College of Pastry
Bards of the College of Pastry know that the quickest way to one’s heart is through their stomach. They have learned to convey the bard’s sensory magic through sweet smells and tastes, and spread their stories through recipes gleaned from distant pasts and far-off lands. These bards may choose to inspire their allies with the taste of tiramisu on the air, or conjure the smell of fresh baked cookies as a Song of Rest.
No matter the circumstance, these bards keep a sugary disposition. The college’s members may be found catering to nobles, spoiling patrons in taverns, or making sure an adventuring party’s sweet tooth is sated in even the darkest of dungeons.
When you join the College of Pastry at 3rd level, you gain proficiency with the chef’s utinsels, which you can use as a spellcasting focus for your bard spells.
Starting at 3rd level, you gain the ability to channel your bard spells into your pastries. When you cast a bard spell with a casting time of 1 action, you can increase its casting time to 1 minute. If you do so, you expend a spell slot, but none of the spell’s effects occur. Instead, you conjure a pastry, and the spell is baked into the pastry for later use.
Any creature holding the pastry thereafter can use an action to eat the pastry and activate the spell. The spell is cast using your spellcasting ability, targeting the creature that consumes the pastry. If the spell targets more than one creature, the creature that consumes the pastry selects the additional targets. If the spell has an area of effect, it is centered on the pastry. If the spell’s range is self, it targets the creature that consumes the pastry.
When you infuse a spell in this way, it must be used within 8 hours. After that time, its magic fades and is wasted.
You can have a limited number of spell-infused pastries at the same time. The number equals your Charisma modifier.
At 6th level, your arcane baking abilities let you imbue your baked goods with life. As an action, you can expend one of your Bardic Inspiration die to conjure a single animated cookie. It appears in an unoccupied space you can see within range.
Select a beast with a challenge rating less than or equal to the number you roll on the Bardic Inspiration die divided by three, rounded down. The cookie uses that beast’s statistics, and its appearance is that of a cookie baked into the shape of that beast. The cookie is a construct instead of a beast, and it can’t be charmed or frightened. The cookie is friendly to you and your companions. In combat, it rolls its own initiative. It obeys any verbal commands that you issue to it. If you don’t issue any commands to it, it defends itself from hostile creatures but otherwise takes no actions.
You may choose to conjure the cookie at any size equal to or smaller than that of the beast whose statistics it uses. It loses 5 feet of movement speed for every size category it is reduced by, and gains the “reduce” effect of the enlarge/reduce spell.
When the cookie drops to 0 hit points, or after four hours, it crumbles and disappears. You may only have one conjured cookie active at a time, and are unable to conjure another until your oldest cookie crumbles or is eaten.
The cookie has the following additional traits.
False Appearance. (Tiny Only) While the cookie remains motionless, it is indistinguishable from a normal cookie.
Two Dimensional. (Small or Larger Only) The cookie’s flat physique makes it harder to hit at a distance. It gains +2 AC against ranged attacks.
Edible. A creature within 5 feet can take a bite of the cookie as an action. If the cookie’s summoner is willing, they are healed by the cookie’s maximum hit die value, and the cookie’s hit points are reduced by this value. When the cookie’s summoner takes a bite, they gain the cookie’s memories as though they were their own.
Beginning at 14th level, your arcane abilities and baking skills work in complete harmony. You are able to have two separately conjured cookies active at a time instead of one, and you can take a bite of one of your conjured cookies as a bonus action instead of an action.
In addition, during a short rest you can choose to recover any spell slots of 3rd level or lower that have been used to conjure an arcane pastry.