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Epic Characters

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Within this 112-page handbook you will find a vast array of new player options across all levels of play, starting at 1st level and going all the way to epic levels.

Races
Discover three new races that all offer unique roleplaying possibilities and carry with them deep ties to a particular aspect of the world.

Class Features
You will find two new subclass options for each of the 14 core classes, for a total of 28 subclass options. From the playful Toymaker artificer to the Siege Magic wizard, this book is packed with a little something for everyone at the table.
Also included are a variety of new optional features, giving certain classes access to thematic and fun tools.
In addition, sorcerers unlock new metamagic options and warlocks discover a new pact boon, complete with complimentary eldritch invocations.

Backgrounds
Find backgrounds that let you forge new character concepts such as the Villain or remove your agency from your history entirely as the Amnesiac.

Equipment
Even the mightiest adventurer needs new toys from time to time. You will find new armor and new weapons, complete with new properties that open interesting gameplay options, booth narratively and mechanically. Furthermore, new adventuring gear, poisons, and special materials supply new options for everyone, including those that lack a martial proclivity.

Firearms
Utilize this new and volatile technology with comprehensive, fun, and meaningful rules, by wielding either sidearms, boomsticks, or long guns.

Crafting
Take your crafting to the next level with 29 new materials, each with special properties.

Siege Engines
Not everything can be solved with the casting of a spell or the swinging of a sword. Find rules and properties for a multitude of siege engines and reign destruction upon your foes.

Spells
Learn 44 new spells that let you open up endless new possibilities on your adventures.

Feats
Rediscover existing feats, now re-imagined into appealing options and uncover entirely new feats, including race-specific feats.

Mythic Options
New options for those at the upper echelons of play.

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The printed book is available in both hardcover and softcover, both of which come with premium colors.

The PDF is available in both page and spread format, both of which are hyperlinked for easy navigation. The page number is clickable on every page, allowing you to instantly return to the table of contents.

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Ryan B March 05, 2022 11:11 pm UTC
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Still reading through the book and I noticed that some equipment and firearms don't have descriptions like the rest. Uniforms and the Dragon's Roar. Also, The Weapon-Matte is called Weapon black in the chart just wanted to point that out.
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:49 pm UTC
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Hi Ryan,

Thank you very much for the feedback. It's greatly appreciated.
The books has just been updated with lots of minor tweaks and fixes.
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Trevor F February 06, 2022 4:33 pm UTC
Is the Epic Characters PDF needed or would it just enhance this product?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:47 pm UTC
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Hi Trevor,

Most of the content in this book is perfectly usable without Epic Characters.
In fact, Epic Characters is only needed for this if you want to go into epic levels (levels 21-30).
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Alex J January 17, 2022 1:41 am UTC
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So I read through this and it's super cool and interesting. However I'm curious if there is any other way to gain specialized training outside of the class optional features and the weapon master feat? Or are the arduous weapons designed specifically for this sense of exclusivity?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:46 pm UTC
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Hi Alex,

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Arduous weapons are indeed intended to be very hard to master.
That said, it is intentionally left a little ambigious as groups might use the rules for Training (as described in chapter 8 of the Player's Handbook or chapter 2 of Xanathar's Guide to Everything) to train additional weapon proficiencies.
Proficiency with an arduous weapon might also be given as a magical boon by completing a difficult quest.
It's really up to the DM.
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James C January 09, 2022 6:30 pm UTC
Are there any plans to convert this to Fantasy Grounds?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:38 pm UTC
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Hi James,

Potentially, yes.
Can't say any more at this point, however.
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Joshua S January 05, 2022 10:56 pm UTC
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Just one minor question: why is Absorb Affliction a conjuration? It reads more like an abjuration spell to me?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:37 pm UTC
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Hi Joshua,

I'm inclined to agree. The newly released update reflects this.
Thank you!
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Joshua S April 28, 2022 5:10 pm UTC
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Thank's for the update Marc!

Just as a side note, I did send an email a while ago about some other small issues I found in the spells section, did you receive it? If you did not, I'd be happy to contact you again. I don't want to sound too negative, of course, I think this is a really great book, and can't wait for your future products, some of the best on the site in my opinion.
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Marc A April 28, 2022 5:42 pm UTC
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Hi again,

Did a quick search for yours and found it.
Lots of great observations in there. We'll definitely use it for v1.2.

