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    Default Frost Mage - A Frigid New Class

    Frost Mage

    “Born of cold and winter air and mountain rain combining,
    This icy force both foul and fair is a frozen heart worth mining.

    Cut through the heart, cold and clear, strike for love and strike for fear,
    There’s beauty and there’s danger here,
    Split the ice apart, beware the frozen heart.”


    - Lamentations of the Flame Princess

    You are a frost mage, an acolyte of ice, skilled at manipulating frozen polar energies. Where you travel, the ground freezes at your feet, the air around you chilling like a northern wind. Those around you find your skin icy to touch and feel compelled to pull their cloaks tighter to stave off the cold.

    While others shiver in the icy climes, you find solace. While they huddle for warmth, you feel at home.

    Level Proficiency Bonus Features Cantrips Known Spells Known Spell Slots Slot Level Frozen Soul
    1st +2 Aura of Cold, Wintertouched 2 2 1 1st -
    2nd +2 Frozen Soul 2 3 2 1st 2
    3rd +2 Lingering Cold - Aura of Cold feature 2 4 2 2nd 2
    4th +2 Ability Score Improvement 3 5 2 2nd 2
    5th +3 3 6 2 3rd 3
    6th +3 Wintertouched Feature 3 7 2 3rd 3
    7th +3 3 8 2 4th 4
    8th +3 Ability Score Improvement 3 9 2 4th 4
    9th +4 3 10 2 5th 5
    10th +4 Wintertouched Feature 4 10 2 5th 5
    11th +4 Frost Perfected (6th level) 4 11 3 5th 5
    12th +4 Ability Score Improvement 4 11 3 5th 6
    13th +5 Frost Perfected (7th level) 4 12 3 5th 6
    14th +5 Wintertouched Feature 4 12 3 5th 6
    15th +5 Frost Perfected (8th level) 4 13 3 5th 7
    16th +5 Ability Score Improvement 4 13 3 5th 7
    17th +6 Frost Perfected (9th level) 4 14 4 5th 7
    18th +6 Permafrost - Aura of Cold feature 4 14 4 5th 8
    19th +6 Ability Score Improvement 4 15 4 5th 8
    20th +6 Hypothermic Mastery 4 15 4 5th 8

    Class Features
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    Hit Points
    Hit Dice: 1d8 per frost mage level
    Hit Points at 1st Level: 8 + your Constitution modifier
    Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per frost mage level after 1st.

    Proficiencies
    Armor: Light armor
    Weapons: Simple weapons
    Tools: None

    Saving Throws: Charisma, Wisdom
    Skills: Choose two skills from Arcana, Athletics, Insight, Investigation, Nature, Perception, Survival

    Equipment
    You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:
    • (a) a light crossbow and 20 bolts or (b) any simple weapon
    • (a) a component pouch or (b) an arcane focus
    • (a) an explorer’s pack or (b) a dungeoneer’s pack
    • Leather armor, any simple weapon, and two daggers



    Aura of Cold
    Your power flurries through the air into the ground.
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    At 1st level, your constant interaction with frost has left its mark on your soul: you gain an Aura of Cold. As a bonus action on your turn you may activate the aura, which lasts until the start of your next turn. You may spend a bonus action to sustain the aura.

    The aura extends 5 feet in every direction. Any time a creature starts its turn in your aura or attempts to enter it, that creature must make a Dexterity saving throw or treat the area within your aura as difficult terrain until the start of its next turn. The DC of this saving throw is equal to your spell save DC.

    In addition, when a creature within your aura damages you with an attack, you may use your reaction to conjure a shield of ice that absorbs damage equal to your Charisma modifier from that attack. You may use this ability a number of times per day equal to 1 + your Charisma modifier.

    Lingering Cold
    At 3rd level, your aura has permeated even deeper into your being. When you activate your aura, it lasts for a number of rounds equal to your Charisma modifier before it needs to be sustained.

    Permafrost
    The ice has finally crawled inside the deepest recesses of your mind and body. Your aura is now always active. You may spend a bonus action to suppress it and you may resume it with another bonus action.



    Wintertouched
    Beautiful, powerful, dangerous, cold.
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    Your life and study of cold has imbued you with arcane powers of ice manipulation. You gain the ability to cast spells as a warlock does, though your spells are chosen from the frost mage spell list. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for your frost mage spells, and you use your Charisma modifier to determine spell save DC and spell attack bonus.

