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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Revised Wolfen Race for Marth Ice World (Labyrinth Lord AEC)

I find myself tinkering on Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion races lately for my homebrewed ice world of Marth. I've always been a fan of werewolf / humanoid wolf races in D&D. They are somewhat based on the Palladium wolfen and I picture them having a quasi-Buddhist and shamanistic culture.

Setting Blurb: Marth is a dying world that has been locked in a perpetual ice age after the death of most of its gods due to their avarice and the powerful kingdom slaying rituals of mere mortals. There is a shread of hope though. Recently many have had recurring dreams of the last surviving goddess Fallosnimia waking up from her deep ages long slumber. Many believe the awakening of the nature deity means that there will be warmer days ahead.


REVISED LL AEC WOLFEN

Requirements: DEX 8, WIS 8 

Ability Modifiers: DEX +1, INT -1

Ability Min/Max: STR 3/18, DEX 8/19, CON 6/18, INT 3/18, WIS 8/18, CHA 3/18

Wolfen are covered in thick warm fur. They typically weigh about 185 pounds and are between 5 ½ to 6 feet tall. Though they tend to be peaceful friendly people, they defend their territory and families with their lives. Many wolfen meditate on the open tundra, listening for guiding wisdom on the colf wind.


Special Abilities

*Wolfen can use any weapon granted to them by class, but they are limited to natural armor made from materials like leather and hide.

*Cold Resistance: They take hald damage from cold and 150% damage from fire.

*Wolfen have excellent hearing. They hear noise as if they were a thief of the same level but with a +1 bonus.

*They can track as well as a ranger can due to their strong sense of smell.

*In addition to normal melee attacks wolfen get an extra free bite attack. The attack roll is modified by their DEX modifier. It deals 1D4 damage.

*Wolfen can speak common, elvish, gnoll, wolfen, and yeti.


Wolfen receive the following saving throw bonuses: 

• +4 save versus breath attacks 

• +1 save versus wands 

• +1 save versus spells or spell-like devices

• +6 save versus cold


WOLFEN CLASSES AVAILABLE & LEVEL LIMITS

Wolfen may select from the following classes, with the indicated level limits. 

Druid 10

Fighter 8

Monk Unlimited (wolfen monks deal +1D6 extra damage due to their claws)

Ranger Unlimited

Thief 8


WOLFEN THIEF SKILL ADJUSTMENTS 

Wolfen thieves receive the following bonuses and penalties to thief abilities: 

Pick Locks -15% 

Pick Pockets -10% 

Move Silently +15% 

Hide in Shadows +10% 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Revised Uldra Race for Marth Ice World (Labyrinth Lord AEC)

I find myself tinkering on Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion races lately for my homebrewed ice world of Marth. I tweaked the gnome and halfling races, and I also added in a few uldra abilities from various AD&D sources like Dragon Magazine. I eliminated the ice dwarf, gnome, and halfling from the setting of Marth. The uldra here replace all three. 

Setting Blurb: Marth is a dying world that has been locked in a perpetual ice age after the death of most of its gods due to their avarice and the powerful kingdom slaying rituals of mere mortals. There is a shread of hope though. Recently many have had recurring dreams of the last surviving goddess Fallosnimia waking up from her deep ages long slumber. Many believe the awakening of the nature deity means that there will be warmer days ahead.


REVISED LL AEC ULDRA RACE

Requirements: DEX 8, CON 8

Ability Modifiers: +1 CON, +1 INT, -1STR

Ability Min/Max: STR 3/16, DEX 8/18, CON 8/18, INT 3/18, WIS 3/18, CHA 3/16

It is said that uldras are distant ancestors of the elves and dwarves, and share many of their idiosyncrasies. They have a wide range of appearances, and average about 3 1/2 feet tall. They tend to be very slender, averaging 80 pounds. Uldras generally dwell in hills or on mountainsides, and they often wander free over the barren tundra. Their habitations often overlap with elves, and these two races are typically very friendly, if not familial, to each other. Uldras are renowned for their ability to tame wolves and wild dogs, and most of them travel with one of these domesticated animals.

Special Abilities

*Uldras are small and may not use large and two-handed weapons, but they may use weapon and armor as indicated by class. Also their armor class rating is one better due to their size and innate knack for avoiding danger.

*Uldras are immune to cold damage, but they take 200% damage from fire. 

*Their skin is cold to the touch and all their melee attacks deal +1D6 extra cold damage. Arrows and bolts fired by them deal +1D4 extra cold damage.

*They have a 2 in 6 (1-2 on 1d6) chance of detecting dangerous or unsafe natural terrain, and finding wilderness snares and traps. Uldras must be actively searching for these abilities to function.

*They always know true North, and those who try to track them find no tracks, even in deep snow, as their feet leave no trace.

*Uldras have an uncanny ability to disappear in the frozen wilderness. In bushes or other outdoor cover (like snow), they can hide with a 90% ability.

*Uldras speak the common tongue, dwarvish, elvish, uldra, wolfen, and yeti. They can also communicate in basic fundamental ways with most natural animals.

*Optional Cantrips: If you are using cantrip spells in your game they can cast a number of them per day equal to their level.

*Note that uldras and the other races do not have darkvision.

 

Uldras receive the following saving throw bonuses:

• +2 save versus breath attacks
• +2 save versus poison
• +2 save versus petrify or paralyze
• +1 save versus wands
• +1 save versus spells or spell-like devices

Uldras are resistant to poison and paralysis and as such they receive bonuses to defend against these effects. In addition, their small size grants them a bonus to finding cover and avoiding danger.


ULDRA CLASSES AVAILABLE & LEVEL LIMITS

Uldras may select from the following classes, with the indicated level limits.

Druid Unlimited

Fighter 6

Illusionist 8

Magic-user 8

Ranger Unlimited

Thief 10


ULDRA THIEF SKILL ADJUSTMENTS

Uldra thieves receive the following bonuses and penalties to thief abilities:

Climb Walls -5%

Find and Remove Traps +7%

Move Silently +15%

Open Locks -10%

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Artist: John Bauer

*Note that in Marth the Druid replaces the Cleric.


Saturday, December 19, 2020

A Song of Ice and Fire House Fortunes for Birthright AD&D 2nd Edition

In the A Song of Ice and Fire RPG House Fortunes is a thing you can roll for once per month. This I think is something that could easily be added to the Birthright domain turn as another step.


To make this work add up all of your holdings and provinces and for every 10 that you control you get a +1 to the roll. Also add your Regent's character level to the roll. Aditional modifiers could apply if you possess non-weapon proficiencies that apply. I suggest only a +1 modifier per proficiency however. 


D20+lvl+modsHouse FortuneD20+lvl+modsHouse Fortune
1Disaster17Decline
2Disaster 18Blessing
3Curse 19Curse
4Decline 20Blessing
5Disaster 21-22Growth
6Growth 23Curse
7Decline 24-25Growth
8Growth26-27Blessing
9Curse 28Boon
10Decline 29Curse
11Growth 30Blessing
12Boon 32-34Growth
13Decline 35Blessing
14Blessing 36Boon
15Growth 37-41Growth
16Curse 42+Boon


Boon

Choose two of the following: a beneficial alliance, a peace treaty to end a war, an arranged marriage, a free tradecroute is created, one new holding (level = 1D4), 1D8 GBs, or 2 armies.

Blessing

Choose two of the following: a peace treaty to end a war, end border crossings and conflict, one new holding (level = 1D2), 1D4 GBs, 1 army, increase an existing holding 1D2 levels.

Growth

Increase a Province by one, a holding by one level, and build something for free.

Decline

Decrease a Province by one or decrease a holding by one level.

Curse

Choose two: 1D4 armies disband, lose 1D4 GBs, holding destroyed, all of the holdings of one type decrease by 1 level.

