured over everything that had been submitted. I then took a focused approach to this book to incorporate as much of the feedback as possible, especially for player options.

The focus of this book was always that the player options presented herein would be able to be dropped into any normal 5th edition DnD game, without any special consideration given to characters made with the options from this book. While I think the original release was close, it wasn't quite there, and there were a few issues that stuck out that remained unbalanced.

I have taken everything and rewritten everything, and while most of the player options will look familiar to those who own the previous version of this book, there will definitely be balance fixes so that you can take a lacer, a samsari, or any other option presented in this book, and drop it into your normal game.

In addition to the revisions made to the previous material, there have been many additions as well. There are new subclasses presented for the fighter and rogue, allowing them to learn some elemental powers and maneuvers. Each element's form list has also been increased to 50, rounding the number of forms presented in the book to over 200!

I can't express my appreciate enough for those who have helped in every stage of this process, including those who simply downloaded the book and ran games with it. The feedback I was able to gather was invaluable, and it really makes me happy to hear that the work I put into this book wasn't wasted.

So get out there and control the elements, and save your world!


Original preface:

Want an entire setting book to add elemental warriors to your world?


A blast a fire, a rush of wind, the roar of water, the rumble of stone.

The elements have always been a fantastic space to explore creatively for gamers. This book seeks to add all the elemental options you'd ever need for your 5e games.

This book is 178 pages long, and includes everything you need to set a game in the Forgotten Realms under the watchful eye of the Incarnate, a powerful being who can wield all four elements. The contents of this book include:

5 new races. The elemental races were born from the union of genasi and ancient barbarian tribes. They have since become diluted, but elemental blood still flows through their veins. Also included is the obake, a race of animal-like creatures from the Spirit World.

2 new classes. The lacer and the samsari are both elemental warriors, but approach the elements in vastly different ways. Lacers are fighters, using fire, wind, water, and earth to pummel their foes into submission. Samsari, by contrast, are more spiritual, more enlightened.

5 new subclasses. In addition to the five subclasses present for the lacer, and the three subclasses presented for the samsari, five new subclasses are given for classes from the Player's Handbook. Barbarians can follow the Path of Elemental Fury, gaining powerful elemental abilities. Fighters can follow the martial archetype of the Pro-Lacer, pummeling their enemies with elemental maneuvers. Monks have two new subclasses to join; the Ki Blocker is a wise warrior who learns to hinder their opponents by blocking ki paths in the body, and the Shihan Warrior learns to use special armor and weapons to be a protector of the weak and innocent. Finally, the rogue can become a Triple Threat, gaining elemental abilities and working in tandem with allies.

6 new backgrounds. Six unique backgrounds are presented in this book, representing both the feared and respected (bounty hunters, town guards), and the common heroes (air sanctuary, polar clan, the vast swamp, and the vegetable merchant).

New armor, weapons, and equipment. While all weapons and tools from the Player's Handbook are completely applicable to the world of Toril, new options are presented here for those who wish to specialize. New weapons like the boomerang and hook sword are listed, as well as new tools like the gemmanite ring, a powerful item which can bind and eventually engulf creatures in pure crystal candy.

Over a dozen new feats. New options for lacers of specific elements, giving you even more unique flair for your character. Learn to lace lava, metal, lightning, wood, and more elements!

200+ lacing forms. Similar to spells, lacing forms allow you mastery and control over the elements. Over 200 new forms are presented to give unique and powerful options for your character.

New setting rules and tips. New optional rules are presented, allowing players greater variability and versatility by allowing your elemental powers to be affected by weather and cosmic events. The ability to play as the Incarnate is laid out, allowing a player to become an extremely powerful master of all four elements. In addition, tips are given for DMs who wish to add lacers to other games, to help guide the DM in what it means to have a lacer in a campaign, and ideas for how to implement them fluidly.

36 new monsters. 36 completely new monsters are presented to challenge new and old players alike. The creatures cover the entire spectrum of Challenge Ratings, and can be tweaked for almost any type of encounter. In addition, a number of more minor miscellaneous creatures and NPC stat blocks are presented which can be quickly dropped into any game.

History of lacing in the Forgotten Realms. This book fills in gaps in the timeline of the Forgotten Realms, showing how lacing magic was created, how it reached its height, and ultimately, how it began to fall, until very few lacers remain.

This book is over 170 pages of vetted and critiqued content, and has been checked for balance in comparison to other 5e options, including those presented in the Player's Handbook. As much or as little of this book as you like can be added to any campaign of Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, with no worry needing to be given over power levels or exceptional strength.

