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The new Barbarian subclass the Berserker plays both a defender role and a striker role. He switches to striker mode by entering into his Berserker Fury.

Pg.44 of Heroes of the Feywild says " enter your Beserker Fury until the end of the encounter."

Is it possible to end Beserker Fury before the end of the encounter and thus use Defender Aura to reactivate defender mode?

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While a fury has multiple entry points (the use of a primal power or a minor action while bloodied) the only listed end state is "end of the encounter." There are no utilities or daily powers indicated that could break a fury.

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Based on the End of the Encounter text and no mention of ending it I would say that you remain in the fury until the end of the encounter.

I'd also say that flavor wise this makes sense, you are in a berserker's fury and wouldn't be able to just "calm down."

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You're a berserker. I would say no.

"Until the end of the encounter" isn't really unclear, mechanically. Being an exception-based system, if the power doesn't explicitly say you can end it at will, and if you can't find another power or ability that lets you end it at will, it lasts as long as it says it lasts.

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-1 not particularly useful response in terms of the mechanical focus of the question. – Brian Ballsun-Stanton Nov 21 '11 at 1:36
Until the end of the encounter is unclear, mechanically? – okeefe Nov 21 '11 at 3:19
Yes, of course, but you must admit that D&D is not afraid to create exceptions to rules. I was not sure if they were merely referring to its maximum possible duration or if they were saying the Fury is unstoppable. – Mark Rogers Nov 22 '11 at 1:32

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