My buddy Roddy and I came up with this new Warlock patron for the character he’s playing in my current 5e game. I think the flavor is spot on and the power level should be approximately in line with other patrons. As always, if you give this a try, let me know what you think!
Warlock Patron: Infernal Bureaucracy
Expanded Spell List
- Detect Magic (weirdly not a warlock spell already), Command
- Zone of Truth, Continual Flame
- Sending, Create Food and Water
- Mordenkainen’s Private Sanctum, Death Ward
- Geas, Commune
At 1st level, you learn the Mending and Produce Flame cantrips. They count as Warlock cantrips for you, but they don’t count against your number of cantrips known.
Beginning at 1st level, any contract drawn up by an Agent of the Infernal Bureaucracy holds more weight than a contract drawn up by non-infernal agents. Willingly signing a contract places all parties, including the Agent, under the auspices of the Infernal Bureaucracy. When the contract is broken, the signing Agent is notified and the breaker must make a Wisdom save against the Agent’s spell save DC or take 4d8 psychic damage, or half damage on a successful save. This effect occurs only the first time the contract is breached. If the Agent is the party found to be in breach of contract, their immediate supervisor is notified, and they forfeit their right to the Wisdom save and take the full 4d8 psychic damage immediately. If someone is coerced into unwillingly signing a contract prepared this way, the contract is considered unenforceable.
Burdensome Paperwork… In Triplicate
Starting at 6th level, you can call on the Infernal Bureaucracy to plague opponents with burdensome paperwork. You can use your reaction to cause an opponent who has just committed to an action (attack, spell cast, etc) to instead spend their turn filling out paperwork in triplicate. They find a quill and a sheaf of bureaucratic forms in their hands (replacing any items it was holding if necessary). The forms are in a language the creature can understand, with an imp translator and scribe provided on request. This does not effect the target’s AC or their ability to defend themselves.
Until their next turn, the target may take no action other than filling out these forms in triplicate. Then they must complete the committed action on their next turn. If the effected creature takes damage while filling out these forms, they must make a DC 10 Constitution saving throw to maintain concentration and ensure they do not fill out the paperwork incorrectly. If they fail, the target takes disadvantage on the committed action due to a delay in processing the paperwork. Creatures with Intelligence score of less than 3 are unaffected by this ability as they are subject to different departmental regulations. Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.
Starting at 10th level, you can choose one damage type when you finish a short or long rest. You gain resistance to that damage type until you choose a different one with this feature. Damage from magical weapons or silver weapons ignores this resistance.
Starting at 14th level, when you hit a creature with an attack, you can use this feature to instantly begin an audit of the creatures mind and soul. The creature disappears and reappears bound in a Infernal Auditors cell where it is subjected to a full mental and spiritual audit and must account for all of its past misdeeds and regrets. At the end of your next turn, the target returns to the space it previously occupied, or the nearest unoccupied space. If the target is not a soulless creature, it takes 10d10 psychic damage as it reels from its Kafkaesque experience. Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.
EDIT: Fixed some wording in the Binding Contracts power.
EDIT 2: Clarified the Burdensome Paperwork… In Triplicate power.