Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5e Sorrowful Gorgon (Wood Elf Sorcerer Homebrew Material)

This is a theoretical build using some of the stuff presented in another post here. Specifically the one linked through this sentence. This is part of me taking a look at this material in practice, though to get a real idea, I'll have to actually get a game played as the character at some point. The build here is the Gorgon Sorcerous Origin homebrew rather than the race and will also be drawing from the spells as well.

This picture came from Daz3D's website. It's a 3D modeling software.


As with a lot of my character concepts, the base idea is a bit grim and sad. In this case, the character is a wood elf who was a house servant to a noble high elf family. She was recently dismissed and given the disdain of the other servants and disquieting dreams of carnal nature she initially felt relieved but has no idea why her former master and mistress expelled her. In fact, most of her memories of her time in the estate are vague and foggy. In the wake of her expulsion from the manner she began experiencing intense attacks of intense sorrow that she has no explanation for, especially when interacting with children. It was during one such attack that her dormant gorgon ancestry awoke, turning her hair into snakes.

I am going to improvise a Background of "Servant". There is a "Maid" background online that is a bit similar but I decided not to use it exactly. The two skills provided will be Investigation, for observing whether something needs to be cleaned, and Insight to anticipate her masters' needs (the Maid background I found at the link earlier this paragraph uses Persuasion). For tools, she'll have Cooking Utensils and Tailor's Kit (not in the PHB, though they may have meant the Weaver's tools to fill that need).

Using my normal 30 pt array of 15,14,13,12,11,10

1st Level Wood Elf Gorgon Sorceress
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 14
Int:13
Wis: 12
Cha: 15

HP: 8
AC: 12
Save DC: 12

Proficiency Bonus: +2

Speed: 35 ft

Darkvision 60ft
Keen Senses
Fey Ancestry
Trance
Elf Weapon Training
Fleet of Foot
Mask of the Wild

Armor Proficiencies:
Weapons: Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, Shortbow, Daggers, Darts, Slings, Quarterstaffs, Light Crossbows
Tools: Cooking Utensils, Tailor's Kit
Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma
Languages: Common, Elvish

Proficient Skills
Deception (Sorcerer) +4
Insight (Servant) +3
Investigation (Servant) +3
Perception (Elf) +3
Persuasion (Sorcerer) +4

Background: Servant

Spellcasting
Sorcerous Origin: Gorgon
Serpentine Locks
Gorgon's Blood

Cantrips: Mending, Minor Illusion, Prestidigitation, Slivers of Stone, Stone Glance

Spell Slots: 2 (1st)

1st Level Spells: Mage Armor, Statuary Gaze

2nd to 5th Level


2nd Level - Font of Magic, +6 HP (14)
Spell: Disguise Self

3rd Level - Metamagic: Subtle Spell, Extended Spell, +6 HP (20)
Spell: Stone Shell

4th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +1 Con, +1 Cha, +6 HP (26)
Cantrip: Dancing Lights
Spell: Invisible

5th Level - Proficiency Bonus +3, +6 HP (32)
Spell: Clutch of Stone

Reasoning: I am mostly going for the gorgon spells here but the other two spells are sort of going along with the idea of the servant trying to avoid attention. I went with Clutch of Stone over Nullify Gaze because gaze attacks are less common and this gives her a major single-target attack spell. Extended Spell allows her to make her disguises and illusions last longer.

5th Level Statistics



5th Level Wood Elf Gorgon Sorceress
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 15
Int:13
Wis: 12
Cha: 16

HP: 32
AC: 12
Save DC: 14
Sorcery Points: 5

Proficiency Bonus: +3

Speed: 35 ft

Darkvision 60ft
Keen Senses
Fey Ancestry
Trance
Elf Weapon Training
Fleet of Foot
Mask of the Wild

Armor Proficiencies:
Weapons: Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, Shortbow, Daggers, Darts, Slings, Quarterstaffs, Light Crossbows
Tools: Cooking Utensils, Tailor's Kit
Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma
Languages: Common, Elvish

Proficient Skills
Deception (Sorcerer) +6
Insight (Servant) +4
Investigation (Servant) +4
Perception (Elf) +4
Persuasion (Sorcerer) +6

