Thoughts, Opinions, Gripes, and Grievances


Kian Pfannenstiel, Writer

It isn’t uncommon for anything popular to have fan-made extensions. For instance, we’ve all heard of fan-fiction, an extension of an existing story, typically written like a short story, whether the original was a movie, book, video game, or really anything else. The same can be said for table-top games, including board games, card games, and role-playing games. This is an extension of the latter that I will be discussing.

The most popular role-playing game, as well as the oldest, is Dungeons & Dragons (D&D or DnD) which is currently in its 5th edition (commonly called 5e). In such a game, the player picks a race (human, elf, dwarf, halfling, etc.) and a class (fighter, barbarian, wizard, cleric, paladin, etc.) for their character and the Dungeon Master (DM) leads a group of these characters on adventures in a fantasy world of the DM’s creation and imagination. As the characters complete tasks, the DM will award experience points (XP) which are used to level your character up to get new powers and abilities. The another option is to spontaneously give characters a level because XP is convoluted and difficult to deal with; this strategy is called chapter levelling. Typically, when a character reaches 3rd level in D&D, the player picks a subclass for their character to play. For instance, if you are playing a rogue, your subclass might be thief or assassin.

Recently, a reddit user created and uploaded a subclass for the paladin class (for those who may not know, a paladin is something like a holy knight that has been chosen by their god as a favored knight). At 3rd level, paladins pick an oath, which is their form of a subclass. This reddit user, called “Suner19”, created an “Oath of Brotherhood” oath for the paladin class. Of course, if I just found a cool subclass, I wouldn’t devote a ScarletInk article to it. This has more to it. Of course, the Oath that your character swears fealty to isn’t just any old “Oath of Brotherhood”, it is the “Bro-Code.”

This hilarious subclass can be found at “here”: here.

Now, it is in violation of the bro-code to write down the code, but the gist of it is easily derived from the rules for it. The most interesting part of this subclass is that it is incredibly well balanced. It isn’t a weak character that can’t hold its own in combat, but it won’t mop the floor with its enemies, either. This paladin is based on support of group members, a common thread in the bro-code. If you are interested in this character, you should definitely look into reading the rules above and maybe some reviews if you’d consider playing it or running it in your campaigns.