March 31, 2017

Fey Spells

Spells
Notes from the Nails: if you've been following me on GitP, you may be familiar with some of these spells. But this isn't all recycled leftovers! There are brand new spells in here, too, specially for you.

Chameleon Mask
1st-level illusion

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S, M (a chameleon's tail)
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

You touch a willing creature and place a minor illusion on it that allows it to blend in with its surroundings. For the duration, that creature may replace its Dexterity (Stealth) modifier with your spell attack bonus on any Dexterity (Stealth) checks it makes.


Cheat
Divination cantrip

Casting Time: 1 bonus action
Range: Self
Components: S, M (a weighted die)
Duration: 1 round

You subtly twist your fingers and fate seems to follow suit. For the duration, you can reroll any ability check you make to play nonmagical games of skill. Therefore, this ability could influence a game of Three Dragon Ante, but not the result of a Deck of Many Things.


Curse Weapon
5th-level transmutation

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S
Duration: Permanent (until broken)

You touch a weapon. Until the spell ends, the weapon becomes magical (if it wasn’t already) and gains the following property in addition to any others it has:
     Curse. This weapon is cursed, and touching it extends this curse to you, unless you are a fey creature, in which case you suffer no ill effect. As long as you remain cursed, you are unwilling to part with the weapon, keeping it within reach at all times.
     Whenever you roll a 1 on an attack roll with this weapon, roll a d6 and apply the result from the table below.
  1. You fall prone and your turn ends immediately.
  2. You are blinded until the end of your next turn.
  3. You are deafened until the end of your next turn.
  4. You are immediately teleported 20 feet in a random direction. If you would end up within a solid obstacle, you take 2d6 bludgeoning damage and end up as close to the destination as possible.
  5. All food items within ten feet of you immediately spoil, becoming completely inedible.
  6. The weapon transforms into a live goose, which is magically bound to your hand and cannot be removed by any means (except by ending the curse). It reverts to its original form after one minute.
This curse can be broken only by a remove curse spell or similar. This ends the effect on the weapon and anyone who has touched it.


Dire Charm
4th-level enchantment

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S, M (a nymph's eyelash, worth at least 100 gp. If you are a nymph, you may use your own - you don't even have to pluck it out)
Duration: 10 days

You attempt to charm a humanoid you can see within range. It must make a Wisdom saving throw, and does so with disadvantage unless you or your companions are fighting it. If it fails the saving throw, it is charmed by you until the spell ends. If you or your companions do anything harmful to it, it may attempt the saving throw again. The charmed creature regards you as a friendly acquaintance. When the spell ends, the creature knows it was charmed by you.
     At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 8th level or higher, the duration becomes permanent (until dispelled).


Faerie Ward
1st-level abjuration

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Components: V, S, M (a handful of acorns, which the spell consumes)
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is protected against certain types of creatures: aberrations, constructs, fiends, giants, oozes and undead.
     The protection grants several benefits. Creatures of those types have disadvantage on attack rolls against the target. The target also can't be charmed, frightened or possessed by them. It the target is already charmed, frightened or possessed by such a creature, the target has advantage on any new saving throw against the relevant effect.


Gingerbread Cottage
5th-level conjuration

Casting Time: 10 minutes
Range: 30 feet
Components: V, S, M (candies, biscuits and cakes worth at least 10 gp, which the spell consumes)
Duration: 8 hours

This spell conjures a small cottage made out of gingerbread centered on a point you can see within range. You determine the floorplan of the cottage, though it must fit within a 15-by-15-foot footprint, and may have no more than one storey and one door. The interior is comfortably appointed, and up to six people may rest inside (if there are more occupants, it becomes too cramped to allow resting).
     The walls of the cottage are magically reinforced and cannot be destroyed except by dispel magic or disintegrate spell. The door has a mundane lock (DC 15 to pick). You may place windows in any of the exterior walls, allowing those inside to see out and those outside to see in. Ranged attacks can be made through windows.
     Everything inside the cottage is made out of gingerbread and other sweet treats. There are enough non-essential elements to feed up to six creatures, which gain the following benefits after spending 10 minutes eating in the cottage: the creature is freed from any charm or domination affecting it, and is immune the charmed condition. Its hit point maximum increases by 2d6 and it gains the same number of hit points. These benefits last for the next 8 hours.


Glitterdust
3rd-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self (15-foot cone)
Components: V, S, M (a handful of powdered mica)
Duration: 1 minute

You spray golden particles in a 15-foot cone, covering all creatures and objects in that area. Any creature affected by the spell must make a Constitution save or be blinded for the duration. They may repeat the save at the end of each of their turns.
     All attack rolls against a creature or object covered in glitter have advantage if the attacker can see it, and the affected creature or object can’t benefit from being invisible.
     The glitter disappears 1 minute after being conjured.


Nondescript
2nd-level illusion

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes

This spell makes you seem ordinary and nondescript to others, though it does not change your actual appearance. Creatures who saw you while you were under the influence of this spell are unable to recall specific details of your appearance upon being asked if they had seen you or someone matching your description, though their memory of actions you undertook or events they experienced is unaffected.


