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Sunday, 19 April 2015

[HOW] The Magic Of Hawk The Slayer...


Complementing my recent write-up of The Mindsword  and the 'staff of entanglement' from Hawk The Slayer, here are my adaptations of some of the spells cast in that incredible movie, written up for use in Heroes & Other Worlds.

FOG OF CONFUSION (T), IQ: 10, EN: 2, R: IQ

Once cast a number of glowing spheres appear in the mage's hands, which he then crumbles releasing a cloud of thick fog that moves at his command. The cloud can be as large as a 100ft cube and rolls across the ground with the speed of a normal man walking (MV: 6). All people and monsters, not allied with the mage, caught up in the fog suffer a -2 penalty to all die rolls (to hit, saves/checks, damage etc). The mage's friends, however, can see normally within this magical cloud - which lasts for one combat round per two points of IQ of the spellcaster.

WHIRLPOOL OF FLYING FIREBOLTS (T), IQ: 12, EN: 3, R: IQ

The mage creates a pillar of swirling lights that then erupt into a cone of firebolts - with a range of 5ft per IQ point of spellcaster - followed rapidly by a violent blizzard of wind and snow. The bolts will only target those the mage wishes to strike within its area of damage (a IQ x 5ft sphere from the point where the pillar erupts - up to IQ x 5ft away from the mage).

All targeted by the spell suffer 2d6 damage from the firebolts, but then the next round (and for a number of rounds after equal to half the mage's IQ), the entire area is enveloped in a violent snowstorm that causes all within the area to make all die rolls (to hit, saves, damage etc) at -2 and if anyone rolls a "15+" on a to hit roll, they must immediately make a 3/DX save or fall over.

RITUAL OF SEEKING (T), IQ: 16, EN: 6, R: see description

This is a ritual for mages who wish to "teleport" another (willing) person to a location, but wants to avoid some of the issues inherent in the normal teleportation spell (Magi Carta, pg 148).

The mage and his subject must agree a short-term purpose for the journey the subject is to be sent on and one or other of them must know the location where the subject is to be sent (see Magi Carta pg 148 for standard teleportation restrictions, range etc).

The mage sits beside an unlit fire, which the subject the spell is sitting in. The mage casts specially-prepared powder into the fireplace, which springs to life (without harming the subject of the spell) and creates a pair of glowing rings of light around the subject.

A moment later he is then transported to the agreed destination and has a number of combat rounds equal to the wizard's IQ to complete the object of his 'mission'. Once completed - or when the when the time is up - the subject (and one other willing person within 10ft of him) will be instantly transported back to the location of the mage, who may not move from beside the fire for the duration of the ritual.

If the subject was successful in his objective (ie the time limit didn't expire) and returns unhurt, he (and he alone) may, if he wishes, be dispatched on a second journey - as long as the objective is similar to the first trip. This all counts as a single ritual no matter how many jaunts the subject ends up taking.

Should the person being sent to achieve his mission be slain while on said mission, the ritual spell will be broken and the wizard who cast it will suffer 1d6 physical damage and a temporary loss of 1d6 IQ (which is regained at the rate of one point per day of total bedrest).

4 comments:

  1. These are great. I have my HOW copy coming this week. I may have to pick your brain.

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    1. My brain is here for the picking ;-) Looking forward to hearing what you make of HOW.

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  2. Great, HOW/TFT is so easy to make new stuff. I will soon post my ideas for classes and talents.

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    1. Thanks. just added your blog to my Feedly so I can keep abreast of your HOW work.

      Don't forget to cross-promote your posts (and anything else you come up with HOW-wise) to the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/heroesandotherworlds/) to help spread the love!

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