Disaster

Choose two: An alliance is broken, plague in the land (decrease all provinces by 1), -1D6 GBs, lose a province, 1D4 holdings are destroyed, lieutenant is murdered, 1D4 roads are destroyed, all holdings of one type are decreased by one level.

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Artist: Albrecht Altdorfer


Friday, December 18, 2020

Revised Elf Race for Marth Ice World (Labyrinth Lord AEC)

I find myself tinkering on Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion races today for my homebrewed ice world of Marth. I also added in a few extra special abilities from AD&D. There are several sub-species of elves on Marth, and their descriptions are down below the main LL AEC details.

Setting Blurb: Marth is a dying world that has been locked in a perpetual ice age after the death of most of its gods due to their avarice and the powerful kingdom slaying rituals of mere mortals. There is a shread of hope though. Recently many have had recurring dreams of the last surviving goddess Fallosnimia waking up from her deep ages long slumber. Many believe the awakening of the nature deity means that there will be warmer days ahead.


Revised LL AEC Elf

Requirements: INT 9

Ability Modifiers: See the sub-races below.

Ability Min/Max: STR 3/18 (16), DEX 7/19, CON 6/18, INT 9/18, WIS 3/18, CHA 3/18

Description: Elves are slim fey beings with pointed ears, and narrow faces. They typically weigh about 120 to 160 pounds and are between 5 to 5 1/2 feet tall. Elves are very talented fighters, users of magic, and they have an innate connection to the natural world. The life span of these creatures is a dozen centuries long which they often use to persue artistic pastimes.


Special Abilities

*Elves are immune to charm and sleep spells of all sorts. They also only need to sleep for 4 hours for a full night's rest.

*Because of their connection to nature, elves are immune to the paralysis ghouls can inflict.

*When employing either a bow of any sort other than a crossbow, or a short or long sword, elven characters gain a bonus of +1 to attack rolls.

*Elves get a +4 save versus cold.

*Elves can speak: common, elvish, goblin, gnoll, neanderthal, uldra, wolfen, and yeti.

Note: Elves and the other races do not have darkvision.


ELF CLASSES AVAILABLE & CLASS LEVEL LIMITS

Elves may select from the following classes, with the indicated level limits.

Assassin 10 (Shadow Elf Unlimited)

Druid 8 (Blood Elf Unlimited)

Fighter 7

Illusionist 11

Magic-User 11 (Twilight Elf Unlimited)

Paladin (Knight) 6

Ranger 8

Thief Unlimited

Note: the Druid replaces the Cleric in the setting of Marth.


ELF THIEF SKILL ADJUSTMENTS

Elven thieves receive the following bonuses and penalties to thief abilities:

Skill Adjustment

Pick Locks -5%

Pick Pockets +5%

Move Silently +7%

Hide in Shadows +10%

Hear Noise +1*

*Elves receive a better dice range for hearing noises. For example, 1st level elven thieves hear noises on a 1-3, and at 9th level it is 1-5. Hear noise may never be better than 1-5.


ELF SUB-RACES

The following abilities are in addition to the information above, or modify the above abilities.

Blood Elf

(They survive only by drinking the blood of animals and other humanoids).

Ability Modifiers: CON +1, CHA -1

*Cold Resistance: They take half damage from cold and 150% damage from fire.

*Keen Eyes: When blood elves are actively searching to detect hidden and secret doors they are successful with a roll of 1-2 on 1d6.

*Track Like a Ranger: They can track things when out in the wilderness exactly like a Ranger can, but this does not apply to tracking creatures in underground environments. They also have no movement penalty over ice and snow.

Shadow Elf

Ability Modifiers: DEX +1, WIS -1

*Backstabbers: When using daggers and shortswords they deal +2 damage.

*Poison Drinker: Immune to All Poisons.

*Deadly Silence: If alone and not in metal armor (or if well in advance of a party) a shadow elf character moves so silently that he or she will surprise monsters 66% (d6, 1 through 4) of the time.

Twilight Elf

(All are born blind without eyes)

Ability Modifiers: INT +2, STR -1

*Blindsight: They can sense all foes within 20 feet as a sighted creature would. Beyond that range, they treat all targets as having total concealment.

*The Bond is Strong: They get a free loyal familiar: Even if they are not a Magic-User. They can only see through the eyes of their familar as they have no eyes themselves. They can also bond with one willing humanoid and see through their eyes as well.

*Born of Magic: They only need 4 hours of meditation or rest to regain their spells. They can cast one extra spell per day for every spell level that they can cast. Example: +1 1st level, +1 2nd level, etc.


Sub-raceHeightWeightEyesHairSkin
Blood5'6"160Red or PinkWhite w/ BeardWhite, Red Veins
Shadow5'3"140Green or VioletBlackGray
Twilight5'0"120NASparse WhitePale Gray


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Art: Creative Commons

Revised Dwarf Race for Marth Ice World (Labyrinth Lord AEC)

I find myself tinkering on Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion races today for my homebrewed ice world of Marth. I also added in a few extra special abilities from AD&D. There are several sub-species of dwarves on Marth, and their descriptions are down below the main LL AEC details.

Setting Blurb: Marth is a dying world that has been locked in a perpetual ice age after the death of most of its gods due to their avarice and the powerful kingdom slaying rituals of mere mortals. There is a shread of hope though. Recently many have had recurring dreams of the last surviving goddess Fallosnimia waking up from her deep ages long slumber. Many believe the awakening of the nature deity means that there will be warmer days ahead.


REVISED LL AEC DWARF

Requirements: CON 9

Ability Modifiers: See the sub-races below.

Ability Min/Max: STR 8/18 (17), DEX 3/17, CON 9/19, INT 3/18, WIS 3/18, CHA 3/16

Dwarves are a particularly hardy and stubborn people. They value high quality craftsmanship, precious metals and stones, and live deep underground. Although only 4 or so feet tall, they weigh no less than 150 pounds due to their stocky muscular build.

Dwarves typically band together in clans which are not mutually exclusive or hostile but they are highly competitive. They have a reputation for having surly attitudes, and are particularly gruff with elves. Rocky hills and mountains are the favorite abode of these sturdy creatures, and their clanholds far below the surface of the world are breathtaking to behold. If they survive their toils in the mountains and the bloodlust of battle they can live to roughly 350 to 400 years old.

Special Abilities:

*Due to their short height, dwarves cannot use most two-handed weapons or longbows. However, they can use any other weapons or armor allowed by their class. 

*No matter what class they choose dwarves are proficient with all hammers, and spears.

*Due to their great hatred of goblins, giants, ogres, orcs, and trolls, all dwarves gain a bonus of +1 on their attack dice rolls to hit these opponents.

*When dwarves are in melee with giants, ogres, trolls and yetis, these monsters must deduct 4 from their dice rolls to hit their dwarven opponents due to the size and skill of the latter in combatting these large creatures.

*From their experience underground, dwarves have a 2 in 6 (1-2 on 1d6) chance of detecting traps, false walls, hidden construction, or noticing if passages are sloped. Dwarves must be actively searching for these abilities to function. 

*In addition to languages known based on the character's intelligence, a dwarf character will also speak: the common tongue, dwarf, elven, goblin, neanderthal, orc, and uldra.

P.S. Note that dwarves and the other races do not have darkvision.


Dwarves receive the following saving throw bonuses:
• +2 save versus breath attacks
• +4 save versus poison
• +4 save versus petrify or paralyze
• +3 save versus wands
• +4 save versus spells or spell-like devices 

Dwarves are hardy beings, resistant to magic and poison, and as such they receive bonuses to defend against these effects. In addition, their small size grants them a bonus to finding cover and avoiding breath attacks.


DWARF CLASSES AVAILABLE & LEVEL LIMITS

Dwarves may select from the following classes, with the indicated level limits.

Assassin: 9 (Unlimited for Gray Dwarves)

Druid: 7 (Unlimited for Fire Dwarves)

Fighter: 10

Paladin (Knight): 8

Ranger: 9 (Unlimited for Ice Dwarves)

Thief: Unlimited

Note: the Druid replaces the Cleric in the setting of Marth.


