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The Pale Master - D&D 5e Class

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Introducing the Pale Mastera new class for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition

Interested in livening up your D&D 5e games? How do you feel about the lore surrounding life and death? Take a look at the Pale Master, an arcane caster interested in manipulating necromantic magic!

The Pale Master is in intelligence-based caster obsessed with the dark arts. They specialize in spells and incantations that allow them to harness the very life-force that flows through all creatures. Where a life-force is not present, they are able to instill a mimicry of foul life, rising these dead creatures from their once peaceful earthen resting places. All of the old 3.5e hallmarks are present: undead graft, summoning an undead servant and necromancy specialization. To obtain these gifts, the Pale Master forgoes study in the other arcane disciplines (drastically reducing their spell list in favor of undead gifts). The Pale Master is a complete D&D 5e class with four fully detailed archetypes, called requiems, that will give players unique options when creating and playing their characters. The archetypes are: Requiem of the Ash, Requiem of the Frigid, Requiem of the Haunt, and Requiem of the Torpor.

The included PDF contains instructions on creating a Pale Master, how they might fit into your DM’s world, and detailed descriptions for all their abilities. Also, the PDF has full custom art by Kingkostas and lore written by Trevor Armstrong (edited by Joel Hastings & Max Hickson). Playtesting done by some of the amazing members of The Asylum & Sleeper Island RP communities.

Also, this class references a few custom spells found within Grimlore's Grimoire, a pay what you want supplement containing over 200 new spells balanced for 5e. You can find it by clicking the image below:

Grimlore's Grimoire

This product has also been converted for use in the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop - click here to view that listing



If you enjoyed this product, please leave a review and feel free to check out my other releases!

Supplements:

Adaptable NPCs Link to the Deathseer PDF on DTRPG pale master listing link Vicar 5e PDF

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The Rift (PDF version) Nightfall (PDF version) Mountain Summit link

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Zac K August 29, 2019 8:39 pm UTC
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thanks zarchary bought the pdf and got grimlores i was wonder why Larloch's Minor Drain isnt in pale mater spell list when it is a necromancy spell
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Trevor A October 11, 2019 7:03 pm UTC
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Just an oversight. Larloch's Minor Drain was recently added to the grimoire, and the Pale Master was not updated with the new spells. I have another update for the grimoire coming in the next few weeks, so I will make sure the PM is updated afterwards.

As a general rule, any spell from the Necromancy school should be added to the Pale Master's spell list.
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Bálint K October 12, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
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so if we found anything, be that cantrip (toll the dead is not on the class list) or a lvl 9, we should tell the DM about your intent, and not wait for the update?
I have a fault of treating thigns written in character options as some sort of gospel, working on it... :/
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Trevor A October 17, 2019 3:19 am UTC
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Absolutely let them know the intent.

However, all spells not in the SRD (such as toll the dead) are not actually allowed to be mentioned, due to copyright. I will tighten up the wording in a future update, but for now:

The Pale Master has access to all spells from the school of necromancy, and those granted by their requiem.
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Zac K August 26, 2019 10:29 am UTC
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curious before i get does the class still have the undead graft or as it been removed curious been really thinking about to get i would aslo like to know how does everyone like this i have seen some good things
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Zachary M August 29, 2019 3:30 am UTC
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The class gains an undead graft specific to your subclass at level 3 and it continues to become more powerful as you gain levels.
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Zachary M July 04, 2019 11:31 pm UTC
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I recently bought the pale master and as I was going through the spell lists I noticed that the Requiem of the Ash is given both cure wounds and mass healing word along with other restorative spells. My first assumption is that their given such support spells to enhance and maintain their army of skeletons. The one big issue with that is that both cure wounds and mass healing word do not work on undead creatures. So my question is does the pale master still follow these rules or are they allowed to use these spells for the purposes of healing their undead? I'm playing a Requiem of the Ash Pale Master in a game this saturday and from how things are written currently my DM and I agree it's too risky to allow my spells to heal undead since it's not explicitly stated to do so and we don't want to imbalance the game mistakenly.

PS: I think that giving the Pale Master the ability to cast spells on their minions that normally should not be able to would be a really flavorful way to make the pale master feel...See more
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Trevor A August 08, 2019 6:38 pm UTC
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Sorry for the tardy reply (DTRPG doesnt give me comment notices like the DMsGuild does).

