SCHOOL OF INVENTION

The School of Invention claims credit for inventing the other schools of magic – a claim other wizards find absurd. Wizards of this school push magic to its limits. They stretch the known laws of arcane power and strive to reveal important truths about the nature of the multiverse.

Adherents of this school believe that innovation is best served through experimentation. They have a reputation for acting first, thinking second. Most wizards are scholars who have mastered their craft through careful study, rigorous practice, and endless hours of repetition. These wizards would rather throw spells together and see what happens.

Many wizards of this tradition are gnomes, alchemists, or both, and they take pride in the magic-infused armore they don. The armor not only provides protection, but it is also designed to help the wizard channel magic in unpredictable ways.

Wizards of this tradition are regarded as savants to their faces, but wizards of other traditions often think of them as lunatics.

TOOLS OF THE INVENTOR

At 2nd level, you gain proficiency with two tools of your choice.

ARCANOMECHANICAL ARMOR

Innovation is a dangerous practice, at least as far as members of this school practice it. As a shield against this risk, you have developed a suit of arcane armor.

Starting at 2nd level, you gain proficiency with light armor and gain a suit of arcanomechanical armor – a magic item that only you can attune to. While you are attuned to it and wearing it, it grants you resistance to force damage.

The armor is light armor and provides an AC of 12+your Dexterity modifier. It weighs 8 pounds. You can create a new suit of it at the end of a long rest by touching a nonmagical suit of studded leather armor, which magically transforms it. Doing so removes the magic from your previous arcanomechanical armor, turning it into nonmagical studded leather.

RECKLESS CASTING

Starting at 2nd level, you may attempt to cast a spell you don’t have prepared. When you use this ability, you use your action and choose one of the following options:

  • Roll on the Reckless Casting table for cantrips and cast the resulting spell as part of this action.
  • Expend a spell slot and roll twice on the Reckless Casting table for its level, or the 5th level table if the slot is 6th level or highter. Pick which of the two results you want to use and cast the resulting spell as part of this action.

If the spell you cast isn’t a wizard spell, it is nonetheless a wizard spell for you when you cast it with this feature.

Reckless Casting
d10Cantrip
1acid splash
2chill touch
3fire bolt
4light
5poison spray
6ray of frost
7shocking grasp
8sacred flame
9thorn whip
10Roll twice and cast each cantrip, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action.
d101st-Level Spell
1burning hands
2chromatic orb
3color spray
4faerie fire
5false life
6fog cloud
7jump
8magic missile
9thunderwave
10Roll twice and cast each spell, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action but not the spell slot.
d102nd-Level Spell
1blur
2darkness
3enlarge/reduce
4gust of wind
5invisibility
6levitate
7Melf’s acid arrow
8scorching ray
9shatter
10Roll twice and cast each spell, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action but not the spell slot.
d103rd-Level Spell
1blink
2fear
3feign death
4fireball
5fly
6gaseous form
7lightning bolt
8sleet storm
9stinking cloud
10Roll twice and cast each spell, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action but not the spell slot.
d104th-Level Spell
1blight
2confusion
3Evard’s black tentacles
4fire shield
5greater invisibility
6ice storm
7phantasmal killer
8stoneskin
9wall of fire
10Roll twice and cast each spell, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action but not the spell slot.
d105th-Level Spell
1cloudkill
2cone of cold
3destructive wave
4flame strike
5hold monster
6insect plague
7mass cure wounds
8wall of force
9wall of stone
10Roll twice and cast each spell, but if you roll another 10 on either die, you cast nothing, wasting your action but not the spell slot.
ALCHEMICAL CASTING

At 6th level, you learn to channel magic through your arcanomechanical armor to augment spells in a variety of ways. When you cast a spell while wearing that armor and attuned to it, you can expend one additional spell slot of 1st or 2nd level to alter the spell. The effect depends on the spell slot you expend.

A 1st-level slot allows you to manipulate the spell’s energy. When you cast a spell that deals acid, cold, fire, lightning, or thunder damage, you can substitute that damage type for another one from that list.

A 2nd-level slot increases the spell’s raw force. If you roll damage for the spell when you cast it, increase that damage by 2d10 force damage against one of the spell’s targets (your choice) this turn.

PRODIGIOUS INSPIRATION

At 10th level, you have attained a greater mastery of spell preparation. As a bonus action, you can replace one spell you have prepared with another spell from your spellbook. You can’t use this ability again until you finish a short or long rest.

CONTROLLED CHAOS

At 14th level, your ability to improvise magic grows stronger. Whenever you roll on a Reckless Casting table for a spell other than a cantrip, you can roll on the table that is one level higher than the expended spell slot.

SOURCES

Unearthed Arcana: Three Subclasses

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