DWARF THIEF SKILL ADJUSTMENTS

Dwarven thieves receive the following bonuses and penalties to thief abilities:

Pick Locks +7% 

Find and Remove Traps +10%

Climb Walls -10%


DWARF SUB-RACES

The following abilities are in addition to the information above, or modify the above abilities.

Fire Dwarf

Ability Modifiers: CON +1, WIS -1

*Firestarter: All melee attacks with metal weapons deal +1D6 extra fire damage. Wooden weapons will be destroyed by fire after one use by them. Their skin is also warm to the touch, and they can raise the temperature in confined sealed spaces as a small fire would.

*Soul Forge: Any spell that is cast by a fire dwarf that deals fire damage is treated as if it were cast by a magic-user one level higher.

Gray Dwarf

Ability Modifiers: CON +1, CHA -1

*Iron Bones: All their damage rolls deal +2 extra damage.

*One with the Stone Father: They can hide with a 90% chance if they stand completely motionless next to any type of rock or stone of roughly the same size as the character. This ability works even if they are in plain sight. They can also walk though a number of feet of stone equal to their character level. Example: a 6th level gray dwarf can walk though 6 feet of stone.


Sub-raceHeightWeightEyesHair Skin
Fire4'6"180Solid Black RedLight Brown
Gray4'0"150Solid Gray Black (Balding)Pale Gray


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Artist: Haidy Wittmann, THE DWARF.

Creative Commons Art.

https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Haidy_Wittmann_art_%22Dwarf%22.jpg

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Free Dungeon Doodles for Your Published RPG Projects

Hey everyone, 

This year sucked, so have some free dungeons.


If anyone wants to use some of my free dungeon doodles in a published or online project (blog, PDF, Zine, etc.) just credit me as Tim "Samwise7" Harper. Feel free to edit them, key up the rooms, remix them, color them in, butcher them and glue them together, whatever you want to do. \m/

Here's hoping that 2021 isn't as terrible. Happy Holidays!


Dungeon 1

https://drive.google.com/file/d/122iip-jemKhQEEdRXUNjKSvI6PGJGJPo/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 2

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NGOX07H9-xSBx-Yvs7d9__n2zc1S0BVv/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 3

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wzBecV4Bn4u2jpNrmG-8JWz-fFuqWEMS/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 4

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T-I6JKv43hMVSaTc9MocgwEeArkFrrWZ/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 5

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zw0KYlCLp_KumgRgCxQ4b-z4GeZfTs9C/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 6

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BtDMoYyGYM-eCBeUhYsjU7eTEd0rIxYD/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 7

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ynuzfeJ4nU-4wFOv-be5VS2a0p-WY_gI/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 8

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QSU7TGxCssfNZaDqmIs3RxJ4nxkgfrJv/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 9

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1enMS-tRGYtuwunCrmH5H6u84ptDeHYDc/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 10

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OK3hq3Y2I3fODEfUy4Ao4naJ_kE3FSi1/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 11

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HIYFiFeowjIahzkvbivnHzsuEGugqw22/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 12

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kHTI9LlZR2ZYj-7qdv6UssQI89U1vkgy/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 13

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RAgfKqG8S0j1N3UxC8FikY9HfMyyyJ7v/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 14

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f-9vcy2IjiCVWL4voCI1ziNpuZ5xYQxA/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 15

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bs3ZgKnlKkOVfIixs_lAaBW8llJ1jVHW/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 16

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KxcSdqW71yP8ab7MOeu6NeSug7bMiasR/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 17

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11bnp5quAkxiwdn4yHjCmXGRfO7p3PSem/view?usp=drivesdk

Dungeon 18

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HFUD2YBGiRlEPAhv6WF8YZoN0h58KGYd/view?usp=drivesdk


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

D66 Critical Hit Damage Table

This was designed for D20 type games. I bet it would work well in a sci-fi game where energy weapons such as blasters and laser swords are present. Powerful artifact / magic weapons might use it as well.

It might be good to only use this when players roll a critical hit. Perhaps a nasty Big Bad antagonist could use them as well. It's REALLY deadly if you roll doubles...

To roll a D66 it is best to use two different color dice (2D6) and designate which is the 10s column and which is the 1s column. For example if you had a Red die for the 10s and a Blue dice for the 1s and you rolled Red 5, Blue 6, then the result would be 56.

Note: I created this in a blurry haze of sleep deprivation and "tired tears." Yawwwnnn.


D66 Critical Hits Table

11. x9 Damage

12. Regular Damage +2

13. Maximum Damage

14. x2 Damage

15. x3 Damage

16. x4 Damage

21. Regular Damage +1D6

22. x7 Damage

23. Maximum Damage

24. x2 Damage

25. x3 Damage

26. x4 Damage

31. Regular Damage +1D6

32. Regular Damage +2

33. x5 Damage

34. x2 Damage

35. x3 Damage

36. x4 Damage

41. Regular Damage +1D6

42. Regular Damage +2

43. Maximum Damage

44. x6 Damage

45. x3 Damage

46. x4 Damage

51. Regular Damage +1D6

52. Regular Damage +2

53. Maximum Damage

54. x2 Damage

55. x8 Damage

56. x4 Damage

61. Regular Damage +1D6

62. Regular Damage +2

63. Maximum Damage

64. x2 Damage

65. x3 Damage

66. x10 Damage


Optional Rule I: in addition to the regular damage sustained above, the target of the critical hit also bleeds an amount of damage equal to the 1s column. For example, a roll of 64 would mean they are bleeding 4 hit points per round until the wound is tended to, wrapped in a bandage, or magically healed.

Optional Rule II: in addition to the regular damage sustained above, the target of the critical hit also has to deal with another complication based on the 10s column.

1. Target is knocked Unconscious no matter how many hit points they have remaining.

2. Target falls flat on their back. They are Prone, but they can make attacks or defend themselves with a penalty.

3. Target must make a Saving Throw / Dexterity Stat Check / etc. or they break a bone of the DM/GM's choosing.

4. One piece of armor/clothing, an item, a shield, or weapon is utterly destroyed.

5. Target falls flat on their face. They are prone, and cannot attack or perform any actions other than composing themselves and standing up (if they are able to). This might be a round of Stun in your system of choice.

6. Target must make a Saving Throw / Constitution Stat Check / etc. or die.

Monday, December 14, 2020

A Song of Ice and Fire Historical Events for Birthright AD&D 2nd Edition

The Historical Events table from the ASoIaF RPG can be folded into the Birthright Random Events table, or be another step in the turn. It could be a way to randomly increase/decrease holdings & provinces every so often. I'm going to try to translate that table into AD&D 2nd Edition Birthright lingo below.

Call it a Destiny / Winds of Chaos / Winds of Fate sort of thing perhaps. Maybe it would only once a year (at the end of every 4th Turn).


Roll 3D6

3). Doom

4). Defeat

5). Catastrophe

6). Madness

7). Invasion/Revolt

8). Scandal

9). Treachery

10). Decline/Descent

11). Infrastructure

12). Ascent

13). Favor

14). Victory

15). Villain

16). Glory

17. Conquest

18). Windfall


Ascent: +1 to Diplomacy rolls, Regain a lost Holding or Province (Treat as an automatically successful Contest & Investiture), +1 Free Army, and +1D6 GBs.

Catastrophe: -1 to a Law Holding, Population loss (-1 to Province), Lose 1 Army, and -1D4 GBs.

Conquest: -1 to a Fortification, +1 to Diplomacy rolls, Gain a free new Non-Law Holding, -1 to a Law Holding, Population increases (+1 to Province), and +1D4 GBs.

Defeat: -1 to a Fortification, -1 to Diplomacy rolls, Population loss (-1 to Province), Lose a Holding or Province (Automatic loss to a Contest and Divestiture), Lose 1 Army, and -1D4 GBs.

