December 19, 2015


Arcane Tradition
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School of the Pseudonatural

In the Far Realm, outside time, Herculean minds drift, absorbed in contemplations of madness. Unspeakable beings whisper terrifying secrets to those who dare communication. These secrets were not meant for mortals, but the alienist plunges into abysses of chaos and entropy that would blast a weaker mind. You toy with these cosmic secrets to achieve true power: triumph of the mind over the rude boundaries of dimension, distance, and ultimately, sanity.

Mad Certainty 
Beginning when you select this tradition at 2nd level, you have a madness die, which is a d6. You may expend this madness die and add its result to an ability check, attack roll, or saving throw. Alternatively, you can expend madness dice to use an Elder Rune, if you know one. You regain all of your expended madness dice when you finish a long rest.
     If you begin your turn with no madness dice, roll a d100 on the Long-Term Madness table found on page 260 of the Dungeon Master's Guide. You are immediately afflicted with the result which ends when you take a short rest, and regain one madness die.

Pseudonatural Familiar
At 2nd level, you add the find familiar spell to your spellbook, if it was not there already. When you cast the spell, you can choose one of the normal forms for your familiar or one of the following special forms: imp, pseudodragon, quasit, or sprite. The familiar summoned with this spell is of horribly twisted aspect, and gradually loses all semblance to a creature of this earth. It is an aberration, instead of a fey. At 6th level, your familiar's size becomes Small.
    Additionally, when you take the Attack action, you can forgo one of your own attacks to allow your familiar to make one attack of its own. When your familiar makes an attack, it uses your spell attack bonus instead of its own attack bonus on attack rolls, and you may add your proficiency bonus to its damage rolls.
     Your familiar's maximum hit points is increased by your level.
     Finally, your familiar gains two pseudonatural traits of your choice. At 6th, 10th, and 14th levels you can select an additional trait. When you gain a level in this class, you can replace a trait that your familiar has with a trait for which you meet the prerequisites.

Timeless Body 
By 6th level, you have discovered many secrets in your research. Among them, the secret of eternal youth. You no longer age, do not suffer the effects of old age, and cannot be magically aged. You still die at the time of old age, however. When the time comes, you are stolen away by horrible entities, never to be seen again.

Alien Blessing
At 10th level, you become proficient in two saving throws of your choice, and you lose proficiency in Wisdom saving throws.

Summon Alien
Beginning at 14th level, your familiar no longer seems remotely related to earthly creatures. Your familiar's size is Medium, it regains 1 hit point each minute, and it is immune to extra damage from critical hits.

Pseudonatural Traits
If a pseudonatural trait has prerequisites, you must meet them to choose it. You can choose the trait at the same time that you meet its prerequisites. If one of your traits calls for a saving throw, it uses your wizard Spell Save DC.

Melee Weapon Attack: reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: (5) 1d8 slashing damage. The target is grappled (escape DC is equal to your spell save DC) if it is a Medium or smaller creature and the familiar doesn't have another creature grappled.

Melee Weapon Attack: reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: (5) 1d8 piercing damage, and the target must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or become poisoned for 1 hour. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the target falls unconscious for the same duration, or until it takes damage or another creature uses an action to shake it awake.

Melee Weapon Attack: reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: (4) 1d6 bludgeoning damage and (4) 1d4 piercing damage.

Keen Hearing and Smell
You familiar has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on hearing or smell.

Your familiar can mimic animal sounds and humanoid voices. A creature that hears the sounds can tell they are imitations with a successful DC 14 Wisdom (Insight) check.

Nimble Escape
Your familiar can take the Disengage or Hide action as a bonus action on each of its turns.

Unearthly Sight
You familiar can see normally in in fog, darkness, and magical darkness.

Durable Hide
Prerequisite: 6th level
Your familiar gains a +2 bonus to Armor Class.

Scare (1/Day)
Prerequisite: 6th level
One creature of your choice within 20 feet of your familiar must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or be frightened for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, with disadvantage if your familiar is within line of sight, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Spider Climb
Prerequisite: 6th level
Your familiar can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.