Petal Storm
2nd-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V, S, M (a handful of flower petals)
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

Choose an unoccupied 5-foot cube of air that you can see within range. An elemental force of swirling winds appears in the cube and lasts for the spell’s duration.
     Any creature that ends its turn within 5 feet of the petal storm must make a Strength saving throw. On a failed save, the creature takes 1d8 slashing damage and has disadvantage on any attack rolls it makes before the end of its next turn. On a successful save, the creature takes half as much damage and suffers no additional penalty. As a bonus action, you can move the storm up to 30 feet in any direction. If it moves over leaf litter, flowers, bushes, or trees, it sucks up extra material and forms a 10-foot-radius cloud of leaves and petals around itself that lasts until the start of your next turn. The cloud heavily obscures its area.
     At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the damage increases by 1d8 for each slot level above 2nd.


Secret Enclave
9th-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: 60 feet
Components: V, S, M (a tiny, silver bell)
Duration: 10 minutes

You conjure a shimmering, multicolored portal, large enough to admit creatures up to large in size, which connects to a pocket dimension, much like the demiplane spell. The enclave is a cube with 600 foot sides and behaves as if it were part of the Feywild, including the seasons, weather and special effects described on page 50 of the DMG. The floor is made of earth that is fertile but cannot be burrowed through. When the spell ends, the portal disappears, and any creatures or objects inside the enclave remain trapped there, as the portal also disappears from the other side.
     You or anyone else can create another portal leading back to the enclave by casting this spell again. However, once an enclave has been created, its location is fixed, and the portal can only be opened from that same location (or from within the enclave). If you are in the correct location, you do not need to know anything about the enclave to open a portal to it; you do not even need to know that it is there.


Vanishing Trick
2nd-level conjuration

Casting Time: 1 reaction, which you take when you are targeted by an attack
Range: Self
Components: V, S, M (a pinch of pixie dust)
Duration: Instantaneous

You vanish in a puff of glitter just as your opponent makes their attack. When you cast this spell, you immediately teleport into an unoccupied space within 5 feet. This may cause the triggering attack to miss, either because you are no longer in range, or because it puts you behind cover that raises your effective AC.
     At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a spell slot of 3rd level or higher, the teleport distance increases by 5 feet for every spell level above 2nd.


Wooden Sanctuary
2nd-level transmutation

Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self
Components: V, S
Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

You step into a wooden object or tree large enough to fully contain your body, melding yourself and all the equipment you carry with the wood for the duration. Using your movement, you step into the wood at a point you can touch. Nothing of your presence remains visible or otherwise detectable by nonmagical senses.
     While merged with the wood, you can’t see what occurs outside it, and any Wisdom (Perception) checks you make to hear sounds outside it are made with disadvantage. You remain aware of the passage of time and can cast spells on yourself while merged in the wood. You can use your movement to leave the wood where you entered it, which ends the spell. You otherwise can’t move.
     Minor physical damage to the wood doesn’t harm you, but its partial destruction or a change in its shape (to the extent that you no longer fit within it) expels you and deals 3d6 bludgeoning damage to you; the same happens if your concentration is broken while merged with the wood. The wood’s complete destruction (or transmutation into a different substance) expels you and deals 25 bludgeoning damage to you. If expelled, you fall prone in an unoccupied space closest to where you first entered.




Changelog: 3/31/17: Cheat: Ranged changed to self.

24 comments:

  1. Excellent work, as usual. Some minor grammatical errors, but nothing that would alter the mechanics of the spells, save one. Curse Weapon should have a duration of "Until dispelled", not "permanent". This keeps it consistent with the PHB.

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    1. Hmm... what errors do you see? I just went through it all in detail and found only one ('story' instead of 'storey' in Gingerbread Cottage). Well, and the whole Cheat spell, but I didn't write that one.

      As to Curse Weapon, I take your point but I don't want to change it, largely because it can't actually be *dispelled*. You need to *break* it with Remove Curse (or perhaps Greater Restoration or Wish).

      More generally, I'm in favour of using 'Permanent' and 'Permanent (until X)' as durations despite the lack of WotC precedent. I think they're clearer, and that WotC didn't use them because they decided to stay away from long-duration spells in general. As a 3rd party, I don't feel constrained by that decision.

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    2. Huh. I swear I saw them earlier but I can't find any now. Storey is the only one I see as well.

      I see your point on Curse Weapon. Fair enough.

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  2. Love it, this is my favorite set of spells are they class specific

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    1. I prefer to leave that to individual DMs.

      From my own point of view, there's a real mix in here. Some of them are quite bardic or druidic in style, while others are more sorcerer/wizard-like. Faerie Ward seems like a good one for clerics and paladins.

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    2. Don't forget Warlocks, especially ones with an Archfey Patron.

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    3. Yep, some of these work as warlock spells. Of course, I can't go changing the Fey Warlock's *pact spells*, since they only get so many of them and WotC have already done the picking, but it's fine if you want to make them available to all warlocks as standard.

