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Seeking dominance over the undead? Need some minions to do your bidding? 
Get ready for the ultimate class to Raise the Dead!

Included in Disturbed Graves:

  • The Pale Master, a fully-fledged class for 5th Edition D&D.

    • Unique Intelligence-based 3/4 caster class

    • Interesting summonable undead creatures, each ready to do your bidding (skeletons & zombies are taking a backseat)!

    • Five (5) lore-packed archtypes (called elegies), including: Decay, Dread, Enduring, Revenge, and Twilight

    • Amazing custom artwork throughout the supplement, created by the amazingly talented Bob Greyvenstein

    • Inspiration from the UA Artificer, spun in a new direction with Macabre Creations: unsettling magical items ready for the pale master to craft!

  • Additional player options not exclusive to Pale Masters in the form of Undead Grafts:

    • Twenty (20) Undead Grafts that can be obtained by any class, not just Pale Masters

    • Rules (and costs) for putting undead grafts into your campaign

    • Descriptions & lore for each graft!

    • Heavily inspired by Libris Mortis (3.5e) and Open Graves (4e). Many of the items & graft contained with in this supplement were converted into 5th Edition from these works!

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"Disturbed Graves is a homage to the grimdark fantasy that fills titles like Warhammer, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Bloodborne. Add the grafting mechanics, and you have full-on body horror as only the pros can do."Comics, Clerics, & Controllers

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Philip V August 05, 2021 11:37 pm UTC
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How does this class handle scaling? Considering that Summon Shadow/Undead Cohort minions/Mummified Servant/Summon Bats/Incorporeal Dead will become weaker as you level up and face stronger creatures. Usually, class features are useful at both low and high levels, but is that the case here?
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Trevor A August 09, 2021 3:36 am UTC
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Hi Phil,

The class as a mix of abilities, some which don't scale (summoning undead minions) and some that do (graft attacks based on their spell modifier). So, it has a nice mix, in addition to creating macabre creations, that allow it to stay relevant throughout a campaign. Hope that helps!
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Julian B May 01, 2021 7:45 am UTC
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I noticed that some of the spells listed as 'Pale Master' in the Grimlore's Grimoire aren't on the spell list section for the Pale Master. Are you planning to update to fix this?
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John J April 15, 2021 3:34 pm UTC
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I love this book, I tempted to make some similar but you did a way better job!!! thank you
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Trevor A April 16, 2021 2:52 am UTC
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Thank you so much!
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Michał M October 16, 2020 3:38 pm UTC
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Are you planning to add more macabre creations? I love the class but admittedly, the macabre creations are kinda unvaried. Including two which generally fulfil the same purpose (the rod and the whistle which both just animate undead) and overall are decent but subpar compared to the entire class which is amazing XD.
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Trevor A October 16, 2020 3:57 pm UTC
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Hi Michal,

Thank you for your praise of the class. I'm planning to release an update with a new archetype & additional macabre creations. Unfortunately, the update has been delayed due to another project, but it is coming!
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Bobby W October 01, 2020 1:56 am UTC
So, I see they have 8th and 9th lvl spells but I did not see where you can attain the ability to use them. Am I missing something or is it just not possible?
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Trevor A October 01, 2020 5:24 pm UTC
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Hi Bobby,
A few of the Macabre Creations allow the Pale Master to obtain an 8th or 9th level spell.
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Michael V September 27, 2020 2:56 am UTC
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When do you plan to release the next elegie? Also when is the next update planned for new additions will it be sometime this year?
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Trevor A September 27, 2020 7:06 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Michael,

The hope was for October, but it is behind two other projects in our queue we are planning to finish in the coming weeks. At the very least, I would certainly hope we are able to update this supplement before the end of the year!

I would like to mention that another elegy has been done and themed for the Frozen North. We've released a setting book for Icewind Dale, which contains a bunch of new player options (and we've included a Pale Master archetype in that supplement). The guidebook has a complete full-sized preview, which can be seen here:

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/328781/Icewind-Dale--A-Setting-Guidebook?affiliate_id=1549348

