Prometheus

Making a Windrunner in 5e

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I've been thinking up a way to make Radiants in 5e, and settled on attempting it with a Windrunner first. The goal was to utilize only official material rather than homebrew it (which would be pretty fun too, but not for this run)

I settled on a few things and just wanted to get some feedback.

First off all, 3 levels in Warlock.That nets you Pact Boon so you can bond a Sprite.You're also going to want to bond the Celestial as that best fits with the lore. Even if your DM isn't being super helpful I imagine you could RP this up. Skills can be chosen based on need and how RP heavy you're looking to go. I'm uncertain about what spells to get, there's a few from your patron and then there's an absolutely massive spell list.

Next I'd go into Tempest Domain Cleric.This nets you a whole new set of spells and a lot of them don't exactly meet the class fantasy. However, there is one important item that it does give: Stormborn. "At 17th level, you have a flying speed equal to your current walking speed whenever you are not underground or indoors."

With the 3-level investment in Warlock the only way I can see getting flight and wind manipulation is this way.

However, if the goal is for temporary flight (which is more canonical) then Storm Sorcerer may be the way to go as their spell list includes fly.

Additionally, it's worth noting that Warlocks and Sorcerers share are charisma-based, while Clerics are wisdom.

The last one I'm going to bring up is Paladin which have Oaths that fit very nicely into the whole Ideals of the Radiants. However they don't have a good Windrunner kit as far as I've seen. They'd be a better option for a Bondsmith or perhaps Truthwatcher.

Edit: After speaking with a D&D buddy of mine it looks like, with DM approval you could do the following.

Run Variant Human (or another race that gets a feat at level 1) and use that feat for Magic Initiate and get a companion. This requires DM approval, but you can take a Sprite and stat it/treat it as a hawk, the sprite part being aesthetic only. With that done, pick any appropriate class or class combination and RP the rest!

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Would you want to incorporate stormlight, or just use a standard spell slots, or a mixture of the two? If you were to do this, you would need make additional rules for that. Also, it might be cool to create a whole surgebinder class with subclasses for each of the ten orders of radiants. Each of these would have very specified spells and would get additional spells as they level up and say the oaths. 

This sounds like a multi-person project, if you wanted to do this full scale. I would love to help with this and it sounds like it would be a lot of fun!

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I'd be willing to dive deep and create all this, however I really haven't done anything as crazy as this before. I had help to create the post :P

With that said, I found someone who made a doc: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99n-Xtm0AG7WEVvVjhJcElNVWM/view

I don't 100% like it but it's interesting none the less. My biggest concern is, if we're going cannon with this, that we don't have all the details of what each radiant can do. The best we've got is for Lightweavers and Windrunners.

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I like what is in the doc a-lot. Some of the spells seem off though, for soulcasting (as an example) it could take a certain number of minutes of stormlight to souldcast something withing a 5 foot cube. I think that we can discern what several other orders do because of shared surges, and we could always add on as more books come out and more information is revealed. I don't know if you've read oathbringer yet, but several more orders are revealed. I think that it would also be interesting to introduce the parshendi race, which would give the players the ability to change forms. I have a couple of friends who also play DnD, one of them an artist, if we wanted to make this a big thing. I know the mechanics pretty well, and would be willing to handle that part. Let me know what you think. It is christmas break right now, so I have lots of free time, if you would be interested in doing something lake that soon.

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As an avid fan of 5e and Sanderson, thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving this to me. I already have 26 other characters and now I am making 10 more.

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