The Gaming Den Forum Index The Gaming Den
Welcome to the Gaming Den.
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Google
 Search WWW   Search tgdmb.com 
Blend (the Make-Your-Servitors spell!)

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Gaming Den Forum Index -> It's My Own Invention...
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Maxus
Overlord


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 7630

PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:11 am    Post subject: Blend (the Make-Your-Servitors spell!) Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

As far as I know there's no actual spell which explains "a wizard bred them" for account for owlbears and all.

Someone asked about this so I decided "Fuck it, I'll give it a try".

Blend


Transmutation
Sorcerer/Wizard 6
Components: V, S, M (see text)
Casting time: 1 standard action full-round action
Range: Touch
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

Effect: This is the infamous spell used to make owlbears and duckoxes and the many many varieties of elves.

The caster chooses a target creature, and then a creature or concept to try to imbue into that creature. When the spell is cast, the caster must then begin trying to expose the target over the next day with elemental substances, if they apply (shadow, fire, cold, etc), usually through ingestion, injection, or covering them in it. Creating a blend of two different creatures requires injecting blood or other tissue from one into the target.

Once that's done, it's a wait-and-see to see if it takes. There's a 50% chance of death inside a week, which goes down 5% by every CR of the target creature until it's gone at CR 10.

If it takes, the target creature now has new properties and is essentially a new kind of creature. Generally, being Blended with something naturally stronger than you are makes you stronger, with some of its traits; physical traits differences come across much more easily than mental ones, like spellcasting. Any offspring with its former kind will share its new traits.

You can only Blend a creature once.

You're pretty much on your own for coming up with the results.

If you want your own pretty point-eared servants, this might help:

Variant Elf

--------------------
I chose spell level 6 because it comes on at level 11, which is when you're suited to be researched by Legend Lore and therefore might as well have some legendary-grade things to do. The reducing percentage chance of death is so you can play mad scientist with cohorts all you'd like but making a viable population of new creatures is much more time-consuming and icky.

I'm well aware that this is Yet Another Wizards Win D&D thing. It's set up in the fluff, I wanted to explain it.

Okay, folks. Rip me a new one.
_________________
He jumps like a damned dragoon, and charges into battle fighting rather insane monsters with little more than his bare hands and rather nasty spell effects conjured up solely through knowledge and the local plantlife. He unerringly knows where his goal lies, he breathes underwater and is untroubled by space travel, seems to have no limits to his actual endurance and favors killing his enemies by driving both boots square into their skull. His agility is unmatched, and his strength legendary, able to fling about a turtle shell big enough to contain a man with enough force to barrel down a near endless path of unfortunates.

--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!


Last edited by Maxus on Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:47 pm; edited 2 times in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
Wiseman
Duke


Joined: 09 Mar 2012
Posts: 1142
Location: lost... HELP!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Make the duration instantaneous, unless you want the blending to be dispelled.
_________________
Check out my RP site!

Click here to see the hidden message (It might contain spoilers)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16117

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Also, while it's nice to have a spell, all you've really done is said "You must be this tall to perform this MTP." At the very least, a spell of this nature should create some vague guidelines rather than just say "roll some dice to see if you actually succeed." One way would be to make it essentially an "add a template" spell that creates a new creature that can breed true.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Maxus
Overlord


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 7630

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Prak_Anima wrote:
Also, while it's nice to have a spell, all you've really done is said "You must be this tall to perform this MTP." At the very least, a spell of this nature should create some vague guidelines rather than just say "roll some dice to see if you actually succeed." One way would be to make it essentially an "add a template" spell that creates a new creature that can breed true.


True. Gotta hash out that stuff.

Well, it's a start anyway.
_________________
He jumps like a damned dragoon, and charges into battle fighting rather insane monsters with little more than his bare hands and rather nasty spell effects conjured up solely through knowledge and the local plantlife. He unerringly knows where his goal lies, he breathes underwater and is untroubled by space travel, seems to have no limits to his actual endurance and favors killing his enemies by driving both boots square into their skull. His agility is unmatched, and his strength legendary, able to fling about a turtle shell big enough to contain a man with enough force to barrel down a near endless path of unfortunates.

