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The Puppeteer - a 5E Homebrew Class

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Hands waving behind shadows, swift as wires dance from the tips of fingers in delicate movements, the sound of wooden bodies moving, clicking loudly,  hollow feet patting across a stage - before a sudden burst of applause. Puppetry is theatre. On the corners of busy streets, on stages framed in light, to the large Opera houses of high society where monsters made of wood are made to come to life.

And like most things of style and complexity, it too has inevitably come under consideration for another craft. That oldest of art forms. The art of war. Why should you risk your own flesh, when you could substitute it for something a little bit more… robust.

The Puppeteer starts their training as most do. The wizard picks up a book. A soldier a sword. For the puppeteer, training starts with string and wood. Erratic and clumsy movements producing little to no reactions. Hundreds of hours of practice later, and the movements themselves start to resemble art. The faintest of tugs producing subtle and striking actions. And when they have mastered the fundamentals, they are allowed to learn the true secrets of the craft. The hidden skills of the trade.

Forgoing the strings of silk for something a little bit more… ephemeral. Lines of psionic energy, sprung forth from fingertips, linking to puppets the size of most humanoids - made not only for entertainment but also for turning the battlefield into a stage.

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Schalk-Christiaan C September 14, 2018 8:28 am UTC
Hello. Another class I am making for our home game. Any ideas and feedback would be awesome.
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Jacob B September 14, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
For the first sub class can you use two hands for double the amount of puppets?
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Schalk-Christiaan C September 14, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
No. The limit set by the subclass features indicate how many you can have in total. The indication for the number of hands used is to indicate that they can have one hand free while manipulating a set. They can however choose to control any fraction of the maximum number puppets with whatever hand you prefer. But, in order to use some of the other features like Faroff Grip you need to have one hand open, and so control all puppets using one hand.

I hope that makes sense. I will make that more clear in an update. Thanks for your input.
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