Oath of Time (5e Subclass)

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Oath of Time[edit]

The Oath of Time is an oath as old as existence. Paladins of this oath are protectors of the timeline, weeding out and punishing those that go against the natural flow. Paladins that take this oath usually pledge themselves to the gods of time, granting them temporal privileges. At first, these paladins are not yet full agents, but will be practicing the arts of chronomancy. The gods grant them forgiveness for minor disturbances in the temporal continuum. When sufficiently trained, they become a Chronokeeper. From this point onwards, the gods will send them after the enemies of time themselves.


Tenets of Time[edit]

The tenets of the Oath of Time, unlike most other oaths, tend to stay the same for each paladin. Regardless, some paladins have slightly differing vows. Paladins that swear to this oath are often of a neutral alignment, either lawful or true neutral, but there are rare cases of chaotic Chronokeepers. These paladins are dedicated only to protecting the flow of time, no matter how many, innocent or guilty, will suffer because of it. These tenets always incorporate the following principles:

Chronos as final judge. I will seek out those who disrupt time and punish them, unless Chronos has given them permission.

The end is inevitable. I will not save those when it is their time, unless they should aid me on my quest.

A ripple is harmless, a wave crushing. The gods will forgive me for creating small ripples in the timeline to further my quest.


Oath spells[edit]

Paladin Level Spells
3rd Identify, Dissonant Whispers
5th Augury, Blur
9th Haste, Slow
13th Death Ward, Divination
17th Greater Restoration, Modify Memory

Channel Divinity[edit]

When you chose this Oath at 3rd level you gain access to the following Channel Divinity:

Relive the Past:
As an action, you present your holy symbol and speak a prayer to Chronos, using your Channel Divinity, causing old wounds to flare up again. Choose up to your charisma modifier creatures within 30 feet of you that you can see. These creatures must make a wisdom saving throw, taking 3d8 + (your paladin level) psychic damage on a failed save and half as much on a successful one. If the creature has been damaged since the beginning of your last turn, it makes the saving throw with disadvantage with an additional 1d8. You can do this a maximum of your charisma modifier (a minimum 1 time) per long rest.

Time Lock:
As an action, you present your holy symbol at a target and speak ancient words lost in the ages, using your Channel Divinity. Choose one creature within 30 feet of you that you can see. That creature must make a wisdom saving throw with disadvantage or be frozen in time for 1 minute. The creature is paralysed for all intents and purposes, until the duration has passed or it is physically interacted with. Starting at 10th level, the paladin can choose to spend 3 consecutive actions concentrating on the effect, by saying a long uninterrupted prayer to Chronos, allowing the creature another wisdom saving throw each time. Should the creature fail all 3 of them, Chronos will erase them from time, assuming he is capable and willing to do so. (Meaning that it’s up to the DM) If it succeeds on any of the saves or you are interrupted, the effect is broken. Paladins should take care doing this, to avoid breaking their 3rd tenet. You can do this a maximum of your charisma modifier (a minimum 1 time) per long rest.

Additional Proficiency[edit]

Additionally, when you take this oath at 3rd level,you no longer age, you become proficient in the History (intelligence) skill.

Rewind[edit]

Starting at 7th level, you can add your charisma modifier to your melee attacks. Additionally you are able to rewind time in short bursts. After any one player, creature, or NPC makes a roll within 30 feet of you, you may choose to force it to roll again. This ability must be used immediately after the effect of the roll has occurred. To use this ability, you must be conscious. You must use the new roll and you can’t use this ability more than once for a specific roll. You can do this a maximum of your charisma modifier plus one half of paladin level (rounded down) per long rest.

Temporal Control[edit]

Starting at 15th level, you are able to control your own flow of time. You gain the following benefits:

  • You can freely control your age.
  • You can treat a short rest as if you had just taken a long rest.
  • If you are brought down to 0 HP, you may choose to rewind your time by 6 seconds. You gain the health back you lost in the round, and all effects applied to you in the previous round are reversed. This uses your reaction for the next round and must be taken immediately after the damage has been done. This reaction can only be used once per long rest.

Additionally, both Relieve the Past and Time Lock increase to 60 feet.

Chronokeeper[edit]

At 20th level, you have become a force of time, dedicated to preserving time. Using an action you can cause yourself to exist in multiple moments at once. For 1 minute, you gain the following benefits:

  • You have advantage on all attacks and enemies gain disadvantage on all attacks against you.
  • You can use your reaction to spend a spell slot to prevent up to 10 x slot level of damage taken from a single hit.
  • Every round, you can choose when to act on the initiative tracker, regardless of your actual initiative.

Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest. This feature is not restored via Temporal Control.


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