--The horror of Mario

Zak S, Zak Smith, Dndwithpornstars, Zak Sabbath. He is a terrible person and a hack at writing and art. His cultural contributions are less than Justin Bieber's, and he's a shitmuffin. Go go gadget Googlebomb!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
zeruslord
Knight-Baron


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 573

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I don't think you really want a single spell that does all of these - there's a bunch of different kinds of creatures whose existence is explained by "a wizard did it", and different kinds should be created by different spells. Hybrid beasts and other low-int non-magical mostly-from-scratch monsters should probably be an Astral Construct style set of menus, probably bottoming out at 3rd level spells with mouse-sized things like Mimmoths. Even for those, I'd make them a bit more of a project - nothing should be as obnoxious as RAW magic item creation, but it shouldn't be done in a day. For fairly basic alterations to an existing creature (CR +1 templates, minor adjustments to ability scores), you'd probably want a different set of rules, maybe even a simple spell with a minimum caster level based off the CR or HD of the starting creature. Adding non-standard magical abilities, creating a sentient species from scratch, or other similar things should probably be more along the lines of epic spells - a bunch of costs and limitations, and then you spend forever actually making it happen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Prak
Serious Badass


Joined: 07 Mar 2008
Posts: 16117

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yeah, that would really be ideal, but if you did want a single spell, you could do worse than working in templates, a genericized material component (bit of whatever you're mixing in) and some handwavium.
_________________
Dean, on Paranoia wrote:
The book is a hardbound liars paradox.


Winnah wrote:
No, No. 'Prak' is actually a Thri Kreen impersonating a human and roleplaying himself as a D&D character. All hail our hidden insect overlords.


FrankTrollman wrote:
In Soviet Russia, cosmic horror is the default state.

You should gain sanity for finding out that the problems of a region are because there are fucking monsters there.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Laertes
Duke


Joined: 24 Apr 2014
Posts: 1021
Location: The Mother of Cities

PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I would go the route of using Punnet squares-ish style stuff and so have a whole bunch of rolls (representing it being a long and arduous process.) For each trait in which the parent species differed, you would randomly determine which one they got; a roll which could be influenced by the magician spending time and gold beforehand to weigh the odds, but which they could never be entirely sure of. That way your octopus-Elf might come out with the unexpected ability to squirt ink or severe agoraphobia or some other unforeseen consequence.

Now naturally you could do the thing several times until you came up with something you liked. This is a good thing because it means that a) your tunnels are littered with the bodies of your lab failures (or the surrounding countryside is ravaged by them), making it fun for adventurers; b) you're constantly fiddling with your formula and trying to improve it, which is utterly appropriate for mad-scientist type wizards; and c) at some point you'll throw up your hands and say "fuck it, close enough" which will lead to gloriously, characterfully imperfect creations.

You could also take a leaf out of Dying Earth's book and have a pair of rolls at the end: "does it live?" and "does it try to kill you?" Everyone has to die sometime, and being devoured by one's own lab creation is a suitably impressive way for wizards to do so.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
tussock
Prince


Joined: 07 Nov 2009
Posts: 2539
Location: Here

PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Personally I think "Create Owlbear" should be a custom spell. If you research it, you are the Owlbear creator, and if you don't show it to anyone then no one else can do it. So some other wizard can be known for her Froghemoths instead, and a third for his Unipegataurs.

Material Components are obviously an Owl, and a Bear. Casting time is stupid long, like a month. If you want a breeding pair you make two of them, or preferably about 500.


Of course, in ACKS, it's just a thing Wizards can do on their off days. Even Halflings are just a Wizard did it, and every monster is too. Gnolls are like a 4th-tier crossbreed, they just get messier and meaner as you go.
_________________
news://rec.games.frp.dnd
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Gaming Den Forum Index -> It's My Own Invention... All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum




Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group