Unearthed Arcana The Unearthed Arcana Is Back With Cleric's Unity Domain!

This week's Unearthed Arcana has reappeared, with a renamed cleric domain and a replaced cleric ability! "Unearthed Arcana presents three new subclasses for you to playtest: the College of Creation for the bard, the Unity Domain for the cleric, and the Clockwork Soul for the sorcerer."...

This week's Unearthed Arcana has reappeared, with a renamed cleric domain and a replaced cleric ability! "Unearthed Arcana presents three new subclasses for you to playtest: the College of Creation for the bard, the Unity Domain for the cleric, and the Clockwork Soul for the sorcerer."

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The Love Domain is now the Unity Domain:

"A sense of oneness shines at the heart of healthy communities, whether bound together by friendship, blood, faith, or some other uniting force. The gods of unity deepen such bonds and delight in their strength.

Clerics of these gods preside over marriages and other familial bonding customs, but they also nurture the emotional bonds of friendship and camaraderie. Their divine blessings bolster and protect allies in battle through these deep bonds and turn aside malign influences."

The Impulsive Infatuation power has been replaced with Shared Burden which allows you to distribute an ally's damage taken amongst other willing creatures.
 

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Undrave

Legend
PHB page 7.

There’s one more general rule you need to know at the outset. Whenever you divide a number in the game, round down if you end up with a fraction, even if the fraction is one-half or greater.

Also a relevant SA post.

Oooh thank you! I never played a character with resistance so I never had to look that up. Neat.
 

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I don't really feel like the concept of unity is something that I can easily fit into a pantheon. The most logical place, from my perspective, seems to be for a god of civilisation but I think order fits that concept better than the unity domain. More than likely if this makes it into a book, I'm probably not going to include it.

I tend to think of this as the hearth deity domain. Order being about rulership, Unity being about relationship. Related, but distinct ideas. This works great for Eberron because the deities of Order and Unity are seen as a married pair.
 

Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
They also did it with the UA Giant Soul Sorcerer, which never made it to primetime.

Cryin' shame that is too. I loved that Sorcerer Origin.

Was it kind of a conflicted mess? Sure. But it was a beautiful conflicted mess.

I'm playing one right now and it's great fun.
 

gyor

Legend
The Unity domain is definitely an improvement over the "Love" rough draft, both mechanically and conceptually. I approve.

It's an neither an improvement mechanically or thematically, it's a glofied Protection Domain that was slapped together at the last minute to appease a few silly complainers on social media.

It does not fill the gap the original domain did at all, instead in treads on the toes of the Twilight Domain (which includes protection for some reason).

I for one will be giving it a one in the next survey and asking for a restoration of the love domain (renamed or not)and I ask those of you who were not impressed by what has occurred to join me in that and give this domain a 1 and ask for the return of that Love Domain. The majority of us never had a chance to be heard by WotC on this issue, they listen to a few loud voices on social media and tossed the cool fun domain away. It's time to stand up and push back.
 

I am randomly really curious about the Immutable Form ability on the dancing object. That's an awfully specific immunity in an otherwise very generic statblock. Was there some abuse that the writer thought was important enough to try to prevent?
 

Salthorae

Imperial Mountain Dew Taster
I am randomly really curious about the Immutable Form ability on the dancing object. That's an awfully specific immunity in an otherwise very generic statblock. Was there some abuse that the writer thought was important enough to try to prevent?

None of the Animated Objects officially published on DND Beyond has that. It is curious.
 

cbwjm

Seb-wejem
I am randomly really curious about the Immutable Form ability on the dancing object. That's an awfully specific immunity in an otherwise very generic statblock. Was there some abuse that the writer thought was important enough to try to prevent?
Maybe they didn't want high level bards shapechanging their dancing sword into a dancing dragon?
 


Maybe they didn't want high level bards shapechanging their dancing sword into a dancing dragon?
Yeah, something like that, but if you have the power to change your sword into a dragon, you can still just do that without bothering with the dancing at all. It makes me scratch my head.
 

It does not fill the gap the original domain did at all, instead in treads on the toes of the Twilight Domain (which includes protection for some reason).
I think your "for some reason" remark is telling: it's more like Twilight is retroactively treading on the toes of this domain, which is a much more natural conceptual fit for family/hearth deities, as @Twiggly the Gnome mentioned.
 

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