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Cardinal Guardians: Warlock Patrons

Cardinal Guardians: Warlock Patrons

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Outside the domain of the material plane are the four guardians, enigmatic guardians of a universal balance. These powerful creatures are often sought after for wisdom or power. To those that seek patronage from these grand beasts, they only need to look at the cardinal directions and may be granted an invitation as a patron.

The Azure Dragon of the East. The benevolent, shapeshifting dragon that spans a quarter of the sky. He holds the ability to influence water, clouds, and weather.

The Black Tortoise of the North. A distanced onlooker, the black tortoise uses a mixture of ancient wisdom and divination to watch over the balance.

The White Tiger of the West. The White Tiger is a fierce protector, using fear and taking blows instead of its allies, it defends its domain with vicious aggression.

The Vermillion Phoenix of the South. A bird of fortune, radiant feathers, and sparking an enchanting song, the Vermillion Phoenix brings good fortune.


Based on Chinese mythology, harness the abilities of the Cardinal Guardians as an extension of their will and power.

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Josh M March 03, 2019 1:19 am UTC
I love the flavor and creativity, especially with powers like Cloud Carver. I'm not sure that the balance is always well-handled, though-- Black Turtle's Future Glimpse seems incredibly powerful. (Giving a starting character +3-4 to AC isn't a serious issue; giving a starting character +3-4 to all attacks surely is one! Nothing gives a permanent bonus that good; almost nothing gives a one-time bonus that good!)
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M. S March 03, 2019 2:31 pm UTC
Thank you for the input. I should have considered the dexterity/strength modifier and the charisma modifier piling onto the same attack. I'll be sure to look out for things like this in the future!

(It might be better to add proficiency bonus instead of the Charisma modifier.)
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