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''Incantation Magic is an alternative to the standard magick system and allows magic casters to have an arsenal of incantations unique to the caster only.''
 
''Incantation Magic is an alternative to the standard magick system and allows magic casters to have an arsenal of incantations unique to the caster only.''
  
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When a new incantation is forged, make a roll on the following table to see how the incantation turns out:
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== Incantation evolution ==
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When a new incantation is forged, make a roll on the following table to see how the incantation turns out (if a result is unapplicable, pick the one above on the table):
  
 
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''1 = Bad transformation (GM's discretion)''
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''1 = Bad effect''
 
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| 1 || Make the incantation opposite of the intended (Cannot be taught to others)
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| 1 || Add 1 extra to DR
 
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| 2 || Lose control of the incantation (Cannot be taught to others)
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| 2 || Subtract 1 from incantation effect
 
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| 3 || Transforms to a worse version of the incantation
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| 3 || Add 1 to casting time
 
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| 4 || Adds a negative effect from a very different incantation
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| 4 || Make Active
 
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| 5 || Adds a negative effect from a similar incantation
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| 5 || Subtract 1 from duration
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| 6 || Transforms to a similar, but less effective incantation
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''2 = Bad effect''
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| 1 || One more DR
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| 2 || Subtract one from incantation effect
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| 3 || Add casting time
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| 4 || Make Active
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| 5 || Subtract from duration
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| 6 || Subtract 1 from range
 
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| 6 || Subtract from range
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''2 = Negative effect''
 
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''3 = Minor negative effect''
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| 1 || Disoriented, subtract 1 in status next round
 
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| 1 || Incantation requires one additional Endurance drain
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| 2 || Very tired, subtract 1 from Strength until well rested (no less than 1)
 
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| 2 || You must speak the formula for the incantation louder
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| 3 || Incantation requires one additional Endurance drain
 
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| 3 || Negative color change
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| 4 || You start yelling backwards for 1 minute (cumulative)
 
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| 4 || No change
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| 5 || You must speak the formula for the incantation louder
 
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| 5 || No change
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| 6 || Awkward looking spell casting
 
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| 6 || No change
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''3 = No Change (spell as intended)''
 
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''4 = Minor positive effect''
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''4 = Change (random effect)''
 
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| 1 || No change
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| 1 || If you throw a 1 when casting this spell it is an automatic fumble
 
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| 2 || No change
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| 2 || Path of the spell curves (add 3 to DR for pointing)
 
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| 3 || No change
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| 3 || Sound change
 
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| 4 || Positive color change
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| 4 || Color change
 
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| 5 || You can speak the formula for the incantation softer
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| 5 || A flash of light accompanies the spell
 
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| 6 || Incantation requires one less Endurance drain
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| 6 || If you throw a 6 when casting this spell it is an automatic critical
 
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''5 = Good effect''
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''5 = Positive effect''
 
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| 1 || Add range
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| 1 || Add 1 to range
 
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| 2 || Add duration
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| 2 || Add 1 to duration
 
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| 3 || Make Passive
 
| 3 || Make Passive
 
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| 4 || Subtract casting time (no less than 1 round)
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| 4 || Subtract 1 from casting time (no less than 1 round)
 
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| 5 || Add incantation effect
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| 5 || Add 1 to incantation effect
 
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| 6 || One less DR
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| 6 || Subtract 1 from DR
 
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''6 = Good transformation (GM's discretion)''
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|colspan="2" style="background-color: #a5c9af;" | ''6 = Transformation''
 
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| 1 || Transforms to a similar incantation
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| 1 || Adds an effect from a similar incantation
 
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| 2 || Adds an effect from a similar incantation
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| 2 || Adds an effect from a very different incantation
 
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| 3 || Adds an effect from a very different incantation
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| 3 || Make spell more agressive or defensive (player decides)
 
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| 4 || Transforms to a better version of the incantation
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| 4 || Transforms to a similar incantation
 
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| 5 || Incantation becomes somewhat intelligent, self-aware or adds a spirit to it (Cannot be taught to others)
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| 5 || Transforms to a more powerful version of the incantation
 
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| 6 || Double the effect of the incantation (Cannot be taught to others)
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| 6 || Incantation becomes somewhat intelligent, self-aware or adds a spirit to it
 
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Latest revision as of 18:21, 12 August 2019

Incantation Magic

Incantation Magic is an alternative to the standard magick system and allows magic casters to have an arsenal of incantations unique to the caster only.

