Different sorcerers claim different origins for their innate magical power. Some are born with arcane power surging through them, marked from birth as wild fonts of sorcery. Others gain their sorcery through a sudden, life-changing event that forces great power—and great responsibility—upon them.
Whatever your background, this chapter introduces a variety of origins for you to choose from. Define your sorcerous heritage and harness your arcane magic.
Choose Your Origin
Choose your origin from one of the following options:
- Draconic Bloodline: Dragonsblood runs through your veins, granting you powerful magic and draconic gifts.
Creating an Origin
To create your own Sorcerous Origin (or to convert an existing origin from other sources), follow these steps:
- Add Origin Spells: Sorcerous origins expand the sorcerer spell list with 10 unique spell options. Add 2 unique spell options to be gained at 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th-levels.
- Create 4 Metamagics: At 1st-level, sorcerous origins expand the sorcerer metamagic list with 4 unique metamagics. Create new ways to modify spells that are thematic to your subclass—be flavorsome.
- Create a 1st-level Feature: Sorcerous origins grant an introductory feature at 1st-level.
- Create 3rd and 6th-level Features: Sorcerous origins grant features at 3rd and 6th-level.
Choose 2 Metamorphosis Forms: At 10th-level, sorcerous origins grant 2 metamorphosis forms as their capstone feature. You may choose to either (a) grant 1 common form and 1 unique form, or (b) grant 2 common forms.
A new metamorphosis form should last for up to one minute and aim to feature the following:
- (a) One damage immunity and one damage vulnerability, or (b) one damage resistance.
- (a) A movement option, or (b) a flavor ability.
- An attack option.
And that's it, your origin is complete!
Your blood carries with it the ancient power of draconic magic. Your lineage may include half-dragon, a sorcerer who made a blood bargain with a dragon, or perhaps even a dragon parent.
Those who carry this bloodline bear unmistakable traits of their dragon ancestors—physically and mentally.
Your bloodline offers you the following origin spells.
|1st||Command, Chromatic Orb|
|3rd||Dragon's Breath, Hold Person|
|7th||Dominate Beast, Elemental Bane|
|9th||Dominate Person, Hold Monster|
Add the following four metamagics to your list of metamagic options: chromatic, empowered, extended, and seeking.
When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to change the damage type of that spell to that of your draconic ancestry.
When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up to your Charisma modifier (minimum of one). You must use the new rolls.
Compound: You can combine empowered spell with other metamagics during the casting of a spell.
When you cast a spell, you can extend either its range or duration with extended spell.
Distance: When you cast a spell that has a range of 5 feet or greater, you can spend 1 sorcery point to double the range of the spell. Alternatively, if the spell has a range of touch, you can spend 1 sorcery point to make the range of the spell 30 feet.
Duration: When you cast a spell that has a duration of 1 minute or longer, you can spend 1 sorcery point to double its duration, to a maximum duration of 24 hours.
When you cast a spell that attacks a creature, you can spend 2 sorcery points to add +2 to the first attack roll you make as part of that spell.
Compound: You can combine seeking spell with other metamagics during the casting of a spell.
Choose one type of dragon as your ancestor. You can speak, read, and write Draconic. Whenever you make a Charisma check to interact with dragons, your proficiency bonus (if applicable) is doubled.
At 1st-level, your hit point maximum increases by +1. It increases by +1 again whenever you gain a sorcerer level.
Additionally, parts of your skin are covered by a thin sheen of dragon-like scales. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC equals 13 + your Dexterity modifier.
You can spend your action to exhale destructive energy. Your draconic ancestry determines the size, shape, and damage type of your breath.
Each creature in the area of your dragonbreath must make a saving throw—a creature takes 3d6 damage on a failed save, and half as much damage on a successful one.
You may use this feature once. You regain expended uses when you finish a long rest.
Greater Dragonbreath: At 6th-level, the damage dealt by your dragonbreath increases from 3d6 to 4d6. In addition, you may use this feature twice.
When you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, you can add your Charisma modifier to one damage roll of that spell.
At the same time, you can spend 1 sorcery point to gain resistance to that damage type for 1 hour.
You gain two metamorphosis forms: draconic (as shown below) and one other form as based on your draconic ancestry damage type.
Draconic scales cover your body as large, leathery wings burst from your back. Those who look upon you face the might—and the terror—of dragonkind.