And as always, if you'd like to stay up to date with our products, please consider joining our discord server:

https://discord.gg/N7MM93a
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Michael V August 11, 2020 3:59 am UTC
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Question about Invigorate the Dead "Starting at 6th level, you can cast the animate dead spell
using one of your spell slots" does this only count for 3rd level spell slots or any spell slot?
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Trevor A August 11, 2020 5:04 am UTC
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You can upcast the spell and get the same effect (same for any elegy 6th level feature spells).
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Justin F July 27, 2020 1:05 pm UTC
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I have a quick question. I absolutely love this supplement (Pale Master was my favorite prestige in 3rd and 3.5), but why does the Elergy of Enduring's Invigorate the Dead feature only effect the zombies/skeletons made by Animate Dead and not from other spells (Like Danse Macabre, Finger of Death, Army of the Dead)?
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Trevor A July 27, 2020 6:20 pm UTC
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This is a balancing concern. Each elegy gets a 3rd level spell it can cast with an upgraded effect. Extending this effect to multiple spells is outside the scope of what the other elegies get, and when coupled with their touch attack also gained at 6th level, anything more would be too powerful.
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Justin F July 27, 2020 10:07 pm UTC
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Understandable, one more question: Have you considered adding Macabre Creations specific to each Elergy?
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Trevor A July 27, 2020 11:23 pm UTC
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Early in development, this was actually the plan. We scrapped it because it felt too limiting rather than being 'special'.

I will share that a few new Macabre Creations & another Elegy are on the way later this year (as a free update, you'll just need to download the newest version).
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Justin F July 30, 2020 1:34 am UTC
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Cool! Looking forward to them, though I do have a couple more questions:

Is the Raise Incorporeal Undead feature an action, a bonus action, or a free action? Can you have more than 1 at a time?
Why are the Undead Cohorts not a permanent minion for their respective Pale Master, even at later levels?
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Trevor A July 30, 2020 2:41 am UTC
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Raise Incorporeal Undead does not require an action (similar to the Hexblade's Accursed Spectre). In this case, the body just needs to have been dead no longer than 24 hours. You cannot have more than one at at time, as per the description.

For Undead Cohort, this is a balance thing as the minions are fairly strong. Also, we tried to be conscious of not bogging down combat with too many "pets".

If you have other questions, please feel free to join us on discord: https://discord.gg/N7MM93a
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Ricardo A July 06, 2020 4:44 am UTC
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I had a quick question regarding some of the Macabre Creations. Mostly the armors. When crafted are they added on to armor or are they their own armor? For example the exoskeleton. It says it's a light or medium armor and gives plus one to ac. Does that mean it's just armor that's classified as light or medium armor and gives only a plus one or is it crafted onto armor like said leather which is eleven plus dex for ac and gives an additional one? I just want some clarification for when I try and play this class one day or dm and have a player who wants to try the class. Thanks in advance.
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Trevor A July 07, 2020 6:10 am UTC
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Hi Ricardo,

Thanks for your question! The enchantments provided by the Macabre Creations are in addition to the item's original stats. However (RAW), the items need to be mundane, aka nonmagical.

So your example of leather armor, the macabre creation requires the armor and enhances it with the bonus in the description.

I hope this answers your question, but if you have any other questions, please join our discord and reach out to us!

https://discord.gg/N7MM93a
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Skylar S June 11, 2020 7:28 am UTC
Quick question, would the spells or content inside be easily divided unto Necromancers? As I do like the Pale Master from older editions, I'm a sucker for old fashioned Necromancers, and love the master of undeath theme, but want to know before purchasing what, if anything, could be easily translated into Necromancer options. Will be getting this regardless, just curious.
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Trevor A June 11, 2020 8:25 pm UTC
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Hi Skylar,

Thanks for the question! Honestly, this was designed as a stand-alone class. There are a few options that could probably be transferable to the 5e Wizard (Necromancer School) if you'd wish, but you would probably want to go through them with your dungeon master to decide what is fair (and what wouldn't end up being overpowered). In older editions, the Pale Master sacrificed their spellcasting abilities for 'undead gifts'. That design philosophy is at work in this class.

That said, there is a section at the end of the supplement that contains undead grafts available to all classes. They have costs and materials. This could be worked into a campaign fairly easily by your DM.

Cheers,
Trevor
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Skylar S June 12, 2020 12:22 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick reply, will definitely be glad to have it in my collection regardless, will be fun to break it out when I've played Necromancer in one too many games.

Look forward to looking through this come payday, danke shoen.
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Justin S May 29, 2020 11:20 am UTC
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Just a quick question but is this official?
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Trevor A May 29, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
CREATOR
It is not WotC official or AL legal.
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Vis S September 29, 2020 9:45 am UTC
Nothing on DMsGuild is "official" in the sense of being published by Wizards of the Coast, unless it's... released by Wizards of the Coast (e.g. the EEPC, WGTE, or the Extra Life/Red Nose Day charity releases).