Background: Servant

Spellcasting
Sorcerous Origin: Gorgon
Serpentine Locks
Gorgon's Blood
Font of Magic
Metamagic: Subtle Spell, Extend Spell

Cantrips: Dancing Lights, Mending, Minor Illusion, Prestidigitation, Slivers of Stone, Stone Glance

Spell Slots: 4 (1st) 3 (2nd) 2 (3rd)

1st Level Spells: Disguise Self, Mage Armor, Statuary Gaze
2nd Level Spells: Invisibility, Stone Shell
3rd Level Spells: Clutch of Stone

6th to 10th Level


6th Level - Serpentine Affinity, +6 HP (38)
Spell: Nullify Gaze

7th Level - +6 HP (44)
Spell: Stoneskin

8th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +2 Cha, +6 (50)
Spell: Counterspell

9th Level - Proficiency Bonus +4, +6 HP (56)
Spell: Sanctuary Piercing Gaze

10th Level - Metamagic: Quickened Spell, +6 HP (62)
Cantrip: Mold Earth
Spell: Medusa's Mantle

Reasoning: I chose not to take Heart of Stone because this character isn't really about removing emotion from other people. She might want to remove emotion from herself, but would rather inflict it on others. So I gave her Stoneskin and Counterspell instead. I also went ahead with Nullify Gaze here.

10th Level Statistics


10th Level Wood Elf Gorgon Sorceress
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 15
Int:13
Wis: 12
Cha: 18

HP: 62
AC: 12
Save DC: 16
Sorcery Points: 10

Proficiency Bonus: +4

Speed: 35 ft

Darkvision 60ft
Keen Senses
Fey Ancestry
Trance
Elf Weapon Training
Fleet of Foot
Mask of the Wild

Armor Proficiencies:
Weapons: Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, Shortbow, Daggers, Darts, Slings, Quarterstaffs, Light Crossbows
Tools: Cooking Utensils, Tailor's Kit
Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma
Languages: Common, Elvish

Proficient Skills
Deception (Sorcerer) +8
Insight (Servant) +5
Investigation (Servant) +5
Perception (Elf) +5
Persuasion (Sorcerer) +8

Background: Servant

Spellcasting
Sorcerous Origin: Gorgon
Serpentine Locks
Gorgon's Blood
Font of Magic
Metamagic: Subtle Spell, Extend Spell, Quickened Spell
Serpentine Affinity

Cantrips: Dancing Lights, Mending, Minor Illusion, Mold Earth, Prestidigitation, Slivers of Stone, Stone Glance

Spell Slots: 4 (1st) 3 (2nd) 3 (3rd) 3 (4th) 2 (5th)

1st Level Spells: Disguise Self, Mage Armor, Statuary Gaze
2nd Level Spells: Invisibility, Stone Shell
3rd Level Spells: Clutch of Stone, Counterspell, Nullify Gaze
4th Level Spells: Stoneskin
5th Level Spells: Medusa's Mantle, Sanctuary Piercing Gaze

11th to 15th Level


11th Level - +6 HP (68)
Spell: Gorgon's Aegis

12th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +1 Con +1 Wis, +18 HP (86)

13th Level - Proficiency Bonus +5, +7 HP (93)
Spell: Medusa's Torment

14th Level - Gift of Rebirth, Serpentine Form, +7 HP (100)

15th Level - +7 HP (107)
Spell: Softening Blood

Reasoning: Medusa's Torment is not only the only 7th level gorgon spell I wrote, it's actually very appropriate to this character's story. The Gorgon's Aegis and Softening Blood spells allow her to protect others at the cost of her own health which is also appropriate to the idea. Gift of Rebirth provides her with the Reincarnate spell. It might seem odd as to why I went with Wisdom instead of Intelligence, but I have a plan to take Resilient: Wisdom later.

