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What is Heroic Paragon Epic?

Back in 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, there was a system that allowed you to gain racial or class-type specific abilities at 5th, 10th, and 15th level. These were the Heroic, Paragon, and Epic levels which are commonly used today to delineate the “Tiers” of adventure and gameplay in 5th Edition D&D: Heroic is 5th level, Paragon is 10th level, and Epic is 15th level.

Being that 4e was my introduction to Dungeons & Dragons, I wanted to find a way to bring this fun system back to life, so I decided to create a gestalt tree for each different bundle of classes - Martial, Divine, Arcane, and Primal - to give them some more roleplay flavor. In this book, you will find the three trees built for arcane characters - wizards, warlocks, and bards - which will grant them unique and powerful abilities.

Please note that this book DOES INCREASE the power levels and player potential for primal classes, so keep this in mind when designing encounters as a Dungeon Master. As a player however, make sure to incorporate these trees into your character in an in-depth way; from backstory to development.

The Arcane HPES System

The HPES trees for Arcane-based classes are split into three separate gestalt trees: Great Tome, Archmage, and Lorekeeper. They keep true to the concepts at the core of a bard, warlock, and wizard, but add a little power boost and more roleplay flavor.

Great Tome. The Great Tome HPES tree shows an Arcane player who has dedicated their life to their studies, carrying with them a powerful spellbook into which they keep all their knowledge and magics. However, over time that book itself comes to have a magic of its own.

Archmage. The Archmage HPES tree gives us an Arcane player who has truly mastered combative magic, using their spells and wisdom to rise through the cutthroat ranks of magicracy and take their spot next to the other grand spellslingers of their time.

Lorekeeper. The Lorekeeper HPES tree displays an Arcane player who cannot stay in one place for too long and cannot listen to the same story too often. Constantly on the road and travelling, they keep with them impressive collections of tale, song, and epic which all hold a magic of their own.


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