Truenamer (5e Class)

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Truenamers study the language that the Universe uses to compose the very fabric of reality. Many Truenamers seek to learn as much of this language as possible in order to understand the inner workings of the Universe. All Truenamers learn the basic words and even some advanced subjects as they progress through their life, and while many seek to learn as much as possible, some simply seek to utilize their own Personal Truename to its maximum potential. As a Truenamer, you know how to shape the very fabric of reality using the core coded language of the Universe. With this awesome power at your disposal you might someday be able to shape the Universe itself by weaving your own name as you see fit into reality, or simply remove someone else's from existence.

Concerning Truename Magic[edit]


Truespeak is the primal language of the universe and is composed of syllables and Truenames. Truenames describe a generalized creature, place, thing or action, delivered in the primal language of the universe. Each Truename is exceedingly specific and incredibly difficult to pronounce. There is a more specific category of Truenames called Personal Truenames which uniquely identify a single creature perfectly. Knowledge of a Personal Truename allows you to alter its base components and change the personal identification of the individual with unrivaled power.

By combining an action Truename with a descriptive Truename, you can create a magical effect. This is the most important ability of a Truenamer, as it allows you to remake the universe in accordance with your wishes. You have to correctly pronounce Truenames, or they will fail to do anything.

Laws of the Universe[edit]

There are two unshakable laws that the Universe must follow despite your attempt to command it: The Law of Sequence and the Law of Resistance.

Law of Sequence[edit]

All Truename magic must obey the Law of Sequence. You cannot speak the same cadence, recitation, syllable, or utterance twice until the duration of the first ends. The reverse of an utterance is treated as the same utterance for the purpose of the Law of Sequence.

Law of Resistance[edit]

This law states that the Universe will only bend so far to the will of a single person. If you successfully use Truename magic, using it again imposes a 1-hour disadvantage. Similarly, more than one use of a Personal Truename imposes a disadvantage until the stroke of midnight.

Building your Truenamer[edit]

When creating a Truenamer, Intelligence is of the utmost importance for your Ability scores. It is followed by Charisma and Constitution. Truenamers are typically Acolytes, Hermits or Sages in their background. Some are devoted to their gods, others strive to undermine the reality set forth by them, and others still are just general scholars.

Class Features

As a Truenamer you gain the following class features.

Hit Points

Hit Dice: 1d6 per Truenamer level
Hit Points at 1st Level: 6 + Constitution modifier
Hit Points at Higher Levels: 1d6 (or 4) + Constitution modifier per Truenamer level after 1st


Armor: Light
Weapons: Simple
Tools: Calligrapher's Tools
Saving Throws: Intelligence and Charisma
Skills: Choose 3 from: Arcana, Deception, History, Insight, Intimidate, Investigation, Persuasion


You start with the following equipment, in addition to the equipment granted by your background:

  • (a) Quarterstaff or (b) Dagger
  • (a) Explorer's Pack or (b) Dungeoneer's Pack
  • Leather Armor, a Book of Ancient Lexicon, Calligrapher's Tools

Table: The Truenamer

Level Proficiency
Features Evolving Mind Crafted Tool Perfected Map
1st +2 Truespeech, Known Personal Truename, Utterances 1st - -
2nd +2 Knowledge Focus 1st - -
3rd +2 Path of the Ancient Lexicon 2nd - -
4th +2 Ability Score Improvement, Quiet Utterance 2nd 1st -
5th +3 Truename Research 2nd 1st -
6th +3 Path Feature 3rd 1st -
7th +3 Knowledge Focus 3rd 2nd 1st
8th +3 Ability Score Improvement, Bonus Recitation 3rd 2nd 1st
9th +4 See the Named 3rd 2nd 1st
10th +4 Path Feature 4th 2nd 1st
11th +4 Truespeech Commands 4th 3rd 2nd
12th +4 Ability Score Improvement, Knowledge Focus 4th 3rd 2nd
13th +5 Obscure Truename, Sending 4th 3rd 2nd
14th +5 Path Feature 5th 3rd 2nd
15th +5 Bonus Recitation 5th 4th 3rd
16th +5 Ability Score Improvement, Truename Backlash 5th 4th 3rd
17th +6 Speak unto the Masses 5th 4th 3rd
18th +6 Path Feature, Knowledge Focus 6th 4th 3rd
19th +6 Ability Score Improvement, Truespeech Commands 6th 5th 3rd
20th +6 Say My Name and I Am There 6th 5th 4th

Class Features[edit]


You begin with proficiency in the Truename language. You may use it to speak a cadence, recitation, syllable, or utterance. You can also use your knowledge of the Truename language to cast rare Truename Spells from a scroll or other magical item.

At 1st level, you know one Utterance from the Lexicon of the Evolving Mind. You learn more powerful Utterances and access new Lexicons as seen on Table: The Truenamer.

Known Personal Truename[edit]

You know your own Personal Truename. You get a +4 bonus to your Spell check when speaking your own Personal Truename. When someone else tries to speak your Truename, they have a -4 disadvantage.