There's some content created by other creators that's AL-legal, but it'll usually say so in the product listing if it is (and, I believe, it'd be listed in the AL Content Catalogue).
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Trevor S May 26, 2020 7:24 pm UTC
Just picked this up to play in an upcoming Eberron campaign. As I was planning out my build I was considering taking 2 levels of Wizard specializing in Necromancy. But trying to figure out the spells slots available. With the Pale Master being a 3/4 caster how would you determine your spell slots.
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Trevor A May 26, 2020 8:43 pm UTC
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Hi Trevor (nice name btw),

You would calculate your spell slots separately for each class that grants you spellcasting. You can review multiclassing rules here:

https://5thsrd.org/rules/multiclassing/
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Vis S September 29, 2020 9:50 am UTC
Trevor, I haven't bought this product so I don't know if the Pale Master has any special rules regarding multiclassing... but the claim that "You would calculate your spell slots separately for each class that grants you spellcasting" is not true.

You determine your prepared/known spells as if single-classed in each of your spellcasting classes (e.g. a wizard 4/sorcerer 2 prepares spells as a 4th-level wizard (with the base number of spells in their spellbook determined accordingly as well), and separately knows spells as a 2nd-level sorcerer). But your spell slots themselves are determined by adding together your levels in spellcasting classes (not including warlock levels): adding the full number of levels in full-caster classes, half the number of levels in half-caster classes (ranger/paladin), and one-third the number of levels in 1/3-caster classes (Arcane Trickster rogue/Eldritch Knight fighter). So a wizard 4/sorcerer 2 has the same number/distribution of spell slots as a 6th-level...See more
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Trevor A September 29, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
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Hi Vis,

Yes, you are 100% correct. When I replied, my brain was reading "spell selection" not spell slots. By the time I realized my error, I could no longer edit my comment on here. We have addressed my comment error on our discord server and all seems well.

I appreciate your clarification!
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Trevor A May 25, 2020 3:58 am UTC
CREATOR
Hey All,

I've just pushed a minor update for Disturbed Graves (v1.3), fixing minor typos and oversights. The new macabre creations & undead grafts are not in this update - they will come in a future update (v2.0).

As always, if you have feedback or have noticed any errors, please mention them in the comments or join our discord to reach out to us directly:

https://discord.gg/N7MM93a

Also, if you've enjoyed this supplement, please consider leaving a review! They really help out small content creators more than you can imagine!
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Cayce W May 25, 2020 1:07 am UTC
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I've got to say I am really loving this supplement. I seen you mentioned you were already working on adding more Macabre Creations and Grafts, which is the only thing I would have really liked to see more options for. So kuddos.

I will say I found what I think is a small typo left over from earlier playtest probably: Page 4 under "Equipment" option b is a "scythe" -- which I'm assuming should be a Quarterstaff instead to work with the Grim Scythe cantrip?
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Trevor A May 25, 2020 3:00 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks so much for your kind words!

Regarding the typo, as the Pale Master is actually proficient with quarterstaffs, they could technically use one, just not start their adventure with it. Regarding the scythe as a piece of starting equipment, we've just included it as a flavorful option (there is technically no scythe in 5e). This wording should probably be clarified though. Thanks for pointing it out and I'll change this in a future update :)
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Dakota W May 24, 2020 2:48 pm UTC
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So they don't have access to 8th or 9th level spells, but there are 8th and 9th level spells on their spell list?
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Dakota W May 24, 2020 3:02 pm UTC
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I missed the armor that gives you access.
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Trevor A May 24, 2020 4:49 pm UTC
CREATOR
It does, and we'll be adding a few more macabre creations that increase spellcasting in a future update.
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Matt G May 11, 2020 4:35 pm UTC
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Noticed that the level 20 ability has a different name on the table than the one it had in its description. Other than that tiny discrepancy, it's a pretty amazing class and I'm having a blast playing it.
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Trevor A May 11, 2020 4:57 pm UTC
CREATOR
Crap! How did that make it through Playtesting & Editing? Thanks for pointing it out - I'll get that fixed with the next update.

I'm glad you're enjoying it! We had a lot of fun making this one!
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Matt G May 16, 2020 4:56 pm UTC
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It's a great class all around, do you plan on adding more macabre enchantments in a future supplement?
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Trevor A May 17, 2020 5:02 pm UTC
CREATOR
Yes, absolutely! I'm hoping to add a few more macabre enchantments, undead grafts, and one more Elegy (archetype) in an upcoming (free) update!
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Matt G May 18, 2020 6:42 pm UTC
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Awesome, can't wait to see it when it comes out, will be sure to download it
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