I hope your game with the Ash Pale Master is going well (I'm also currently playing one in HotDQ right now). I would agree with your DM that healing spells do not work on the undead creatures. This is why they have been given the 'Dark Mending' ability, which doubles for their servant. I love your idea, but it would need playtesting through a long campaign to see where the balance falls. If you DM is willing, I would say healing spells can work on your servant, but not normal animated undead (as it works similar to a beastmaster's pet)

Regarding the PS: any spell that targets a "creature" would buff your minions.
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Zachary M August 14, 2019 9:38 pm UTC
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Understood, thank you for the reply.

I am currently playing my Path of Ash Pale Master in a different friends game, and it's been my favorite character I've ever made thanks to the amazing flavor and utility of the Pale Master and my personal draw towards anti-heroes and necromancers. So all I say is thank you for making a great homebrew class that finally gives necromancers the love they've been clearing missing.
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Leandro B May 07, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
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Ash Servant:

Hit Points, Ability Scores & Skill Proficiency. For each pale master level you gain after 1st, your servant gains an additional hit die and increases its hit points accordingly.

Frozen Ghost Servant:

Hit Points, Ability Scores & Skill Proficiency. For each pale master level you gain after 1st, your servant gains an additional hit die and increases its hit points accordingly.

Haunt:

Hit Points, Ability Scores & Skill Proficiency. For each pale master level you gain after 3rd, your servant gains an additional hit die and increases its hit points accordingly.

Torpor:

Hit Points, Ability Scores & Skill Proficiency. For each pale master level you gain after 3rd, your servant gains an additional hit die and increases its hit points accordingly.

Version 3.2. Is this a typo mistake?
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Trevor A May 12, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
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Yes, that is a typo for Haunt & Torpor. It has been fixed for V3.3. Thanks for pointing it out!
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Gabriel C April 06, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
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Cursed with Undeath: is that unlimited? (Is the following correct?)
1) dude drops
2) curse
3) coup de grace
4) Zombie
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Trevor A April 13, 2019 6:09 am UTC
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If you DM would allow a coup de grace on a downed target freely (during combat), then sure. Remember it is limited by your number of spell slots.

Me personally, I would only have a damaging attack against a downed target have them fail a death saving throw (IE not an instant coup de grace), but this is totally up to your DM.
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Trevor A March 21, 2019 4:44 pm UTC
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If anyone would like to discuss balance changes or share other feedback, please feel free to join my community discord server: https://discord.gg/N7MM93a
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Bryson A March 15, 2019 8:18 pm UTC
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Can you use two weapon fighting with the graft? Does it count as a light weapon? Also I'm assuming Bulwark works with armor? Lets say I multi-class from fighter to Palemaster and have plate mail = 18 + bulwark with a 3 proficiency = 2 AC bonus, Shield, and Defense weapon style. Holy 23 AC!
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Trevor A March 21, 2019 4:33 pm UTC
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Hi Bryson,

Yes, you can dual wield with the Graft if you have a weapon in your offhand. The Graft would not be a light weapon (it only has the properties listed).

Bulwark should not work with armor, and the wording as such is an oversight. I'll release a revision with wording similar to a Monk's unarmored defense.
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Bryson A April 18, 2019 7:15 am UTC
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Ok excellent, I also had a question on the spell grasping hands in your Grimoire. Would I need to make a dex saving throw or take 3d6 if I was standing in the hands as a Pale Master?
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Bryson A April 18, 2019 7:28 am UTC
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AC equals 10 + your Dexterity modifier + your intelligence modifier for Bulwark?
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Trevor A May 16, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
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For your Grasping Hands question, do you mean the spell Death's Grasp?

Death's Grasp
1st-level necromancy
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute
Classes: Warlock, Wizard
Grasping spectral hands sprout from the ground in a 10-foot square starting from a point within range. For the duration, these hands turn the ground in the area into difficult terrain.
Creatures ending their turn in the area must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or take 3d6 necrotic damage from the spectral hands.
At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using certain higher-level spell slots, the area covered by the spell increases. With a 3rd-level slot, the area covered becomes a 20-foot square. With a 5th-level slot, the area covered becomes a 30-foot square. With a 7th-level slot, the area covered becomes a 40-foot square. With a 9th-level slot, the area covered becomes a 50-foot square.

If so, the save...See more
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Leandro B February 23, 2019 1:45 am UTC
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I have some questions and sugestions.

About the Undead Servant feature: is not clear to me if this feature only apply to ONE servant or several. If you can have more the one Undead Servant, how many?

I miss the Undead Thralls feature from Wizard-Necromancer. I still have the impression that a Necromancer is more efficient at creating undead minions than a Pale Master. Why the Pale Master can have it (since is a specialist in that)?

