We saw her fighting Witch just a few comics ago. Now she’s facing off against a dream naga in some psychedelic dreamscape. She’s got a bifurcated polearm and the kind of scarf that would make Whovian blush, but who exactly is our blue-haired mystery girl? After putting that question to all the Quest Givers over on Patreon, I’m happy to report that we have a definitive answer. Join me now in welcoming Handbook-World’s first sylph (and second occult class), Occultist to the comic! (Better luck next time to all the changelings and warpriests hoping to make the cut!)

Now I’ll be the first to admit that this is a somewhat esoteric class. In the interest of getting everybody on board conceptually, allow me to draw your attention to this bit of the occultist class description:

To make use of his powers, an occultist channels psychic energy into a varied collection of antiques and mementos with storied pasts. Every type of implement allows him to use a different school of magic.

In other words, Occultist’s magic comes from the psychic resonance of powerful items. That polearm of hers is full of transmutation juju. Her scarf-cloak? No doubt it’s bursting with abjuration. And let’s not forget her hard-to-read d20. That mess is absolutely loaded with cheatin’ magic.

That’s right, folks! In keeping with the Handbook’s every-character-is-a-different-kind-of-That-Guy tradition, Occultist is a gamesman. A con artist. A low down, no good, dirty rotten swindler. And while it’s possible to squeeze a character sheet, recalculate, and find the missing bonus you happen to need, I think it’s safe to say that’s not what’s afoot today. One can only hope that Occultist has a strong enough Bluff to lie whilst standing inside her own esoteric plane.

Question of the day then! When the roll is important, the result is close, and the bonuses are complicated, how much calculating and recalculating are you willing to accept? As a GM, how do you tell the difference between honest arithmophobia and suspected cheating? And even when it is an honest mistake, how do you parse the metagame issues involved with the old, “No, 22 doesn’t hit. Neither does 23. OK, I guess you know its AC is 24 now?” Tell us all about your own experiences with wait-let-me-do-the-math-again down in the comments!


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