Alright, let’s get back into the swing of things!
Here is a relic from one of my games for Shadow of the Demon Lord
Dark Flute of the Cult
Play the song of Pain
As an action, you can play the flute. Make a Will challenge roll with 1 bane per use of the flute today. If you succeed, flesh and blood cultist of the demon lord appears and is pulled apart by invisible hooks that write horrific things on the air. You can say these words and cast a spell from the Forbidden tradition of a power level you are normally able to based on your other traditions. If you fail, you gain one corruption and a piece of your soul is stolen. You feel its loss. By successfully using this flute once, you learn Dark Speech. You do not gain corruption for using this flute if you succeed on the Will challenge roll.
Another item for my players. How about a fey gift…
Compact of the Queen
Sometimes they fey give gifts. These are items of power. Sometimes the Fairy Queen gives a gift. This is even more powerful. All come with strings attached. The magical makeup compact is full of powder and a mirror. As a triggered action, you can apply the powder and look in the mirror. If you do, you increase the power of your own glamour and any creature that must make a save against an enchantment tradition spell cast by you has one bane added the roll.
I had two players get items over the weekend. Here is what one player got.
Blessed Antlers of the Horned King
While the Maiden in the Moon changes every month, the Horned King does bow to the cycles of nature as well. Occasionally, he loses his antlers. Such antlers retain a fraction of his power and are fashioned into items of great magic. This head dress charges the healers of his faith by providing and additional 1d6 hit points for any Life tradition spell that restores damage.
How about an item for Shadow of the Demon Lord
Mirror of Eternity
This concaved silvered disk reflects all behind it. If you stare deep into the disk, you can see deep into the universe. Sometimes, you don’t want to see what stares back.
As a triggered action, a character can stare into the disk. If they do so, for the next minute they gain 2 boons on all spell casting checks. At the end of that minute, the character must make a Will challenge roll. If they fail, the demon lord stares back, the mirror fades to black until the next dawn, and the character has 1 bane on all spell casting checks until they take a long rest.
Let’s make a witch gun for SotDL!
HEX CURSE ATTACK 0
Target One creature within short range that can see you
Make an Agility attack roll against the target’s defense. On a success, the target becomes cursed for 1d6 rounds. While cursed, the target is impaired.
Attack Roll 20+ The target also becomes takes for 1d6 damage.
Ok, let’s get back into it! This week we will kick off with some Shadow of the Demon Lord. I want a swordmage in SotDL, so let’s make that happen!
Sword Sorcerers dance the line between magic and steel using steel where most mages would use a wand and magic where most warriors would use a blade. The sword sorcerer is a master of magic and metal tying spells to the blade creating devastating strikes that hit two-fold. Much like all power, this comes with a cost.
Level 7 Sword Sorcerer
Attributes Increase three by 1 each
Characteristics Health +5, Power +1
Language and Professions You can speak another language or add a profession.
Magic You discover one tradition or learn one spell
Magic Blade When you make a melee attack with a weapon, you can also expend a casting of a spell whose rank cannot exceed more than half your Power and that effects a single creature regardless of range on the attack as part of the attack. If you do, you gain 1 boon on the attack roll. If the attack is successful, the weapon deals damage as normal and the spell is successfully cast against the target regardless of the type of attack that normally occurs int he spell. If you fail the attack roll, spell is expended.
Spells that target up to multiple targets only hit one target. Spells that have effect are negated by attacking a target still occur and the next attack against the target cause the effect.
Weapon attacks and talents that would strike multiple targets may only target one target with the Magic Blade talent, while other creatures may be struck at normal.
Level 10 Sword Sorcerer
Characteristics Health +5
Magic You learn one spell
Greater Magic Blade When you use the Magic Blade talent, you can expend a casting of a spell of any rank you have learned.
My favorite class in DnD is the up close wizard/warrior. I like hitting with spells and magic at the same time. I think we can do that if we play with some boons and banes just like two-weapon fighting…
You can cast a spell and perform a one-handed melee attack in the same turn. If you attack the same target with both, the melee attack suffers two banes, and the spell attack suffers two banes. If the spell requires a challenge roll, the target gets two boons.
If you target two different targets, you suffer three banes to the attack roll for the spell and the melee weapon. If the spell requires a challenge roll, the target gets three boons.