New Unearthed Arcana: Rune Knight, Swarmkeeper, The Revived

Another new Unearthed Arcana! "In today’s Unearthed Arcana, three classes each receive a playtest option. The fighter gets a Martial Archetype option: the Rune Knight. The ranger gains a Ranger Archetype option: the Swarmkeeper. And the rogue acquires a Roguish Archetype option: the Revived."

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Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
That's due to their disproportionate arms and shoulders. Their "wingspan" is greater than their height.
I mean, digression time, but says what 5e resource? Dwarves are "broad" per the PHB, but that still doesn't explain 2H sword use. 2H swords assume the ability to overhand chop. When the sword is taller than you, that is hard to do because of the downswing portion not being able to flow well, I don't care how broad you are.

To be fair, shorter humans should have the same disadvantage on using 2H swords if it's taller than they are, I'm not trying to be a speciesist (?) here :)
 

Undrave

Adventurer
Hehe, great point. And I'd say "why not?"

Given that Hill dwarves can be 3'10" based on the height/weight chart and they are medium, I have no idea why dwarves get to use 2H swords without disadvantage.
In the PHB they say Hill Dwarves are between 4 and 5 feet, not 3'10, but I guess it's not that big of a gap...
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Well, the zweilander was 7 feet long. Between 1-2 feet taller than the person using it.
Also, I think a lot of people aren’t aware of how many maneuvers with a two handed sword are done. It’s not just slashing with the blade in big sweeps.
 

Kurotowa

Adventurer
In the PHB they say Hill Dwarves are between 4 and 5 feet, not 3'10, but I guess it's not that big of a gap...
Depends where you look. On the Random Height and Weight chart (p121) hill dwarves are 3 foot 8 inches plus 2d4 inches. So a 3'10" dwarf would be technically possible, but considered as much of an outlier as a human with the minimum height of 4'10". It's totally possible, I know there's a Japanese voice actress who's all of 4'9" tall, but boy does she stand out as exceptional in a group shot.
 

PsyzhranV2

Adventurer
Depends where you look. On the Random Height and Weight chart (p121) hill dwarves are 3 foot 8 inches plus 2d4 inches. So a 3'10" dwarf would be technically possible, but considered as much of an outlier as a human with the minimum height of 4'10". It's totally possible, I know there's a Japanese voice actress who's all of 4'9" tall, but boy does she stand out as exceptional in a group shot.
Aoi Yūki everyone (second from right):
 

Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
Stubbornness.


(FWIW, back in the day, you had to be like 6' tall to use a two-handed sword, or a longbow, IIRC.
Actually, considering you said "2H swords" instead of "greatswords," you probably already knew that.)
Yup, I do remember those days.

Also I love the concept that dwarves stubbornness alone is why they can use weapons like that at no penalty. Makes me laugh and so on point with dwarves.
 

Leatherhead

Possibly a Idiot.
After watching the Rune Knight Video by dndbeyond, I am sad they scrapped the Giant Soul Sorcerer and that this is the new take on that concept. Don't get me wrong I like a lot the Rune Knight but wish there was room for both.
It's not that they didn't have room for more subclasses, the problem is just like they said in the video:

You can make a Sorcerer Origin give Ostorian(Giant) Magic, or you can make a Sorcerer Origin Smash stuff like a Giant, but you just don't have enough subclass features for one Origin to do both.
 
What I liked most about Giant Soul Sorcerer abilities keying off of Constitution. If you want to be a good Giant guy you had to be tough.

I hope to see that come around again
I could see this being repurposed for a Wild Dragonmark* Sorcerer. You can use your constitution instead of charisma for spell DCs and attack rolls, "upcasting" your spells whilst doing so. However you take physical damage when you do.


* Even though based on Eberron lore I don't see it being a problem dropping it into other settings.
 

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