Reader (5e Class)

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The Reader[edit]

Blind, but Not Helpless[edit]

Literary Manifestation: Reader has the ability to make anything he reads manifest into reality. If he reads the word "fire", a fire will start in his vicinity. Although his people put out his eyes to stop him from using his abilities, Reader is still able to trigger his powers by "reading" braille with his fingers.

Reader, of Orollan

Class Features

As a Reader you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per Reader level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + Constitution modifier per Reader level after 1st


Armor: Light
Weapons: Simple
Saving Throws: Intelligence and Wisdom
Skills: Arcana, Insight, Animal Handling, and choose one of Deception or Persuasion.


You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

  • Quarter Staff
  • Normal Clothing
  • Braille Card Deck

Table: The Reader

Level Proficiency
Features Read Level Reads
1st +2 Read 1 3
2nd +2 Animal Companion 1 3
3rd +2 1 3
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Read Level Increase 2 3
5th +3 2 3
6th +3 2 3
7th +3 Read Level Increase 3 4
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 3 4
9th +4 3 4
10th +4 Read Level Increase 4 4
11th +4 4 4
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 4 4
13th +5 Read Level Increase 5 5
14th +5 5 5
15th +5 5 5
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 5 5
17th +6 Read Level Increase 6 5
18th +6 6 5
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 6 5
20th +6 Read Level Increase 7 6


You have the ability to make anything you read manifest into reality. Although you are blind, you are still able to trigger this power by "reading" braille with your fingers. You have a set number of reads that can be used before a long or short rest. (See: Reads on Feature Table) If you attempt to Read when you are out of available Reads, you will take 1d8 psychic damage, and the Read will backfire.

Read Levels

As you level up, the strength of your Reads are increased. The Read Level increases happen at the 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 17th, and 20th levels.

As you gain strength, you begin to understand your Read powers more and more, and expand what you are capable of. At each level, a new set of card become available for the deck.

Ability Score Increase[edit]

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Animal Companion[edit]

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Cards List[edit]

1st Level

Beginning at the First level, you can use the eyes of a willing creature within 30ft of you to see. You gain the sight-type of that creature in addition to your own blindsight (Darkvision, Witch Sight, Eldritch Sight, etc) The effects last as long as the creature does not become incapacitated or unconcious, or moves outside of the range of 30ft.

The range of this Read increases by 5ft per Read Level.


You can use the nose of a willing creature within 60ft of you to smell or track a scent. To track a scent, you must use the nose of your Animal Companion. The effects of this read last as long as the creature does not become incapacitated or unconcious, or moves outside of the range of 60ft.

The range of this Read increases 10ft per Read Level.


You can conjure a wall of fire anywhere within 60ft of you. Creatures hit during the initial summoning take 2d8 Fire damage. Creatures who begin their turn inside the flames take 2d6 Fire damage.

At higher Read Levels, add 1d8 or 1d6 respectively per Read Level.


You mask yourself in a blur of mist. creatures trying to hit you have disadvantage.

2nd Level

all enemies within a 10ft radius must make a dexterity save DC:13 or be frozen in place for 2 turns.


You can make yourself invisible to the naked eye, giving you automatic successes on Stealth rolls and saving throws. Being invisible does not protect you from True Sight and does not make you soundproof. Your footprints are still visible to perceptions rolls at varying difficulties, depending on terrain. Stone, Concrete, Hardwood: Difficult. Grass, Dirt: Normal. Sand, Water, Mud: Easy.


Mana Shield


3rd Level

4th Level

5th Level

6th Level


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