Please excuse any faux pas, this is my first time posting here so I’ll try to be as clear as possible.
I’m hoping to get some feedback on this warlock subclass; The Murderous Celestial
I’m the DM of a 5e DND game. One of my players is a Neutral-Good warlock who is going to soon run into their patron. In the likely event that these players will not want to go along with the patrons’ plans and instead choose to stop them, I’m planning on the player losing their warlock abilities (The player and I discussed this possibility at the beginning of the campaign). He currently has an Archfey Pact and I had a recent conversation about why he chose it and he said he has no real attachment to his pact type, rather he quite likes the story potential of an Archfey.
At this particular junction in the story, the god of murder Bhaal is quite invested in stopping the patrons’ plans. With this in mind and seeing a potential pawn to help him in his goal to defeat the patron, Bhaal will offer a pact with the player – Help thwart the patron and receive powers from Bhaal. In anticipation of this, I’ve build the above homebrew subclass.
Theme Behind The Subclass
The theme this subclass is invoking is one of subterfuge, assassination and sowing fear.
I picture a lot of the abilities within this subclass are designed to get the character past whatever defences their target may have before trapping their quarry and completing the assassination.
Expanded Spell List
The expanded spell list continues the above theme, with spells such as Disguise Self / Mislead and Locate Creature enabling the assassin to find their target. Spells such as Silence, Phantasmal Killer and Bestow Curse allow the assassin to control their target when actually engaging. Finally, the spells Hallow, Misllead and Disguise Self come into play when trying to escape capture.
Dodgy name but this allows the user to spend a number of D4 out of a total pool to ignore damage. The pool is regenerated after each long rest.
I chose this ability as I believe pushing themselves to ignore the pain in order to complete their kill is quite thematic to Bhaal. I’m a little concerned about the ability for this to negate a lot of small arm damage.
This is my favourite feature.
Knowing my players, I believe actually completing a ritualistic sacrifice is going to be a tough ask but should Bhaal requires sacrifices. Should the players complete the sacrifice they’ll gain a pretty great boon. The additional D6 could get out of hand as it is tied to class level but I’m hoping to make this something worth crossing the moral boundary for.
(Note: My players aren’t typical murder hobos)
Dark One’s Own Luck
Unchanged from the fiend pact
I like the idea of the pact sowing fear and evil to the players’ allies, even against their will. Embalming Presence is simply to allow the player to have a bit of agency each time they rest and to be reminded that their patron is an evil bad guy.
Deaths Inevitable Embrace
Potentially quite powerful but very specific in its’ use.
I’m assuming Bhaal is a huge fan of when killing is done in his name. This is my attempt at creating a thematic extension of that. Note that the this can still be triggered and the creature wont die due to resistances / or any immunity.
For example, if a creature who has 30 hit points has resistance to cold and was dealt 20 cold damage. That creature would go down to 20 hit points and would trigger Deaths Inevitable Embrace. However, the creature would still be alive at 10 hit points.
This has a very powerful and thematic synergy with the dice made available via Sacrificial Virtue.
This spells from this class are mostly utility and support with the real damage coming from Deaths Inevitable Embrace and Sacrificial Virtue.
I would like to know however if this is enough, or perhaps too much? How does this stack with other pacts?