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Undersea Sourcebook: Race and Class Guide

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The Undersea Sourcebook series provides players and Dungeon Masters with everything they need to explore the crashing waves and the vast ocean depths below. In this, the first of the series, you’ll find races, classes, and backgrounds for creating characters suitable to an undersea or ocean-spanning campaign.


The Races of the Oceans, Coastlines, and Rivers chapter features detailed descriptions and game statistics for underwater fantasy staples like merfolk, the sealskin wearing selkie, warlike sahuagin, and undines, along with the river fey called naiads, whose description includes a deep sea variant. Atlanteans, the forgotten ancestors of humanity, are listed along with some of the fabulous inventions that ensured their survival during the great cataclysm that sunk their island home. You’ll also find the new spellborn race — creatures grown from arcane experiments — which are suitable to both land and sea campaigns, depending on the arcane mutations you choose. Coastal dwarves, ocean and lake dragonborn, sea elves, and fenwader halflings provide subraces for most of the races featured in the Player’s Handbook.

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The Class Options and Archetypes chapter includes new options for every core class. The Path of the Slayer barbarian primal path grants you boons for the risks, you take. The College of the Tamer bardic college use their music to tame savage beasts, while the Drowned Cleric archetype combines control over the sea with divine healing. A new Waves domain extends the cleric’s choice of domains. The Circle of the Sea druid circle grants you mastery over the waves and the creatures of the ocean. The Marine fighter archetype is a soldier of the sea—a great fit for a naval soldier, a viking, or any other type of sea raider. Elemental Disciplines of Water provide more options for a monk of the Way of Four Elements. The paladin gains the Oath of the Shark oath, for those knights who stand before the monsters of the depths to protect the people who live on the ocean’s shores. The Surf Sentry ranger archetype is a watcher and protector of oceans, while the Treasure Diver rogue scours shipwrecks and sunken cities for gold, and is adept and foiling the creatures that lurk below. The Aberrant Bloodline sorcerous origin draws power from alien creatures and strange aberrants of the ocean depths. The Leviathan warlock patron is a monster of the deep, which grants its followers monstrous abilities and gruesome mutations. The Weather Wizard arcane tradition focuses on the control of the natural elements to protect and drive ships on a magical wind, or to crush foes with terrible storms.


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Rounding off the book are four new backgrounds, including the Experiment, Forlorn, Seachild, and Slave. This is followed by a short Spells chapter, which includes new spells introduced in some of the race and class entries within this volume, but which can be used by any spell caster, at your Dungeon Master’s discretion.

This title is compatible with the Open Game License.


Undersea Sourcebook Core Titles

Underwater Sourcebook: Race and Class Guide

Undersea Sourcebook Supplements

Underwater Sourcebook: Mutants & Mariners

 
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Rodney S May 02, 2019 9:31 pm UTC
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If you're wondering about the races in the book, here's a breakdown of the offering:

Atlanteans and Spellborn are all new.

Merfolk from the MM are given a player race version, with subraces for deep merfolk and mangrove merfolk. (The ocean subrace is the closest to the MM version, but adds abilities appropriate to a character race.)

I did look at Playable Race - Selkie on the DMG, but the selkie here is very different and, in my opinion, generally easier to use at the table, while still maintaining the features you'd expect of this race. My seal is very close to their excellent offering, I highly recommend checking their book out.

Sahuagin were partly inspired by work done on the race for 3.5/Pathfinder, and the MM stats.

Undines and naiads both took some inspiration from their 3.5/Pathfinder versions, which I've updated to 5e.

Coastal dwarves, fenwader halflings, and ocean and lake dragonborn are new subraces for the core races in the...See more
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