Advanced Editions – A Draining Discussion

In this series of posts, my goal is to look at all the little things from earlier editions that just didn’t quite make the cut for 5th Edition. Some were excluded for good reason, while others just didn’t quite fit in – but besides just talking about them, I’ll also be doing what I can to port them over.

For our first topic, we have the ever-terrifying Level Drain (also called Energy Drain). This is what made undead scary back in the day, alright? This made them so horribly scary.

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Way of Heavenly Guidance Monk (v1)

Many wait to help guide mortals along the way of life. Many monks follow the ways set forth by an ideal or philosophy, or even an especially enlightened mortal teacher. But some turn to the heavens for guidance, calling upon the strength of will and wisdom of thought of the very gods themselves.

 

Read on for the enlightening truth of the Way of Heavenly Guidance Monk!

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Path of the Serpent’s Blood Barbarian (v1)

The blood burns as it hits the paving stones, hissing quietly and sending up thin streamers of smoke. Where it touches living flesh cries ring out, while others retch and lose their stomachs. Some call it a curse, you see. This poisonous blood, this toxic vitality. Others see it as one of many weapons, waiting to be used.

 

Read on for the sickening truth of the Serpent’s Blood Barbarian!

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College of Glory Bard (v1)

Blood! Gore! The screams of the dying, the adulation of the crowds… music, art, life and death! Call it bloodsport, call it barbaric, call it whatever you should like… but as long as the audience cheers, how bad can a little killing be?

 

Read on below to enter the arena with the College of Glory!

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Path of the Wilderskin Barbarian (v1)

Wild eyes and fearsome howls – a spirit more animal than man, and more monstrous than any mere animal. They wield powers beyond mortal knowing, with influence over the most dread aspects of this world. Though technically still mortal, their horrific nature suggests anything but.

 

Read on for the horrors of the Wilderskin Barbarian!

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Otherworldly Color Warlock (v1)

So beautiful… more wondrous than anything ever seen before, more captivating than anything seen after. It doesn’t belong here, that is easy to tell. But its light is so sparkling, so gorgeous to behold, how could you want it to go away? No, no, it should stay… you should stay too, forever.

 

Read on below to glimpse the Otherworldly Color!

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Council Warlock (v1)

Powerful mortals tend to congregate in groups. Whether these are formed out of necessity or vanity, such groupings can collectively rival some of the more powerful beings, for a time. While mortal power is fleeting, it is this same quality that drives those most dedicated to its mastery.

Read on below for more on the Council Warlock!

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