A year ago, I was inspired by fantastic people in the community like my dear wife Kannah, my now friend and hero Ruty Rutenberg, and others like Matt Mercer, Krystina Arielle, Satine Phoenix, and many more who advocate for love and compassion into our D&D community. Love is central to community and the people in it. As the capstone is of this subclass suggests, love conquers all.
Special Scott Brown, from the RPGAcademy (@geowtf) gave me some pretty great advice as to how to thematically approach the subclass and this is the product of it, because love is not something that is enchanted, charmed, or taken. Love is a verb for caring. With Scott’s help this subclass came to be.
While most confuse the principles of the love domain for that of being lustful, it instead promotes the bonds of compassion and unconditional love. Love domain clerics practice a compassionate love that promotes peace, fellowship, and interpersonal connection. Though romantic love is surely not forgotten by them, as they often learn romance and the bonds it forms can be some of the most powerful instances of the acts of love. Clerics of the love domain channel those positive bonds in action and use their will to protect and strengthen their allies.
Love Domain Spells
|1st||heroism, shield of faith|
|3rd||aid, calm emotions|
|5th||beacon of hope, remove curse|
|7th||aura of life, aura of purity|
|9th||circle of power, greater restoration|
At 1st level, you become proficient in Insight and Persuasion.
You have been taught that the first step to loving others is as simple as offering help. Starting at 1st level, you can use the Help action as a bonus action.
Channel Divinity: End Hostilities
Starting at 2nd level, you can use your Channel Divinity to instill peace and end violence. As an action you presenting your holy symbol, each creature within 30 feet of you that can see and hear you must make a Wisdom saving throw. If a creature fails its saving throw, it can’t attack or cast harmful spells for 1 minute. At the end of each of its turns, a creature affected by your Channel Divinity can make another Wisdom saving throw. On a success, the effect ends for that creature. You can’t use this feature on a construct or a creature with an Intelligence score less than 3.
Spirit of Compassion
Starting at 6th, your compassion and aid stretch further carried on the wings of the spirits of love to further bolster your allies. You can now use the Help action from 60 feet away.
Starting at 8th level, you add your Wisdom modifier to the damage you deal with any cleric cantrip.
Love Conquers All
Beginning at 17th level, those you love and care for can overcome any challenge as they are further empowered by you and you are empowered by the bonds you have formed. Whenever you cast a spell that targets at least one ally of yours, the next time before the start of your next turn a target of the spell other than you is dealt damage by an attack, the attacker takes psychic damage equal to your cleric level.