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Codex Maleficarum - A Book of Warlock Options


A collection of alternative rules, patrons, invocations, and magic items designed to improve the Warlock as a class and enable more diverse playstyles. Contained within are:

  • 5 alternative rules regarding two pact boons and the warlock as a whole
  • 3 Otherworldly Patrons: the Demon, the Watcher of Dreams, and the Elemental
  • A large collection of invocations, including pact boon-specific invocations for each patron
  • 8 magic items, designed primarily for warlocks (although three can be used by most anyone)
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Josh M January 16, 2019 10:54 pm UTC
I just edited a comment that was a misread. Let me adjust:

Watcher of Dreams has that Long Rest ability that I just don't think is very useful unless the entire party is either this subclass or Elves. It doesn't do much for you to take a shorter Long Rest if the Paladin still needs another 4 hours for those spell slots.

Speaking of Paladins, I've played them and Hexblade Blade Pact Warlocks. Eldritch Smite is much, much better than you give it credit for. Warlock Slots are always max slot level, so you're adding more damage with each blow than most Paladins would manage, and since they're Short Rest slots, you can Smite much more freely. My Paladins have to economize; my Hexblade will smite once or twice a fight, because why not? Especially since Hexblade's Curse doubles the crit range, and you can decide to Smite after you roll to attack. Adding 10d8 plus Prone on a crit is not exactly something to complain about, especially with a 10% crit chance.
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Jeffrey S January 17, 2019 1:27 am UTC
Thanks for the purchase and the feedback! First time doing this, so every bit helps.

As far as the Paladin/Blade Pact bit goes, that's a very good point! Taking what you like piecemeal from this is probably the best method. Mostly the optional rules at the front were taken from my game's houserules based on what my players liked and I thought I'd put them in there to share in case people wanted them, since the resident warlock fans in our group wanted the blade pact to have a more unique identity that didn't rely on borrowed paladin mechanics.
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