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Sanctum Spells

Lair actions are a brilliant idea. One underutilized in the monster manual and by DMs alike. Action economy is particularly tough on single opponents for a party, so I present to community a system to apply Lair Actions to increase both durability and offense for your antagonists. Inside you will find 21 Lair action templates for use to strengthen NPC leaders and villains. 

They are formatted as spells, ones that require the caster to attune to a place of power, such as a nexus, portal, node, ley line, or so on. The reason for doing so is to grant them strong flavor, a reason to exist in your game world as a mechanic, and even upon the possibility of granting such spells and places of power to your party as a form of treasure or reward. I've always been a firm believer that when possible, rules should apply to both NPCs and PCs.

That said, there is absolutely nothing stopping enterprising DMs from simply using this as a resource for Lair action templates to thematically strengthen their villains without adopting the wider system of Sanctums and Sanctum Spells.

If you like my work here, please feel free to check out my other works:

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The Warlord Class - A reimagining of the 4e Warlord with updated mechanics for 5e.

The Big Book of Zombies - 41 new zombies and 20+ templates for an endless variety of zombie goodness.

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Robert B December 31, 2019 4:14 pm UTC
Any chance you could adapt this to FG (Fantasy Grounds)?
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Christopher D January 01, 2020 4:02 pm UTC
I don't actually have Fantasy Grounds, but it is something I might be able to look into this year. I've been thinking on and off about grabbing it for years anyway.

It just looks like XML for creating new modules, so I don't think the learning curve is going to be too rough. I'll probably have to spend a couple weeks toying around with Par5e to see how get the integration to play well enough that I'm happy with it.
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Robert B January 20, 2020 10:11 pm UTC
Rob Twohy can do the conversion for you if you're interested, he is fair about it and has converted roughly over 100 DMs Guild products for other authors.
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John Z September 15, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
I haven't had enough time yet to test and really go through the product. But I wanted to toss out a quick compliment on the high quality, variety and amount of art in the product. Even though most are symbols, there is a unique symbol for every sanctum in the book. Well done. I didn't expect this.
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Darren C August 19, 2018 11:40 am UTC
I'm enjoying the product, one minor issue. Page 20, Rites of the Seelie Courts. The description is in Latin. I'm sure it's a placeholder, cause I use that placeholder myself. Or, well perhaps it is a Seelie Court spell so it makes it impossible to read, hmmm.
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Christopher D September 06, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Suspicious faeries...

I'll have an updated version up soon enough. They must have cast a glamour to protect their secrets!

Good catch, thank you.

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