Thank you for your incredibly kind words and your eagerness to help us make this book better.
It is exactly that kind of engagement that will help make it the best book is can possibly be.
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Joshua S April 28, 2022 6:19 pm UTC
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No problem, glad to help. If I notice any other little mistakes in your other books, I'll be sure to let you know!
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Michael H January 02, 2022 2:29 am UTC
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Hi, I just adore the firearms and the wildcatter ranger class and the work you've done with this resource. Just a question though, is it intended for feats like sharpshooter, skulker, crossbow expert and spells like hail of thorns to have no interaction with firearms? Since they are a 'firearm attack' not a 'ranged attack' like those kind of feats and magic items specifically mention?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:37 pm UTC
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Hi Michael,

Thank you so much for your kind words.
I'm probably going to disappoint you now, but the short answer is that the intention very much is for such features to not affect firearms.
Here's the relevant passage from the book (page 68, Firearm Rules):
"This section offers rules for using firearms in your game. Using these rules, every weapon is classified as either melee, ranged, or firearm. If a feature grants you a bonus with weapon attacks, your firearm attacks can also gain that benefit. If a feature grants you a bonus with only melee or ranged attacks, your firearm attacks gain no benefit."

As an example, the skuler feat wouldn't make much sense with firearms, considering all ammunition has the Blare property.
There should, however, be plenty of room to expand firearm usage with feats intended specifically for them (or just for weapon attacks in general).

I should also note, that version 1.1 was just completed. Check it out....See more
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Jonathan D December 28, 2021 5:22 am UTC
Does this cover everything in the epic characters product or is that separate and would need to be purchased in addition to this?
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:31 pm UTC
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Hi Jonathan,

Epic Characters is the core epic book, taking the base classes and many subclasses into epic levels.
This book expands on that, adding additional character options for all levels of play.
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Alex J December 19, 2021 1:29 pm UTC
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Hey I'm trying to purchase but I'm getting an error
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Marc A April 28, 2022 4:29 pm UTC
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Hi Alex,

Sounds like a technical issue.
If the issue persists, please contact the DMsGuild directly.
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Bradley W November 12, 2021 2:30 am UTC
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For the absolution pali, it's 20th level ability goes as follows:

Diligence. You can't be frightened or suffer from any
effect that would also incapacitate you.

Paladins are immune to fear from level 10 onward. I like this book so just letting you know :)
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Marc A November 15, 2021 2:17 pm UTC
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Hi Bradley,

Thank you for your kind words and for reaching out.
That part of the Diligence option is a superfluous remnant from early development that should have been cut.
The important part of it is the anti incapacitation effect, effectively making you (and your party) immune to the paralyzed and stunned conditions for the duration.
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Riccardo B November 07, 2021 9:01 pm UTC
I've got another question for you Marc A, will you do a book for Epic Monsters that covers the great old ones/ outer gods from Lovecraft mythology?
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Marc A November 10, 2021 7:56 am UTC
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Hi Riccardo,

Thank you for your question.
In short, yes. We've got a few Lovecraftian elements in our Ulraunt series already.
Going forward, we're not necessarily talking all the specific entities from the Lovecraft mythos.
But we do want to explore more Lovecraftian monsters and themes.
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Spencer S October 29, 2021 2:32 pm UTC
Hi, the preview looks great, and the firearms, especially, have me excited! I don't see damage values listed for the firearms, however--are they detailed elsewhere in the book?
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Marc A October 29, 2021 3:32 pm UTC
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Hi Spencer,

Thank you for your interest.
Yes, the damage values are tied to the ammunition, not the firearm itself.
There are a total of 11 different types of ammunition which also have their own properties.
As an example, some types of ammunition have ther Wreck property, which makes it deal double damage to objects and structures.

It should also be noted, that the framework surrounding firearms provides enough design space to mix and match different properties and ammunition types.
An example of this is the Redeemer, which is the only firearm to have the Divine Aim and Sanctified properties.
A creative player might want to modify a Persuader to have one or both of these properties and a DM might provide the opportunity to do so.
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Dungeon M October 27, 2021 1:51 am UTC
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Quick question with regards to the Crescent Flow monk's Triangular Footwork ability. The Crouching Combatant section - is it meant to only remove the disadvantage and advantage as a result of being prone, or is it supposed to remove all forms of disadvantage from the user's attacks and all forms of advantage from enemy attacks? As written, I believe it is the latter.
Just to clarify, I don't actually think that's a bad thing. If you meant the former, I don't see why the monk would actually want to be prone. It just wasn't entirely clear to me, so I figured I would ask.
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Marc A October 29, 2021 9:57 am UTC
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Hi there,

