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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 173 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.

4 new subclasses. In addition to the five subclasses present for the lacer, and the three subclasses presented for the samsari, four new subclasses are given for classes from the Player's Handbook. Barbarians can follow the Path of Elemental Fury, gaining powerful elemental abilities. Monks have three new subclasses to join; the Ki Blocker is a wise warrior who learns to hinder their opponents by blocking ki paths in the body, the Shihan Warrior learns to use special armor and weapons to be a protector of the weak and innocent, and a monk who follows the Way of the Lacer gains new elemental abilities.

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.

Dozens of 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 many more!

192+ lacing forms. Similar to spells, lacing forms allow you mastery and control over the elements. Over 192 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.

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!

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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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Arthur S October 29, 2017 5:22 am UTC
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Hello and well done sir, great content and adaptation sorry I can't give more support.
If you may help me, I got a little confused with the Elemental Strike text.
The Elemental Strike is ranged only or the player choose how to use (melee or ranged) ?

Thank you for the content and for your work.
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Arthur S October 29, 2017 5:36 am UTC
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Nevermind, I didn't saw the Combat Harmony Fighting style.

Sorry.
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Pedro C October 12, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
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Hello! I LOVE this guide, and how it’s so compatible with other homebrews and easy to fit into almost any campaign.
I do have a quick question, though. In the equipment section, there is an elemental blade, that requires lacing to use. Do attacks from it count as elemental attacks, or no?
Thanks, and thank you for the great content!
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Alex T October 13, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
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Thanks for the kind words! Yes, any attack made with an elemental weapon would count as an elemental attack.
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Patrick S October 04, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
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Does all the locations in this module cross over to the maps for kara-tur?
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Alex T October 13, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
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As I was planning the tie-ins to the Forgotten Realms, I did indeed use maps as much as possible to ensure things would make as much sense as possible.

The ones I used were from the following website: http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Kara-Tur

The various maps from that site will sync up with what I've written in the guide.

Thanks for checking it out!
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Kerry D September 07, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
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Really awesome looking and well-thought out. Clearly a lot of hard work and effort was put into this.

Just one question though: for Obake, it mentions in several places that they can shapeshift but outside of flavour text, the closest to this being implemented is polymorph (via spirit magic) at level 5. I'm not sure if this was changed or I'm getting the wrong impression but does this mean (just for example) a nekomata obake cannot shapeshift into a cat until level 5?

Also there are no stat blocks for most of the mentioned animals associated with the obake (such as the tanuki, otter or fox) in this or in official sources. Any recommendations for good substitutions?

Really love your work though and it's just a minor hiccup ^.^
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Alex T September 18, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
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To answer your question, yes, currently you'd need to wait for polymorph at 5th level to shapeshift. I'm currently working on a big overhaul of the book, and this is one of the areas I will be addressing, and seeing if more can be done (although I'm not sure yet without further review).

As for the animals (such as tanuki, otter, and fox), those animals actually are in the book, in the first appendix (Appendix A: Misc. Creatures).

Thanks for checking it out, hope you enjoy playing it!
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August 26, 2017 12:49 am UTC
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Ok, so. Question. With the Elemental Strike thing for a Lacer, is there any point where it can overcome resistance/immunities? I might've missed it, if it's in there.
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Alex T August 26, 2017 2:29 pm UTC
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Currently no, that ability is not present. However, I'm currently working on a massive overhaul of the book, to make sure it integrates even more fully with the base 5e options, including allowing a lacer or samsari to be placed into a "normal" 5e adventuring group and be well-balanced and fill a unique niche. With these changes is coming the ability you described, along with a number of changes that will leave the player options from the book (the lacer and samsari, along with all the feats and forms) recognizable, but much better balanced around being integrated into any adventuring group. I hope to get these changes out relatively soon, so keep an eye out for that, and thanks for the interest!

In the meantime, if you find it's a problem in a game you're currently running/playing, the lacer will receive this ability at 6th level, and it would be fine to add that ability to the current lacer until changes go out.
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August 27, 2017 1:21 am UTC
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Thanks for the response! I've only been reading through everything, but I plan on playing an Earthlacer in my groups next campaign, with only a few minor changes. I like the feel, and I'm looking forward to using the Cables and such.
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Joshua D April 24, 2017 6:22 am UTC
Excuse me Alex did you happen to get inspiration from Avatar The Lat Airbender/The Legend Of Korra ?
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Alex T May 05, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
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Hey Josh! I'm definitely a big fan of those series, but I tried to make it as much my own as possible. Hopefully you enjoy it!
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Joshua D May 21, 2017 2:19 am UTC
I shall enjoy it to the fullest!
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derek M March 17, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Alex, someone showed this to me and it is amazing. I will be getting a copy asap. Have a couple of questions. Would it be possible to convert this into a module for fantasy grounds? And would it be allowed to be streamed? I only ask because we are a NPO charity that streams games, and this would amazing and fun to run online. Thanks in advance!
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Alex T March 23, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
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Hi Derek! I just checked out the trailer for Fantasy Grounds, and it looks like an amazing application. Whether or not it's possible to turn this into a module, I honestly have no idea, as I'd never heard of their service before now.

As for streaming, absolutely! I'd love to know any streaming details if you're planning to play online!