15th Level Statistics


15th Level Wood Elf Gorgon Sorceress
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 16
Int:13
Wis: 13
Cha: 18

HP: 107
AC: 12
Save DC: 17
Sorcery Points: 15

Proficiency Bonus: +5

Speed: 35 ft

Darkvision 60ft
Keen Senses
Fey Ancestry
Trance
Elf Weapon Training
Fleet of Foot
Mask of the Wild

Armor Proficiencies:
Weapons: Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, Shortbow, Daggers, Darts, Slings, Quarterstaffs, Light Crossbows
Tools: Cooking Utensils, Tailor's Kit
Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma
Languages: Common, Elvish

Proficient Skills
Deception (Sorcerer) +9
Insight (Servant) +6
Investigation (Servant) +6
Perception (Elf) +6
Persuasion (Sorcerer) +9

Background: Servant

Spellcasting
Sorcerous Origin: Gorgon
Serpentine Locks
Gorgon's Blood
Font of Magic
Metamagic: Subtle Spell, Extend Spell, Quickened Spell
Serpentine Affinity
Gift of Rebirth
Serpentine Form

Cantrips: Dancing Lights, Mending, Minor Illusion, Mold Earth, Prestidigitation, Slivers of Stone, Stone Glance

Spell Slots: 4 (1st) 3 (2nd) 3 (3rd) 3 (4th) 2 (5th) 1 (6th) 1 (7th) 1 (8th)

1st Level Spells: Disguise Self, Mage Armor, Statuary Gaze
2nd Level Spells: Invisibility, Stone Shell
3rd Level Spells: Clutch of Stone, Counterspell, Nullify Gaze, Softening Blood
4th Level Spells: Stoneskin
5th Level Spells: Medusa's Mantle, Reincarnate, Sanctuary Piercing Gaze
6th Level Spells: Gorgon's Aegis
7th Level Spells: Medusa's Torment

16th to 20th Level


16th Level - Ability Score Improvement: +2 Cha, +7 HP (114)

17th Level - Proficiency Bonus +6, Metamagic: Twinned Spell, +7 HP (121)
Spell: Wish

18th Level - Gorgon's Eternity, Mediator Between Worlds, +7 HP (128)

19th Level - Ability Score Improvement: Resilient, +7 HP (135)

20th Level - Sorcerous Restoration, +7 HP (143)

Reasoning: Wish is really hard to pass up when it becomes available.

20th Level Statistics


10th Level Wood Elf Gorgon Sorceress
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 16
Int:13
Wis: 14
Cha: 20

HP: 143
AC: 12
Save DC: 19
Sorcery Points: 20

Proficiency Bonus: +6

Speed: 35 ft

Darkvision 60ft
Keen Senses
Fey Ancestry
Trance
Elf Weapon Training
Fleet of Foot
Mask of the Wild

Armor Proficiencies:
Weapons: Longsword, Shortsword, Longbow, Shortbow, Daggers, Darts, Slings, Quarterstaffs, Light Crossbows
Tools: Cooking Utensils, Tailor's Kit
Saving Throws: Constitution, Charisma
Languages: Common, Elvish

Proficient Skills
Deception (Sorcerer) +11
Insight (Servant) +8
Investigation (Servant) +7
Perception (Elf) +8
Persuasion (Sorcerer) +11

Background: Servant

Spellcasting
Sorcerous Origin: Gorgon
Serpentine Locks
Gorgon's Blood
Font of Magic
Metamagic: Subtle Spell, Extend Spell, Quickened Spell
Serpentine Affinity
Gift of Rebirth
Serpentine Form
Gorgon's Eternity
Mediator Between Words
Sorcerous Restoration

Cantrips: Dancing Lights, Mending, Minor Illusion, Mold Earth, Prestidigitation, Slivers of Stone, Stone Glance

Spell Slots: 4 (1st) 3 (2nd) 3 (3rd) 3 (4th) 3 (5th) 2 (6th) 2 (7th) 1 (8th) 1 (9th)

1st Level Spells: Disguise Self, Mage Armor, Statuary Gaze
2nd Level Spells: Invisibility, Stone Shell
3rd Level Spells: Clutch of Stone, Counterspell, Nullify Gaze, Softening Blood
4th Level Spells: Stoneskin
5th Level Spells: Medusa's Mantle, Reincarnate, Sanctuary Piercing Gaze
6th Level Spells: Gorgon's Aegis
7th Level Spells: Medusa's Torment
9th Level Spells: Wish

 

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