Decline/Descent: -1 to Diplomacy rolls, Lose a Holding (Automatic loss to a Contest and Divestiture), Lose 1 Army, and -1D4 GBs.

Doom: Lose 2 levels of Fortification, -2 to Diplomacy rolls, Lose 1 Province (Automatic loss to a Contest and Divestiture), -2 to a Law Holding, Deadly Plague -1D4 to a Province, Lose 1D4 Armies, -1D6 GBs.

Favor: +1 to Diplomacy rolls, Gain a new free Holding, +1 to a Law Holding, and Gain one free Army.

Glory: +1 to a Fortification, +1 to Diplomacy rolls, +1 to a Law Holding, and Gain one free Army.

Infrastructure: Choose 1D4 of the following: +1 to a Fortification, +1 to Diplomacy rolls, Gain a new free Holding, +1 to a Law Holding, Population Explosion +1 to a Province, Gain a free Army, +1D6 GBs.

Invasion/Revolt: -2 to a Law Holding, Lose population -1 to a Province, Lose one Army, and -D4 GBs.

Madness: 1D4 - 1D6 (total is gain or loss to a Fortification), 1D2-1D4 (total is a modifier to Diplomacy rolls), 1D2- 1D2 (total is how many Provinces you gain or lose), 1D4 - 1D2 (total is how many Holdings of your choice you gain or lose), 1D4 - 1D6 (total is how many levels of law holdings you gain or lose), 1D6 - 1D6 (total is how much you increase or decrease Provinces), 1D4 - 1D6 (total is how many Armies you lose or gain for free), and 1D6 - 1D8 (total is how many GBs you gain or lose).

Scandal: -1 to a Fortification, -1 to a Holding of your choice, and Lose 1 Army.

Treachery: -1 to Diplomacy rolls, -1 to a Law Holding, and Lose 1 Army.

Victory: +1 to a Fortification, +1 to Diplomacy rolls, and Add one free Army.

Villain: +1 to Diplomacy rolls, -1 to a Law Holding, Lose population -1 to a Province, and Add one free Army.

Windfall: +1D2 to a Fortification, +2 to Diplomacy rolls, Gain a Province (Treat as an automatically successful Contest & Investiture), +1 to a Holding, +1 to a Law Holding, Population Explosion +2 to a Province, +1D6 free Armies, +1D10 GBs.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Birthright Revised Solitaire Random Tables (AD&D 2nd Edition)

After playing around for some full turns in my solo Birthright AD&D campaign, and starting a PBP game with a few online friends I wanted to modify the tables I posted earlier to try to figure out what surrounding Regents and their Kingdoms do for each turn. In my solo game too I handwaved a lot, and I want to be a little more exact and specific with other players.


D100 REVISED RANDOM EVENTS TABLE

1 A rare Dragon occupies one province and terrorises it. An Adventure to slay or scare it away will need to be undertaken.

2-3 Blood Challenge*

4-5 Assassination*

6 Festival*

7-9 Feud*

10-16 Natural Event*

17-22 Diplomatic Matter*

23-25 Corruption Crime*

26 No Event*

27-32 Monsters / Brigandage*

33 Trade Matter*

34-37 Intrigue*

38-40 Unrest/Rebellion*

41 Matter of Justice*

42 Great Captain/Heresy*

43-45 Magical Event*

46-47 Ancient Ruins Discovered / Forgotton Magical Source

48-49 Harvest (1D4: 1 Crop Blight, 2-3 Average Yield, 4 Bumper Crop)

50 Troops Disband

51 Founding of a new Order

52 Holy Man Emerges / New Cult

53-55 Birth / Divorce / Marriage

56-58 Mysterious Beast

59-60 Bloodline Dispute (Someone comes forward disputing the Regent's right to rule. They claim to have a better claim to the throne)

61-63 New Resource Discovered (+1D4 Gold Bars per Turn)

64-66 Berserker / Pirate Raids

67 Plague / Pestilence

68-69 Refugees / Settlers

70-73 Shadow World Gateway Opens

74-75 Signs in the Sky

76-80 Major Storms

81-82 Artifact Treasure Found

83 Inquisition / Witch Hunt

84-86 Border Dispubordete (when two governments or more do not agree on the location of the border between their lands. An example is Pakistan and India over the territory of Kashmir)

87-90 Gnoll Raiders

91-94 Orog Attack

95-96 Organized Crime / Thieves Guild

97-98 Death of an Important Person / Regent Dies

99-100 Weird Event / Haunting / Demons / Strange Rituals

*Listed in the Birthright rules. The other results are left up to the GM's interpretation.



REVISED FREE ACTIONS

Ω Optional Actions from the Regency book


Allied Kingdom

1-7 Build  

8-9 Decree  

9-10 Disband  

11 Finances  

12 Grant  

13 Move Ships Ω (or No Action)  

14-15 Move Troops  

16 Move Troops by Sea Ω (or No Action)  

17 Muster Armies  

18-20 No Action


Neutral Kingdom

1-6 Build  

7-10 Decree  

9 Disband  

10-11 Finances  

12 Grant  

13 Move Ships Ω (or No Action)  

10-14 Move Troops  

15-16 Move Troops by Sea Ω (or No Action)  

17-18 Muster Armies  

19-20 No Action


Enemy Kingdom 

(They Declared War in the last 4 turns or they were attacked by your Regent's kingdom in the last 4 turns and not an Ally)

1-2 Build  

3-4 Move Ships Ω (or No Action)  

5-12 Move Troops  

13-14 Move Troops by Sea Ω (or No Action)  

15-19 Muster Armies  

20 No Action


Untamed Kingdom / Wilderlands

Example: The Giantdowns

1 Build

2-3 Move Ships Ω (or No Action)

4 Decree

5-6 Grant

7-9 Move Troops

10-12 Move Troops by Sea/Waterway Ω (or No Action)

13-15 Muster Armies

16-20 No Action




REVISED CHARACTER, DOMAIN, & REALM ACTIONS

Ω Optional Actions from the Regency book


Allied Kingdom

1-4 Adventure (1D20. 1: Regent dies, 2-3: Regent wounded - loses 1 Domain Action recovering, 4-6: Break even/no treasure, 7-9: Treasure: 1d2 GBs, 10-12: Treasure: 1d4 GBs, 13-15: Treasure: 1d6 GBs, 16-19: Magic Item Found, 20: Artifact Found)

5-6 Break Alliance  

7-11 Agitate (Another Kingdom)  

12-15 Contest (Another Kingdom)  

16-20 Create Holding (1D6: 1-2 Guild, 3-5 Law, 6 Source or Temple)  

21-22 Declare War (Another Kingdom)  

23-24 Diplomancy (Another Kingdom)  

25-26 Espionage (Another Kingdom)  

27 Exploratory Trade Ω (Or No Action)  

28-29 Forge Ley Line (Or No Action)  

30-35 Fortify (1D6: 1-3 Border Province, 4 Internal Province, 5-6 Capital)  

36-39 Gift (1D4 Gold Bars to Your Kingdom)  

40-45 Investiture (Another Kingdom)  

46 Ley Link Ω (Or No Action)  

47-50 Lieutenant (1D6: 1-4 Create New, 5-6 Lieutenant Takes Character or Domain Action)  

51-60 No Action  

61-63 Ply Trade  

64-68 Progress Ω  

69-74 Realm Spell (Or No Action)(1D6: 1-3 Your Kingdom Benificial Spell, 4-5 Their Kingdom, 6 Another Kingdom)  

75 Research (Or No Action)  

76-86 Rule (1D6: 1 All Holdings of One Type, 2-3 One Holding, 4-6 Province)  

87 Sea Trade Route Ω (Or No Action)  

88-89 Trade Chain Ω (Or No Action)  

90-98 Trade Route (Or No Action)  

99-100 Trade Services Ω (Or No Action)


