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Totem of the Rat | An Expansion for the Barbarian's Path of the Totem Warrior

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Totem of the Rat | An Expansion for the Barbarian's Path of the Totem Warrior

The typical barbarian that spiritually links themselves with an animal totem look to majestic animals of the wild for guidance. They may call upon the strong-willed bear, the powerful tiger, or the graceful eagle to name a few.

But what if one never encountered creatures such as these in their lives? What if they were adventurers that started living on the streets of impoverished cities, or in the back alleys of shady establishments? What if their only company in these dire times were the rodents that infested the nooks and crannies of the walls and floors?

Adventurers like this might have chosen to channel their rage via their unlikely companions, the rats. 

For a campaign I’ve been running for a year at the time of this posting, one of my friends wanted to join in on the fun. While talking to him about what kind of character he wanted to make, he wanted to be something he declared as “The Rat King” while still being on the easier side of things to handle, since he was a first-time player. My mind immediately went to the animal totems of the Barbarian’s Path of the Totem Warrior, and I went to work, drafting this expansion in the process. After some in-house playtesting and community feedback, I felt the need to share this creation to the world. So, I hope you enjoy our bizarre concept, and all hail to the Rat King!

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JayJay T February 01, 2019 8:08 pm UTC
Two things:

1. I like how it still fits in with the barbarian class and doesn't go completely off course.
2. Because of the Totemic Attunement ability: Can I just attack as a bonus action and do other things as an action or only after already using my action to attack?
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Javier L February 01, 2019 8:52 pm UTC
Hi there, I'm glad you like it! The original intention is that you'd have an additional attack after already making an attack against the creature. I have uploaded a new version of the pdf with reworked wording on the Totemic Attunement ability to reflect this better, and also changed the distinction from "creature" to "target", in case you and your buddies need to chop down a beefy door or something. Thank you for the input!
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