The Genjutsu Master is an illusion flinging monk tradition for Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition.
Use your ki to cast illusion spells to fool your enemies, with 22 Genjutsu Disciplines to choose from.
What is Genjutsu? It’s the art of creating illusions and affecting reality.
Disciple of Genjutsu
The genjutsu master learns how to mold their ki and manipulate the ki of others to produce powerful illusions. Some use these abilities to become invisible spies and assassins, while others use them to entertain or manipulate the masses. The way of the genjutsu master is therefore carefully guarded and shrouded in secrecy, with each sensei carefully choosing their students and testing them before even the most basic skills are taught.
Genjutsu Disciplines work in the same way as Elemental Disciplines: you spend ki points, as an action, to cast them. With Genjutsu Disciplines, you cast illusion spells, turning your monk character into a master of deception and trickery.
Unlike the Elemental Disciplines, you gain access to a few more utility spells, such as phantom steed. These spells don’t have much use inside combat — although spamming the battlefield with horses seems like fun — but having access to them gives your character the utility an illusion-focused caster needs.
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The Genjutsu Master follows on from the Street Fighter, the combo slinging monastic tradition, featured last week.
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