Every living creature has Magical Aptitude (MA), but only a few have a significant amount - which is 1 or more in gaming terms. Those who have a significant MA can use that to affect a situation (add or subtract as much MA as you want or can to any skills roll) - but doing so requires a whole month to recover that MA.

Someone with significant amount of MA can learn to focus it into what is commonly known as a Whomp - a sudden release of focused magical energy. A minimum of 1 MA is spent in releasing a basic Whomp - but more can be spent in one Whomp to enhance its effect. The Whomp will have a tiny personalized effect - like making you more awake, making others around you slightly nauseated, creating a soft wind, ripples in water or some such. The effect of the Whomp reflects the individual's personality. Such a focused release of MA requires only a good night's sleep to regain the magical energy. The Whomp has a DR of 0 and will not be so strong as to significantly affect self or others in gaming terms (cannot add or subtract any numbers to the target's attributes, skills or otherwise). A Whomp would normally take 1 round to cast, have a range of 3 meters or less, the effect lasting for 1 round while requiring active focus for that duration.

For a magically talented person to go from naturally spending MA during a month to focus the MA to a basic Whomp requires training by a mage with a magic lore of at least 12. It is also possible to acquire that ability through magical rituals, reading special scrolls or from a severe shock, trauma or enlightened magic experience.

From the Whomp, the person can start training personalized magic incantations - a release of magical energy that has focused effects. The person can start adding a certain amount of MA to a basic Whomp and by that create a specific incantation. One must add at least 3 MA to evolve the Whomp (or any incantation) into a new incantation. Example; A wannabe mage has a basic Whomp that makes people around her slightly nauseous for 1 round by releasing one MA and making the DR roll of 0. By adding 3 MA to the Whomp, she can make the nausea last for 2 rounds and actually give those around her -1 in status for that long (effects on target's attributes or skills normally are 1 per two added of MA). If she keeps up training that specific enhancement to her Whomp (2 rounds duration/-1 in status), she will eventually convert the beefed-up Whomp into a new incantation with DR 3 (she calls it "Nausea"). That incantation will only require 1 MA to cast, but now she will have the opportunity to add MA while casting that incantation in order to enhance the effects of the incantation.

There are a few rules when changing a incantation by adding MA when it is cast or when forging a new incantation with higher DR:

  1. It requires 2 additional steps to add one to the effect, double the range, add duration or reduce the casting time for a incantation one level lower on the "time scale for incantations".
  2. Additionally, when forging a new incantation:

  3. It must be sufficiently different from any other incantation the caster has - at least 3 "steps" in any direction from any other incantation.
  4. For every 5 in DR, a incantation gets a casting time one level higher on the "time scale for incantations".

A magically talented person will go from naturally spending MA to boost skill rolls during a month to focus the magic energy into a basic Whomp that cost one MA (recovered by one night sleep). By adding MA when Whomping, one can enhance the effect or duration or reduce the casting time. One can turn such an enhancement Whomp into a new incantation by practicing it over time. The new incantation will have a DR equal to the amount of MA used to enhance the Whomp, and the new incantation will then require only one MA to cast. The caster names the incantation appropriately and adds it to the growing arsenal of incantations. Any incantation cost one MA to cast, but can be enhanced by adding more MA to it. Adding two in MA will reduce casting time, double the range, add one to the effect or make it go from Active to Passive. The MA added to enhance an incantation becomes the additional DR of a new forged incantation if the caster whish to add it to the arsenal.

