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The Cartographer is a ranger archetype for intrepid explorers, mapmakers, and trailblazers who forge their own paths through the wilderness. As a Cartographer, you create a Master Map that channels the energy of the land it depicts, granting mundane benefits as well as unique arcane powers. Pack your compass, paper, and charcoal, and prepare to chart your epic journey!

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Hannah Rose is a writer and editor for fifth edition D&D who works with Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, and various independent publishers. Her other Dungeon Masters Guild work includes the platinum bestselling College of the Opera.

Known for her maps on Critical Role and Godsfall, Deven Rue is a visually impaired cartographer, illustrator, and prop maker with a unique approach to creating fantasy maps.

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Finley M October 10, 2019 6:24 am UTC
I really love this subclass and can't wait to play it!

One question, though: does the Cartographer's Vision feature require an action to use?
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Aran M June 08, 2019 8:41 pm UTC
As to be expected from a collaboration between such a talented group of folks, this is high quality work in every conceivable way. A great and unique sub-class concept, with sublime art, design and writing. The descriptions and mechanics for the specific features and abilities are evocative and well balanced, and will provide new, exciting and fun roleplay possibilities for the PC and DM to toy with. Get it while its still at this low price, as it's worth more!
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Hannah R June 10, 2019 4:38 pm UTC
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it!
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Dustin P June 07, 2019 12:29 pm UTC
What to say? This is a fantastic addition to the Ranger Class. It's well thought out, well presented, and I have a feeling I'll be using it very soon in my in-person campaign. I absolutely Love the work that Hannah does.

This subclass really makes the ranger feel like a RANGER. Not a woodland warrior, but the scout and frontier guide they were meant to be. Thank you for adding this to my game table, Hannah. I hope everyone gets as much enjoyment from it as I know I will. ~ Dustin
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Hannah R June 07, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
Thank you so much, Dustin! Deven is a fantastic inspiration for the Ranger archetype.
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Charles S June 06, 2019 6:28 pm UTC
Nifty! This looks like a fun variation and opens up some neat RP possibilities.

One suggestion is that I'd love to see this get something to aid in dungeon/underground exploration... Perhaps Arcane Cartography could also give a bonus for detecting secret passages as the innate map sense gives the character a feeling for where those should be.

Not quite sure how you'd work that as it would have to be a DM roll, maybe a bonus to passive perception to detect secret doors/passages.
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Charles S June 06, 2019 6:37 pm UTC
Actually, this idea of a bonus for spotting hidden passages wouldn't have to be limited to underground exploration. I'd think that the Arcane Cartography ability would give the ranger a sense of whenever someone has messed with the natural environment. While outdoors, I'm thinking that could give a bonus to spotting hidden pit traps or concealed entrances. Basically, it's a greater chance to notice things out of place for the environment.
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Hannah R June 06, 2019 6:45 pm UTC
I love that idea—we definitely talked about dungeon cartography but didn't want to make the subclass too complicated. By all means, try this out at your own table and let us know how it goes!
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Olivier A June 06, 2019 5:53 am UTC
Whenever the creature moves without teleporting, it must make a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC or take 1d6 slashing damage for each five feet of movement.
--> do you repeat the Saving Throw every 5 feet?

Nice work btw!! Clearly a great thematic archetype that was missing :-)
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Massimo T June 06, 2019 9:02 am UTC
I like it too but i don't understand how this feature it is contextualised with the theme of this archetype.
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Hannah R June 06, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Hmm, I will see if this can be worded better. It could go either way, at the DM's discretion (though repeating the saving throw seems tedious). The intention is that the saving throw happens once, the first time the creature moves (like the Arcane Archer's Grasping Arrow) and then the damage is taken for each five feet it wishes to move. Thanks for pointing this out!
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Hannah R June 06, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
You can flavor it however you want, but the context for me is that the Cartographer has a strong connection with the terrain around them, and can use that connection to hinder an enemy. Does that make sense?
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