This has been a project I've worked on for over 5 years, and it's just incredible to finally see it come to fruition. So I really, really hope you enjoy it, and happy gaming!

- Alex Tanner


If you enjoy this, check out my other work!

Tarocchi. This class uses a deck of 52 playing cards in order to fund their magic spells, and requires you to play with a deck of cards as your character does!

Totemist. This class summons wooden idols with powerful magical abilities that affect the area around them. Answer the call of nature that best suits you to animate your idols to battle for you, boost you own fighting ability, or add the ability to cast spells alongside your totems!

Wayfarer. This is a full spellcasting class that gains the ability summon a powerful companion called an amicus. This creature is completely customizable, giving you an incredible amount of versatility in a single class!

 
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Lindsey M October 15, 2020 8:16 pm UTC
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Hello, I haven't actually got to use it yet, but just to let you know when you print the pages the pictures are not in the background, they cover the words. Not sure why since in the pdf it looks fine
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Alex T October 16, 2020 4:18 am UTC
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Hey Lindsey, I'm sorry to hear about that! As you said the PDF should look correct, so I have no idea what would cause that problem. But your comment spurred me to create a new printer-friendly PDF of the book! It has very basic formatting and no pictures, and removes all flavor text, leaving in only the mechanics needed for players, so mechanics from the first seven chapters of the book.

I apologize for any wasted ink, but hopefully the new PDF can help! You should be able to find it among the download files for the book, marked as printer-friendly.
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ANDREW C September 16, 2020 3:19 am UTC
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Hi, A group of friends and i were thinking about streaming a dnd campaign featuring incarnate. I was wondering if there was any copyright things we should look out for! We played a session offline and absolutely loved it and want to share our adventure through stream. The world would be inspired by your work but wouldn't be exactly the same. We want to ask permission before anything and will give credit to you and your team!
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Alex T September 16, 2020 5:10 am UTC
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Hi Andrew! Unfortunately I'm not 100% sure, as the book is owned by the DMs Guild, so you would need to check with them to be sure. As long as they give the okay, you've absolutely got my encouragement to do so! I'm glad you're enjoying the book!
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ANDREW C September 16, 2020 4:17 pm UTC
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Thanks so much! I reached out to them and they said we are all good to go! Even allowed us to use the title image for an intro! Super excited to start!!!
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Nicholas M September 15, 2020 5:32 pm UTC
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I was wondering, will there be an update of this book that will also have an archetype for the ranger, bard, and articifer? Or is that not exactly planned at all?
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Alex T September 15, 2020 7:56 pm UTC
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Hi Nicholas, thanks for checking it out! Currently, new archetypes for this book are not on my to-do list, as I'm currently working on a brand new book with new classes. You can follow me on twitter to get updates on that book.
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Nicholas M October 24, 2020 2:37 am UTC
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What will this new book be about, if you don't mind me asking
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Alex T October 25, 2020 8:16 pm UTC
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Sure no problem! While Incarnate is an entire setting book for both DMs and players, the new book (Kayla's Class Compendium) is entirely player-focused, and will include 9 new classes for players to try out that will fit alongside any other game of 5th edition, whether all players in the party play a class from KCC, only one player plays such a class, or any combination.
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Nicholas M November 10, 2020 10:11 pm UTC
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This KCC, is it an expansion of the Incarnate book or is it something entirely new and different?
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Alex T November 11, 2020 12:01 am UTC
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KCC is a new book entirely, unconnected to Incarnate. Just 9 new player classes for people to play as in 5th edition.
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Chandler P September 06, 2020 6:15 pm UTC
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Just want to make sure I am understanding this correctly. Can you be a lacer that does not match the race? For example, could you be a fire lacer but be from the water clan?
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Alex T September 08, 2020 2:44 pm UTC
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Hi Chandler! As written, there's nothing preventing you from doing exactly that. You should speak with your DM to make sure the character you want to play fits their world, but mechanically, it would not be unbalanced to take one race but then not "match up" what type of lacer they are.
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Sarah F August 23, 2020 5:29 am UTC
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Hi Alex,
This looks amazing and I can't wait to try it out!
Is there any way to get a physical book rather than the PDF only? Thanks!
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Alex T August 23, 2020 3:43 pm UTC
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Hi Sarah, thanks for the kind words! I'd love to have a physical book put out, but the book is the property of the DMs Guild now that it is released here, so it's up to them if a book is printed or not. I'm not currently aware of any plans to release a book, but you can follow my twitter @thealexctanner and I'll be sure to put any updates there!
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Sarah F August 23, 2020 8:38 pm UTC
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Sounds good, thank you!
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Dakota H August 21, 2020 8:39 am UTC
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Playing a Lacer in a "Higher-Power" type of campaign in which I am a Fire Lacer... and am pretty continually being out-performed and bested by more dedicated classes. Both monks shine brighter, the spell casters burn hotter, and the martial fight better. They also have the benefit of magical items tailored to their classes, where Lacer does not. Currently, we're low level, sure. But I am in a continually feels bad man situation that I 100% do not hold against the work. I feel like Lacer is a phenomenal class, and this is such a huge AtLA supplement that it is really impressive. Though my experience does make me feel like it's more for a campaign geared in that specific direction.

