WizardsMost mages take in apprentices at an early age and train them as a dogsbody for 10 years before teaching them any magic. There are some however who will train purely for money or services rendered. Thus by finding the right trainer anyone can be taught the mysteries.
To cast spells requires both a general understanding of arcane lore and the specific knowledge of the lore that is relevant to the type of spell being cast. Without the Arcane Knowledge skill no magic can be understood. The bonus acquired in this dictates the maximum complexity of spell that can be learnt in any category.
Intelligence dictates the maximum level of Arcane Knowledge that can be understoood. Each point equates to two levels. Thus a mage with INT=2 can learn up to 4th level spells. Intelligence can be increased by practice.
Each spell comes from only one category, and each category has 9 levels of complexity.
The magic categories are:
- Conjuration / Abjuration
When the wizard has gained the ability to cast 7th level spells in any discipline they may attempt to enter the circle of mages.
Power points are gained through training
Each mage will know all the cantrips for any specialisation he has taken to at least level 1. Cantrips cost no power to cast and mostly have only minor effects. Each cantrip only counts as a minor action. and has range of STD/2.
Most schools have one attacking cantrip that causes 2d4 damage and requires a spell attack against ranged defence.
|Alteration||Ball of stone||Spell attack|
|Elemental||Ball of fire or ice||Spell attack|
|Conjuration / Abjuration||Ball of stone||Spell attack|
|Electro-magnetism||Spark of electricity||Spell attack|
|Emotion||Psychic damage||Will save at advantage|
|Force||Ball of force||Spell attack|
Each specialisation requires a 2 hero points to be allocated to it before a level is gained.
e.g. To gain 3rd level in Emotion requires 6 points (3rd x 2 per level)
Only one level in any specialisation may be gained at a time, the spells must then be practised on a major adventure before another level may be gained. The level at which magic is cast is also the bonus to the saving throw when magic is cast at a wizard.
Just because you are taught a spell does not mean that you will understand it sufficiently to use it correctly. Each spell must be learnt,
When each spell is first studied it may not necessarily be understood. A roll against arcane knowledge in the speciality must be made.
9 + Spell level
If a roll is failed the bonus number is noted and when the caster has increased their knowledge enough so that applying that bonus will succeed they will be able to learn the spell. Hero points may be used to increase the roll.
This assumes a competent teacher who understands its nuances and is capable of casting a spell of higher level in the specialisation of the one taught. If the caster is a lower level or if it is learnt from a book or scroll without a teacher then the difficulty is increased.
9 + spell level
Although mages may have spell books containing many spells from long dead ancestors each mage is capable of remembering the words and actions for only a certain number at a time. The number they can remember is governed by the power of the spells, the wizards ability and intelligence. A wizard can remember :
Sum of spell skills x (AK + Int) +10
Thus a specialist of a given level will not be capable of remembering as many spells as a generalist since the generalist will have spent more time getting to the same level picking up a wider knowledge as a result.
If you learn new spells once you have reached your maximum your brain starts getting confused on some of the ones you thought you knew but haven't used for a while. You may select which one to forget. You do not forget them completely as you may automatically learn them again, it will just displaces other less frequently used knowledge. You may cast previously understood spells from a spellbook, this takes a full round of preperation for every 2 spell levels (of course you also need the book there to cast from).
When relearning a spell it only takes 1 hour per level.
The difficulty to control a wild surge is increased by one without a focus.
It is the component for most spells. The mage may use their hands instead but cast at disadvantage.
Spells can be downloaded, which are then permenantly available
In addition :
- It cannot be easily broken as it has twice the mages maximum SP
- The mage can locate it within 100 yards
- Generally a staff should be old and gnarled
Iron disrupts spells so cannot be used in a focus
Weapons (other than staffs as wizards staffs are seen as walking aids and not a military weapon) cannot be used as a focus.
Downloaded spellsSpells can be downloaded into a staff from the owner by casting the spell at the staff. No save is required, the spell is automatically absorbed. The caster may then call upon the spell at any time without using any power points. Neither is any power used from the staff. Thus a light could be made to appear continuously on the end of the staff (ie it is used each round)
There are several restrictions that must be followed.
- The staff can contain a total of 1/10 the mages power point total in downloaded spells (round normally)
- Spells which cause damage work at two levels lower damage.
- Spells which have an area of effect,duration... are reduced by 5 places (factor of 10)
- Spells may be modified in other ways as well.
- Range is normally reduced to zero. The spell starts from the staff.
- If more PP are used than needed this causes the damage or duration and area to move 1 place down the table
- The staff needs to recharge after each casting, it gains 1 PP per round.
- Saving throws are at advantage.
- A light normally 35' diameter and lasting 4d8 rounds would cast only 18' diameter illumination for 2d4 rounds
- A shocking grasp instead of 3d6 damage would be level d3 damage.
- A lightning bolt instead of 80' long would be 8' long and start from the staff causing level 2d4 damage.
- A wall of fire could be used to pour fire from the end of the staff, which could build up a complete wall by tracing a suitable path.
Replacing spells in staffs.This is a set of rituals
Before replacing spells in a staff you have to clear the staff of all previous spells, there is no checkbox to only clear a selection. The staff then needs to rest for a while before the replacement will "take". Enchanting the staff to accept new spells is dependent upon the number of power points that will be put in
Clear the staff = 1 hour
Rest the staff = 1 hour
Fill the staff =- 1 hour per power point
Destroying a staffIf a staff is ever destroyed then it releases all of it's spells instantly in a random direction at full power. The wizard also permenantly loses power points equivalent to the power of the spells stored in the satff.
When a mage completes their initial training he will own a spell book containing their mighty first level spells. Spell books are generally only used for the storage of long and complex spells such as those used in creating magical items. There is no need for a mage to carry a spell book around with them unless something causes them to forget the spell components.
There are many forms of spell books ranging from those tied down to a lectern to a simple almost jotting book
Standard booksThese cost 200 gold marks to manufacture and are 12" wide, 15" high and 3" thick. They hold up to 200 LP worth of spells at 1 point per page. The vellum pages are covered by heavy leather such as dragon hide with inlaid metal straps to provide extra security and protection.
Notwithstanding any special protections a standard spell book saves at +4 against all attacks. They take one month to construct.
Note booksThese cost only 50 gold marks to manufacture and are 8" wide by 12" high by 1" thick. The leaves are made of fine parchment sewn to a supple leather backing and glued to the spine. The whole is further secured front and back by pieces of thick vellum with a cover of strong supple leather such as giant cobra. A small lock or leather ties are usually used to secure it. Pages are thin and fragile so great care must be taken in its handling. Notwithstanding any special protections a standard spell book saves as normal leather against all attacks. They take two weeks to construct.
Each book has 80 pages with each page holding 1/2 PP.