Path of the Storm Herald, Variant (5e Subclass)

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Storm Aura[edit]

When you select this path at 3rd level, you emanate a stormy, magical aura while you rage. The aura extends 10 feet from you in every direction, but not through total cover.

Your aura has an effect that activates when you enter your rage, and you can activate the effect again on each of your turns as a bonus action. Choose desert, sea, or tundra. Your aura's effect depends on that chosen environment, as detailed below. You can change your environment choice whenever you gain a level in this class.

(If your aura's effects require a saving throw, the DC equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Constitution modifier.)

  • Desert: When this effect is activated, all other creatures in your aura take 2 fire damage each. The damage increases when you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 4 at 5th level, 6 at 10th level, 8 at 15th level, and 10 at 20th level.
  • Sea: When this effect is activated, you can choose one other creature you can see in your aura. The target must make a Dexterity saving throw. The target takes 1d6 lightning damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The damage increases when you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 2d8 at 10th level, 3d10 at 15th level, and 4d12 at 20th level.
  • Tundra: When this effect is activated, each creature of your choice in your aura gains 3 temporary hit points, as icy spirits inure it to suffering. The temporary hit points increase when you reach certain levels in this class, increasing to 5 at 5th level, 10 at 10th level, 15 at 15th level, and 20 at 20th level.

Storm Soul[edit]

At 6th level, the storm grants you benefits even when your aura isn't active. The benefits are based on the environment you chose for your Storm Aura.

  • Desert: You gain resistance to fire and radiant damage, and you don’t suffer the effects of extreme heat, as described in the Dungeon Master's Guide. Moreover, as an action, you can touch a flammable object that isn't being worn or carried by anyone else and set it on fire.
  • Sea: You gain resistance to lightning and thunder damage, and you can breathe underwater. You also gain a swimming speed of 40 feet.
  • Tundra: You gain resistance to cold and necrotic damage, and you don’t suffer the effects of extreme cold, as described in the Dungeon Master's Guide. Moreover, as an action, you can touch water and turn a 5-foot cube of it into ice, which melts after 1 minute. This action fails if a creature is in the cube.

Shielding Storm[edit]

At 10th level, you learn to use your mastery of the storm to protect others. Each creature of your choice ignore damage from your Storm Aura Feature and gain resistance from your Storm Soul Feature.

Raging Storm[edit]

At 14th level, the power of the storm you channel grows mightier, lashing out at your foes. The effect is based on the environment you chose for your Storm Aura.

  • Desert: Immediately after a creature in your aura hits you with an attack, you can use your reaction to force that creature to make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the creature takes fire damage equal to your Barbarian level.
  • Sea: When you hit a creature in your aura with an attack, you can use your reaction to force that creature to make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, the creature is knocked prone, as if struck by a wave.
  • Tundra: Whenever the effect of your Storm Aura is activated, you can choose one creature you can see in the aura. That creature must succeed on a Strength saving throw, or its speed is reduced to 0 until the start of your next turn, as magical frost covers it.

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