As for converting it completely to Fantasy Grounds, I'll have to look at the logistics of that and see if it's not too incredibly time-consuming. But if you're just asking if it's ok to run it on Fantasy Grounds and stream it, that would be great! Email me at alexctanner@gmail.com if you do choose to do so, and thanks for checking it out!
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Brodee S February 26, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
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I really love this so far! Thanks for making it! I wanted to check are their going to be pictures added at some point? Thanks Again!
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Alex T March 16, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
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Thanks for the interest! Unfortunately, adding art to the book would be fairly expensive, as I'd need to commission art for everywhere in the book that needs it. I tried to look into some free sources, but there wasn't really anything that fit my needs and that I thought the quality was high enough. And while I'm really humbled at how generous people have been in downloading my work, it hasn't made enough to be able to cover the amount of art it would need. So for now, unfortunately I won't be able to add any. It's something I would love to do long-term if I ever have the money for it, but for now at least, the book is in its final form, except possibly adding PDF bookmarks to it.

Thanks again!
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Edric L January 02, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
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When I can afford to, I will pay you for this work; it's brilliant. I look forward to using this in a campaign soon!

Also, out of curiosity, why do earthlacers function off of charisma and waterlacers off of wisdom, and not the other way around? Shouldn't waterlacers be affected by their mood (charisma) and earthbenders seek neutral jing (wisdom)?
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Alex T January 03, 2017 2:44 pm UTC
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The following is paraphrased from a wiki online that talked about the kind of earth magic you're thinking of. "Earth magic expresses the aspect of neutral jing, which involves listening and waiting, and also requires decisiveness; when the time comes to strike, it must be done without hesitation or uncertainty. If an earth mage lacks determination, the earth will not respond to their will." Basically, the earthlacer needs to have a strong personality to force the earth to work for them.

For water, waterlacing requires reacting to one's opponent. The strength of water is in being able to react to an enemy's attack and turn it against them. This requires the waterlacer to be able to read their opponent and predict what they are planning to do next, which would be most closely tied to wisdom.

Thanks for checking it out, I appreciate the kind words!
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Stuart M December 23, 2016 4:01 pm UTC
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Just reading through this at work. Fantastic, fantastic stuff. I feel terrible on paying you $2. So much work has been put into it. Thank you so much. Saves me trying to homebrew anything as well tested and thought out as this.
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Alex T January 03, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
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Hey anything is appreciated, I'm just glad people are enjoying it. Thanks for the kind words!
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Ethan J October 28, 2016 11:47 pm UTC
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On page 42 of the PDF there is a text issue. I am hoping Alex can fix it as he did with the others before.
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Alex T October 29, 2016 1:34 am UTC
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Hey! I'm not sure why that issue was still cropping up only on that page, but it's fixed now!
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Trevor C October 15, 2016 1:17 am UTC
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I absolutely love what you've done, and as my hobby store's official dungeon master, am happy to say that we are starting an avatar campaign using this manual! Just one question, any chance of getting a printer friendly version without the backgrounds and black spots?
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Alex T October 16, 2016 7:07 pm UTC
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Hey, send me an email, my contact info. is at the end of the document, and I'll see if there's anything that can be done. Thanks for checking it out!
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Alex T October 18, 2016 1:33 pm UTC
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So I just took a look at the options for the DMs Guild, and realized I could add another file to this release, so I have added a printer-friendly file, which should be downloadable immediately. I'd love to hear about any sessions your run!
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Trevor C October 21, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
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Thank you Alex, my players and I appreciate it. I printed a full color copy of the book, but it would be too expensive for each of my players to print one as well. So now they can print one too! Also, our campaign is going very well. Its set about 70 years after Korra, in a period where benders are being outlawed. Think Avatar meets xmen days of future past.
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Ethan J October 11, 2016 5:43 pm UTC
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So I love it, but your PDF has some weird formatting issues where the print overlaps on repeat in some areas.
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Alex T October 11, 2016 6:20 pm UTC
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Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I found the issue, it had to do with the coding on the first page of each chapter. It should be fixed now. Thanks for checking it out!
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Ethan J October 14, 2016 6:24 am UTC
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Hey Alex just wanted to say thank you for getting to it. I appreciate it and love the product.
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adam O October 01, 2016 6:12 am UTC
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Incorporated npc lacers into my AL campaign albeit slightly modified to better fit AL and they work great they really fit into the tyranny of dragons setting well
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Alex T October 04, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
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Awesome, I'm glad you've been able to utilize them well! I'd love to hear about any sessions you've had that include them!
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Roberto K September 10, 2016 6:30 am UTC
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This looks amazing!

I will say I'm a little sad that there doesn't seem to be stats for an equivalent to the Mother of Faces. I guess she kind of makes sense unstatted, since she's in the same category as the Bixi, the light spirit Guang, or the dark spirit Heian.
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Alex T September 10, 2016 1:28 pm UTC
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True, some things are just too powerful to really work well in 5e, but I have added a lot so that, despite the inspiration, there's a lot of new stuff here as well from me in a way that I think fits the setting of Forgotten Realms. Thanks for checking it out!
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adam O September 09, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
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It looks really good, my only criticism would be some of the shu forms are really powerful so balancing at higher levels seems like an issue to me.
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Alex T September 10, 2016 1:25 pm UTC
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Feel free to email me at alexctanner@gmail.com, I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on this!
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