Looking Lovely … in D&D

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yandere: I mean, the misconception that Charisma somehow models appearance in D&D always bothered me.
Drudenfusz: You could have male appearance be a function of Strength instead.
blut_und_glas: That’s a very specific view of male beauty you are implying that way, though.
yandere: You would be modeling body type as an element of physical attractiveness standards, but not beauty. Dexterity – although that is equally weird. Or a separate, additional ability.
blut_und_glas: Or you do it via a flexible mapping to existing ability scores depending upon class – the same as with casting ability scores.
yandere: … Fighter: Your Appearance is Strength?
blut_und_glas: Barbarian: Your Appearance is Constitution.
Rogue: Your Appearance is Dexterity.
Sorcerer: Your Appearance is Charisma.
yandere: Ranger: Your Appearance is Dexterity or Wisdom, whichever is higher.
blut_und_glas: Wizard: … Your Appearance is Strength.
Drudenfusz: I like it!
blut_und_glas: What do we make of that, now?
yandere: Put it on the blog?

Well, obviously we did just that. Full list:

Appearance may be used like an ability. The score used for determining the appropriate modifier depends on a character’s class (or race), as follows:

Barbarian: Your Appearance is Constitution.
Bard: Choose any one of your abilities to be your Appearance.
Cleric: Your Appearance is Dexterity.
Druid: Your Appearance is Constitution.
Fighter: Your Appearance is Strength.
Monk: Your Appearance is Dexterity or Wisdom, whichever is lower.
Paladin: Your Appearance is Strength or Charisma, whichever is higher.
Ranger: Your Appearance is Dexterity or Wisdom, whichever is higher.
Rogue: Your Appearance is Dexterity.
Sorcerer: Your Appearance is Charisma.
Warlock: Your Appearance depends on your otherworldly patron:
– Charisma (the Archfey);
– Dexterity or Strength, whichever is higher (the Fiend);
– Intelligence (the Great Old One);
– Wisdom (the Walpurgis Night).
Wizard: Your Appearance is Strength.

Elf: Your Appearance is Dexterity or your class’ Appearance ability, whichever is higher.

3 Comments



  1. I would base Cleric and Wizard appearance on Con instead of Str or Dex. Even with cliché you can go overboard.

    Also Elves should get advantage on all appearance checks. (Yeah THAT’s even MORE cliché than letting then just choose Dex) 🙂

    Also you should not be forced to take the higher score.

    In some social situations a success on an appearance check may get you in trouble. Especially if you want to go under the radar.

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    1. I must sharply protest the notion that one can go overboard with cliché. 😛

      Great suggestion on the elves, though. Consider that nicked.

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