K is for Kaya

AtoZ2019KKaya is growing a reputation as an accomplished ghost hunter. She usually acts as though she is driven by a desire for money, but often her sense of justice is greater than her desire for personal gain. It just happens to be convenient when her personal and financial ambitions align.

“So much wealth. So much splendor. So much temptation to believe the gilded lie.”

A confident, roguish duelist with a mysterious past, Kaya has the ability to become partially incorporeal—allowing her to slip through solid items and physically interact with ghosts and the spirit world.

Kaya is a firm believer that life is for the living. The living should make the most of their lives and pursue what they want while they’ve still got time, and find their own peace before death. If you die with unfinished business, well, that’s probably your fault. And if it’s not…perhaps she could help you…for a price.

In Paliano, she accepted a contract from Marchesa to assassinate the city’s previous sovereign, King Brago. Her actions catapulted Marchesa to power and caused the current chaos in the city—but also opened the way for others to make their claims to their throne and shake up the Paliano’s ancient political order.

30_8ldXpMFb1AIn Dungeons & Dragons

Kaya has the power to become incorporeal, which would be massively broken as a feat in 5e, given that etherealness is a 7th-lvel spell. So in order to keep the flavor and give the chance a similar character, we designed a variant for the assassin Roguish Archetype.

Spectral Strike
Assassin Roguish Archetype variant feature
You can choose this feature replacing Impostor.

At 13th level, you gain the ability to step into the border regions of the Ethereal Plane, in the area where it overlaps with your current plane. You can remain in the Border Ethereal for up to as many rounds as rogue levels you have. Once you activate this feature as an action, it’s active until the duration ends or you use another action to dismiss it, and you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.

This feature works as the spell Etherealness, but it doesn’t require you to cast it (so it doesn’t require any components and it doesn’t have a “at higher levels” entry).


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