Stench (1/Day)
Prerequisite: 6th level
For 1 minute, any creature that starts its turn within 5 feet of your familiar must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or be poisoned until the start of its next turn. On a successful saving throw, the creature is immune to the familiar's Stench for 24 hours.

Death Burst
Prerequisite: 10th level
When your familiar dies, it explodes in a burst of fire. Each creature within 5 feet of it must make a Dexterity saving throw, taking 2d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Prerequisite: 10th level
Your familiar gains blindsight with a range of 60 feet, but can't use it while deafened.

Prerequisite: 10th level
Your familiar makes two attacks when it takes the Attack action. Each attack must use a different attack option.

Prerequisite: 10th level
You familiar's maximum hit points is increased by twice your wizard level.

Prerequisite: 14th level
An attack deals one extra die of its damage when your familiar hits with an attack.

Incorporeal Movement
Prerequisite: 14th level
Your familiar can move through other creatures and objects as if they were difficult terrain. It takes 1d10 force damage if it ends its turn in side an object.

Magic Resistance
Prerequisite: 14th level
Your familiar has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects and gains resistance to damage from spells.

Changelog: 12/20/15: Mad Certainty: Wording clarified.
Pseudonatural Familiar: Familiar becomes Small at 6th level.
Pseudonatural Traits: DC is now based on wizard Spell Save DC.


  1. Mad Certainty makes mention of having multiple Madness Dice in a couple of locations, but there's no indication anywhere that you ever get more than the 1 granted by the ability when you first gain it.

    1. I might trim down this entry a little to make it clearer; you never get more than one madness die with this subclass. Other subclasses which are on their way have better resistance to madness, and thus larger pools of dice. To keep things consistent across the classes which use madness dice, I used the same feature description. Trust me that things like Elder Runes will be integrated later

  2. To add to that. Should the familiar make a jump from tiny to small at some point if it does not already start at small or medium to begin with? Maybe around say 6 or 10? Because a jump from tiny to medium is kinda intense of a tiny creature if over time the creature is being changed from the class.

  3. To add to the two above, Mad Certainty makes mention of Elder Rune. Where are these to be found? Do you ever get more than a single madness die, if so what is the progression? Most of the content on this blog has been well polished with only minor typos or oversights here or there, but this looks like it wasn't even proofread.

    1. Elder Runes come later with the Investigator class. You only get 1 madness die with this subclass, but other subclasses will have larger pools.

      (This class has a light version of the Madness Dice subsystem. You'll see its full implementation a little later. Trust me)

    2. Sounds good. I look forward to it. :)

  4. In sections with damage (like death burst) how it offers a set damage or a dice roll, a set damage is never offered to players unless strictly intended as a set number.

    1. Yeah, that's a good point. For consistency's sake, I was using the text directly from Monster Manual entries, since your familiar is technically a monster and not a character with class levels. I'll change this up soon

  5. In sections with damage (like death burst) how it offers a set damage or a dice roll, a set damage is never offered to players unless strictly intended as a set number.

  6. So I am going to sound crazy... which ironically may be fitting for the topic this is posted on... but I was trying to reply to a catnip blog you posted above this one... and now it ceased to I crazy?

    1. How embarrassing! I was hoping noone would see that. That was a WIP article that has some way to go and no PDF yet, which the Palm and I are collaborating on. One of us accidentally clicked 'Post' rather than 'Save'.

    2. Dang, wishing I had saved it when I had the chance then :)

      Also... I was so tired last night I called it 'catnip' hahaha!

  7. two things
    1. are the dc's for the pseudonatural traits supposed to increase as you get to higher levels or were they meant to be hard numbers
    2. how does one die of old age if they don't age naturally or be magically aged

    1. 1. You know, this is intended to be a static saving throw, but I think I've come to regret that design decision. I'll probably change it to be the same as your wizard spell save DC.

      2. You live as long as you would normally live if you were to die of old age. Then, horrible monsters kill you.

    2. In fact, I've made that change, and reworded the old age thing.