Any incantation directly affecting the mind of a target can be resisted by that target, and the caster must add the target's Magic Defense to the DR for it to take effect. If an incantation is cast on a group of people, the caster makes a roll and any target that has a Magic defense less then the roll minus the DR of the incantation is affected.

Think of the Whomp as the stem of a tree, and branches and leafs as incantations evolving from that stem. One can always go back to the stem or earlier branches and evolve new incantations from there.

It is even possible to learn new Whomps and evolve entirely new "trees" of magic.

To cast an incantation (or Whomp), one will use the Magic Path lore associated with that type of Magic. To evolve a fire type of Whomp, one must acquire Fire Magic Lore. Any incantation enhancing perceptions requires Perception Magic Lore, etc. The table below shows the most common Magic lores.

Magic Paths
Path Incantation examples
Earth Glue, Shape Stone, Raise Wall
Fire Ignite, Fireball, Control Fire
Air Levitation, Silence, Fly, Teleport
Water Create water, control water, water breathing
Ice Chill, Ice strike, Wall of Ice
Nature Grow Plants, Animal Healing, Find Familiar
Life Healing, Regeneration, Resurrection
Black Agony, Life Drain, Raise Dead
Perception Enhance Awareness, Clairvoyance, Farsee
Protection Armor, Protection from Fire, Magic Defense Boost
Summoning Summon Elemental, Summon Demon, Summon Spirit
Magic Manipulation Identify Magic, Warding, Create Magic Item

When adding MA when casting Incantations or when forging new Incantations, Weight, Area of Effect and Effect is increased linearly.

Beyond "instantaneous" (inst.), Casting Time and Duration follows this table:

Casting Time and Duration of incantations
1 round 3 days
2 rounds 1 week
5 rounds 2 weeks
1 minute 1 month
2 minutes 2 months
5 minutes 6 months
10 minutes 1 year
30 minutes 2 years
1 hour 5 years
2 hours 10 years
6 hours 20 years
12 hours 50 years
1 day 100 years

Range follows this table (using the 1-2-5 series):

Range of Incantations
1 meter
2 meters
5 meters
10 meters
20 meters
50 meters
100 meters
200 meters
500 meters
...etc.

Incantation evolution

When a new incantation is forged, make a roll on the following table to see how the incantation turns out (if a result is unapplicable, pick the one above on the table):

Incantation evolution
1 = Bad effect
1 Add 1 extra to DR
2 Subtract 1 from incantation effect
3 Add 1 to casting time
4 Make Active
5 Subtract 1 from duration
6 Subtract 1 from range
2 = Negative effect
1 Disoriented, subtract 1 in status next round
2 Very tired, subtract 1 from Strength until well rested (no less than 1)
3 Incantation requires one additional Endurance drain
4 You start yelling backwards for 1 minute (cumulative)
5 You must speak the formula for the incantation louder
6 Awkward looking spell casting
3 = No Change (spell as intended)
4 = Change (random effect)
1 If you throw a 1 when casting this spell it is an automatic fumble
2 Path of the spell curves (add 3 to DR for pointing)
3 Sound change
4 Color change
5 A flash of light accompanies the spell
6 If you throw a 6 when casting this spell it is an automatic critical
5 = Positive effect
1 Add 1 to range
2 Add 1 to duration
3 Make Passive
4 Subtract 1 from casting time (no less than 1 round)
5 Add 1 to incantation effect
6 Subtract 1 from DR
6 = Transformation
1 Adds an effect from a similar incantation
2 Adds an effect from a very different incantation
3 Make spell more agressive or defensive (player decides)
4 Transforms to a similar incantation
5 Transforms to a more powerful version of the incantation
6 Incantation becomes somewhat intelligent, self-aware or adds a spirit to it

Criticals and Fumbles

A magick critical occurs when you roll a double 6 when casting a incantation. A Critical roll indicates a successful casting of the incantation. You also roll on the Magick Criticals table below. If the critical is not applicable, pick the one below. Roll first for the category, then for the specific critical.