Neutral Kingdom

1-3 Adventure (1D20. 1: Regent dies, 2-3: Regent wounded - loses 1 Domain Action recovering, 4-6: Break even/no treasure, 7-9: Treasure: 1d2 GBs, 10-12: Treasure: 1d4 GBs, 13-15: Treasure: 1d6 GBs, 16-19: Magic Item Found, 20: Artifact Found)

4-8 Agitate (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

9-15 Contest (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

16-20 Create Holding (1D6: 1-2 Guild, 3-5 Law, 6 Source or Temple)  

21-28 Declare War (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

29-34 Diplomancy (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

35-36 Espionage (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

37 Exploratory Trade Ω (Or No Action)  

38 Forge Ley Line (Or No Action)  

39-46 Fortify (1D6: 1-3 Border Province, 4 Internal Province, 5-6 Capital)  

47-48 Gift (1D2 Gold Bars to Your Kingdom)  

49-55 Investiture (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

56 Ley Link Ω (Or No Action)  

57-60 Lieutenant (1D6: 1-4 Create New, 5-6 Lieutenant Takes Extra Character or Domain Action)  

61-65 No Action  

66-67 Ply Trade  

68-70 Progress Ω  

71-74 Realm Spell (Or No Action)(1D6: 1 Your Kingdom, 2-4 Their Kingdom, 5-6 Another Kingdom)  

75 Research (Or No Action)  

76-86 Rule (1D6: 1 All Holdings of One Type, 2-3 One Holding, 4-6 Province)  

87 Sea Trade Route Ω (Or No Action)  

88 Trade Chain Ω (Or No Action)  

89-97 Trade Route (Or No Action)  

98-100 Trade Services Ω (Or No Action)  


Enemy Kingdom

(They Declared War in the last 4 turns or they were attacked by your Regent's kingdom in the last 4 turns and not an Ally).

1-2 Adventure (1D20. 1: Regent dies, 2-3: Regent wounded - loses 1 Domain Action recovering, 4-6: Break even/no treasure, 7-9: Treasure: 1d2 GBs, 10-12: Treasure: 1d4 GBs, 13-15: Treasure: 1d6 GBs, 16-19: Magic Item Found, 20: Artifact Found)

3-15 Agitate (Your Kingdom)  

16-25 Contest (Your Kingdom)  

26-28 Create Holding (1D6: 1-3 Law, 4-6 Source or Temple)  

29-60 Declare War (Your Kingdom)  

61-63 Diplomancy (1D6: 1-4 Another Kingdom, 5-6 Your Kingdom)  

64-70 Espionage (Your Kingdom)  

71-75 Fortify (1D6: 1-4 Border Province, 5-6 Capital)  

76-81 Investiture (Your Kingdom)  

82-84 Lieutenant (1D6: 1-4 Create New, 5-6 Lieutenant Takes Extra Character or Domain Action)  

85-96 Realm Spell (Or No Action)(1D6: 1-4 Your Kingdom, 5-6 Their Kingdom)  

97-100 Rule (1D6: 1 All Holdings of One Type, 2-3 One Holding, 4-6 Province)


Untamed Kingdom / Wilderlands

Example: The Giantdowns

1-15 Adventure (1D20. 1: Regent dies, 2-3: Regent wounded - loses 1 Domain Action recovering, 4-6: Break even/no treasure, 7-9: Treasure: 1d2 GBs, 10-12: Treasure: 1d4 GBs, 13-15: Treasure: 1d6 GBs, 16-19: Magic Item Found, 20: Artifact Found)

16-18 Agitate (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

19-21 Contest (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

22-24 Create Holding (1D6: 1-2 Guild, 3-5 Law, 6 Source or Temple)  

25- 30 Declare War (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

31-34 Diplomancy (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

35 Espionage (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

36 Exploratory Trade Ω (Or No Action)  

37-40 Forge Ley Line (Or No Action)  

41 Fortify (1D6: 1-3 Border Province, 4 Internal Province, 5-6 Capital)  

42-43 Gift (1D2 Gold Bars to Your Kingdom)  

44-48 Investiture (1D6: 1-2 Your Kingdom, 3-6 Another Kingdom)  

49 Ley Link Ω (Or No Action)  

50-60 Lieutenant (1D6: 1-4 Create New, 5-6 Lieutenant Takes Extra Character or Domain Action)  

61-80 No Action  

81 Ply Trade  

82-83 Progress Ω  

84-88 Realm Spell (Or No Action)(1D6: 1 Your Kingdom, 2-4 Their Kingdom, 5-6 Another Kingdom)  

89 Research (Or No Action)  

90-93 Rule (1D6: 1 All Holdings of One Type, 2-3 One Holding, 4-6 Province)  

94 Sea Trade Route Ω (Or No Action)  

95 Trade Chain Ω (Or No Action)  

96 Trade Route (Or No Action)  

97-100 Trade Services Ω (Or No Action)  



For the sake of completeness here is that Oracle again.

D20 ORACLE (When in doubt, ask a question, apply the modifier, then roll and interpret the results).


Modifiers

Impossible -6

Highly Unlikely -3

Unlikely -2

Possible 0

Likely +3

Highly Likely +5

A Certainty +7


D20 Oracle

Natural 1: Interrupt. Roll on the Random Events Table. Lose 1 Free Action and one Domain Action.

1-3 No, And...

4-8 No

9-10 No, But...

11 Maybe. Roll again or use GM Fiat.

12-13 Yes, But...

14-17 Yes

18-20 Yes, And...

Natural 20 Interrupt. Roll twice on the Random Events Table and pick one. Gain one more Free Action and one more Domain Action.


Friday, December 4, 2020

Birthright Solo RPG Campaign AD&D 2nd Edition (Turns 1-4)

Hello. Here are some write ups from my Birthright solo campaign. Enjoy.


I just started a solo campaign in the AD&D 2nd edition Birthright RPG setting. I'm ruling the Dwarven kingdom of Baruk-Azhik. I'm used to the video game and this is my first time actually using my physical books/box sets.

I feel like I'm getting a few things wrong, but I'm sure as I go along I'll get better at it.

After Turn 1, a mysterious meteor with a new metal was recovered, many roads were built, an alliance with Coeranys to the West was sealed, and the Dwarves have gone to war with the Elves of The Sielwode and taken 3 territories from them.

Fun!


Turn 2

I didn't spend a lot of Regency the first turn so I burnt a whole lot this turn.

**Random Event**

A major landslide happened in Rivenrock, but we shored it up with support walls and newly planted tree saplings.

I've set the taxes low for the newly acquired Sielwode provinces to try to sway their loyalty.

It's going to take time to create and increase holdings there. I plan on doing more of that after the war with the Elves ends.

**Free Actions**

I built more roads, and mustered more troops.

I used the Investiture option to fully take over 4 foreign guilds on Baruk-Azhik soil but that really chewed through a lot of Regency. The Points East Trading Guild has been wiped out.

**Domain Actions**

Action #1  

I casted Blight on a province of Sielwode to erode support for their Regent.

Sielwode attacked but their armies were destroyed. Kiergard attacked as well but with heavy losses the Dwarves prevailed.

Action #2  

We created a law holding in one of the Sielwood provinces.

Sielwode summoned a Legion of the Dead and hurled them at the Dwarves. We suffered more heavy losses but the Dwarves were victorious.

Action #3  

Declared war on Sielwode and took over 2 more provinces. Only one Dwarf army was slain as the Elves were overwhelmed.

Chimaeron and Coeranys keep messing with each other. This time Chimaeron took a Law holding.

Kiergard created a magical device that emulates a magical Source.


Turn 3

**Random Event**

New Resource Discovered (Diamond Mine).

**Taxation**

I increased taxes in the Sielwode provinces to pay for the increased costs of new troops. The Elf Wars have been deadly. The fields of carnage have drank deeply of Dwarven blood.

