Sorcerer Week: Origin Stories
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Sorcerers are usually born with their powers or are tied to a font of magical force. This is what makes a sorcerer unique from any other spellcaster. When I was first writing content for this class week, I struggled. This was until I discovered just how open-ended it was. As long as it isn’t a patron or a spell you can write down in a book, it counts! Even when you look at the existing sorcerous origins in the PHB and UA content, you can see how varied a sorcerer’s power source can be. A sorcerer’s power can originate:
- From their ancestry: like the draconic bloodline sorcerer. The favored soul has an angelic ancestor. Even the Sea, Storm, and Stone Sorcery origins tie a character’s heritage to sea, air, or earth creatures.
- From a connection to a certain plane: like the Shadow Sorcerer, who is connected to the Shadowfell, which imbues their soul with power. The Wild Magic Sorcerer is tied to the plane of Limbo, which fuels their chaotic powers.
- From a connection to a specific magical power: The Phoenix Sorcerer draws power “from the immortal flame that fuels the phoenix.” It doesn’t necessarily mean their ancestor was a phoenix, or that they are connected to the plane of fire, but rather a legendary flaming node of magic.
- From proximity or exposure to magical power: simply witnessing a dragon or phoenix seems to touch people with magic, as does simply being exposed to the Shadowfell.
If we want to boil this down to a single source of magical power that includes all of these, I would have to say that a sorcerer’s power comes from their soul. A soul that has been touched, blessed, tainted, or born with some form of inherent magic. So let’s discover what other ways your sorcerer’s soul can be altered! The lists below are mostly for flavor, but I encourage everyone to make subclasses or prestige classes for these because I only have so much time! But don’t worry, I definitely have some planned for the rest of Sorcerer Week!