Content of the article: "Aberrant Mind Sorcerer is the greatest class ever for a BBEG"
I've been looking through the new classes in TCoE and Aberrant Mind just stuck out to me as the greatest set of features for a terrifying villain. Essentially, you can make Kilgrave from Jessica Jones, only worse. Or, if you're the kind of sick person who wants to build this to play an evil character then here you go.
Disclaimer: I am aware that creating NPCs with class levels is not always a good idea. However, I like to try to base my villains on things that the PCs are theoretically capable of in order to keep the world as consistent as possible.
Villain Build: Literally just an Aberrant Mind Variant Human Sorcerer who is level 6+.
For Variant Human, they take Eldritch Adept to get the invocation Mask of Many Faces and now they have at-will Disguise Self. Take the Charlatan Background as well for Proficiency in Deception, Sleight of Hand, Disguise Kits, and Forgery Kits. At level 4, take the Actor Feat.
The Aberrant Mind feature Psionic Spells says:
You learn additional spells when you reach certain levels in this class, as shown on the Psionic Spells table. Each of these spells counts as a sorcerer spell for you, but it doesn’t count against the number of sorcerer spells you know.
Whenever you gain a sorcerer level, you can replace one spell you gained from this feature with another spell of the same level. The new spell must be a divination or an enchantment spell from the sorcerer, warlock, or wizard spell list.
Combining this with the 6th level feature Psionic Sorcery
When you cast any spell of 1st level or higher from your Psionic Spells feature, you can cast it by expending a spell slot as normal or by spending a number of sorcery points equal to the spell’s level. If you cast the spell using sorcery points, it requires no verbal or somatic components, and it requires no material components, unless they are consumed by the spell.
This means that at level 6, you could have swapped Dissonant Mind and Arms of Hadar for Charm Person and Hex and swapped Calm Emotions for Suggestion. With 6 Sorcery Points from the class and a possible 19 additional Sorcery Points from converting Spell Slots, this Sorcerer has 25 Sorcery Points to use for casting Charm Person, Hex, Suggestion, Clairvoyance, and Detect Thoughts with no way of telling they were casting and no ability for casting a Counterspell.
This is now the ultimate infiltrator who can look and sound like anyone they have seen and heard speak for 1 minute which is even easier with Clairvoyance. Any documentation can be forged and passwords won't stop them because as soon as a guard challenges them for the password, they can cast Detect Thoughts to read the guard's mind without the guard ever knowing. People can be charmed and given Suggestions without anyone else realizing and, with Heightened Spell giving the target disadvantage on their saving throw, the target is almost never going to make their save.
TL:DR; If you want an intrigue campaign BBEG, make them an Aberrant Mind Sorcerer and you have the perfect excuse for how they are able to have access to any and everyone they want to influence without ever getting caught.
Edit: this just keeps getting better as you level up. At level 7 you get two 4th level Psionic spells which can be swapped for Confusion and Arcane Eye, both of which can then be cast using Psionic Sorcery. At level 9 you get two 5th level Psionic spells which can be swapped for Dominate Person and Modify Memory, both of which can then be cast using Psionic Sorcery.
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