Dragonscale: You have resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage from nonmagical attacks.
Dragonflight: You gain a flying speed equal to your current speed. If you are still flying when your metamorphosis ends, you fall unless you can somehow prevent it.
Terrifying Presence: You can spend an action to terrify those around you. Each creature that is (a) within 30 ft. of you and (b) aware of you must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw or become Frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.
If a creature's saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to your Terrifying Presence until the end of its next long rest.
|d100||Dragon||Damage Type||Dragonbreath||Saving Throw||Common Traits|
|01-02||Blizzard||Cold||15 ft cone||Constitution||Sociable, Tyrannical, Cold, Tactical|
|03-04||Earthquake||Bludgeoning||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Lazy, Slow, Intense, Destructive|
|05-06||Tornado||Bludgeoning||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Roaming, Whimsical, Docile, Wrathful|
|07-08||Typhoon||Lightning||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Chaotic, Mercurial, Curious, Impatient|
|09-10||Volcanic||Fire||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Cruel, Hateful, Ambitious, Toxic|
|11-12||Wildfire||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Territorial, Determined, Zealous, Solitary|
|13-14||Black||Acid||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Solitary, Short-tempered, Territorial, Cruel|
|15-16||Blue||Lightning||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Manipulative, Organized, Opportunistic, Nurturing|
|17-18||Green||Poison||15 ft cone||Constitution||Petty, Cunning, Possessive, Combative|
|19-20||Purple||Force||15 ft cone||Constitution||Restless, Controlling, Deceptive, Selfish|
|21-22||Red||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Greedy, Arrogant, Ferocious, Anarchist|
|23-24||White||Cold||15 ft cone||Constitution||Oppressive, Vengeful, Great Memory, Savage|
|25-26||Chromium||Cold||5 ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Malevolent, Avaricious, Calculating, Sadistic|
|27-28||Cobalt||Force||5 ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Controlling, Creative, Solitary, Arrogant|
|29-30||Iron||Lightning||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Driven, Stubborn, Attentive, Dreamer|
|31-32||Nickel||Acid||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Tenacious, Unpredictable, Deceitful, Vicious|
|33-34||Steel||Acid||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Amiable, Curious, Witty, Individualist|
|35-36||Tungsten||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Utilitarian, Punishing, Insightful, Judgmental|
|37-38||Amethyst||Force||5 ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Aloof, Sovereign, Diplomatic, Noble.|
|39-40||Crystal||Radiant||5ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Sentimental, Mischievous, Irresponsible, Benevolent.|
|41-42||Emerald||Bludgeoning||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Patient, Secretive, Curious, Suspicious|
|43-44||Obsidian||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Haughty, Calculating, Explosive, Vicious|
|45-46||Sapphire||Thunder||15 ft cone||Constitution||Militaristic, Distrustful, Protective, Strategic|
|47-48||Topaz||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Self-absorbed, Indifferent, Sour, Dependable|
|49-50||Brass||Fire||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Talkative, Social, Entertaining, Mercenary|
|51-52||Bronze||Lightning||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Self-righteous, Loyal, Responsible, Pacifist|
|53-54||Copper||Acid||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Prankster, Witty, Devious, Polite|
|55-56||Gold||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Wise, Lawful, Relentless, Reclusive|
|57-58||Mercury||Radiant||5 ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Whimsical, Unpredictable, Creative, Distracted|
|59-60||Silver||Cold||15 ft cone||Constitution||Regal, Friendly, Perfectionist, Detached|
|61-62||Abyssal||Fire||15 ft cone||Dexterity||Immoral, Determined, Conniving, Vengeful|
|63-64||Astral||Thunder||15 ft cone||Constitution||Daydreamer, Idealist, Empathetic, Daring|
|65-66||Celestial||Radiant||15 ft cone||Constitution||Noble, Helpful, Pacifist, Wrathful|
|67-68||Ethereal||Force||5 ft by 30 ft line||Constitution||Distracted, Thoughtful, Clumsy, Prophesier|
|69-70||Fey||Bludgeoning||5 ft by 30 ft line||Dexterity||Curious, Wild, Fickle, Reactive|
|71-72||Shadow||Necrotic||15 ft cone||Constitution||Fatalistic, Frightening, Sneaky, Bold|