The Deva- the 5e Hack

The Deva

Deva 1

The deva is a specific type of assimar that has been bound to mortal bodies.  Some believe that these angelic beings angered their god in some way and were thrust from the heavens and forced to live in the mortal realm.  While the body of a deva is mortal, their soul is divine and can never be truly killed, save by the Wish spell.  When a deva is killed their soul is reincarnated into a new body.   When a deva is reincarnated, the one that perished is lost.  The new being has new skills, goals, and personality.  However the memories of past lives lingers in the subconscious mind of the deva and can sometimes be accessed.

Most people find the deva haughty and insufferable.  Many deva, due to their immortality and divine nature, consider themselves superior to other humanoids and do not hesitate to boast about their grand nature.

The sinister secret of the deva: It is not common knowledge that when a deva is reincarnated lives must be paid to fuel this divine energy.  Each time a deva is reincarnated a number of humanoids die equal to the number of times a deva’s spirit has reformed.


Ability Score Increase.  +1 to Wisdom and +1 to Charisma

Deva 2 

Age.  A deva ages as a human.


Alignment.  Deva’s are divine beings and are guided by good.  Those that wish to return to the light of the heavens and adhere to old religious scriptures tend to be lawful good.  Those that enjoy the delights of mortals and seek to learn more earthly knowledge are chaotic good.


Size.  Medium.


Speed.  Your base walk speed is 30 ft.


Touch of the Divine.  You are able to cast the cantrip Guidance a number of times equal to your Charima modifier and cast Protection from Evil one time per day.  You must take a long rest to regain expended uses.

Deva 4 

Astral Resistance.  You gain advantage on any save to resist necrotic damage.  You also have resistance to radiant damage.


Immortal Origin.  When you are killed, your spirit returns to the astral sea for a number of days equal to 2d20+10.  Once that time has passed your spirit is reincarnated into the deva form somewhere else in the known world (and not in a place of danger).  The reincarnation isn’t free- each time a deva is reincarnated people die to fuel the divine act.  The amount of people that perish is equal to the number of times a deva has been reincarnated.


Each reincarnation is a new being.  Only vague memories of their past life exist.


A deva can only truly be killed with the Wish spell.


Memory of a Thousand Lifetimes.  You are able to tap into your past incarnations and gain insight into a skill you know.  Choose one skill and again advantage on that roll.  A deva can use this a number of times per day equal to 1+Intelligence modifier.

Deva 3 

Languages.  You speak common and celestial.

Author: Mike Evans

I am a History major attending a community college until I can get more financial aid and attend a four year school. I am living in NJ with my girlfriend who is currently wrapping up on obtaining her PhD in Toxicology. I love Star Wars, Role-playing, video games, working out, reading, writing, and hanging with my girlfriend, dog (Perfect), and two kittens (Birch and Brambles). My main focus on this site will be my discussion of Role-playing games and ideas and hopefully contribute something worth a damn.

3 thoughts

  1. I played with someone recently who was a lvl 15 Cleric who used his Divine Intervention to have his god polymorph him into the CR10 Deva that’s in the Monster Manual. it’s a pretty legit strategy, but it’s super DM specific.

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