    Your spell slots, spell levels, and the manner in which you regain your spell slots all follow the same rules as a warlock. The frost mage table outlines the number of spells and cantrips you know and the level at which those spells are cast.

    The manner through which you attained your magic provides you with additional benefits. Choose one of the following Wintertouched options: Born of Ice or Frostburned. These options are outlined below, along with the benefits conferred by this class feature. As you attain levels in the frost mage class, this option provides further benefits at levels 6, 10, and 14.

    Born of Ice
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    You came about your powers naturally. You were born to a village locked in the mountains, or left out in the cold unprotected. The ice has creeped into your heart and made its home there.

    At 1st level, you've started to materialize the ice inside your heart as an external force. As an action, you can make a spell attack roll against an adjacent creature. On a success, that creature is grappled in ice until the start of your next turn. The first time you use this ability after a short or long rest does not use a spell slot. Any subsequent uses before a short or long rest cost a spell slot.

    At 6th level, you can focus the frost within your body to form a protective shield. As an action, you can create a small ice barrier within 5 feet of you. It provides half-cover for you. It is one foot thick, has AC 12 and 20 hit points. Destroying this barrier leaves an area of difficult terrain until the start of your next turn.

    At 10th level, you can channel this inner ice into a frigid blast that freezes enemies in place. You can spend your action to create an icy explosion centered on you. Each creature within your aura of cold must succeed on a Constitution saving throw against your spell save DC or become grappled by ice until the end of your next turn. Once you use this ability, you cannot use it again until you’ve completed a short or long rest.

    At 14th level, you have mastered the ice within yourself. As an action, choose one creature within 60 feet of you that you can see. That creature is restrained until it breaks free with a Strength saving throw against your spell save DC as an action, until your concentration breaks (as though you are concentrating on a spell), or until the creature takes any damage. Once you’ve used this ability, you cannot use it again until you complete a short or long rest.

    Frostburned
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    Your frost magic comes from a singular event. Perhaps it was another frost mage who attacked you, freezing your heart and setting you on this path. Or maybe a stray strand of magic from a botched ritual touched your soul and changed your fate.

    At 1st level you have discovered your aptitude for frozen magic. When you cast Ray of Frost, you may reroll any damage dice that show a 1, keeping the new roll.

    At 6th level, you have extended your control over icy magic. When you cast a spell or use a frost mage ability that affects an area, you may designate a number of creatures equal to your Charisma modifier that are affected by that spell or ability. Those creatures have advantage on saving throws granted by that spell or ability.

    At 10th level, you have begun to unravel the underlying truth locked within the ice. When you cast a spell using a frost mage spell slot, you may activate this ability. If that spell requires a spell attack roll, add 1d10 to that roll. If that spell grants a saving throw to the target, that target has disadvantage on that saving throw. Once you have used this ability, you cannot use it again until you have completed a short or long rest.

    At 14th level, you have discovered new ways to manipulate your frozen arcana. Each time you expend a frost mage spell slot to cast a spell, you may expend an additional spell slot to apply one of the following effects to that spell:
    • Distant Frost
      If the spell has a range of at least 5 feet, double the range of that spell. If the spell has a range of touch, that spell's range becomes 30 feet.
    • Empowered Frost
      If the spell deals cold damage, you may reroll a number of damage dice up to your Charisma modifier, keeping the new roll.
    • Lasting Frost
      If the spell has a duration of at least 1 minute, double the duration to a maximum of 24 hours.
    • Subtle Frost
      The spell is cast without verbal or somatic components.




    Frozen Soul
    Your soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.
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    Your years of extensive exposure to cold and ice have carved their way deep within your soul. This deep-seated ice has augmented your natural affinity for all things frozen, and granted you additional abilities.

