Monday, November 28, 2011

Weird Arcana - Tuness’s Lunatic Catapultation (New Spell)


Although this new spell was also inspired in my readings of Songs of the Dying Earth, all references are to the Archwizardress Tuness, one of the legendary Archmages from the Tower of Impossibilities, from my Chronicles of the Seventh Moon campaign.

Tuness’s Lunatic Catapultation
Transmutation [Force]
Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 6
Components: V, S, T
Casting Time: 1 round
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One corporeal creature
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Refl partial, Will partial (see text)
Spell Resistance: Yes (see text)

This potent spell grips and immobilizes the target with herculean forces, skyrocketing the unfortunate victim to the nightly skies and throwing him against the world’s nearest moon (if there is more than one). The target is transported instantly, at an amazing speed, yet reaches his destination intact, falling in the lunar realms for 20d6 points of falling damage.

Tuness’s lunatic catapultation not always kill the target and, in fact, its original purpose was to punish and exile troublesome adversaries of the legendary Archwizardress Tuness of Yad. The caster can choose, at the moment of casting, to deliver the target alive to the moon. In this case, all the damage suffered is nonlethal.

A target of Tuness’s lunatic catapultation can attempt a Reflexes saving throw to evade the force grip that forms around him. If he succeeds, the eldritch energy fails to trap him, but the target falls prone. If the target has abilities like Evasion, he keeps standing.

Failing the Reflexes save means that the target is now caught by Tuness’s lunatic catapultation. However, before being catapulted sky high, the target can immediately attempt a Will saving throw to break the dweomer’s power. If he succeeds, he’s launched just 30 ft. high, before being dropped at the caster’s next turn (and usually suffering 10d6 points of falling damage).

Tuness’s lunatic catapultation doesn’t work on cats and feline creatures (including feline humanoids, weretigers, rakshasas with tiger heads and creatures polymorphed in cats).

Time component: Tuness’s lunatic catapultation can only be cast at night, under a visible full moon. The dweomer can only be cast once per night.

Power component: You can use as an optional material components one ioun stone (inferior stones won’t do), a moon dog’s head and a piece of the target (hair or blood usually). If you use this 3 material components at the moment of casting, the spell can only be resisted by the target’s Spell Resistance (if any).