The extra income from some more holdings was a nice little bonus this turn. I decided that the Elves mostly invested in Magical Sources and that their land is raw and mostly wild. The Birthright book doesn't describe what holdings Sielwode has.  

**Free Actions**

Most of the actions were mustering armies and moving troops to the front.

My son helps me play from time to time so he is using Diirk Watershold, the Spymaster of the guilds of the Dwarf kingdom. He wanted to take control of some more guild holdings so we wiped out the Maesil Shippers who had 3 guilds in Dwarf territory. He was also granted a title due to his loyalty to the realm.

We also improvised and made up a Transfer Funds action to give our ally Coeranys 10 gold bars.

We finished up by building more roads along with a statue commemorating the defeat of the Elves and their Undead minions (they cast a Realm spell in the last turn).

Our funds got dangerously low (6GB) due to heavy mustering of troops. They were needed though.

**Domain Actions & Neighboring Kingdoms**

Action #1  

Declared War on Sielwode and after some tough battles we utterly destroyed the Elves and laid siege to their capital city (which I assumed had a fortified castle). Luckily the dead require no maintenance costs... Eek.

At this point I think I need to make up a spreadsheet or just a fancy DIY graph paper sheet to keep track of all of the improvements and tax levels in each province.

Kiergard spied on us.

Chimaeron agitated.

Coeranys fortified along their border with Chimaeron.

My son was so excited that we took over the whole forest.  

Action #2  

Create Law Holding in one of the Sielwode provinces. It's a nice Law vs. Chaos thing going on. The Dwarves are bringing some order to these Northern wilds... :D

Sielwode attacked from their fortified castle in their capital city but they were not able to break the siege.

Mur-Kilad (new neighboring kingdom) spied on us.

Coeranys declared war on Chimaeron. They were defeated however.

Kiergard declared war on us and captured one of the Sielwode provinces! Curses!  

Action #3

We declared war on Kiergard and recaptured the Sielwode province that was stolen. This is beginning to feel like a land war in Asia. :D

Mur-Kilad fortified.

Coeranys ruled and improved a province.

Chimaeron declared war on Coeranys and they took 2 provinces!

Sielwode attempted to break the siege but failed.



Turn #4

**Random Event:** Matter of Justice  

The tired road crews demand some time off due to the extensive amount of roads they have been building.

**Regency.** I really need to increase my Regency by one point in one of the future turns. 24+38= 62 Regency Points

**Taxation.** I was taxing the Elven provinces before I used Investiture by mistake. I'll fix that this turn. 63 Gold Bars total.

**Domain Maintenance:** -5GB  

Armies: -20GB  

Court: -6GB

**Free Actions**  

1. Decree to give the road crews time off. No new roads this Turn.

2-10. Investitures to lay claim to the Sielwode provinces as my own. Burned a lot of Regency to make that possible... Since I'm a Cleric these are Free Actions.

11. Finance. Extra wealth from the Mines. +12 GB

12. Raise Diirk Watershold (Thief & Guildmaster) to a Lieutenant.

13. Muster Armies: +4 Light Dwarven Cavalry (Mountain Goats).

14. Muster Armies: +4 Heavy Dwarven Cavalry (Rams).

15. Move Troops to the borders.

**Domain Actions**  

I started the long process of Creating Law Holdings in Sielwode (3 of them). I'll have to use the Rule action later to increase them in level.

Lieutenant Domain Action (Diirk): Create Guild Holding in a Sielwode province. It's nice to get an extra Domain Action each turn.

**Neighboring Kingdoms**  

Coeranys uses Investiture twice on Holdings of Chimaeron and succeeds once. The regent went on an Adventure as well.

Chimaeron Ruled and increased a Magical Source, cast Demagogue as a Realm Spell, and Declated War on Coeranys. They took a province from them. As Coeranys' ally I really need to head south and take out the Chimera...

Elinie (new neighbor) made a few Decrees and went on an Adventure.

Markazor (new neighbor) Declared War but was repelled from our lands. Looks like I'll need to keep a few more troops on the Northern borders.

Mur-Kilad Ruled, Declared War on Kiergard and expanded its Dwarven borders and Agitated in Kiergard.

Kiergard Created a Temple, Fortified along its border, and Declared War on Mur-Kilad but failed to repel the Dwarves.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Birthright D20 Oracle

Modifiers

Impossible -6

Highly Unlikely -3

Unlikely -2

Possible 0

Likely +3

Highly Likely +5

A Certainty +7




Ask the Oracle a question, roll 1D20, and then apply the modifiers from above.

Natural 1: Interrupt. Roll on the Random Events table (from a few posts ago). Lose 1 Free Action and one Domain Action.

1-3 No, And...

4-8 No

9-10 No, But...

11 Maybe. Roll again or use GM Fiat.

12-13 Yes, But...

14-17 Yes

18-20 Yes, And...

Natural 20 Interrupt. Roll twice on the Random Events table and pick one. Gain one more Free Action and one more Domain Action.


Happy Holidays 2020 RPG Card

Hey everyone. I hope you have a great holiday season and that next year is better for all of us. \m/


This one is a bit easier to read on a device... :D




Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Birthright AD&D 2nd Edition Solitaire Random Tables

 


D20 Neighboring Kingdom Artificial Intelligence (Free Actions)

1-6 Build

6-7 Decree

7 Disband

8 Finances

9-11 Grant

12-13 Hold Action

14-15 Move Troops

16-20 Muster Armies


D20 Neighboring Kingdom Artificial Intelligence (Turn Actions)

1 Adventure

2-3 Agitate

3-4 Contest

5-6 Create Holding

7-10 Declare War

11 Diplomacy

12 Espionage

13 Fortify

14 Investiture

15-16 Realm Spells

17-19 Rule

20 Trade Route

Birthright AD&D 2nd Edition Revised Random Events Table



D100

1-3 Blood Challenge*

4-5 Assassination*

6 Festival*

7-10 Feud*

11-18 Natural Event*

19-24 Diplomatic Matter*

25-26 Corruption Crime*

27 No Event*

28-33 Monsters / Brigandage*

34 Trade Matter*

35-36 Intrigue*

37-40 Unrest/Rebellion*

41 Matter of Justice*

42 Great Captain/Heresy*

43-46 Magical Event*

47-48 Ancient Ruins Discovered

49 Bountiful Harvest

50 Crop Blight

51-52 Troops Disband

53 Founding of an Order

54 Holy Man Emerges / New Cult

55-56 Birth / Divorce / Marriage

57-61 Mysterious Beast

62-63 New Resource Discovered

64-66 Berserker / Pirate Raids

67-68 Plague / Pestilence

69-72 Refugees / Settlers

73-74 Signs in the Sky

75-79 Major Storms

80 Artifact Treasure Found

81 Inquisition / Witch Hunt

82-84 Border Dispute

85-90 Gnoll Raiders

91-95 Orog Attack

96 Organized Crime / Thieves Guild

97-98 Death of Important Person / Regent Dies

99-100 Weird Event / Haunting / Demons

*Listed in the Birthright rules.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Revised LotFP OSR Spells: First Level

The spells listed below are the first level magic-user spells from the Lamentations of the Flame Princess core rule book but they have been reworked, and modified. Let me know what you think of them. The original LotFP spell names are listed in parentheses after the new spell names that I have provided.

