As you may know, I’m releasing my first ever adventure on the DM’s Guild this year. One of my biggest inspirations in game settings and narratives is Japanese Roleplaying Games (often shortened to JRPGs) and this adventure, Keep of the Kobold Queen, leans heavily into the tropes of those games. Much of what makes a JRPG unique from its western counterparts is the mechanics and so this adventure works hard to bring those concepts to D&D.
One such idea is the “job tree” where it’s not just anticipated but expected that every character will end up taking levels in a variety of classes. In today’s update, I reveal the first of two “advanced classes” coming with Keep of the Kobold Queen; the Cerulean Sage. Inspired by the blue mage class of the Final Fantasy series, as well as the Vampire and Catmancer classes from the Bravely Default series, the Cerulean Sage learns to replicate the magic of monsters.
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