Rangers are Lonely

Posted: July 1, 2013 in 5E D&D NEXT
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Yes tis’ true, a Ranger has a life of solitude at times, defending territory and ridding the area of monsters that would otherwise over-run the nearest village of helpless peasants. Not much thanks is given to these defenders of the wild, but they do what they do with a higher purpose in mind of course, and few could walk in their footsteps in the first place.

D&D Next has done a great deal to redefine and improve on a few points, making the Ranger stand out as not just yet another sub-class of Fighter but a class that can stand on its own. The Favored Enemy is more specified, but since this is a play test at this point, I can see that in the future more such enemies will be introduced.  Spell use, combat specialties, and survival skills are intact but still something is missing.  They are alone again, with no Animal Companions to spend time with.

I hope the Ranger class does regain a animal friend like previous editions routinely had as part of this class. I liked the tricks one could teach a pet, for many times it was an extension of the character, and not just a pet. Nothing like a mage’s familiar, where it was something of a magic creation, but one of the natural world, a world where a Ranger would tread. I had hoped to see the introduction of Animal Companions for the Ranger but was disappointed when the next wave of play test material had no mention contained within. Perhaps soon it would be included, as I did state my wish for this information in the survey.


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