You're absolutely correct.
It is supposed to symbolize mastering a very different style of fighting that others have a hard time adapting to.
It is, however, also worth to note that attacks from more than 5 feet away are made with disadvantage against a prone target.
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Dungeon M October 29, 2021 11:49 pm UTC
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Thanks for the prompt response! Also regarding the Crescent Flow monk, I assume they aren't supposed to be literally on the floor when prone, so much as in a crouching sort of stance. You might want to make that more explicit somewhere in the text - something along the lines of "You may enter a crouched stance while prone rather than lying flat." It's a small thing overall, but I did think the subclass was silly at first, when I briefly thought they literally fought while lying on the floor.
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Marc A October 30, 2021 4:38 pm UTC
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Gotta say, that's a hilarious visual.
But yea, it's a crouching stance which we can easily clarify.
Thank you for your feedback, it's much appreciated!
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Damian F October 25, 2021 4:45 pm UTC
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I feel like I have to dock points from the races because of the floating ability score thing. They should come with the traditional ASI ones even if they're only recommendations. It's hardly convenient to take what should be an optional rule and force it on the end user - and that's a criticism I apply both to WOTC and any homebrewer that follows suit with what I consider a bad move. And it's a bad move because it makes the end result more bland.
Not to mention, this also makes your products internally inconsistent with one another.

Regardless of WOTC's (in my opinion foolish) choice on design philosophy going forward, the older method is better and should be used as the default with the modern one, which was based on an optional rule, should remain just that.
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Marc A October 25, 2021 5:00 pm UTC
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Hi Damien,

That's a fair point.
Generally speaking we aim to follow WotC in their design philosophy for 5e.
That said, we can easily provide you with some suggested ability score increases for the races:

- Gargun: +2 Str, +1 Con
- Stonechild: +1 Wis
--- Chiselvore: +1 Wis, +1 Con
--- Deepcrag: +2 Str
--- Hamartia: +2 Cha
- Trollkin: +1 Str, +2 Con
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Damian F October 25, 2021 5:08 pm UTC
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Those are appreciated, and I hope that you would consider in the very least putting those in the book itself.

Oh, also while I have your attention, not related to this book but to the Archeron one, I just noticed today that the Archeron book is missing a 27th level feature for Stormsmith Artificers.
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Marc A October 25, 2021 5:13 pm UTC
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We'll definitely consider adding suggested ability scores going forward.
Thank you for your feedback!

As for the stormsmith, their epic level feature isn't missing, though I can see how it might be easy to miss.
It's simply integrated with their 5th-level feature Extra Attack.
The Stormsmith table should also clarify this as Extra Attack (1) and Extra Attack (2).
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Damian F October 25, 2021 5:15 pm UTC
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Ah, of course! That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification there.
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Jerry T October 26, 2021 11:31 am UTC
Precisely. An optional rule should be just that: optional.
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Riccardo B October 24, 2021 5:01 pm UTC
Hi will you make a new book in conjunction with this new one, that covers epic and memorable Monsters maybe above CR 45 and that deal with fiends and celestials and maybe some really powerful great old ones like Yog-Sothoth or Tawil at Umr ? And if yes will It be soon?
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Marc A October 25, 2021 5:03 pm UTC
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Hi Riccardo,

Thank you for your interest.
We currently have two books that contain monsters up to CR 45.
These are the books in our Ulraunt's Guide to the Planes series. Currently there's Acheron and The Shadowfell.
We have no plans to create any monsters above CR 45.
We are, however, working on visiting more planes with Ulraunt as our guide.
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Riccardo B October 26, 2021 8:04 pm UTC
That's awesome thanks, when will se see the new Ulraunts guide books, will It be soon? and how many of them have you in project to write and release?
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Marc A October 26, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
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Hi again,

It's much too soon for us to make any announcements.
But we're actively working on the next plane and are aiming for a 2022 release.
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Jacob W October 22, 2021 6:08 pm UTC
Was wondering how well this jels with Legendary Games's Legendary Adventures: Epic 5E?
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Marc A October 22, 2021 11:50 pm UTC
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Hi Jacob,

It is not designed to work with any third party content aside from the Blood Hunter and Epic Characters.
Epic Characters is another of our titles, also available on the DMs Guild, which introduces epic progression for all classes.
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Jimmy F October 22, 2021 6:03 pm UTC
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Marc A October 22, 2021 11:47 pm UTC
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Hi Jimmy,

Thank you for taking a loot at Heroes' Handbook.
I've shared it with the twittersphere.
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Jimmy F October 23, 2021 12:04 am UTC
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I saw. Many thanks!! Keep up the great work!
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