Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Otherworldly Patron: The Ancient Dragon [ROUGH DRAFT]

It's a bit strange, now that I think about it, to be publishing a blog called "WALROCK HOMEBREW," and yet to not have done any actual homebrewing for warlocks in over half a year.

High time we fixed that.

The Ancient Dragon pact is exactly what it says on the tin: You sign a contract, drink an elixir of dragon's blood infused with a willing dragon's power, and are granted magic dragon warlock powers like your patron's breath, a sense for treasure, and the ability to half-transform into an aspect of your patron's power.

It's pretty cool stuff, great for warlocks who find fiends, fey, and outsiders a little too intangible to be trusted. Because, as everyone knows, you can always trust a dragon.


  • Thematic abilities that follow the draconic bloodline of your patron!
  • Spells focusing on the general abilities of dragons, without ascribing to any particular elemental affinity.
  • Probably the most fun first-level fluff power I've written yet. 
  • Yes okay you're totally right Ancient's Breath is a little derivative of the dragonborn racial power, but dragon's breath needs to happen in this pact and that's the most effective way to do it.
  • I'm the tiniest bit concerned about the balance of Draconic Apotheosis, but it's almost certainly alright. Long-rest warlock pact capstones are approximately balanced to a level 6.5 spell (or a 6th level spell cast with a 7th level slot), so that seems just about reasonable for the power level. 
  • Man are warlock pacts still fun to make. The hardest part is fitting all the fun stuff in to keep it thematic while retaining balance.