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Path of the Drowned Barbarian

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A primal path for players (and DMs) who want to build a seafaring babarian with powers gifted from beyond the grave.

Barbarians who walk this path excel in aquatic combat and have recieved blessings (or curses) from souls who lost their lives at sea. This has granted them an undead resilience and fortitude while also granting them ghostly abilities that other sailors would view as unnatural and bad luck.

This primal path gives you everything you will need to play a barbarian in a seafaring setting as well as allowing you to summon spectral chains, create grog and gain a pet psychopomp.

I started work on this path before the Path of the Depths was released due to my love for the sea and desire for more aquatic themed sub-classes (I also have a water domain cleric in the works) but when the Path of the Depths was released I saw we treaded some of the same ground so I altered the subclass accordingly to lean more into the ghostly seafarer aesthetic.

Feedback and donations are very welcome! Any donations given will be used to fund my inernship in the coming year as well as go to the artists who donated their art. I hope you enjoy!

 
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Thor N July 11, 2020 11:55 pm UTC
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Hi Evan

Thanks for the design - it's definitely a fun concept for aquatic campaigns!

Being able to throw a Greataxe sounds amazing. In reality, however, one should mostly expect to be throwing weapons in the very first round of combat - and only if you're not close enough to get into melee - as thrown weapon attacks doesn't work with Rage Damage, Reckless Attack, nor Brutal Critical (nor the Half-Orc's Savage Attacks).

As Boarding Chain can only attach after you've spend your bonus action to enter rage and the throwing range is 20ft (60ft with disadvantage), you will most likely find yourself in melee in the next round of combat anyway - but then you've attached a weapon for later use.

I recommend to buy two extra Greataxes and play the Drowned Barbarian as a defender by controlling several foes with Boarding Chain:
• 1st round of combat: Enter Rage as Bonus Action. Get within 20ft and throw a Greataxe (from Lvl 5: throw another Greataxe at a different...See more
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Thor N July 12, 2020 2:35 am UTC
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I just realized how the Curse of the Ancient Mariner feature can be reliably used in its current form:
a) Walk up to the BBEG and walk out of reach again to provoke an opportunity attack (try again next turn if it's a miss).
b) Use your reaction to cause your psychopomp to dive in front of the opportunity attack.
c) Now that you're already more than 5ft away, throw Greataxes at it till you hit.
d) Use bonus action to deal 1d12+1d8 necrotic damage for free each turn while you attack with a different Greataxe.

In my original comment, the alternative suggestion "1)" would not be as necessary and "2)" would straight up counter the strategy that I just described, yet it is debatable whether that would actually be a good thing?

I still stand by my original suggestion to incorporate the Boarding Chain (BC) feature into the Curse of the Ancient Mariner (CotAM) feature to create synergy (rather than anti-synergy as shown below) and prevent confusion...See more
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Shaun S June 29, 2020 9:36 am UTC
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Great idea, I appreciate the concept, but it looks a bit overpowered for my taste.
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Evan M June 29, 2020 2:16 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hey there! What could I do to make it feel more balanced in your opinion?
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Ethan W June 25, 2020 9:33 pm UTC
Why doesn't this show up under aquatic character options?
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Evan M June 28, 2020 4:06 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi there, it should show up under aquatic character options. Unsure as to why it doesn't to be honest. I have updated the tags just to be sure though.
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