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The Bastion: A Protector Class

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Halloa folks,

Long time homebrewer, first time DMsguild publisher. The entire class is viewable via the PDF preview, so you can read and play the class for yourself before you decide to send me any support. 

I have an itch, and the only thing that seems to scratch it is homebrewing entire classes. Terrible, I know. I have designed 6 full classes to date. The Bastion is my 4th. The other 5 include: The Bowmaster, the Esper, the Tinkerer, the Mudang, and the Mistborn. You can see and download these for free (except the Mudang) on my website, 

If you are someone who wants to design a full class but the task feels too intimidating, a veteran class designer who wants to trade tips and tricks with another designer, or a DM who has a player that wants to play a homebrew class and you have no idea how to judge its balance and quality, then please also read my two articles, "Guide to Balancing (and Judging the Balance of) Homebrew Classes" and "Discussion on Innovative Homebrew Class Design" on my website under "Articles" in the menu.  

When I design a full class, I choose specific goals I want to meet.  The goals I set for the Bastion were:

1. Create more uses for reactions

2. Create more uses for auras

3. Blend swordplay with magic 

4. Emphasize defense and protecting ones allies

The Bastion accomplishes these goals by using its Aegis feature to create a protective aura that allows it to use its reaction to force disadvantage on an attack against an ally within the aura's range. 

The Bastion derives its power source from the aether that fuels magic and connects all things. By tapping into the aether within themselves, they can project it outwards as a protective and offensive aura.

This class comes equipped with 4 subclasses, the Battlemind, the Warden, the Emitter, and the Ardent, as well as several new Bastion-only spells.

I hope you enjoy and please leave a review.



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Don R September 15, 2020 3:41 pm UTC
I like the class, though I feel like they should have prof. with shields, as well a limited number of fighting styles based around defense. Other than that, everything looks really cool!
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Andrew H September 15, 2020 4:11 pm UTC
Thank you very much!

I can explain the lack of proficiency in shields and fighting styles. The Bastion's second level Aegis feature is effectively a more powerful Protection fighting style. It has a range that increases with class level, it only needs to be triggered after an attack has been declared a hit, and you can use it to protect yourself. As a result, Aegis is both your shield and your Fighting Style.

To compare, the Paladin at 2nd level gets: a Fighting Style, Spellcasting, and Divine Smite.

The Bastion at 2nd level gets: Aegis, Spellcasting, and Aether Art.

Not granting shields nor fighting styles was a conscious decision to balance with Aegis.
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Don R September 15, 2020 4:20 pm UTC
Oooh, that does explain it very well. Thank you!
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Don R September 15, 2020 4:45 pm UTC
So Aegis of Assault works like Spiritual Weapon in that it's a magical melee within the Aegis Aura? Cool
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Andrew H September 15, 2020 5:11 pm UTC
That's right! I really like the imagery of you swinging your weapon through the air, and then a slash appearing magically on an attacking enemy across the room.

The wording on Aegis of Assault has been tricky and has gone through many iterations. Please take particular note that Aegis of Assault does not require your Aegis aura to be active. You can use Aegis of Assault any time you meet its requirements (a creature you can see makes an attack, you have a reaction to spare, the attacking creature is within a number of feet equal to your aegis aura radius). This is your "Extra Attack", so it is always available.
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Jon J September 16, 2020 4:46 pm UTC
I was going to suggest just replacing that with Extra Attack, as it would also fit with the standard martial class. Now that you've explained it, I like your decision. As for wording, I want to clarify that "melee spell attack" is for flavor and not mechanical then? I thought I had to cast a spell with a range of touch until I read this. So here's what I'm thinking:

"Aegis of Assault—
Starting at 5th level, you can manipulate the aetheric energy in your weapons to retaliate against your foes. When a creature within your Aegis radius makes an attack, you can use your reaction to make a melee weapon attack against them, sending its aggressive aether into them. You must be able to see the creature, and your Aegis feature need not be active to make this attack."

It's doing the same things as a melee weapon attack, so no need to explain proficiency, damage, and whatnot. I was going to shorten that description a bit more by just calling them "distant foes",...See more
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Andrew H September 16, 2020 5:35 pm UTC
Halloa Jon,

Thank you for taking an interest!

The "Melee Spell Attack" actually does serve a mechanical purpose - it is to prevent Sneak Attack from triggering off of it, since getting a reliable reaction attack would be very valuable to a Rogue. Since Aegis of Assault comes online at 5th level, multiclass issues aren't too much of a concern, but this serves to emphasize that Aegis of Assault is not meant to serve that kind of purpose.

That being said, I do like your wording, especially the "need not be active to make this attack", and I will look to refining this feature once more.
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Jon J September 16, 2020 6:33 pm UTC
Remember that Sneak Attack in 5e can only trigger once per round, not per attack like in old systems. So a rogue would actually be better off not multiclassing and stick with dual wielding, or they could multiclass into something with Extra Attack to either get 2 attacks and a bonus action—or 3 attacks if dual wielding. Also, since a rogue can attack with a ranged weapon and get Sneak Attack, it's nothing new. This comment looks like a mess. I hope you see what I'm trying to say.
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Andrew H September 16, 2020 6:52 pm UTC
In 5e, the Rogue's Sneak Attack can trigger once per turn.

"Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe's distraction. **Once per turn,** you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an Attack if you have advantage on the Attack roll. The Attack must use a Finesse or a ranged weapon."

But it's actually been a long time since I last worked with Aegis of Assault - The Bastion was effectively "finished" almost 2 years ago - and I think I have changed and grown since then. Put another way, I don't think simplifying Aegis of Assault to a melee weapon attack is as concerning an exploit as I once believed.

Thank you for helping me realize that!
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