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Minor Magic

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:02 am
by HedgeWizard
As my tag suggests I have a special soft spot for Minor Magic, it may not have the drama of the major styles but is so usable and entertaining that I just can’t help making it a major focus with characters

Some changes though which I would like to propose:

Currently you learn 3 cantraps per level of minor Magic which means a maximum of 18. There are 30 odd in the main rule book (plus others published elsewhere) and there are no restrictions on any of the other Magic styles as to how many spells you can learn. So I propose the following: when advancing a level you learn 3 cantraps but you can also continue to learn packets of 3 cantraps even when you have maxed out on your minor Magic level (I.e. equal to half your Magic characteristic).

Some new cantraps based on more the Necromatic cantraps:

Mask (duration 10 minutes): Changes the casters features to look like someone else they know or even make it animal like. Can be quite realistic if the intended face has a similar size and structure to the caster. Can also be cast to change the colour of eyes or hair. Can be seen through with an Awareness or Luck test.

Scent (duration 10 minutes): A touched object will start giving off a scent of the casters choice. Works best inside or where there is no wind.

Animate (Untill the following dawn): Animates à small model no bigger than the casters hand made of wood or clay. It cannot act on its own but follows the will of the caster. Can move and manipulate objects as well as fight with Skill 3 Stamina 3 Damage 1. —- Wizards chess anyone?

Here are some others:

Levitate (duration 1 minute): Make à small light object (sheet of paper, quill etc) float gently in the direction desired by the caster.

Annul Cantrap: Cast with -2 difficulty and counters one minor Magic Cantrap. Either stops it or removes its effects.

Re: Minor Magic

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:14 pm
by Dawndeath
Good ideas. :)

Re: Minor Magic

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:12 pm
by Ruffnut
These are really good

Re: Minor Magic

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:56 pm
by SkinnyOrc
HedgeWizard wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:02 am
Currently you learn 3 cantraps per level of minor Magic which means a maximum of 18.
Another way to do this would be make additional cantrips past the 18 cost 10 XP each. That's based on Wizardry spells being 20 XP per MP.

Re: Minor Magic

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:43 pm
by HedgeWizard
But would you say that a Cantrap is half as easy to learn? Or say 20xp for three of them?

Re: Minor Magic

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:00 pm
by SkinnyOrc
It's hard to put a MP value on cantrips with the way they use none unless you fail the casting roll. But my opinion is 1 for 10XP or 3 for 20XP would both work fine. It perhaps comes down to whether you want to let them buy one at a time, by the stage they already have 18 they may prefer that.