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Thursday, 2 April 2015

[HOW] Reopening Merlin's Miscellany Of Magical Spells...


A trio of new spells for use in Heroes & Other Worlds, two from the BBC's Merlin series and one of my own devising (but inspired by events on Once Upon A Time)

FLOATING LIGHTS (T), IQ: 8, EN: 1, R: IQ

This minor spell needs to be cast in the presence of an existing fire; this spell causes the flames to float free of whatever they are burning (the mage can create one floating light from a candle, two from a burning torch, four from an average hearth fire etc) and move through the air as the caster sees fit.
He can control two floating lights per level of mastery he has in the spell. They can last up to two minutes (per level of the spell) or until returned to their original source. If the spell expires or they are moved out of range they simply blink out of existence.
 (From Merlin, TV show)

SCREAM OF DEFIANCE (I), IQ: 10, EN: 4, R: IQ

Related to the more power Shout and Greater Shout spells (see Magi Carta) , Scream Of Defiance is often used as a last resort when a mage is surrounded by enemies. He screams and his scream is transformed into a sonic attack that blasts anyone of 15 ST or less, within 10 feet, backwards 2d6ft, knocking them off their feet (a 4/DX save can prevent falling over), causing 1d6 damage and the loss of their next action. The wizard can then use their confusion to escape.

While it causes a ringing in its targets' ears, it doesn't cause deafness as the more powerful iterations can.

The spell is also not powerful enough to cause any structural damage if used indoors.
 (From Merlin, TV show)

TRANSFER (I), IQ: 13, EN: 4, R: Touch

The wizard grants a spell he knows to another (non-spell-using) individual as a one-use, spell-like ability.

The person must use his gift (and pay the requisite EN cost for the spell) within a number of days equal to the wizard's IQ. During this time the wizard cannot use the spell he 'gave away'.

He may also only use the Transfer spell on one person at a time. If he uses this spell on a second person, the first recipient will lose his spell-like ability (even if he hasn't used it) at the same time as the wizard grants the second person a spell-like ability.

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