Considering I'm in a party with two other ki users, it does feel a little bad that my Ki falls off so drastically compared to theirs. It also feels bad that my abilities cost so much, to the point where I may only use them once in any given situation before I must take a rest to recover. Even a Warlock, at second...See more
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Alex T August 21, 2020 1:55 pm UTC
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Hi Dakota, sorry to hear you're feeling a bit on the weak side. My goal was to build things that could be slotted into any DnD game, but a class is always a delicate project to juggle. *With your DM's consent and understanding,* one thing you could do would be to make your number of ki points match to your character level, like a monk. You mentioned you were low-level, so below level 7 this wouldn't help you, but it's an option that wouldn't fundamentally change the character. At 7th level, you get the Push It feature, allowing you to attempt to grab some extra ki points.

You could also take the Lacing Initiate feat, for a 1st-level form that you could initiate once a day for free. Alternately, since you're already playing a lacer, you could ask your DM to allow the Lacing Initiate feat to grant you 2 ki points (the cost of a 1st-level form) and to up your elemental strike damage to the next level (from 1d6 to 1d8, for example).

Also, keep in mind that since your elemental strike is a...See more
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Jeremy C August 19, 2020 1:17 pm UTC
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Hey there! A friend of mine is using this in his campaign, and I was wondering - I know you can spend additional ki to perform Forms at higher levels, but I was wondering why 5th level forms mention it, if 5th level is the highest level you can have.
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Alex T August 19, 2020 1:59 pm UTC
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That mention is there because the samsari class can break that cap of 5th-level being the highest with their Ki Infusion feature. I felt it was important to call out that feature separately instead of simply increasing the samsari's Max Form Level on their class table to 9th, since forms of 6th-9th level don't actually exist. But the samsari can break the bounds of 5th-level forms being the highest by empowering lower-level forms, so that's why it's written that way.
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Balázs M August 16, 2020 7:23 pm UTC
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I absolutely love the book, I am a huge Avatar I mean Incarnate fan, and this is the most detailed conversion Ive seen.

The only suggestion I would make (after a quick flip through): Lightning seems to be very powerful to me in the series, not just an alternate version of fire. So I would modify the Cold Blooded feat: for spending 2 Ki, the damage die type of the lacer's elemental strike counts one die type higher (e.g.: 1st level d8 instead of d6) in the next 5 rounds. For spending 4 Ki, the same effect is applicable for all elemental damage rolled by the lacer (so in case of all elemental forms as well)

