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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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Robert W September 13, 2019 3:23 pm UTC
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Since my last comment I have seen a Samsari in action, which I have really enjoyed but I think it is somewhat under-powered; I am therefore considering making a couple of changes to how it plays at my table; just thought I'd run these changes by you.

As a short-rest reliant full-caster they are comparable to Warlocks with Ki in place of spell slots and Chakras in place of both Invocations and Mystic Arcanums. With this in mind I think that the Ki-point progression is too slow in the early game; 1st level Warlocks have one 1st level slot (=2 Ki), 2nd level Warlocks, have two 1st level slots (=4 Ki) and 3rd level Warlocks get two 2nd level slots (=6 Ki), after this their 2 spell slots increase in level every 2 Warlock levels. A Samsari won't really feel the benefit of the versatility of casting spells with Ki points rather than a very limited number of high level slots until higher levels. Therefore I would have the Samsari's Ki point progression from level 1 to 20 be as follows;
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Robert W September 13, 2019 4:10 pm UTC
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Regarding making Spirit Guide free for use on others, but still cost 1 ki when using on yourself, I would flip this for Path of the King Samsaris; they would be able to use it on themselves for free but it would cost 1 ki to use it on others. I would not increase the cost of Strike of the Heavens to compensate as I am trying to reduce the amount of Ki that the class spends on other abilities.
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Luke W July 31, 2019 12:05 am UTC
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Are elemental blades Str based or Ki stat based as far as attack & damage bonus.?
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Alex T August 09, 2019 4:03 pm UTC
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Hey Luke! It was the intention that the elemental sword uses your ki ability modifier, and not Strength. That is not currently explicit in the text, I will be sure to update it next time I make updates to the document. Thanks for checking it out!
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Robert W July 26, 2019 10:52 pm UTC
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In addition to my other comment one other query has occured to me; why don't the Samsari get some version of the Skandha that Lacers get? I understand there may be problems with overpowering the class but some of these Skandha feel like they are core to mastering those elements so it seems strange that the Samsari; who have supposedly reached a level of mastery beyond even the Lacers, don't get access to some of those features.
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Robert W July 26, 2019 11:08 pm UTC
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Also with the Spirit Guide feature for the Samsari, is the intention that the Help action can be taken in combat at range rather than having to be within 5 feet of the person you are helping? If so what is the range?
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Alex T July 28, 2019 8:15 pm UTC
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Hey Robert, thanks for checking out the book and for the enthusiasm! It means a lot to me to see people engaging with it! I'm going to attempt to answer all of your questions here:

1) Elemental strike does count as a magical weapon for overcoming resistance and immunity.
2) The attack bonus from archery does apply to the elemental strike, since it is considered a weapon.
3) Air Matter Skandha can be declared to be used after the attack is technically rolled, but like a bard's inspiration, it must be decided before the player knows whether the attack hit or missed.
4) Earth Matter Skandha definitely rewards those earthlacers who have invested in their defense. It may be possible that this one warrants changes, although the version you proposed would give far too many temporary hit points for a single ki point. I do think the number could be increased from what is written now in a future version though.
5) Your kensurai subclass is really cool! I'm not sure if I'll be writing...See more
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Robert W September 13, 2019 11:53 am UTC
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Cool, that all makes sense. I do disagree about the Earth Matter Skandha though; half Lacer level + Charisma modifier temp. hit points (maximum 15) for 1 ki point is still much less damage mitigated than if you use 1 ki point to use Deflection; that only works on certain types of attacks but reduces the damage by 1D10 + Lacing Modifier + Lacer Level (maximum 35 points of damage mitigated).
Also comparing it to another Homebrew Class on the DM's Guild; the Pugilist; it is comparable to this class as it is also based on the Monk and therefore has some similar features. That class has a feature which gives the character temp hit points of Con Modifier + Pugilist Level + Fisticuffs Damage Die (scales equivalent to Elemental Strike Damage die), for the cost of 1 Moxie Point (equivalent of 1 Ki Point); this is generally considered to be a pretty balanced class and class feature.
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Robert W September 13, 2019 1:31 pm UTC
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Also, while most of the abilities which Lacer's get from the Skandha should only apply to them; there are a couple which feel as though Samsari should get them too and which wouldn't break the game; specifically the elements of the Cognition Skandha pertaining to being acclimatized to the environmental effects their chosen element. Also I feel like all Samsari should get the effect of the Air Volition Skandha which protects them from the frailty of old age; perhaps they should get it when they've opened all their Chakras.
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Robert W July 26, 2019 8:13 pm UTC
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This whole document that you've put together here looks fantastic! It really scratches my itch to play a D&D game based on Avatar: the Last Airbender which was left so disappointed by the Way of the Four Elements Monk. I do have a couple of questions specifically about the Lacer class though. Sorry for the literal essay.

