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Incarnate

As the current reincarnation of an old soul, an Incarnate is able to bring the combined memories of numerous previous lives to bear in an effort to maintain balance in the world. An Incarnate’s oneness with nature is akin to that of a druid, but rather than assuming the forms of beasts alone, Incarnates take on the forms they once possessed in their prior lives.

As far as anyone knows, Incarnates have always existed. Each time an Incarnate dies, she is reincarnated as a new being of similar alignment. Incarnates gradually remember portions of these past lives, however, and thus have access to the wisdom of ages, of countless lives in service to their mistress. More than this, however, they are beings who have always been this way, since the first mortal creatures walked, slithered, or swam.

Prerequisite(s): To gain levels as an Incarnate, you must meet the following requirements (in addition to the multiclassing prerequisites for any classes you have):

  • Constitution 13 and Wisdom 15. An Incarnate must be hardy, but also exceptionally perceptive and introspective.
  • Proficiency in the Nature skill. An Incarnate must be attuned with nature.
  • Character level 7th. You must already be a 7th-level character before you can gain Incarnate levels.
  • Neutral alignment. At least one aspect of your alignment must be neutral if you wish to take levels in this class.
  • Vision of Past Lives. The would-be Incarnate must rediscover an “incarnate soul,” usually though very intense and realistic dreams of past lives. Many Incarnates arise from druids who (re)discover this potential within themselves; others come from the ranks of those who were troubled by visions of the past and then sought out druids to help them awaken their potential.
Table: The Incarnate
Level Features Cantrips Known Spell Slots Per Spell Level
1st 2nd
1st Cantrips, Druidic, Past Lives 1
2nd Spellcasting, Wild Incarnation 1 2
3rd Wild Incarnation 1 3
4th Wild Incarnation 2 3
5th Wild Incarnation 2 4 2

Class Features

As an Incarnate, you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d8 per Incarnate level
Hit Points per Level: 1d8 (or 5) + your Constitution modifier per Incarnate level

Proficiencies

Armor: Light armor, shields (Incarnates will not wear armor or use shields made of metal)
Tools: Herbalism kit

Cantrips

At 1st level, you know one cantrip of your choice from the druid spell list. You learn additional druid cantrips of your choice at higher levels, as shown in the Cantrips Known column of the Incarnate table.

Druidic

At 1st level, you begin to recover your memories of a past life as a druid. You know Druidic, the secret language of druids. You can speak the language and use it to leave hidden messages. You and others who know this language automatically spot such a message. Others spot the message’s presence with a successful DC 15 Wisdom (Perception) check but can’t decipher it without magic.

Past Lives

Also at 1st level, choose any two skills. You gain proficiency in both.

Spellcasting

At 2nd level, you regain some of the druidic spellcasting ability of your past lives.

Preparing and Casting Spells. The Incarnate table shows how many spell slots you have to cast your spells of 1st and 2nd level. To cast one of these druid spells, you must expend a slot of the spell’s level or higher. You regain all expended spell slots when you finish a long rest.

You prepare the list of druid spells that are available for you to cast, choosing from the druid spell list. When you do so, choose a number of druid spells equal to your Wisdom modifier + your Incarnate level (minimum of one spell). The spells must be of a level for which you have spell slots.

For example, if you are a 5th-level Incarnate, you have four 1st-level and two 2nd-level spell slots. With a Wisdom of 16, your list of prepared spells can include eight spells of 1st or 2nd level, in any combination. If you prepare the 1st-level spell cure wounds, you can cast it using a 1st-level or 2nd-level slot. Casting the spell doesn’t remove it from your list of prepared spells.

You can also change your list of prepared spells when you finish a long rest. Preparing a new list of druid spells requires time spent in prayer and meditation: at least 1 minute per spell level for each spell on your list.

Spellcasting Ability. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for your druid spells, since your magic draws upon your devotion and attunement to nature. You use your Wisdom whenever a spell refers to your spellcasting ability. In addition, you use your Wisdom modifier when setting the saving throw DC for a druid spell you cast and when making an attack roll with one.

Spell save DC = 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Spell attack modifier = your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom modifier

Ritual Casting. You can cast a druid spell as a ritual if that spell has the ritual tag and you have the spell prepared.

Spellcasting Focus. You can use a druidic focus (see Equipment) as a spellcasting focus for your druid spells.

Multiclassing. You add all of your levels in the Incarnate class when determining your total spell slots.

Wild Incarnation

Starting at 2nd level, and then again at each level thereafter, you gain one wild incarnation form. Choose a creature as dictated by your Incarnate level, as shown in the Incarnate Forms table. You can use your action to magically assume the shape of that creature or any other wild incarnation you know. You can use this feature at will.

At 2nd level, for example, your past life form can be any beast that has a challenge rating of 1 or lower and that is Small, Medium, or Large, such as an octopus or a lion.

You can stay in any wild incarnation form you know indefinitely. As an action, you can revert to your normal Incarnate form on your turn. You automatically revert if you fall unconscious, drop to 0 hit points, or die.

Incarnate Forms
Incarnate Level Max. CR Type Size
2nd 1 Beast Small to Large
3rd 2 Beast or humanoid Small to Large
4th 4 Beast, fey, or humanoid Tiny to Large
5th 6 Beast, fey, humanoid, or monstrosity Tiny to Huge

While you are transformed, the following rules apply:

  • Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of your wild incarnation form, except you retain your hit points and Hit Dice, alignment, personality, and your Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores. You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of your wild incarnation form. If your wild incarnation form has the same proficiency as you and the bonus in its stat block is higher than yours, use its bonus instead of yours. If the creature has any legendary or lair actions, you can’t use them.
  • You can cast any innate spells of your wild incarnation form, but you can’t cast your own spells. Transforming doesn’t break your concentration on a spell you’ve already cast, however, or prevent you from taking actions that are part of a spell, such as call lightning, that you’ve already cast.
  • You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if your wild incarnation form is physically capable of doing so. Your ability to speak or take any action that requires hands is limited to the capabilities of your current form. However, you can’t use any of your special senses, such as darkvision, unless your wild incarnation form also has that sense.
  • You choose whether your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your wild incarnation form, or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the GM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear a piece of equipment, based on the creature’s shape and size. Your equipment doesn’t change size or shape to match your wild incarnation form, and any equipment that the new form can’t wear must either fall to the ground or merge with it. Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.
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