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Alternate Death Domain for 5e Clerics
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Alternate Death Domain for 5e Clerics


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This is an alternate version of the original 5e Death domain for clerics.  It is intended for use with neutral deities who personify the natural aspects of death as it comes to all mortals rather than the scheming, evil corruptor type as presented in the DMG.  

These deities, such as the Raven Queen, Kelemvor, Anubis, etc. tend to abhor the undead.  This alternate Death domain is meant to give players an option to play as a cleric who serves a god who stands to protect the sanctity of death, calling for the annihilation of the undead in all its forms.

-Cody Faulk

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James C March 27, 2020 12:45 am UTC
really well written, i really enjoy the layout of everything and I enjoy the option to play a death domain cleric without siding with the undead.
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Xyarlothep Q October 27, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Getting Necrotic Resistance at 1 level with the other features there is way too strong, you should take the precedence of the UA Forge Domain and put the damage resistance in the 6th level feature.
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Cody F October 27, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback, but I'm afraid I disagree with you entirely. You can get fire resistance at level 1 as a Tiefling, and that's even more common than necrotic. You also get no proficiencies in armor or weapons, and 1 of your 2 cantrips is extremely situational (Spare the Dying) and doesn't even allow casting it as a bonus action (like the Grave domain later did). Additionally, One Foot in the Grave is even more situational, as it only occurs when you're dying, and even then, only when you fail, so how often do you even get to use those features?

So about half of the abilities you get are situational at level 1, so having a decently common resistance (less common than fire or poison) is well within the realm of appropriate for the power level. Look at what else Forge cleric gets at level 1. That's why they postponed resistance to level 6. You have to look at the whole package in context, not just the individual features in a vacuum.
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Vojtech P March 13, 2017 9:12 am UTC
Very nice domain with strong atmosphere. One little detail, it should be clarified, whether the spare dying and chill touch count toward cantrips known (i.e. whether you know three of five cantrips at level one).
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Cody F March 14, 2017 8:38 am UTC
Great, feedback, thank you. Please leave a review if you would be so kind! :) To answer your question, it is intended you would know them in addition to the cantrips you select at level 1 for cleric. The note explaining that they count as cleric cantrips is to indicate that they both can be used by you as a cleric even though Chill Touch isn't actually on the cleric spell list. It is not intended to say that these take the place of cantrips you would learn by selecting the cleric class.
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