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The Librarian: An Investigative Class for D&D 5e
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"There are tales of monstrous beasts and hidden cities that have been passed down through generations. They are told as fables; small bedtime stories that children dream about when drifting off to sleep in warm, summer evenings. Tales of fantastical creatures, of wonderous items and of mystical landscapes far forgotten and lost to myth and legend."

"A librarian is not one to take such stories lightly. Buried under books, alchemical equipment and strange, technological inventions, a librarian follows these tales, setting forth with adventurers to discover the truth behind the legend. Using their knowledge, wit and dogged preparation, librarians defend the world from ancient otherworldly threats others never even knew existed."

Inside this pdf you will find a complete class for playing this lovecraftian inspired investigator in games of dungeons and dragons 5th edition. 



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John S October 12, 2019 6:16 am UTC
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I really wish this wasn't a protected pdf, because I am used to copying and pasting homebrew or outside content into roll20 character sheets, and that's simply not possible due to the secured pdfs.

I do love it though! great class. though it's weird that pagemaster gets an upgrade to mindful study the level before it gets mindful study proper, but since this campaign starts at level 3 and it's not really much of a concern.
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Vall S October 12, 2019 11:03 am UTC
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Hi John, thanks for the kind words and feedback!
I'm looking into updating the Librarian when I get the chance, so I'll be sure to sort out the copy/paste issue in the next update, and have a good look at ensuring all the pagemaster's feature trigger at the correct points. :)
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aiden L July 11, 2019 5:06 am UTC
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So I like this class and am planing on playing next chance I get to make a new character, but I've found 2 versions of this, one here and one on reddit, I was just wondering which was newer because there are differences between the two, especially with the hunter.
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Vall S July 11, 2019 11:42 am UTC
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Hi Aiden, the DMsguild version of the Librarian is the most up-to-date version. The playtest version on reddit has changed dramatically since I originally posted it, both for thematic and balance reasons. :)

Thanks for the support!
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Rowan A June 10, 2019 8:23 pm UTC
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I am somewhat confused as to why the Librarian's spell slot progresion does not fully follow the proper leveling for a half-caster's spell slots (see PHB p.90 for example). Though it is a half caster, it for some reason gets its spells at level one, and it gets two 4th level spell slots at level 13 when it should just get one.
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Vall S July 11, 2019 11:45 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Rowan, the Librarian follows a slightly different progression route due to its play style and theme, so the slight shift in spell slots was done to accommodate that at earlier levels, and grant them a slight extra boost of utility at higher levels, while keeping them unique compared to other classes in the PHB.
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David T September 13, 2019 10:13 pm UTC
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If you must keep the spell slot progression as is, you need to update the calculation for multiclassing. <br>
With 1 level of librarian and 1 level of a non caster class such as fighter you can lose spell slots.<br>
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Level 1 bob takes his first level as librarian, get 1 lvl 1 spell slot.<br>
Level 2 bob takes a level in fighter, for story reasons.<br>
Now bob uses the multiclass spellcasting table. <br>
Fighter levels don't count. And Librarian levels count for half rounded down. Well half of 1 rounded down is 0. No spell casting for Bob even though at level 1 he could cast a spell

Half librstiwn levels rounded up would probably be the least significant change.
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Marcel S May 07, 2019 12:00 pm UTC
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Hey there! I instantly fell in love with this class when I heard some details in a dnd podcast campaign and bought it for my new world. Now I'm making custom character sheets pdf that are fillable. As I came to this class I noticed I could not copy the big features from the document. Could I maybe have the password to copy/paste the bigger text passages? It would make this a lot easier ^^''

Cheers :)
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Vall S May 14, 2019 5:23 pm UTC
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Hi Marcel, thanks for the kind words! There shouldn't be a password on the PDF, but to be sure I've removed the copy/paste limitations on the product page, and I'll get a reupload sorted as soon as I can and see if that fixes anything for you. :)
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Magdalene T July 28, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
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I am so unbelievably excited for this. Thank you!
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Vall S July 28, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
CREATOR
No problem, enjoy! :)
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Vall S August 06, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
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Updated to version 1.2 -
Changed Pagemaster Maneuver 'Insightful Observation' - specify learning 3 characteristics when using Mindful Gaze, instead of 2.

Thanks to Sacha H. for noticing the error!
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Sacha H August 02, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
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I have a question. Under Mindful Gaze it says you learn 2 characteristics on a success. However, if you use the Pagemaster maneuver "Insightful Observation", it says you learn 2 characteristics instead of 1.

Is Mindful Gaze only supposed to give 1 characteristic or am I missing something ?
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Vall S August 03, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
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Aha, that is a good question! Have you got the most up to date version of the pdf? I'll take a look at it tomorrow and get it fixed, as it's a typo from an earlier version. The Pagemaster ability should give you 3 rather than 2, I believe. Either way I'll make sure it's updated by tomorrow for you.

Thanks for the question! :)
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Vall S August 06, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
CREATOR
Updated: The maneuver now grants 3 characteristics instead of 2 when used.
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June 15, 2017 12:39 am UTC
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Is this class supposed to be a half-caster like Paladin or Ranger or is it supposed to be closer to Warlock? If it's the former wouldn't it gain spellcasting slots at second level like the others?
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Vall S June 18, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
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The base groundwork was a half caster, though as it lacks the fighting styles and other benefits half casters get at 1st level, I felt it was a helpful bump to give the class something else to keep it viable at 1st level while also remaining flavorful.
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Vall S June 09, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
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Update 1.1: Fixed an error with being able to make a copy of you notebook at 1st level. This has now been fixed to 3rd level.

Fixed an error with the level requirement for Research Technique. Changed from 1st level to 2nd level.
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June 12, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
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Thanks for the update.
I have a question about mindful study. The pagemaster gains advanced mindful study at level two, starting with 4 creatures memorized, then at level three you gain the regular mindful study with a 2 creature limit. Can the pagemaster can study 6 creatures at level three or is it just 4?
Question aside, I am really enjoying the class.
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Vall S June 15, 2017 12:11 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for the question. I'm really glad you're enjoying the class so far!

Having a creature name written in your notebook doesn't mean you automatically have it studied, just that you have that as one of your creature options when you choose to mindfully study something.

For example, you could take notes of a hundred different encounters or creature names, but you would only ever be able to mindfully study 2 of those at a time at 3rd level, when you gain the mindful study ability.

The advanced mindful study essentially grants you the mindful study ability a level early, so you would have 4 creatures written in your notebook initially to help start you off instead of 2, but when you reach 3rd level you wouldn't get the ability again, and as your notebook has already been started, you wouldn't get an extra 2 names added to it again.

Unlike the normal limit of 2 the other archetypes get, the pagemaster can have an amount of creatures mindfully studied equal...See more
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July 07, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
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Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for my slow one. XD That does clear things up for me. Will let you know if I have any other questions as I level up and adventure further with my Librarian.
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Vall S July 09, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
CREATOR
That's no problem at all. :) Let me know how the class fairs in extended campaigns! :)
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