    At 2nd level, you gain two features of your choice from the Frozen Soul list, if you meet any prerequisites that ability might have. As you gain levels in frost mage, you gain additional Frozen Soul features, as shown in the frost mage table. Each ability may be taken only once. These options are detailed below:
    • Unchilled
      You are immune to the effects of cold weather. You automatically succeed on skill checks and saving throws to survive in cold environments. Additionally, you ignore difficult terrain caused by ice, snow, and the like.
    • Biting Cold
      When you cast Ray of Frost, add your Charisma modifier to the damage it deals on a hit.
    • Frozen Armor
      You can cast mage armor on yourself at will, without expending a spell slot or material components
    • Icy Reach
      The range of your ray of frost is increased to 150 feet
    • Expanded Aura of Cold I
      Your Aura of Cold extends to 10 feet.
    • Expanded Aura of Cold II
      Prerequisites: Expanded Aura of Cold I
      Your Aura of Cold extends to 15 feet.
    • Frigid Backlash
      When you activate the icy shield granted by your aura of cold, you may also deal cold damage equal to your Charisma modifier to the attacking creature.
    • Crystalline Prism
      You can see in normally in darkness, both normal and magical, to a distance of 120 feet.
    • Frost Internalized
      You gain resistance to cold damage. However you are now vulnerable to fire damage.
    • Icy Transformation
      You can cast alter self at will, without expending a spell slot.
    • Forceful Ice
      When you hit a creature with Ray of Frost, you may push that creature up to 10 feet away from you in a straight line.
    • Frigid Intuition
      You gain proficiency in the Animal Handling and Insight skills
    • Field of Ice
      Prerequisites: frost mage level 9
      You may expend one spell slot as a bonus action or your reaction to empower your Aura of Cold. When you use this ability, until the end of your next turn, any creature entering or moving within your aura must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw against your spell save DC or fall prone. This ability can be activated as a creature enters your aura, triggering a saving throw from that enemy.
    • Piercing Cold
      Prerequisites: Biting Cold feature, frost mage level 9
      When you cast Ray of Frost, you may expend a spell slot to make the target of that spell vulnerable to cold until the end of your next turn. If that creature has resistance to cold, you instead remove that resistance. This vulnerability applies to the Ray of Frost that triggered it.
    • Frozen Constructs
      Prerequisites: frost mage level 9
      You can cast conjure animals as a 5th-level spell once using a frost mage spell slot. The animals are constructs of ice, and as such they are vulnerable to fire. They ignore the effects of your Aura of Cold. Once you’ve used this feature, you cannot use this feature again until you complete a long rest.
    • Icy Gale
      Prerequisite: 9th level
      You can cast gust of wind at will, without expending a spell slot.
    • Obscuring Snow
      Prerequisite: 9th level
      You can cast pass without trace at will, without expending a spell slot.
    • Glacial Spikes
      Prerequisites: frost mage level 14
      You may activate this ability to deal cold damage equal to your Charisma modifier to each other creature within your aura. Once you've used this ability, you cannot use it again until you've completed a long rest.



    Frost Perfected
    A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like you're the king.
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    You have found insight into the workings of ice and snow. At 11th level, choose one 6th level spell from the frost mage spell list. You can cast that spell once without expending a spell slot. You must complete a long rest before you can do so again.

    At higher levels, you learn more spells that can be cast in this manner, as shown in the frost mage table. You regain all uses of your Frost Perfected after completing a long rest.



    Hypothermic Mastery
    Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered you anyway.
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    At 20th level, you can tap into the ice deep inside your soul to regain expended spell slots. You can spend 1 minute channeling your inner frost to regain all your expended spell slots from your Wintertouched feature. Once you regain spell slots with this feature, you must finish a long rest before you can do so again.



    Frost Mage Spell List
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    Cantrips
    Blade Ward
    Chill Touch
    Light
    Mage Hand
    Minor Illusion
    Prestidigitation
    Ray of Frost

    1st Level

    Alarm
    Charm Person
    Comprehend Languages
    Expeditious Retreat
    Fog Cloud
    Frostburning Hands (as burning hands but deals cold damage and cannot ignite items)
    Illusory Script
    Protection from Evil and Good
    Unseen Servant
    Witch Bolt

    2nd Level
    Animal Messenger
    Cloud of Ice Shards (as cloud of daggers but deals cold damage)
    Darkness
    Enthrall
    Gust of Wind
    Hold Person
    Invisibility
    Misty Step
    Ray of Enfeeblement
    Shatter
    Spider Climb

    3rd Level
    Counterspell
    Dispel Magic
    Fear
    Fly
    Gaseous Form
    Magic Circle
    Major Image
    Remove Curse
    Sleet Storm
    Slow
    Vampiric Touch
    Water Breathing

    4th Level
    Banishment
    Blight
    Dimension Door
    Ice Storm

    5th Level
    Cone of Cold
    Contact Other Plane
    Hold Monster
    Scrying

    6th Level
    Arcane Gate
    Mass Suggestion
    Otiluke's Freezing Sphere
    Wall of Ice

    7th Level
    Etherealness
    Finger of Death
    Forcecage
    Plane Shift

    8th Level
    Control Weather
    Demiplane
    Dominate Monster
    Feeblemind

    9th Level
    Astral Projection
    Imprisonment
    Power Word Kill
    True Polymorph

    Last edited by stormywaters; 2015-02-07 at 04:02 PM. Reason: Finished. No longer WIP.

