Oath of the Guardian, Variant (5e Subclass)

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Oath of the Guardian, Variant[edit]

This is a Sacred Oath that can be taken by paladins.

The Oath of the Guardian binds a paladin to the defense of those who cannot defend themselves. Sometimes called knight protectors, pious templars, or divine crusaders. These paladins know that there will always be a place for them at the front lines of the battle with evil. Whether it is a small village, a singular maiden or an entire city that is threatened with destruction, they hold themselves to the expectation of protecting all who do not have the means to protect themselves. Many who swear this oath are devoted to gods of life and war, and use their gods’ tenets as their guide through the trials they face. They do not stay in any one place too long, as those in their charge are protected and the danger passes, another’s are in need of defense.

(This is a variant of an existing Subclass. You can find the original here.

Tenets of the Guardian[edit]

The tenets of the Oath of the Guardian vary by paladin, but all the tenets revolve around the protection of the weak or misjudged. Paladins who uphold these tenets are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to protect the innocent from evil or injustice, using their own sensibilities to differentiate between someone who needs their assistance, and someone who might manipulate others for their own ends. These paladins are often neutral good or lawful good in alignment.

Valour. Always be prepared to stand before evil or injustice to save a life, even in the face of impossible odds.

Discernment. Your ability to defend the weak is wasted on those who feign helplessness. Always know the truth of your charges need.

Resolve. Always continue on in the face of adversity, persevere when others fall short, and be prepared to end a threat permanently to ensure lasting protection of those in your charge.

Character. Your words and your deeds should engender trust, dependability and hope to all those you encounter. You do not know who will be the next to need your protection and your name should be beyond reproach, so as to be the first called upon when destruction is foreshadowed.

Oath Spells

You gain Oath spells at the Paladin Levels listed:

Paladin Level Spells
3rd guiding bolt, shield
5th prayer of healing, warding bond
9th counterspell, Spirit Guardians
13th death ward, stoneskin
17th resilient sphere, greater restoration

Channel Divinity[edit]

When you take this Oath at 3rd level, choose two of the following three Channel Divinity options.

  • Divine Challenge. As a bonus action, you compel a creature within 10 feet of you to focus its attacks upon yourself. The creature makes a Wisdom saving throw. If the creature fails its saving throw, it has disadvantage on attack rolls for any attack that doesn’t include you as a target for 1 minute. Creatures who fail this saving throw also takes your proficiency bonus in radiant damage for all attacks not directed at you. The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of its turn. On a success, the effect ends.
  • Divine Ward. As a reaction, you protect an ally from harm if they are within 10 feet of you and are hit with an attack. You must use this ability before the damage result is known. When you use this ability, whatever damage or conditions that would have affected your ally affect you instead. You make any saving throws as normal. The ward remains on the target for 1 minute, and you can use your reaction on subsequent turns to redirect further damage or effects to yourself.
  • Light of Dawn.As an action, you present your holy symbol and evoke healing energy that can restore a number of hit points equal to 4 x your paladin level. Choose any creatures within 30 feet of you, and divide those hit points among them. This feature can restore a creature to no more than half of its hit point maximum. You can’t use this feature on an undead or a construct.

Aura of Vigor[edit]

Beginning at 7th level, when another creature that is within 10 feet of you regains hit points as the result of a spell of 1st level or higher, that creature regains additional hit points equal to your Charisma modifier (minimum 1).

At 18th level, the range of this aura increases to 30 feet.

Soul of the Defender[edit]

Starting at 15th level you can choose to empower yourself with healing energies. After being reduced to 0 hitpoints, on your next turn, you may use a reaction to begin healing hit points equal to your Charisma modifier + your Constitution modifier every round for 1 minute. Once you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.

Unbreakable Bulwark[edit]

At 20th level, you can use your action to exude the ultimate Divine Aegis of protection in a 30-foot radius from you. When you do so, you gain the following benefits for one minute:

  • You gain temporary hit points equal to your paladin level.
  • As a bonus action on your turn, you can grant yourself temporary hit points equal to your paladin level.
  • Creatures within range gain the benefits of half cover.
  • When a creature within range takes damage, you can choose to take the damage in place of them.

Once you use this feature, you must finish a long rest before you can use it again, unless you spend a spell slot of 5th-level or higher to use it an additional time.

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