Knowledge Focus[edit]

At 2nd level, you become proficient in one of the following skills: Arcana, History, Nature, or Religion.

If you are already proficient in the skill, gain double proficiency (expertise).

You may instead choose one language.

Path of the Ancient Lexicon[edit]

At 3rd level, your Truename studies become more specific and prestigious. You may now choose a Truenamer Path. You can become the master of your own destiny with the path of the Ego, learn to unravel reality in the path of the Bereft, speak with a tongue of fire with the Path of the Brimstone Speaker, or take the path of the Ancient Word and transcend the mortal form. The choice is yours, pick wisely.

Ability Score Improvement[edit]

When you reach 4th level, and again at 8th, 12th, 16th and 19th level, you can increase one ability score of your choice by 2, or you can increase two ability scores of your choice by 1. As normal, you can't increase an ability score above 20 using this feature.

Quiet Utterance[edit]

At 4th level, you and the Universe hear each other just fine. As long as you are conscious you may attempt to telepathically communicate your Truename magic with a -4 penalty to your DC Roll. You have an additional 20% chance of failing with Personal Truenames.

Truename Research[edit]

At level 5 you can research the Personal Truename of creatures and objects. To divine a Personal Truename you must devote time and coin. It is recommended to align yourself with a Divination spellcaster, to seek out a place of knowledge and to learn as much about the subject as possible before proceeding. Each attempt at researching takes 24 hours and costs 100gp. If you have access to a place of knowledge, such as a great library, scribe's guild, or wizard's college, you may cut your expenses in half.

When you have the resources prepared, you may begin your Personal Truename Research. At the end of your 24-hour study, you will learn if you are successful.

Bonus Recitation[edit]

As an action, you may perform a Recitation against a person or creature whose Personal Truename you know with concentration. Unlike an Utterance, that person or creature does not get a saving throw.

At level 8 and 15 you may choose one Recitation.

See the Named[edit]

At 9th level, you may attempt to speak a Personal Truename. If successful, you see and hear the target through the eyes of the Universe for one minute. If the target has Truesight, you appear as a shadow of your true self.

At level 13
You may speak to your target until the effect ends. Each phrase requires a DC15 Charisma check. Additionally, your identity is concealed by a swirling mass of invisible shadows.
At level 16
Each attempt to directly banish or attack your shadow inflicts 1d6 Psychic Damage.

Truespeech Commands[edit]

This power grants you the ability to manipulate a creature whose Personal Truename you know. You cannot affect the same creature more than once per short rest.

At level 11
As an action, speak a Personal Truename you know. If successful, you may Dominate the target or undo any effect by which the target is compelled.
At level 19
As an action, speak a Personal Truename you know. If successful, you may utilize Power Word Kill or Power Word Heal on the target.
Saving throw
The target creature may make a Charisma save versus your Spellcasting DC (8 + Proficiency + INT). If they fail, the Command takes effect. If they succeed, they are stunned for 1 round.

Obscure Truename[edit]

At 13 level, you may counter Power Word spells which target a Personal Truename you know with a Charisma saving throw. Additionally, any attempt to speak or research your Personal Truename is done with a disadvantage.


At 13th level, you gain the ability to send messages to a creature whose Personal Truename you know. Each message must be twenty-five words or less and requires a proper pronunciation of the target's Personal Truename. Each message after the first requires only a DC13 Arcana check. If you fail this check, you will not know it unless the target has a means of responding. You may communicate up to a minute before the Personal Truename needs to be spoken again.

Truename Backlash[edit]

If you succeed on your Obscure Truename check versus a Power Word spell or Utterance the Universe lashes out at the creature, dealing 1d6 psychic damage per character level to the creature. They may make a save using CHA or their Spellcasting Ability, whichever is higher, for half damage.

Speak Unto the Masses[edit]

At 17th level, you have the ability to affect a number of creatures of the same creature type with a single, powerful utterance once per long rest. Once this feat is used, the chosen utterance is unusable until you take a short rest.

As an action, you may target a creature with an Utterance. If another creature of the same type is within 30 feet of it, your utterance may affect it as well. Reroll your arcana check for each creature of your choice which is affected along the chain. This may pass along until either no more creatures exist within 30 feet of each other or you fail to speak your utterance properly. You cannot affect the same creature twice with one utterance.

This feat does not work with the Lexicon of the Perfected Map

Say My Name and I Am There[edit]

Upon reaching the 20th level as a Truenamer, you develop a truename- not your personal truename, but a sort of true nickname- that is invested with cosmic power such that others who speak it can conjure you forth. Whenever someone successfully says this truename, you can appear at that creature's location instantaneously. You know who is saying your truename, and you can choose not to be transported if you wish. The nickname is often one or two syllables taken from your personal truename. A creature speaking your true nickname need not make an Arcana check to do so. Most Truenamers with this ability teach the truename to their friends and allies so they can be called when needed.


Prerequisites. To qualify for multiclassing into the Truenamer class, you must meet these prerequisites: Intelligence 15 and Charisma 13

Proficiencies. When you multiclass into the Truenamer class, you gain the following proficiencies: Calligrapher's Tools

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