Magick Criticals
1 = Impression
1 Looks really cool
2 Impressive, adjacent friends get +1 next round
3 Very impressive, adjacent friends gets +1 next D/2 rounds
4 Fearsome, foe rolls on fear table with +9 adjustment
5 Awesome, foe rolls on fear table with +6 adjustment
6 Wild, foe rolls on fear table with +3 adjustment
2 = Side effect
1 Gain 1 experience mark in MA
2 Gain 1 experience mark in the Magic Path Lore
3 Gain 1 experience mark in Learning
4 MA spent for casting the incantation is 1 less
5 You may cast an additional incantation this round (if Casting Time is one round)
6 Active incantation becomes passive for the duration of the incantation
3 = Increased effect
1 Incantation weight is 1 better
2 Area of effect 1 better
3 Range is 1 better
4 Duration is 1 better
5 Incantation Effect is 1 better
6 Add 1 to all incantation characteristics (weight, AoE, Range, Duration, Effect)
4 = Effect boost
1 Incantation weight is D levels better
2 Area of effect D levels better
3 Range is D levels better
4 Duration is D levels better
5 Incantation Effect is D levels better
6 Add D to both Range and Duration
5 = Special
1 Incantation warps into another similar incantation (GM's discretion)
2 Incantation warps into another similar, but better incantation (GM's discretion)
3 Disregard the targets Magic Defense
4 Double ALL incantation characteristics (weight, AoE, Range, Duration, Effect)
5 Effect is D/2 better and disregard the targets MD
6 Effect is D better and disregard the targets MD
6 = Roll twice on this table, ignoring any subsequent 6s, add one experience mark


A magick fumble occurs when you roll a double 1 when casting a incantation. A fumble roll indicates a failure to cast a incantation. You also roll on the Magick Fumbles table below, adding the current MA to the open ended dice roll. If the fumble is not applicable, pick the one above. Roll first for the category, then for the specific fumble.

Magick Fumbles
1 = Roll twice on this table, ignoring any subsequent 6s, subtract one experience mark
2 = Special
1 Unconscious for D hours and loose 1 in MA permanently
2 Unconscious for D minutes
3 Sleep depravation for D days due to pain, -4 in Status
4 Affects wrong target in the worst possible way
5 Affects self (unless supposed to)
6 You start yelling backwards for D days (the player must yell everything backwards, including incantations cast)
3 = Unwanted effect
1 Amnesia – can not cast incantations for D hours
2 Everybody within 10 meters become hostile towards you
3 Incantation has the complete opposite effect (GM's discretion)
4 Dizzy – fall and let go what you have in your hands
5 Thirsty (dehydrated), -D in Status until you drink D liters
6 Pain, subtract 3 in Status until Medical Lore roll of 7 succeeds
4 = Stun effect
1 Shocked, subtract O+3 in status for one minute
2 Reeling, subtract O in status for O rounds
3 Staggered, subtract D in status for D rounds
4 Stunned, subtract 3 in status for 3 rounds
5 Confused, subtract 3 in status next round
6 Off balance, subtract 1 in Status next round
5 = Added effect
1 Very drained, subtract 3 Magical Aptitude until well rested (no less than 1)
2 Very fatigued, subtract 3 from Endurance until well rested (no less than 1)
3 Very tired, subtract 3 from Strength until well rested (no less than 1)
4 Drained, subtract 1 Magical Aptitude until well rested (no less than 1)
5 Fatigued, subtract 1 from Endurance until well rested (no less than 1)
6 Tired, subtract 1 from Strength until well rested (no less than 1)
6 = Impression
1 Terrible for morale, friends get -1 in all rolls for the next D rounds
2 Very bad for morale, friends get -1 in all rolls for the rest of the round
3 Bad for morale, friends get -1 in attack for the rest of the round
4 You make a fool out of yourself, laughter is heard
5 Botched it, giggles are heard
6 Awkward looking