In most cases, Fog Cloud is better than Darkness
Fog Cloud is a very good spell, but there are some instances I will bring up why it isn't 'the best' compared to Darkness.
Not every casting class gets Fog Cloud. Only Druid, Ranger, Sorcerer, Wizard, actually get access to Fog Cloud on their casting spell list. (It is a Domain spell for Tempest Domain ...
It's not overpowered, this is just its niche.
First, keep spell level in mind. Animate Objects is a 5th-level spell. Comparing it directly to counterspell, dispel magic, or fireball, all 3rd-level spells, is already a lopsided comparison (and the specific spells make it worse, but I'll cover that later).
Spells are also extremely situational. Even looking ...
100 years is a long time
Each time they are placing a powerful magical artifact in a plane of living magic, leaving it alone for 100 years, then coming back ... and reading it.
This is on a plane where the grass shares gossip.
Cute plan. It would be horrible if something happened to it.
The location has changed
Feywilde is a plane of eternal change and life....
When people speak of balance in D&D 5e they usually have this in mind:
The actual balance in D&D 5e is more like this:
The players (almost) always win.
The game is biased so far in favour of the players that you have to try really, really hard to upset the balance. Adding things that make the players better isn't going to do that.
How this has ...
In my experience, this only makes it competitive
The protection style costs your reaction (so no opportunity attacks, no shield spell if you have access, etc) and is never even guaranteed to be of use. The other styles are always of use, and don't have an action economy cost.
I have seen protection taken several times in my life, and every single time the ...
Hex requires a bonus action and concentration. It's quite thematic, but will often conflict with Cursed Mutter.
Bestow curse is a 3rd-level spell, so it should be learned at 5th level, not 3rd.
Hypnotic pattern is probably overpowered as a cleric domain spell. Clerics don't get fear or hypnotic pattern, even as domain spells. That's probably ...
By default, polymorph spells cannot be used to mimic the appearance of a specific creature, as per the rules for transmutation (polymorph) spells:
Unless otherwise noted, polymorph spells cannot be used to change into specific individuals. Although many of the fine details can be controlled, your appearance is always that of a generic member of that ...
Anywhere from “none at all” to “a bit”
The limit on the Protection fighting style is the use of your Reaction: you only get one of these per turn.
In a situation where a single adjacent ally will be attacked once and once only and you will have no other use for your reaction it makes no difference.
In a situation where allies can be attacked multiple times ...
We boost the beastmaster with the following 2 adjustments. 1) The beast's attack is controlled by training and non-verbal cues, and so it does not take from the Ranger's actions. 2) When the Ranger gains in ability scores, so does the beast (or any beast the Ranger would gain in the future), so at level 4, when the Ranger gets +2 to ability scores, the ...
House Rules for the Manuals of Improvement
I have always house-ruled the following for all of the Manuals:
Once read, the Manual disappears into its own pocket dimension and does not reappear until the 100 years passes. This reappearance happens in a random library or bookstore in the Prime Material Plane.
Each Manual can only be used once per character.
I think this is an issue of conflating in game PC knowledge and out of game player knowledge. Unless the Manual of Bodily Health actually contains the description text, the PCs should have no clue as to the 100 year limit, they just see the text disappear after the first use.
Unless they do an obscure lore check or consult some otherworldly fount of ...
The magic of the book is what grants the constitution bonus.
After someone has read the book, it's magic is transferred to them, though it's still the source of the magic. If the book was destroyed through magical means they will lose their powers.
After 100 years pass in the feywild (or anywhere really), the book "regains" the magic it had imbued ...