*Updated on July 20th 2021*

 

First Level Elf and Magic-User Spells

1. Arachnid Sacrifice (Spider Climb)

2. Arcane Vivisection (Magic Missile)

3. Bind with Corpse Hair (Mending)

4. Breath of a Slain God (Light)

5. Caress of Chaos (Detect Magic)

6. Coagulated Wings (Feather Fall)

7. Devouring the Walls of Self (Charm Person) 

8. Directed Hallucination (Magic Aura)

*Dispromulgate the Orderly Mind (*Read Magic)

9. Drink Knowledge from the Damned (Identify)

10. Emaciated Floating Corpse (Floating Disc)

11. Guttural Ear Worms* (Comprehend Languages*)

12. Infernal Hands (Hold Portal)

13. Restless Spirit Servant (Unseen Servant)

14. Screaming Libris (Bookspeak)

15. Shatter the Seals of Order (Summon)

16. Spirit Scapegoat (Shield)

17. Torn Flesh & Expanded Bone* (Enlarge*) 

18. Unconscious Nightmares (Sleep)

19. Undulating Corpusant Skin (Faerie Fire)

20. Voices of the Mind (Message)


Arachnid Sacrifice (Spider Climb)

Magic-User Level 1 

Duration: 1 Round +1 Round/level 

Range: Touch 

Optional Requirement: Devour a living spider.

The subject can climb and travel on vertical surfaces or even traverse ceilings as a spider does. The affected creature must have its hands and feet free to climb in this manner. Any objects weighing less than 5 pounds cling to the spell recipient’s hands and feet. This spell can be used on another being (touch required) with no saving throw.


Arcane Vivisection (Magic Missile) 

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: 60'+10'/level

Optional Requirement: Hold a dagger in your off-hand that has killed a living creature.

A blade of magical energy shoots forth from the caster’s fingertip and wickedly slashes the flesh of its victim, dealing damage equal to 1d4 per level of the caster (so a second level Magic-User deals 2d4 points of damage). The sharp blade strikes unerringly, even if the target is in mêlée combat or has less than total cover or total concealment. Specific parts of a creature cannot be singled out.

The caster can throw the full force of the blade at a single target, but if the caster is 2nd level or higher, he can choose to divide the dice of damage between targets as he wishes (creating multiple blades). Dice must be assigned to targets before any damage is rolled, and targets of these divided dice are allowed a saving throw versus Magic, with success meaning that the target takes half damage. Each Magic-User’s magical blade is unique in appearance and always looks the same.


Bind with Corpse Hair (Mending)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: 60'

Optional Requirement: Caster must be wearing a necklace or bracelet made from corpse hair. 

This spell repairs small breaks or tears in objects by summoning corpse hair from the nearest cemetery. It will "fix" broken metallic objects such as a ring, a chain link, a medallion, or a slender dagger, providing but one break exists. Ceramic or wooden objects with multiple breaks can be rejoined to be almost as strong as new. A hole in a leather sack or a wine-skin is completely filled with corpse hair. The spell cannot repair magic items, nor does it affect creatures.


Breath of a Slain God (Light)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 3 Turns/caster level

Range: 0

Optional Requirement: Hold a stolen relic or object from a church or temple.

This spell illuminates the breath of the caster and creates a light source equivalent to that of a torch. The caster has no control over the light, but can end the spell if he so wishes. If cast on a person who does not wish to be the target of the spell, that person is allowed a saving throw versus Magic; success means that the spell fizzles.

The light caused by the spell emits no heat, nor can it be extinguished by water or high winds.

The reverse of this spell causes the breath of the caster to emit magical darkness; even creatures able to see in the dark are blind near the caster.


CARESS OF CHAOS (DETECT MAGIC)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: 30' radius

Optional Requirement: Drawing a magic circle in chalk and spilling blood upon it.

This spell allows the caster to feel if anything within a 30' radius (or on his person) is in any way magical. Their skin crawls, tingles, or feels like some being from beyond the confines of the world is running their finger across their skin. They have a rough guess as to where the sources of these magical emanations are coming from to a 5' square area. This includes magical creatures, magical items, or any creature or object under the effect of an ongoing spell. Spellcasters such as Magic-Users and Elves do not detect as magic with this spell, but anyone that is under the effects of an active spell does. The spell does not identify the nature of the magic, only that magic is present.


COAGULATED WINGS (FEATHER FALL)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: See Below

Range: 10' / level

Optional Requirement: Caster has to bite his own tongue and then spit blood in the air above them.

The affected creatures grow magical wings made from crusty blood and fall slowly. This spell instantly changes the rate at which the targets fall to about 5' per Round, and the subjects take no damage upon landing while the spell is in effect. The spell ends in 1 day or when the caster reaches somewhere to land whichever cones first. 

The spell can affect one or more creatures, including gear and carried objects up to each creature’s maximum encumbrance. The maximum weight of 200 pounds + 200 pounds per level can be affected, such that a 1st level Magic-User can affect 400 pounds. 

The spell can be cast to save the caster or another creature if he unexpectedly falls, but Initiative, if appropriate, must be on the side of the caster. The spell can be cast on creatures but is ineffective against creatures firmly on the ground or flying. No saving throw is permitted.


Directed Hallucination (Magic Aura)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Permanent

Range: Touch

Optional Requirement: Hold a part of a magical creature in your hand.

This spell weaves false strands of Chaos around an object, giving the item an aura that causes it to register as a magical item to Detect spells (and spells with similar capabilities). If the object bearing this enchantment is physically examined (touched), the examiner recognizes that the aura is false if he succeeds in a saving throw versus Magic. Otherwise, he believes the aura, but no amount of testing reveals what the true magic is.

The reverse of this spell, cast on a legitimate magical item, bends mundane reality around the object, hiding its true magical nature. A Magic-User casting Detect Magic spells and actually handling the item is permitted a saving throw versus Magic to see the magical aura of the item.


*Dispromulgate the Orderly Mind (*Read Magic)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: 0

Optional Requirement: Walk without rhythm in a circle.

By means of this spell, the caster can decipher magical inscriptions on objects—books, scrolls, weapons, and the like—that would otherwise be unintelligible. This does not normally invoke the magic contained in the writing, although it can do so in the case of a cursed scroll. Furthermore, once the spell is cast and the caster has read the magical inscription, he thereafter is able to read that particular writing without needing to cast this spell again. All spellbooks are written such that only the Elf or Magic-User who owns the book can decipher it without the use of this spell. Each casting of the spell allows the reading of 1d4 items.

If a character loses access to this spell (a spellbook is stolen or destroyed, for instance), the character must research the spell as if it was unknown to him and then written up in a new spellbook.

 

DEVOURING THE WALLS OF SELF (CHARM PERSON)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: See Below

Range: 120'

Optional Requirement: Devouring a few strands of hair, drinking blood, or eating flesh of the spell's target. When the spell ends the caster will vomit out what was ingested.

This spell makes a single subject utterly enamored with the caster and desperate to
please him if the saving throw versus Magic is failed. This is not mind control, as the subject retains his personality and controls how he acts but for his utter fascination with the caster. The caster must articulate his desires if he expects the subject to fulfill them. 

Any request which is not against the subject’s interests or personality will be followed. Any request which is against the subject’s interests or personality triggers a saving throw to refuse the request. If the saving throw is successful, the request will be refused, but this will not break the spell. If as part of a request, the caster promises the subject something that the subject is normally inclined to want, then this saving throw is not necessary, and the subject will comply.

This spell works on all humans and human-like creatures (except Elves); other (non player character class) humanoids are not affected if they have more than four Hit Dice. Abuse or neglect of the subject will trigger another saving throw to negate the Charm, and murderous violence towards the subject also triggers a save, but with a +5 bonus to the roll. The subject, if intelligent, will realize that he has been victim to mesmerism, and retain full memory of his actions while under the spell after the spell ends.

 

DRINK KNOWLEDGE FROM THE DAMNED (IDENTIFY)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: Touch

Optional Requirement: Drinking an alcoholic herbal mixture from a skull dug up from a cemetery.

This spell allows the Magic-User to discern the magical properties of an item. The spell requires one uninterrupted day meditating in a cemetery to cast. At the end of the day, the Magic-User will have successfully determined one magical property of an item. The character will not know if there are additional properties unless he casts Identify again and another magical property of the item is determined. He will only know all of the magical properties of an item when he casts the spell and no new property is identified; both the “wasted” day and the “wasted” casting of Identify confirming that the item has no further properties. Note that a cursed item will not be identified as cursed, but as the item it pretends to be. This spell does not reveal command words.

