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TOTEM OF THE DUCK

Primal Path Extension of the Totem Warrior

for the Barbarian Class

In the final arc of Critical Role's first campaign, actor Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory) was awesome enough to come guest for a couple of episodes. When I sat with him in advance to make his character, he settled on a charismatic Half-Orc Bard/Barbarian named Lionel Gayheart. When I asked which Primal Path Lionel wished to walk, he felt drawn to the Path of the Totem Warrior. When I presented the animals he could choose from, he simply asked me this inspired question: "Can my totem animal... be a duck?" From this was born this majestic build you see before you, now refined for general use!

Some warriors choose to take on the deep, spiritual journey of connecting with the natural creatures of the realm, letting the ascestrial knowledge of their chosen totem spirit to guide them through their worldly trials. This broad array of noble beasts eagerly bestow their ancient lessons unto the barbarian who binds their strength to their animalistic essense. Others instead discover the impossibly powerful majesty of the duck, eshewing the influence of inferior inspirations and instead devoting their strength and attention to these incredible beaked sentinels of ponds across the realms, in return being granted supernatural skill and ability in the image of their feathered patrons.

Others still may just be ducks themselves turned into people.

Regardless of the journey that has led a rage-fueled engine of destructon to discover the endless might and wisdom of these billed beasts that protect the planes, the rewards that lay in wait for those who prove their tenacity and will to their quacking masters shall be remembered as guardians of legend, flapping forces of nature whose deeds carve a bloody (and quite loud) path of glory through the ages to come. Inspired by the creative inquiries of actor Jon Heder in the development of the majestic Half-Orc Barbarian Lionel Gayheart, you too can now harness this unstoppable source of power.

Quack quack, mother ****er.

 
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Ben L June 30, 2018 10:06 am UTC
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If my players don't pick this, I'm going to create an NPC just for it. I couldn't stop laughing at the Ducktemic Attunement ability though. I'd use it even with minimum Cha just for the comedic value!
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Kevin A April 26, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
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I don't play D&D, but reading this was a blast. I have a big smile on my face. Quack, Quack, Mother Ducker. Quack, Quack.
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David G April 14, 2018 3:15 am UTC
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My wife describes the 14th level feature as “going full Donald.”
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carl K April 12, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
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Loved it, just watched episodes 99&100.
Just thinking about the imagery of a flapping duck. It doesnt need to hit to be intimidating. It just needs to be in your face. Why not limit the range to 5' and require line of sight without the need for a melee hit. Still forgo one atk. The target will still needs to fail a wis sv. And so shouldnt be to op at lvl 14.
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Matthew M April 13, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
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True, but its only REALLY intimidating after you've effectively wounded them! Imagine the blinding white flash of sharp pain rocking your body from a weapon blow, only to have your eyes refocus in time to see the wielder of that weapon quacking and flailing loudly!
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carl K April 17, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
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True, got bitten by a goose as a baby, the fear stayed a long time.
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Rae R April 11, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
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Thanks for sharing! Quick copy-edit (sorry, it's what I do for a living):

- First paragraph, "ascestrial" should be "ancestrial"
- First paragraph, "essense" is "essence" unless you're
- Second para, "eshewing" is "eschewing" (and that's a really, really long sentence)
- Third para, arguably "ducks themselves" is redundant
- Fifth para, "you, too, can now harness..." - needs commas
- Feathered Spirit, "...totem spirit and gain its feature." I assume you want "features" here?
- Aspect of the Mallard, "...resistance to acid damage, as the..." don't need the comma there
- Ducktemic Attunement, "...The creature must succeed on an Wisdom..." a, not an

Once again, thanks so much for sharing! The boyfriend and I had a great laugh over this.
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Matthew M April 13, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
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Thanks for the thorough check! <3
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Glen C April 15, 2018 6:01 am UTC
Hi Rae, you’re a professional editor? Do you also help others with their DMsG content? If you do, pls feel free to find me @cute_life on twitter (give me your rates) and I’ll let a few other authors know about you :)

Many thanks! Oh and great product as always Mr Mercer sir!!
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Rae R April 16, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
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You're welcome, sir!
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Rae R April 16, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
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Sending a message to you now, Glen.
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Tyler J July 17, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
That should be "ancestral" instead of "ancestrial"
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James B April 10, 2018 10:22 am UTC
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Just one point. Its 6th level ability grants no penalty when moving underwater basically granting a swim speed. Would it possibly be better to change it to grants swim speed equal to walking speed. Sorry for saying this. Guess I'll Duck out.
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Marshall M April 10, 2018 1:15 pm UTC
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James don't apologize. Your comments weren't fowl at all.
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Matthew M April 10, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
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Aye, valid point! Went off of the Freedom of Movement write-up, but this is much clearer. Quack.
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Lachlan J April 10, 2018 9:12 am UTC
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Matt, this is beautiful, just beautiful. Can we expect this to be added to D&D Beyond?
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Thomas D April 10, 2018 5:36 am UTC
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Really like this one. A few small corrections I noticed:

In the Spirit Seeker feature, "bcast sense" should be replaced by "beast sense" and "speak with animaIs" (there is a capital "I" instead of a lower case "L" in the word animals) should be replaced with "speak with animals".

In the Aspect of the Mallard feature, "At 6th leveI" should be replaced by "At 6th level" (again, there is a capital "I" instead of a lower case "L", but this time in the word level).

In the Spirit Walker feature, "At 10th level." should be replaced with "At 10th level," (replace period with a comma).

In the Ducktemic Attunement feature, "you can replace one" should be replaced by "you can forgo one".
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Matthew M April 10, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
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Good looking out! The copy function for formatting from some PDFs makes for an awkward transition, hehe.
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Thomas D April 10, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
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I know these mistakes all too well! Part of the reason why I've abandoned most of my PDFs in favor of Handy Dandy DnD Beyond when it comes to copying the text and formatting of the published materials.

Looking at the latest version of this PDF just now, it looks like you've fixed almost all of it. I'm still seeing "animals" in the Spirit Seeker feature spelled with a capital "i" instead of a lower case "L" (the font used for these comments really isn't making it easy to illustrate this error >_<). Also, in the Aspect of the Mallard feature, the beginning should read "At 6th level," instead of "At 6th level." (the period should be replaced by a comma).
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Matthew M April 10, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
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Bah!! Good catches all around! Fixed. (this'll teach me to proof-read after a rum-and-coke on a flight home)
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Paul N April 10, 2018 4:50 am UTC
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Matt, I love it! My next Barbarian, if the GM consents, will be Duck-based.

One small edit...under Ducktemic Attunement, it sounds as if you're encouraging people NOT to choose Duck. "Don't be a ****. Choose the Duck." Thanks!
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Peter Adam R April 10, 2018 4:49 am UTC
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I love it! Thank you for releasing this. Seconding Edward R's comment about "Mallard" having two L's.
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Edward R April 10, 2018 3:40 am UTC
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Looks awesome! I think it'd be great for a lighthearted one-shot.

You might need a small edit, it is the word "Mallard," with 2 l's.

It is awesome! Keep up the entertainment!
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Matthew M April 10, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
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Curse my mid-flight brain! You are indeed correct!
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