Way of the Arcane Fist (Third-Party)

Source: EN World EN5IDER, “Speaking with Fists”
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« Monk

Prerequisite: Proficiency in the Arcana skill

The ability to cast arcane magic through the mystical power of ki is a rare gift. The first students of the Way of the Arcane Fist were wizards whose powers mysteriously faded over time. Directionless, these powerless wizards joined a monastery, where they witnessed the monks commune with the cosmos through meditation and the power of ki. They studied the monks’ teachings, and came to found a new discipline that merged their knowledge of the arcane with the power of ki.

Way of the Arcane Fist Features

Way of the Arcane Fist Features
Level Feature
3 Spellcasting
6 Meditations on Spellcasting
11 Astral Visionary
17 Cosmic Ripple

Spellcasting (Level 3)

You have learned a discipline that allows you to transform your ki into magic.

Cantrips. At 3rd level, you learn two cantrips of your choice from the wizard spell list. You learn a third cantrip at 10th level.

Spellbook. Also at 3rd level, you gain a spellbook which contains three 1st-level spells. As your insights into arcane mysteries grow, and you add spells to your spellbook of the highest level you know as per this table. The total number of spells you can record in your spellbook is equal to your Wisdom modifier + half your monk level (minimum 3).

Monk Level Highest Spell Level
3rd–6th 1st
7th–12th 2nd
13th–18th 3rd
19th and above 4th

Ki Spellcasting. You can expend your ki to cast a spell written in your spellbook. The amount of ki required for a spell is 1 + the spell level. For example, the 2nd-level spell invisibility costs 3 ki points to cast. You can cast low-level spells you know as higher level spells by expending the appropriate amount of ki points, up to the highest spell level you can cast from your spellbook.

Spellcasting Ability. As a monk, Wisdom is your spellcasting ability. Even though your magic requires understanding of arcane theory, all that would be for naught without your inner clarity and connection to the power of the Multiverse.

Meditations on Spellcasting (Level 6)

At 6th level, your understanding of magic lets you cast spells with the grace and speed of a monk.

Arcane Insight. When you make a saving throw against a spell effect, you may expend 2 ki points as a reaction to gain advantage on that saving throw.

Meditative Arcana. When you cast a spell, you can expend 1 ki point to cast it without verbal or somatic components.

Spell Flurry. Immediately after you cast a spell, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed attacks as a bonus action. You can spend an additional ki point to cast two cantrips that require spell attack rolls instead of making two unarmed attacks.

Astral Visionary (Level 11)

Beginning at 11th level, you can cast contact other plane, but only as a ritual. Doing so does not consume ki points. At your option, instead of contacting an extraplanar intelligence you may open your mind to the cosmic power of the Multiverse to make omniscient observations yourself. Choosing this option grants you advantage on the spell’s saving throw, but each question you ask has a cumulative 10% chance of being incorrect.

Cosmic Ripple (Level 17)

Starting at 17th level, when you use Flurry of Blows, Patient Defense, or Spell Flurry, you can teleport up to 30 feet into an unoccupied space. You can teleport before or after the bonus action.