The Age of Retiarius

I had something else planned for this week, but then I read the July round of rules answers  in Sage Advice. One of the questions was about the net, and if attacks with the net were always made with disadvantage. The answer was the net was specifically designed so a net attack was always made with disadvantage, without an intervening factor, like a special feature, advantage to offset through something like faerie fire, or the net itself is special. Unfortunately, neither barbarian or fighter seems to have a special feature to offset this penalty in the core materials. Alas, it is up to all kind folk to make an impassioned defense of the retiarius, the net-fighter.

5th Edition Fighters Built for Speed: Mariners/Skirmishers

This 5th edition fighter-based mariner is inspired by the ranger-based class introduced in one of my favorite Pathfinder supplements, Cerulean Seas, and credit goes where credit is due. Huge thanks to Emily Kubisz and the team at Alluria Publishing.

Mariner/Skirmisher Fighter Archetype

The mariner is an aquatic warrior trained for speed. Mariners use their superior mobility to take the fight to their opponents and keep them off balance. A fighter built for maneuverability from a non-aquatic setting is called a skirmisher and follows the same rules (choosing the climbing option for No Escape at 3rd level). In addition to this archetype, the mariner commonly takes the new fighting style presented below at 1st level.