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Graham H August 15, 2020 6:11 pm UTC
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Recently re-downloaded the pdf. Seems like the bookmarks are broken.
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Alex T August 15, 2020 7:07 pm UTC
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Hi Graham, thanks for pointing it out, the bookmarks got lost when I made some minor edits to the PDF recently. They've been fixed now if you re-download again. Sorry about that!
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Graham H August 15, 2020 7:08 pm UTC
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Thanks! All good now for me. Thanks for the quick response and fix.
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Graham H August 15, 2020 10:19 pm UTC
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Looks like there is also two page 25's each with a different effect for Matter Skandha for Earth.
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Alex T August 15, 2020 10:25 pm UTC
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You're absolutely right, that's one of the minor edits I made recently, although I'm not sure how the holdover from the previous PDF made its way into the new PDF. All fixed now, sorry for the confusion!
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Graham H August 15, 2020 10:26 pm UTC
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No problem, happy to help spot any errors!
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Zac C August 03, 2020 12:22 am UTC
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I love the book but the character sheet that comes with it is annoying. Because I create character sheets on the PDF (Got a medical issue that makes writing small next to impossible) then print the lines on some sections make it hard to read what I just typed.
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Alex T August 03, 2020 1:55 pm UTC
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Hi Zac, I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with the PDF. Is there anything I could do from my end that would be helpful?
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Zac C August 17, 2020 7:52 am UTC
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Only just got notification on reply so sorry for late reply. Just a way to remove all of writing lines of the lancer fillable form since that is the only issue I have
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Alex T August 17, 2020 6:29 pm UTC
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Hi Zac, just to check, do you mean a blank version of the PDF without the fillable forms?
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Zac C August 19, 2020 11:27 pm UTC
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No, on the character sheet there are gray lines in some of the boxes which obscure the words I type in the boxes because the letters don't sit on top of them, they go through them. Sorry for the confusion
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Alex T August 20, 2020 3:17 am UTC
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Ah I understand now. Unfortunately, I commissioned the character sheet from an artist who is not available to take on this kind of work anymore, and I'm afraid I don't know much about editing PDFs. I wish I could help further, and I do apologize! Hopefully a standard DnD character sheet will still be able to meet your needs. I really wish I could do more, but I'm afraid that's just not something I'm able to get together right now.
- Alex
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Zac C August 22, 2020 1:43 am UTC
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That's fine
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Nicholas B July 20, 2020 6:11 pm UTC
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Just saw a Tiktok about this book, It is amazing! Cant wait to work them into my campaign.
Any idea if you will be selling it as a hardcover?
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Alex T July 20, 2020 6:24 pm UTC
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Thanks for the kind words! Now that the work is posted here, it belongs to the DMs Guild, so it would be entirely up to them if anything else happens with the book, as I don't have any control over that. I'm glad you enjoy it though!
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Alexander M July 16, 2020 1:42 am UTC
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Does anyone have any good map packs they like to use with this campaign? I'm looking to set up something on Roll20 with some friends.
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Ruben V July 12, 2020 3:59 pm UTC
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I wish I had money to actually pay for this product. It's totally worth the recommended price.
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Alex T July 15, 2020 6:06 pm UTC
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No worries, I appreciate the kind words!
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Nicholas B July 20, 2020 6:09 pm UTC
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This is fantastic, any chance it can be available to buy as hardcover?
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Tom C July 05, 2020 7:57 pm UTC
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Very excited to implement this into a game with friends tho Im gonna talk to my gm about making a few small tweaks because personally I am confused why the Water Lacers Proficiency weapons, simple weapons makes sense but, Rapier and Whip? That seams very... Pirate themed? Gonna ask my dm about changing the proficiency to something more along the lines of like a Harpoon/Spear and Net/bolo as I feel that feels more appropriate? But I am also curious for the choice of those being the proficient weapons. Other than that Im so excited for this its so amazing I cant wait to get into it.
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Tom C July 05, 2020 8:29 pm UTC
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As well we haven't gotten into it yet and while we have the "cantrips" from our lacing. Looking at the Ki to Form Ratio it feels realy off...? It looks like we would be able to rare use our Forms. Even starting out at 3rd level, during a fight you would be able to use pretty much only 1 lacer ability the entire fight as even just the first level form costs 2. And you don't regain any ki until a short or long rest forcing you to take short rests every single time you finish a fight. Especially since wanting to be a "lacer" you kinda want to fight with your abilities not just weapons no?

This is just my understanding of it as is right now, idk if im missing anything so any clarification would be appreciated.
As it stands we are thinking we might need to change how the use of the forms is to fit our needs at least.
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Alex T July 06, 2020 3:56 pm UTC
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Hearing feedback is always really valuable, so I will definitely keep this in mind if I have time to make further edits to the book. But in the meantime, I always encourage you to make changes suitable for your table! Weapon proficiencies can pretty easily be replaced with the ones you mentioned. As for ki points, I wouldn't increase them much, but you could try increasing ki to be equal to your lacer level (as a monk's ki is equal to their monk level) and see if that works for your purposes.

Hope you enjoy the book!
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Joaquin C July 05, 2020 4:03 pm UTC
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I downloaded Incarnate and I'm so excited to run it and play it with my friends, the only problem is that, it isn't form fillable (maybe it is I'm super new to the site and can't figure anything out.). I went and edited the pdf myself but if there is an official form fillable version can someone help me out?... I use pdfs mainly due to convenience especially since I mostly play online with my friends.
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Alex T July 06, 2020 3:55 pm UTC
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Unfortunately no, we don't have a form fillable version of the PDF. Hope you enjoy the book though!
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Benjamin S June 25, 2020 3:25 pm UTC
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As someone on the cusp of running an ATLA-themed campaign, this is easily the best conversion/Planeshift style resource for that purpose I've seen yet! Everything I've looked at seems balanced, packed with flavor, and wouldn't even be out of place in a normal DND setting. Bravo!
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Alex T July 06, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
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Thank you, I appreciate the kind words!
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