 

EMACIATED FLOATING CORPSE (FLOATING DISK)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 6 Turns

Range: 20'

Optional Requirement: A bone from a cemetery grave that needs to be broken/destroyed.

The caster summons the decrepit body of a corpse that has died within a number of years equal to the caster's level. The corpse floats and follows the magic-user about and carries a heavy load for him. The corpse can lie flat or use its limbs to hold things. It can hold 500 pounds. The corpse floats approximately 3 feet above the ground at all times. It floats along within spell range and will accompany the caster with an equal movement rate. If not otherwise directed, it maintains a constant interval of 6' between itself and the caster, and will follow the caster without prompting to maintain a minimum of 6' distance. When the corpse winks out at the end of the spell’s duration, whatever it was supporting or holding falls to the surface beneath it. 


GUTTURAL EAR WORMS* (COMPREHEND LANGUAGES*)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 1 Turn/level

Range: 0

Optional Requirement: Devour a regular earth worm covered in blood.

The caster can understand the spoken words of creatures or read otherwise incomprehensible written messages by summoning extraplanar worms directly into his ear canals to translate for him. The creature or the writing must be touched by the caster before the worms can deliver any translation. The ability to read does not necessarily impart insight into the material, merely its literal meaning. The spell enables the caster to understand or read an unknown language, not write it. It is up to the referee if the player character can repeat the words uttered in his ear correctly or not.

Rupture Guttural Ear Worms, the opposite of this spell, dispels the effects of Guttural Ear Worms, or can be used to make spoken or written language incomprehensible. 

 

INFERNAL HANDS (HOLD PORTAL)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 2d6 Turns

Range: 10'

Optional Requirement: Break a finger on a recently severed hand.

This spell summons extraplanar hands from some Hellish plane of existence to magically hold shut a door, gate, window, or shutter of wood, metal, or stone. The hands affect the portal just as if it were securely closed and normally locked. A Knock spell or a successful Dispel Magic spell can negate this spell.


Restless Spirit Servant (Unseen Servant)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 6 Turns +1 Turn/level

Range: 0

Optional Requirement: Call upon the full name of a person whom you have killed.

An Restless Spirit Servant is an invisible, mindless, shapeless spectral entity that performs simple tasks at the caster’s command. It can run and fetch things, open unstuck doors, and hold chairs, as well as clean and mend. It can open only normal doors, drawers, lids, and the like. It can lift 20 pounds or drag 40 pounds. The Servant cannot attack in any way, and it cannot be killed a second time.


SCREAMING LIBRIS (BOOKSPEAK)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 1 Round/level

Range: Touch

Optional Requirement: Drip blood on the book's cover.

When the subject of this spell touches a book, it violently animates, forming a quivering mouth around the edge where the paper shows. The subject can ask the book one question per Round, and if the information is contained within the book, it will answer by screaming the words in a guttural voice. If anyone else approaches or asks questions the book instead growls, snaps, and will attack them for one Round. It has a +2 bonus to bite and deals 1D4 damage. Intelligent books can save to resist the spell (as a Magic-User of a level equal to the author). Magical books do not impart their effect when they answer and if they attack they deal 1D6 damage. The spell is a shortcut to actually reading a book, and it will not give more information than a careful reading would. 


Shatter the Seals of Order (Summon)

(Use the Summon LotFP spell with no changes).


Spirit Scapegoat (Shield)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 2 Turns

Range: 0

Optional Requirement: Call upon a name of someone you know has died or who is likely being eternally punished.

Magic-Users summon shades from a tormented underworld which will protect the caster from many attacks which would otherwise harm him. Against missile attacks, the spell grants the caster AC19, and an effective AC17 for all other attacks. Even if an attack hits, it does one less point of damage than it otherwise would have. This spell completely blocks the effects of Arcane Vivisection (Magic Missile). Once the spell ends the shade is completely destroyed, never to return to its torment below.


TORN FLESH & EXPANDED BONE (ENLARGE)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 1 Turn/level

Range: 5'/level

Optional Requirement: The caster gargles a cup of blood.

The forces of magic do not recognize the relationships of size and distance between things; it is the limitations of the mind’s ability to master magic that results in strictures such as “spell range,” but sometimes the infinite nature of magic can be applied to material objects. This spell causes instant painful (1D4 damage) growth (and corresponding increase in weight and damage done) of a single object or creature that is in visible range. This increase changes a creature’s size by 20% per caster level, up to three times the original size of the creature. The effectiveness of this spell is half of this on non-living objects, which are only enlarged 10% per level and to a maximum of double the original size of the object. The caster can affect a 10' cube of living matter per level.

Magical item properties are not affected by this spell. For instance, a wand will have the same function even though it is increased to the size of a staff, and potion dosages are not increased, though they may take longer to drink. A person enlarged will have a strength appropriate to his size (as an ogre or a giant, for example) with corresponding strength adjustments.

The damage done by an enlarged character during mêlée is increased by the same percentage as his size.

The reverse of this spell, can creatures in size by the same proportions as Enlarge. These spells cancel each other out. For either version of the spell a saving throw versus Magic is allowed to negate the effect. This save can be forfeited if the recipient desires. This reversed version also deals 1D4 damage to the target.


Unconscious Nightmares (Sleep)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: d4 Turns

Range: 30' + 10'/level

Optional Requirement: By casting this spell you doom yourself to experiencing fragments of the same nightmares the targets of this spell had.

This spell causes a deep magical slumber to come upon creatures with 4+1 or fewer Hit Dice. The caster can only affect 1 creature if it has 4+1 or more Hit Dice, but the spell will otherwise affect creatures totaling no more than 2d8 Hit Dice. Calculate monsters with less than 1 Hit Die as having 1 Hit Die, and monsters with a bonus to their Hit Dice as having the flat amount. For example, a 3+2 Hit Die monster would be calculated as having 3 Hit Dice. Excess Hit Dice that are not sufficient to affect a creature are wasted. Creatures with the fewest Hit Dice are affected first. The creatures affected by this spell will wander through Hellish dreamscapes, reliving their worst fears. Slapping or wounding awakens an affected creature, but normal noise does not. Sleep does not affect undead, constructs, or other magical or unnatural creatures (such as Elves).

 

UNDULATING CORPUSANT SKIN (FAERIE FIRE)  

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: 2 Rounds/level

Range: 80'

Optional Requirement: A fistful of dust collected from a shrine to St. Elmo (or similar saint/deity) must be tossed in the air.

A pale electric glow begins to be emitted by the target's skin, making them hypervisible. This shed light makes them visible in darkness at a distance of 80', or half this if the creatures are near a light source. The Magic-User can affect creatures within a 40' radius, and may affect up to one human-sized creature per caster level. The spell's light can be any color according to the Magic-User’s choice at the time of casting. The electric glow does not cause any harm to the objects or creatures thus outlined, but it is similar to the effects of static electricity. However, their greater visibility grants attackers a +2 bonus to hit them while the spell is in effect.


Voices of the Mind (Message)

Magic-User Level 1

Duration: Instantaneous

Range: 60'+10'/level

Optional Requirement: You will hear echoes of unintelligible voices for 1 turn after this spell is cast.

This spell grants the caster the ability to whisper messages and receive whispered replies. The caster points his finger at a creature he wants to receive the message. The target must be in direct line of sight, with no barrier. The whispered message is audible only to the target. The creature that receives the message can whisper a reply that the caster can hear. The spell transmits sound, not meaning. It does not transcend language barriers. Unlike casting most spells, the gestures of this spell are subtle, and it is easy to conceal that the spell is being cast.


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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Tekumel Art: Demonic Doodles from The Book of Ebon Bindings

These doodles are all based off of M. A. R. Barker's illustrations or off of that art style found in The Book of Ebon Bingings. It is a book all about summoning dark entities in the Tekumel / Empire of the Petal Throne RPG setting.

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