January 25, 2016


Arcane Tradition
Comments from the Finger: I've been sitting on this one for a while as part of a different project, but ultimately it works better as a wizard.

School of Diabolism

You have long considered that power is most often profane. Vile fiends, which reside in eternal pits of flame outside the mortal realm, wield power that puts the works of mortal men to shame. Yet, they are unequivocally evil and going so far as to strike a bargain with one is worthy of damnation. Through intense study of obscure summoning and binding rituals, you've reached out to the Lower Planes and have contacted a fiend yourself, not to parlay with, but to command.

Vile Knowledge
By 2nd level, you are well versed in all manner of occult rituals and fiendish summons, and have advantage on Intelligence (Arcana) checks involving them.

Imp Familiar
At 2nd level, you add the find familiar spell to your spellbook, if it was not there already. When you summon your familiar, you can instead summon an imp which obeys your commands as a familiar does. As a bonus action on your turn, you can command your imp familiar to perform an action or make an attack.

Anchor of Hell
At 6th level, as an action you can select 1 creature you can see within 30 feet to make a Charisma saving throw. On a failed save, for the next minute every foot the creature moves costs 1 extra foot. After using this ability, you must complete a short or long rest before using it again.

Devil's Advocate
By 10th level, you are exceptionally shrewd at infernal negotiations, and have advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks made against fiends. Additionally, the time required for you to cast the find familiar spell as a ritual to summon an imp is reduced to 1 action.

Form Pact
Beginning at 14th level, by expending a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, a spell slot of 5th level or higher, and a pint of fresh blood, you can perform a ritual requiring 1 hour of concentration to summon a fiend from the lower planes.
     By sacrificing a living, intelligent creature to the fiend, or by sacrificing a great quantity of your own blood to the fiend (reducing your hit points by half your maximum, and reducing your Constitution score by 2 until you complete a long rest) you can gain one of the following benefits for the next 24 hours:
  •  You can enlist the services of a fiend of challenge 5 or lower for a day.
         Roll initiative for the fiend, which has its own turns. The fiend disappears when it drops to 0 hit points or at the end of 24 hours. The fiend is friendly to you and your companions for the duration but otherwise acts according to its alignment. It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it (no action required by you), but can interpret the command insidiously if proper wording isn't used. If you don’t issue any commands to the fiend, it defends itself from hostile creatures but takes no other actions.
  •  You can gain resistance to nonmagical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage for the duration.
  • When you roll damage for a spell, you can reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Intelligence modifier. You must use the new rolls.
  • You can cast any spell of 7th level or lower once in the next 24 hours without expending a spell slot or spell components.
After making a pact, your pact must end and you must take a long rest before making another.

Changelog: 1/25/16: Devil's Advocate added
Form Pact: No spell slots or spell components required to cast pact spell of 7th level or lower
Name Change: Diabolist fits better than Demonologist in a D&D context
Devil's Advocate: Reworded
1/26/16: Form Pact: Can enlist a 'fiend' rather than a devil or demon, to be more inclusive
2/2/16: Form Pact: Maximize damage option changed to be similar to Empowered Spell


  1. Wizards get an Arcane Tradition feature at 10th level, as well. Dunno if you had one you forgot to place there.

    1. Woah, dropped the ball on that one! I've added it in.

  2. Question: Form Pact last option - does that work for the spells not included in Wizard's spell list? How about cantrips?

    1. Any spell, any list. Seems like a waste to use it on a cantrip, but I suppose you can use it for that.

  3. "Additionally, you can cast the find familiar spell as a ritual to summon an imp as an action."
    Does this mean you can do Find Familiar without expending a spell slot as an action? The wording is kinda weird and I'm not really sure if it's really that good.

    "You can cast any spell of 7th level or lower once in the next 24 hours."
    Does this require a spell slot? How about material components?
    Otherwise this seems like a solid thing and I like it.

    1. Yes, find familiar without expending a spell slot. Moreover, you need not have a spell prepared to cast it as a ritual, so that too.

      No spell slot, no spell components. I've made an edit which states this.

  4. For Devil's Advocate, is it an action or a ritual to cast Find Familiar? An action takes just a single action, so 6 seconds or so, but a ritual takes at least 10 minutes to cast. You can't cast a ritual "as an action."

    1. Maybe it will be clearer to say that the time required to cast the find familiar spell as a ritual to summon an imp is reduced to 1 action.

  5. Surely the focus on devils makes this a diabolist, not a demonolgist?

    1. That's a really, really good point. (*Facepalm*) This one had a considerably different focus when I first put it together, and I didn't think to reevaluate the name. In the real world, there's no considerable difference between these terms, but in D&D, there's a wide gap.

      Change incoming!

    2. On that note, would it be preferable to rephrase "enlist the services of a demon or devil" to "enlist the services of a fiend" so as to cover the lower planes as a whole.
      That way this class works as a demonologist, diabolist, daemonologist, yugolothogist (yugolist?) etc.

    3. Lovely idea. This is still thematically a 'diabolist' because of its focus on pacts and negotiation, and I might yet create a proper demonologist to emphasize the difference, but it's wise for this class to be able to enlist fiends of all types.

  6. So just for clarification, the purpose behind dropping Find Familiar down to a only taking an action is to allow yourself to let your imp get pulped because you can still summon it right back for free afterwards?

    1. Yup. By 10th level, your familiar will have pretty pitiful hit points and will basically get pummeled immediately when you get into combat, so this allows you to get a little more use out of it.

  7. This is ridiculously OP.

    "You can maximize your damage rolls."

    You can auto-finish all encounters with this. Maximized Meteor Swarm with Bigby's Hand inflicts 20d6 fire, 20d6 bludgeoning and 4d8 force. Which equals 272 damage in single round.

    1. Yeah, I'm inclined to agree with you here. I forgot to change that section of that feature (this class was a conversion from a different project.) Should I cut this one entirely or use a passive version of Empowered Spell?