Last year, I had a fun idea to put Santa Claus into a D&D 5th Edition stat block. I polled the community for what sort of class would best fit him, which ended up being a bard. It was a lot of fun writing the stat block and spending some time making fun content for the community. If you want to see last year’s Santa Claus post, click here.
Update (2017): We also added two versions of a Warlock Santa Claus (click here).
Once again I polled the community, this year the Wizard archetype won by a huge margin. I had to think more about what I wanted to do with a Wizard stylized Santa. Unfortunately, the Artificer archetype from the Unearthed Arcana was rather lacking and just didn’t fit the motif of a tinker-toymaker. BUT we just recently got gifted the Forge domain for the Cleric which heavily revolved around crafting and forging as a the major themes. Several months ago we were also given a Theurgy Wizard tradition, which allowed the Wizard to gain the benefits of a Cleric’s domain features and even access some of the domain specific spells. So do I feel that I might’ve cheated ourselves out of a wizard version of Santa Claus? Well yes and no. He’s still a wizard, that’s for sure, but a different sort of wizard who meshes the divine inspiration of crafting and creation. Trust me when I say that if I were to do Santa as a cleric, it wouldn’t be the Forge domain. My vision was always a wizard tinkerer version of Santa.
My idea and inspiration for a tinkerer Santa was stemmed from the idea of Santa building toys like a dwarven artisan or even a gnome tinkerer. I didn’t want a gnome, but a dwarf fits the bill for a bearded character that was sturdy and could drink tons of eggnog. Plus the idea of a dwarf wizard in heavy armor was a pleasant sounding idea that I just couldn’t resist. This one was a little more intricate, we have a Santa that can summon a small toy army when outnumbered and lay waste with arcane spells. Did I mention there is a flaming hammer? Yea, there’s one of those too. I hope you enjoy this little rendition of Santa and look forward to next year’s iteration.
And something extra, a statblock for the Toy Soldiers!
And finally some new items!
Alright guys, have fun with these and Happy Holidays!
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