First, is the Elemental Strike a magical attack for the purposes of damage resistance/immunity? And if not does it become magical later similar to a Monk's Ki-Empowered Strike feature?

Does the attack bonus from the Archery Fighting Style apply to Elemental Strike as if it were a weapon?

Does the Air Matter Skandha need to be used before the enemy rolls to hit for their attack? If it happens after the hit roll is made that seems too powerful even for 2 Ki-Points.

The Earth Matter Skandha is really weak; because the Lacer class is quite MAD (not a bad thing; it makes sense and it's no more MAD than the Monk is) there is a strong chance that...See more
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Robert W July 26, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
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In retrospect the Lacing Stance part of the 3rd level feature there competes with Defensive Stance (which is arguably better anyway) so instead of that being a Stance which you have to choose from I would probably just make a slightly weaker version of that be a 3rd level ability of its own; like you get to make x amount of re-rolls per day while your Kensurai weapon is in your hand or maybe just a small passive bonus to concentration checks like half your lacing ability score modifier (rounded up). This would leave the choice of stances just between Offensive and Defensive.
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Robert W July 26, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
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Also unsure whether the 18th level feature should work that way or just allow you to make an attack with your Kensurai weapons as a bonus action when you make a lacing form with your action. This would be less powerful and unique but would also cost no ki which would be a big plus and I'm concerned that the 2 Ki-point cost of the other option is too much in a class which would already burn through ki very quickly.
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Craig H July 26, 2019 5:05 pm UTC
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a question about the Lacer's elemental strike, it doesn't say in the ability that I can see but as it seems driven by ki magic is the damage of the strike magical bludgeoning?
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Alex T July 28, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
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Hi Craig, the lacer's elemental strike does count as magical for overcoming resistance and immunity to nonmagical weapons. Thanks for checking it out!
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Jeff C July 23, 2019 3:12 am UTC
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Question regarding the Fantasy Grounds module and the Way of Four Elements options:

First, is there a plan to update the module for FG? I've taken to updating the module myself, and I'm about half-way through, but if you already had it covered then I would just wait until its release.

Second, were the basic lacing abilities intended to be offered as choices for the Way of Four Elements monks' disciplines at 3rd, 6th, etc. or was one intended to be given to the monk at 3rd level for free?

This is a great product, by the way. Thank you for keeping up with it!!!
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Alex T July 23, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
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Hey Jeff, thanks for taking the time! Currently, I did not have any plans to update the Fantasy Grounds module myself, as I have never actually used Fantasy Grounds. That module was created by someone with the Play to Beat Brain Cancer organization, and all profits from that module go to their foundation. So if you did update the module, I can't offer anything to you personally, but if you'd be willing to let me put it up as an update to the existing one, all the proceeds would go to that foundation!

As for the Way of the Four Elements, basic lacing should be included as an optional discipline at any level, that can be used at any time without needing to spend ki points. But they would still need to be chosen as one of the monk's disciplines.

Thanks for the kind words!
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Mike V June 27, 2019 8:54 am UTC
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Quick question about basic airlacing:
The 3rd possible effect is: Your movement speed is increased by 20 feet.
How long is this supposed to last? If it's just for the turn: Why would you ever use that instead of the dash action? If it's longer: Does it require concentration, and how long does it last?
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Alex T June 27, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
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Thanks for the question! It is intended to actually last until the end of your next turn, not requiring concentration. Sorry for the confusion!
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Matthew C May 21, 2019 1:39 am UTC
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Hm, so I use Last Stand in my campaign. Are there any good ideas for Last Stands for Lacers?
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Alex T May 21, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
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So I had never heard of Last Stand so I just checked it out, and it's pretty cool. I wouldn't presume to know the balance of how the features are written or what would be appropriate, but I would encourage you to use ones similar to the following options from that book:

1) Bard - Friends on the Other Side
2) Druid - Ley Waste
3) Monk - Into the Mist
4) Monk - Transcendence
5) Sorcerer - Wild Magic Cascade
6) Warlock - Hubris

Obviously they'll need to be changed a bit, but under that system I would use the above options as starting points for writing a Last Stand for a lacer.

