Within the enigmatic society of bugbears, a select few rise above the rest, embracing a path of righteousness and becoming the guardians of their hidden realm.
The Luminous Claws (named after their great axe)
These noble bugbears are members of an esteemed Paladin Order, known as the Luminous Claws. In the depths of their forest sanctuaries
, they pledge their lives to the pursuit of justice and the protection of their kind, wielding their divine powers to illuminate the darkness that threatens their society.
The Luminous Claws, adorned in ornate armor that blends seamlessly with the shadows, are revered as paragons of virtue and valor. With unwavering dedication, they follow the ancient code of the order, guided by the tenets of honor, compassion, and the pursuit of knowledge. Each member undertakes a solemn vow to safeguard their bugbear brethren, preserving their secret society and ensuring its continued prosperity.
Members of the Luminous Claws possess a unique feat, bestowed only upon those who have proven their unwavering commitment to the order’s cause. This feat, known as “Radiant Fortitude,” grants the paladins of the Luminous Claws exceptional resilience and the ability to channel radiant energy to bolster their own defenses and protect their allies.
Prerequisite: Bugbear, Paladins
You have undergone rigorous training and spiritual enlightenment, granting you enhanced fortitude and the power to harness radiant energy for defense. This feat provides the following benefits:
- Increase your Constitution score by 1, to a maximum of 20.
- You gain proficiency in the Constitution saving throw if you don’t already have it.
- As a bonus action, you can expend one of your spell slots to emanate radiant energy, bolstering your own resilience and that of nearby allies. Each creature of your choice within 10 feet of you gains temporary hit points equal to 2d6 plus your Charisma modifier. The temporary hit points last for 1 minute or until depleted.
Once you use this feature, you can’t use it again until you finish a long rest.
The Radiant Fortitude feat taps into the bugbear paladins’ connection to divine energy, enabling them to manifest radiant power as a shield of fortitude. This ability not only strengthens the paladin’s own defenses but also provides a vital buffer of temporary hit points to their allies, reinforcing their resolve in the heat of battle.
More bugbear paladins’ adventures soon to come!
As members of the Luminous Claws, these bugbear paladins serve as beacons of hope amidst the shadows, embodying the duality of their society. With their formidable combat skills, unwavering resolve, and the unique capabilities granted by the Radiant Fortitude feat, they stand as formidable protectors of their hidden civilization, ensuring that the bugbears’ secret world remains shrouded in mystery and safe from external threats. (Note: the subrace Shadowborne Bugbear rarely become Paladins, but the Paladins are usually lead by a Shadowborne Bugbear.)