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  3. Nice work! For Faerie Ward do you need to specify that it consumes the acorns as they do not have a gp cost? I can't think of any existing spell that consumes mundane material components.

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    1. Sorry, didn't see this comment before.

      That material component is a subtle bit of humour on my part. In old fairy stories, fey spirits would give people gold coins that, when examined later, would turn out to be acorns disguised by an illusion. So the 'joke' is that acorns are the definition of something that is worthless, i.e. they have no gp value. So, the fact that the spell consumes them is meaningless, because you can just pick them up off the ground. Get it?!

      ...I will admit that my humour can sometimes be a little too obscure. :S

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  4. Nice! some really interesting spells in here. I'm happy to see glitterdust back, and curse weapon is nice (although I'm already using critical fumbles, so I guess I'll have to adjust it if I want to use it).

    My only reservation is about nondesript, which, I think, should allow an intelligence saving throw if the creature tries to recall that it saw you or details about you, and maybe be limited to creatures you do not directly interact with. Otherwise you can cast this spell before attacking someone, retreat if necessary, and they'll never remember the fight- which seems too powerful for a 2nd level spell when you consider that Modify Memory requires you to have the creature incapacitated, affects only one creature, is 5th level, etc.

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    1. Hmm. This spell has been out in the public domain for nearly 18 months and no one has ever raised that concern.

      I would say that it doesn't quite work like you say though: they'd still remember the fight, they just wouldn't remember specific details about what you looked like. It'd also eat your concentration if you used it in a fight so you'd be potentially hamstringing yourself - and if you lost concentration you'd lose any benefit from it. Furthermore, with a range of Self, you can't protect your allies from being remembered. Granted it'd be good for solo NPCs, but maybe I think they need a bit of love.

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    2. It still seems a bit out-of-place that it can work against creatures with true sight, powerful demons, etc.

      Also, RAW, the enemy would not remember the fight: "unable to recall you". Which means an assassin can surprise an enemy EVERY ROUND with this spell.

      If not a saving throw, than it should at least not apply for someone if you attack them (and maybe not apply against true sight).

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    3. It only now occurs to me that this spell is functionally very similar to Stranger, a 2nd level spell I wrote for the Lovecraft Handbook. If you get a chance Nails, compare and contrast these two.

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    4. You are not your actions. This spell absolutely does not let you keep surprising someone. They know they're under attack! They just won't be able to pick you out of a line-up afterward.

      And Finger, I remember your Stranger spell. Honestly? I thought at the time you'd deliberately re-skinned Nondescript with a more Lovecraftian flavour.

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    5. It's a case of 'great minds think alike.' Stranger was based off of an old 3.5 magic item of mine called Rumor Dust, which made its way into 5e as a rogue Investigator rune.

      That being said, I think there's a fine difference between the way we approach the mechanics here.

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    6. There is a difference, sure. Yours is a disguise, mine's a perception filter. It makes sense that there'd be a way to foil the disguise. If it were possible to 'resist' Nondescript, well, there'd be no point to the spell. It'd be a weaker version of Pass Without Trace.

      I think we're both at the right spell level. Stranger is more flexible: you can cast it on other people and you could use it to actively *fool* someone rather than just passively *not be remembered* by them, while Nondescript is more limited in what it can accomplish (I continue to reject the idea that it has value in combat) but is totally reliable when you *do* need it.

      As an aside, Nondescript is also a remake of something from 3.5. Unsurprisingly.

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    7. Nails: I think the spell description should specify it only prevents others from recalling details about your appearance, so your actions will be remembered. Also, I still think it shouldn't work against true sight.

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    8. I feel like that's obvious already, but I'll go ahead and put in a clarification.

      And per the RAW, I'd actually say Truesight already does work against it. Note that none of the visual illusions in the PHB say that Truesight ignores them; the specific rule is in the description of Truesight on page 185. I'm happy to keep it that way.

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  6. I like these, and have some fey adventure locations coming up so they will see some use in my campaign.

    Dire Charm seems to have contradictory ranges. Its range is touch but then the text says "charm a humanoid you can see within range." So you have to touch them, but you can't charm an invisible target? ;)

    Also, would you mind if they were distributed for free in Realm Works format with credit to you? http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks

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    1. According to the Finger, our position is 'yes, as long as you credit us and provide a link back to magehandpress.com'

      As to the range, that is intentional. You can't charm an invisible target or, more importantly, you can't charm something if you're blinded. And some people's 'touch' range is different from other's, either because of reach or because they have a familiar they can deliver it through.

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  7. Thanks, I'll post a link when I share it on their forums. Credit as a link to this post has been added to each of the spell's entries.

    Gotcha on the range and I'd not thought of familiars when reading the spell.

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  8. Question: what classes can use these and the Chronomancy spells?

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    1. Hi! Sorry about the slow response; we don't get any notification or alert when people comment on old posts.

      I prefer not to say which class spell lists my spells go onto; it should be up to the individual DM. Especially with these fey ones, I don't think it's for me to say whether, in someone else's world, a spell is arcane or divine.

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