Friday, May 31, 2024

Black Magic Mechanics for Lankhmar

Because Fritz said:

It seemed to Ivrian that she heard the mellow voice of Glavas Rho repeating a statement he had once made to Mouse and to her. ‘None can use black magic without straining the soul to the uttermost—and staining it into the bargain. None can inflict suffering without enduring the same. None can send death by spells and sorcery without walking on the brink of death’s own abyss, aye, and dripping his own blood into it. The forces black magic evokes are like two-edged poisoned swords with grips studded with scorpion stings. Only a strong man, leather-handed, in whom hate and evil are very powerful, can wield them, and he only for a space.’

I say spellburn, ala DCCRPG, should be a requisite component of each casting. You may heal that ability score damage, but 5% of the time you will roll a 1 while rolling to cast and take permanent ability score loss.

Tangentally to this bit, the mouser makes a good case for allowing multi-classing; abandon the path of pain and embrace subtle skullduggery.
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