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The Keeper Class: Bind with a Symbiote, Transform & Terrify Your Enemies!

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Not all power is wholly natural… Keepers are adventurers who, by fate or fortune, find and bind with a symbiote - an entity (either organic, mechanical, or arcane) of great power. Through their symbiotic bond, the symbiote & adventurer gain strength together, able to assume a Hybrid form of remarkable power.

A keeper’s strength doesn’t come from studying books or years of training, but from the combination of the symbiote’s great power and the keeper’s own force of character - which they must use to remain in control of their wrathful counterpart.

The Keeper is a full character class with progression from levels 1-20. It includes four distinct Evolutionary Callings (subclasses), and over 30 possible adaptations to choose from. Not only does it provide new gameplay opportunities, through unique combat mechanics for players, but also an interesting roleplaying opportunity in portraying a character contending with the symbiote they are now linked to, in both life and death - a symbiote which might have a very different outlook or set of goals than their host. 

 

The Subclasses

Play as an Assimilator - stealing your enemies strength, making it your own, and using your fluid morphology to ensnare and engulf your enemies, draining their very life force.

Or support your allies by following the Cooperation evolutionary calling, using your symbiotic link to connect your allies through a telepathic bond which allows you to share damage suffered, healing received, your own senses, and more.

Turn your attention against your enemies as a Corruptor, using your symbiote’s parasitic powers to bend enemies to your will or break them from within.

Or follow your path to becoming an apex predator by pursuing the evolutionary calling of Predation and evolving to become a monstrous, otherworldly foe capable of tearing your enemies apart without using any wieldy weapons.

 

Since the creation of this class there have been many updates and changes made to balance this out and it is currently undergoing even more playtesting (latest updates as of July 2nd, 2019!). I’ll be updating rapidly as I receive notes and comments so I hope you check out the Keeper if you’ve ever wanted to play a character that transforms into a terrifying monster, able to wreck havoc on the battlefield.

If you like the Keeper class you can find my other products on the DM’s guild, too!

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Kaine H September 19, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
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I’ve been following this class for a while now, and it’s probably my favorite homebrew out there. However, I have a small question about the latest update; while most of the changes make sense and are welcome, why the change to Arachnid Morphology? It seems like it’s weaker now, and doesn’t actually live up to its name.
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Jeremy M September 20, 2019 7:49 pm UTC
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Hey! First, thank you so much. You know, I'm reviewing it and I think you might be right about Arachnid Morphology. I made the change because I wanted to give a more permanent benefit to the class with the Adaptation so it felt really like a change in form as opposed to just a temporary transformation, but ultimately what makes Spider Climb really worthwhile are the benefits you get in conjunction with climb speed.

I think, depending on your game, I would rule as a DM to either grant the benefits of Spider Climb permanently or provide the player the option to choose between the general climb speed and the Spider Climb casting. That said, I'll probably switch this feature back in a future update.

Thanks for commenting!
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Roberto L August 11, 2019 9:10 am UTC
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I've been looking around to play a Venom-themed character for quite a while and, I must say, I'm really impressed with your work here. Definitely will try this out for one of my next games.
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Jeremy M August 11, 2019 6:43 pm UTC
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Hey, thanks, Roberto! I hope you have a blast with the class & whatever character you create!
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Travis F August 05, 2019 4:48 am UTC
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So with the symbiotic weapon it uses the player's strength modifier for the attack roll even when they take the Predation calling by default right? Without a Adaptation.
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Jeremy M August 05, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hey, Travis! It uses your Strength for the modifier only with the other callings! One of the benefits of the Predation calling is that you get to add your Charisma modifier instead!
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Travis F August 10, 2019 7:05 pm UTC
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For the attack roll and the damage roll?
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Jeremy M August 11, 2019 7:34 am UTC
CREATOR
Yep! That's right! It's proficiency + Charisma modifier for the damage with the Predation calling & you get to add the Charisma modifier to your damage! The other callings use Strength, instead, and a smaller damage die.
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Spencer J July 08, 2019 10:16 am UTC
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Hey, great class! Absolutely love it and it goes so well with most D&D settings! The only thing: it seems that for Evolutionary Calling: Cooperation; the first two paragraphs talk about the Assimilation Subclass instead.
Other than that, great stuff! You should be very proud of this!
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Jeremy M July 09, 2019 1:48 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for the note, Spencer! I'm glad you're enjoying it and find that it fits in - I tried to make it be as flexible as possible setting-wise, while still keeping its flavor!

I fixed the paragraphs you mentioned! Thanks for pointing that out!
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Spencer J July 26, 2019 7:29 am UTC
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No problem! Another quick question: what would you say the symbol for the Keeper would look like?
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Jeremy M July 26, 2019 3:58 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hey! To be honest, I haven't thought about a single symbol for the class! I imagine that in most worlds Keepers would likely be very rare (though could see some cool worldbuilding for a world where the opposite is true and they have organizations of their own). Individual symbiotes could also have their own symbols representing their original homes / societies that would vary depending on how you build them (are they of infernal or celestial origin, for example).

In all cases, I'd imagine that a Keeper symbol would play on duality (the duality between host & symbiote) whereas the Symbiote symbol would seem very alien. Does this help at all?
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Spencer J July 26, 2019 4:21 pm UTC
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Oh yes, definitely! This helps immensely! I already have a few ideas spreading now. Thank you so much!
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Christopher C March 12, 2019 12:00 am UTC
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Would it be possible to get a version that can be copied from, so I can copy/paste stuff to a character sheet?
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Jeremy M March 14, 2019 12:57 am UTC
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Hey! Unfortunately, due to the way I built this sheet that's actually quite difficult. (I'm working on not having that problem for future issues). But if you want to contact me directly - find me on Twitter (@JeremyMelloul) - I'll find a way to help you out until I fix this permanently.
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Sheldon F February 27, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
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When would we except an updated version?
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Jeremy M February 27, 2019 7:31 pm UTC
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By the end of March! I'll be clarifying some common issues people have had.
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Sheldon F February 27, 2019 10:53 pm UTC
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Good to know! I’m excited
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Jeremy M May 28, 2019 2:52 am UTC
CREATOR
Wanted to send you an update! This has obviously taken longer than expected, but I'm currently working on the issues. Been rebuilding the actual file in InDesign so that it's easier to update in the future & updating some art. New version coming soon(TM)!
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