Monday, December 16, 2013

Overnight Spells

My new job involves staying up all night.  I wrote these on the BART back to Oakland after 13 hours of sleeplessness.  Not sure what level to make these so suggestions are appreciated.

A random d20 number, which the target rolls, is infected with the next spell cast on them.  The first casting does not take effect, but will repeat every time they roll that number a number of times equal to the caster's level divided by three.

Turns one of caster's arms into a crocodile head that bites for d8+Str and allows for automatic grab, with a grapple check equal to caster level, dealing automatic bite damage on subsequent rounds.

Turns target's hair into a mass of angry and venomous snakes.  They attack the target and all adjacent for level/3 rounds.  v target : attack +caster level d8 damage and 1d8 STR and CON damage for two rounds; v. adjacent targets: +caster level d3 damage and 1d3 STR and CON.  Short range.

Transforms a chosen word into a random animal that lasts for 1/turn per level. (you have a random animal table right?)  Character may no longer speak or hear that word as long as the spell lasts.  If the animal is slain, the word is lost forever.  Short range.

Causes a touched weapon to instantly shrink and multiply into a swarm of gnat-sized versions of itself, which suspend in the air, attacking all in 5x5x5 area for weapon damage (no STR bonus, magical effects apply), halving movement speed, and providing concealment.  Lasts 1 round/level, after which the weapons drop harmlessly to the ground.

Willing target vomits a complicit grey ooze.  Target must succeed on a saving throw to quickly vomit or takes damage as it comes up.  Lasts 1 round/level after which the ooze becomes free willed.

Causes 1' squared per level of thin glass (windows, panes, potion bottles) to silently disappear.  If cast upon a glass creature, deals 1d8 damage/level and suffer normal consequences of having a section of your body vanish.

Causes a lightsource to stop producing light, and instead produce invisibility in its normal radius.  Blocking the 'light' causes the invisibility to be blocked, can be refracted, reflected, etc.  1 round/level

Causes a reflective surface to allow objects, creatures, and magical effects to pass back through it into the same world.  Entities thus passed maintain the same velocity, angle, and effect after passage, but are physically reversed.  Level/3 rounds.

The Swamp of Monsters

A great swamp filled with ruined cities, mutant monsters, the mindflayer empire Zin, the Temple of Elemental Evil (where is entombed Zuggtmoy, Queen of Putrescence), Quallmar the Sunken City, and the Gorge, the great seeping crater at the border of Black Abazidun where resides the red dragon Xal-zax Thruul, the Blighted Malice.

Think Fritz Lieber, crossed by canals of toxic mud, interspersed with Labyrinth type environments, Cthulhu star creatures, The Village of Hommlet and other Greyhawk places, and Demon Souls' Valley of Defilement swamp / Tower of Latria.


Venus fly trap men
Swamp witches
Red elves
Mutant dwarves
Toxic people
Traveling merchants
Fungal druids

Frog abominations
Shriekers that cast spells
Flying manta rays
Yeth hounds (and pits thereof)
Unicorn head demon
Demon with alligators for hands

Black panthers
Three-headed wolves
Giant frogs
Giant crayfish
Two-headed crows
Cat lizards
Giant snapping turtles
Basilisk lizards
Canal squid
Snakes snakes snakes snakes snakes
Giant leeches
Singing swamp slugs

Mud skeletons
Soul vendors on rafts
Tree wights
Rune-mapped royal mummies

Swamp ooze
Black ooze
Red ooze
Green ooze
The amniotic sacs which the abominable children of Xal-zax Thruul birth into the swamp, which in turn incubate a random monster, or suck you up, or both
The Thing-type doppelgangers
Pillars of emerald slime
Trees of ruby slime


The Vaults of Zin
The Thieves Guild
The Party Barge of Archduke Labriselsis
The Stronghold of Ningauble of the Eyeless Face
The Sin Vats
Swan farms
Hydra factories
Halfling villages build of woodplaster, like wasp hives atop trees
The Palace of Stars, whose powers and disposition shift according to the malicious star in rule
The Fissured Palace of Xal-zax Thruul, The Blighted Malice
Beldr Yeth, the Inverted City of Goblins, and the Labyrinth around it


Geneseeking viral spells
Toxic rivers
Cancer sand
The twice-cursed obelisks of Zin
Swamp hexes

Powers in the Swamp of Monsters

Loriana, Vampire Queen of Quallmar
Ningauble of the Eyeless Face
Sheelba of the Seven Eyes
Zuggtmoy, Demon Queen of Putrescence
Pope Verelith IX, Keeper of the Six Elemental Archbishops
The Red Dragon Xal-zax Thruul, the Blighted Malice
Wodney Weck, the Red Star, High Guildmaster of the Thieves' Guild in Quallmar
The Warbands of the Seven Dead Stars
Tujak Z t Od, Mindflayer Priest-King of Zin