Hope you enjoy the book!
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Paden S February 03, 2019 4:15 am UTC
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Am I the only one where the links are broken or is it just my computer
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Paden S February 03, 2019 6:48 pm UTC
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Nevermind managed to fix the issue
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Cameron J January 24, 2019 3:58 pm UTC
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My cabbages! Seriously this is pretty awesome, thanks for all of your efforts
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Alex T January 24, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
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Thanks, I'm really glad you enjoy it!
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Johnathan K January 16, 2019 5:18 pm UTC
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Fantastic, yo. Do you have a Patreon or something similar?
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Alex T January 24, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
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I do not, but definitely follow me @thealexctanner on Twitter, I post there when I have updates for my projects (and don't use it for anything else so you won't get any spam from me). Thanks for the kind words!
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Thomas W January 07, 2019 1:25 pm UTC
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Great, but the 452 mg file size is huge. It's kind of a problem for my small tablet. I would appreciate it if you could find a way to reduce the file size to something more reasonable.
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Alex T January 08, 2019 2:18 am UTC
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I appreciate the feedback, and I definitely agree it's a little rough. I will look into options for reducing the size and see if I can find a way to do it while preserving the quality of the book.

Thank you for checking it out though, I hope you are able to use it and enjoy it in the meantime!
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Paige P May 15, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
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yea I'm having issues on my laptop too
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Alex T May 16, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
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Hey, just wanted to update the people in this thread, sorry it's taken so long but I've managed to shrink the file size by about 90% without a loss in quality that I've been able to find, so I've just put that version up. Hopefully it's much easier to work with! It's still larger than I'd like in an ideal situation, but any more compression and the quality starts to suffer.
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Garm B December 30, 2018 12:16 am UTC
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Hey, I just started playing a Firelacer Kobold over on Midgardia RPG (He's gonna be a true dragon, some day!) and I just wanted to say that I really love this supplement. Been having a ton of fun throwing elemental strikes at people.
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Alex T January 08, 2019 2:17 am UTC
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That's wonderful, I'm glad you're enjoying it! Thanks!
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Luke S December 20, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
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Hey There, this is amazing and I love it. If you ever release a print-on-demand or kickstarter or anything for a physical copy, know that you've got one more person that would buy a copy in a heartbeat!
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Alex T December 20, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
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Hey I really appreciate that! Unfortunately I believe that due to how the rules of the DMs Guild work, physical copies cannot be printed and sold, at least not by me. I do have other things in the works right now though, if you want to stay updated feel free to follow me on Twitter! I basically only use it to update people about my DnD writing, so you won't get spammed by anything else.
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Gabriel P December 03, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
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Hey there, I am currently planning a game (and maybe a campaing) in the world of Avatar with the use of your amazing work! My players asked if there was any character sheets made for this specific setting, did you make one?
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Alex T December 04, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
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Hey, thanks for checking it out! I do not have one specifically made yet, but I'm currently speaking with an artist and having them worked on! If you follow me on Twitter, I basically only use it to post about DnD stuff that I release, so that would be the easiest way to keep track of when it is released. I'm @thealexctanner on Twitter.
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Gabriel P December 14, 2018 12:11 am UTC
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That's perfect, thanks for the good work!
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Andrew J October 29, 2018 12:13 am UTC
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For the level 1 firelacing form Searing Ray, it says "targets within range" yet the range it shows is "Self." Is this intended or supposed to be 120 ft like Magic Missle or 20/60 like the elemental strike?
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Alex T October 30, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
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Ah I'll need to edit that, the form has a range of 60 feet. Thanks for checking it out!
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Andrew J November 03, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
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It's one of my favorite Third Party things ever, it's very well done. If I find any more small errors, I'll let you know! :D
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