I'm about to running a solo-game to a friend and she will be a Pale Master. I will try to give her the Undead Thralls feature somehow, but I would like to hear your opinion about it.
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Trevor A March 21, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
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Hi Leandro,

Sorry for the late reply (DTRPG doesn't seem to give notifications like the DMs Guild). For the undead servant, you only get one (comparable and balanced similarly to the Ranger Beastmaster archetype).

For Undead Thralls, you certainly can add something like that to the Pale Master. However, it is not included because you already get an additional minion (undead servant) which is permanent and strong than animated dead. Also, the lore vision around the Pale Master not only about creating minions, but that they themselves are moving closer to an undead form - becoming like those they surround themselves with.

If you are running a solo game with a Pale Master, I see no reason you couldn't give them the Undead Thrall ability though. In a standard game, a legion of summoned zombies slows the game down a lot, but in a solo game you should be fine. I'd give the ability 7th level personally (instead of 6th like a Necromancer), as 6th level grants a requiem feature already...See more
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Luke P December 31, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
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What "servant" does Dark Mending refer to?

Also there are a lot of abilities that you can use a number of times equal to your intelligence modifier, and several of them (like dark mending) are weak enough that I'd consider just using the action/bonus action cost enough for them.
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Trevor A January 14, 2019 9:25 pm UTC
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Hi Luke,

I'm sorry for the tardy reply. The servant for Dark Mending always refers to the Pale Masters' own pet.

What other abilities do you deem are too weak? The Pale Master has gone through tonnes of rounds of edits - but I'm always interested in hearing more opinions and potential changes.

Having a full caster with a pet (granted with a much reduced spell list), is very strong so I'd be worried about making things too strong. I would, however, encourage you to chat with your DM to see if he is open to you making a few changes.
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James C July 25, 2018 3:00 am UTC
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Is there a list of supplements containing the spells on the Pale Master's list? Some of them are detailed in this PDF, but many(such as Bones of the Earth) aren't in the PHB.
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Trevor A August 02, 2018 5:30 am UTC
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Currently, I do not have that information in the PDF but can add it on a future revision. As a general guide, if the spell isnt in the PBH, it is in EE and/or XGtE (such as Bones of the Earth, Page 15 in EE Players Companion)
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James C August 10, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
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Ah ok, I have XgtE but hadn't looked at EE yet - only just realized the PDF is free! Thanks!
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Trevor A August 19, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
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My pleasure! I hope you are enjoying the Pale Master!

Shameless mention - I've actually just released a massive homebrew spell supplement as PWYW on the DMsGuild and many of the spells would be fitting for Pale Master antics!

https://www.dmsguild.com/product/250265/Grimlores-Grimoire
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James C October 02, 2018 12:09 am UTC
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I actually just introduced my Pale Master DMPC/fill-in, and she's pretty interesting. Can't wait until the class gets into full swing!

I picked up Grimlore's Grimroire, looks great so far. I suspect some of those necromancy spells will make their wait into a certain Pale Master's repertoire...
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Trevor A November 28, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
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Hi James, just an update to let you know that my Pale Master class has seen a huge revision based on further playtesting & feedback. I (humbly) think it is in a great place now, so please check it out and let me know your thoughts (you can get the new version by redownloading the file).
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Adam L July 09, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
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In the Requiem of Haunt, what is the creature that the shade servant transforms into under the Greater Undead Servant? I do not know what a "bedim servant" is.
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Trevor A July 12, 2018 4:48 am UTC
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Hi Adam,
Thank you for your question. the Bedim is an upgraded shade (homebrew monster), but it appears I forgot to include the Stat block for the monster!! I will add all of the summons stats (even those form the SRD) at the end of the PDF and upload the new version. My Apologies!
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Trevor A July 12, 2018 5:55 am UTC
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Hi Adam,
The PDF has been updated with the Undead Servant stat blocks on pages 18 & 19.
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Adam L July 12, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
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The addition of the stat blocks cleared up the confusion about the abilities of the cohorts. Thank you so much. I really enjoy the Pale Master in 3.5e and I am glad that someone transposed it to 5e. Great job on the collaboration. I am about to start up reading on the Deathseer as well and may also get the Vicar.
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Trevor A July 19, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
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Thank you for your support Adam! If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email (grimlore.entertainment@gmail.com), or continue in this comment section!
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David J June 09, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
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"Mimic-cry of foul life"? Do you mean "mimicry"?
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Trevor A June 09, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
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Yes, thank you. Gotta love spell check :).
Fixed!
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David J June 10, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
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I wasn't sure if it was a pun that I was't grokking. :D
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