This is an old post I had saved as a draft from September 4, 2017. I release it now as it does no good sitting in the draft bin.
In a previous post I brainstormed some magic spells that fit within the rules of regular sorcery in Blood of Pangea. Now I want to brainstorm some high sorcery, as I personally prefer a game where there’s amazing magical spells of all kinds. I like the idea of a free form magic system.
The challenge with free form magic is there’s no yardstick for determining cost vs effect. There is a Might cost, but one must have a metric for how much might it costs for a given effect, and that is difficult for me.
Having actual limits to your magic helps spur creativity. You have an idea of what realm you have mastery over, and focus your efforts at making it work within that realm. World Of Dungeons has an interesting system whereby the magician has use of two “spirits” that grant the caster powers, and those spirits each have mastery two domains of power, such as lightning and stone. Spell damage is capped at 2d6 or 3d6, and otherwise you can cast any spell that’s plausible within the domains of the spirits in your service. It’s not quite free form, but it’s free form within a limited domain.
A creative person might take this spirit of lightning and stone and work their creativity on it. Stones that explode with electricity, stones that glow with electric light, electric sparks that follow the caster like a torch, animating stone statues, making your target’s hair stand on end, charging your staff so anyone you poke with it gets a nasty electric shock, crumbling stones to dust, etc.
BOP has no restrictions on high magic except that 1 point of damage costs 1 Might. The Judge can impose restrictions or conditions as he sees fit. Here’s an example from a Google+ discussion, where member James Ciriaco explains his take on animating zombies. It was an excellent idea.
With a Might cost related to damage inflicted, one could use that as a metric for all kinds of matter changing sorcery. Without a lot of Might to spend, even your high magic effects are limited.
Someone commented over on the Google+ forum about my previous post having spell effects similar to using “The Force” in Star Wars. That may well be a good point of reference.
So with that in mind, I will list a few high magic spells. I will add that ritual could be used to help achieve the desired result, but it would take time and materials to do so.
Here’s the spells:
Any kind of damaging spell could be themed to suit the style of the sorcerer. A ball of energy, an ethereal putrescence, ice, fire, acid, doing damage equal to Might. Over on the trollbridge forum, someone said they themed a “Take That You Fiend” spell as the victim’s shadow coming to life and strangling them. The Emperor in Star Wars used Lightning.
Breaking down doors.
Crumbling stone. Levitating a 250 pound boulder might take only 1 might, but crushing it to rubble would take more, I think. If the one hour duration and concentration rules are used, then you might negotiate a cost of Might vs Time. Let’s say the 250 pound boulder blocks a crawl space you need to pass. Then the Judge could offer a deal such as it would cost 1 might for one hour to slowly crumble the stone, or 5 might to break up the stone right now.
Set something on fire. The larger or more flame retardant the target, the more it costs.
Call a prolonged wind to push a sailing boat or ship.
Push down a tree. * Consider how many axe strokes it would take to cut down a tree. Toppling even one 40 foot tree with a 6 in diameter trunk could possibly take a tremendous amount of Might.
Removing body parts. If a body can be levitated, surly part of the body can be levitated. If you’re into the macabre, then there’s some interesting implications to this idea. I’ll leave that to your imagination.
Cauterize a bleeding wound.
Jump start someone’s heart with electricity.
Snap someone’s weapon in half. * This is a Pits & Perils spell.
Mend a broken sword. * This also is a Pits & Perils spell.
Cause the targets to lose control of their bowels.
Summon a small whirlwind. Simple little dust devils cost little, more powerful gales or tornado speed winds, very expensive.
Heat a water-logged porous rock from a stream, causing it to explode like a bomb.
Attract lightning from an overhead storm cloud.
Summon floating lights.
Animate thorny plants to entangle a target.