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    As far as I can tell, you've got this balanced very well, but I've got a few suggestions.

    My first piece of advice would be to switch the 1st level features of Frozen Heart and Born of Ice. The Frozen Heart ability is almost always useful, while the Born of Ice feature is more situational. When comparing the two subclasses features all together, I'd pick Frozen Heart over Born of Ice almost every time. Switching the 1st level feature would make it difficult to decide between the two.

    The 14th level feature for both of the subclasses is also quite similar. I'd try to find some way to make them more distinct. Perhaps something along the lines of Born of Ice giving themselves and allies within 30 feet temporary hit points equal to the level of the Frost Mage (Or level of the Frost Mage x2, maybe?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelvetrees View Post
    My first piece of advice would be to switch the 1st level features of Frozen Heart and Born of Ice.
    Excellent point. Done.

    The 14th level feature for both of the subclasses is also quite similar. I'd try to find some way to make them more distinct. Perhaps something along the lines of Born of Ice giving themselves and allies within 30 feet temporary hit points equal to the level of the Frost Mage (Or level of the Frost Mage x2, maybe?).
    I buffed up the non-damaging one.

    They're similar in that they hold a creature, but one is a long-term hold and the other is short term with a front-loaded damage spike.

    I don't mind changing that one to something else, though THP doesn't really fit the class.

    What about offering a couple of the sorcerer metamagic options to this path? This path seems more focused on twisting and bending spells and the other focuses more on controlling enemies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormywaters View Post
    Excellent point. Done.



    I buffed up the non-damaging one.

    They're similar in that they hold a creature, but one is a long-term hold and the other is short term with a front-loaded damage spike.

    I don't mind changing that one to something else, though THP doesn't really fit the class.

    What about offering a couple of the sorcerer metamagic options to this path? This path seems more focused on twisting and bending spells and the other focuses more on controlling enemies.
    Hmm. I can see that working, but the metamagic options would have to be chosen carefully. Go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelvetrees View Post
    Hmm. I can see that working, but the metamagic options would have to be chosen carefully. Go for it.
    Okay, I've made some changes. Changed the first level features for each build (and renamed one build), and replaced one level 14 with the metamagic. I just gave them access to four 1-point metamagics from the Sorcerer class, and changed their cost to "one additional spell slot".

    So at most you can use two between short rests. Flexible but not overly powerful.

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    Looks good to me. Is Distant Frost supposed to be spells with range of touch instead of self or is that change from the sorcerer metamagic on purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelvetrees View Post
    Looks good to me. Is Distant Frost supposed to be spells with range of touch instead of self or is that change from the sorcerer metamagic on purpose?
    Nope that was a mistake. Fixed it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormywaters View Post
    Nope that was a mistake. Fixed it!
    Cool. I'll see if I can come up with some suggestions for Frozen Soul later today.

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    Changed hit points to d6 to offset Con-based casting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormywaters View Post
    Changed hit points to d6 to offset Con-based casting.
    Good call.

    Ideas for Frozen Soul Invocations:

    Frigid Intuition
    You gain proficiency in the Animal Handling and Insight skills

    Icy Gale
    Prerequisite: 9th level

    You can cast Gust of Wind at will, without expending a spell slot.

    Obscuring Snow
    Prerequisite: 9th level

    You can cast Pass Without Trace at will, without expending a spell slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twelvetrees View Post
    Good call.

    Ideas for Frozen Soul Invocations:

    Frigid Intuition
    You gain proficiency in the Animal Handling and Insight skills

    Icy Gale
    Prerequisite: 9th level

    You can cast Gust of Wind at will, without expending a spell slot.

    Obscuring Snow
    Prerequisite: 9th level

    You can cast Pass Without Trace at will, without expending a spell slot.
    These are all great. I added them all to the list, and I think the list is fleshed out enough at this point.

    Large update: I changed casting to Charisma after being convinced that it was too good. The biggest point I missed was that Con also controls concentration for spells, so you're getting HP, casting, and concentration all from one stat. I bumped the hit die back to d8 to match warlock, adjusted a couple minor things, and added a feature to the 18th level slot, which was barren.

    I think this class is essentially done, so I will be marking it no longer "work in progress". I think we're all finished and I'm gonna go play it this week!

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