Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Critter of Clay Spell Chain, part two

Mage Level Variations


Permanent Creature of Clay
SPELL TYPE: Level four mage spell
SCHOOLS: Enchantment
ELEMENTS: Earth
RANGE: Touch
COMPONENTS: M
DURATION: 1 hour per level
CASTING TIME: 1 round
AREA OF EFFECT: 1 ounce of clay
SAVING THROW: None
SOURCE: Unknown
HANDEDNESS: W
INQUEST STATUS: Approved
SPELL DESCRIPTION: This spell is identical to Creature of Clay, only the creature is permanent.

Brute of Brick
SPELL TYPE: Level five mage spell
SCHOOLS: Enchantment
ELEMENTS: Earth
RANGE: Touch
COMPONENTS: M
DURATION: 1 hour per level
CASTING TIME: 1 round
AREA OF EFFECT: 500lbs of earth or clay
SAVING THROW: None
SOURCE: Unknown
HANDEDNESS: W
INQUEST STATUS: Approved
SPELL DESCRIPTION: An improvement of Creature of Clay, Brute of Brick creates a creature made of no more than 500 pounds of clay, stone, bricks or earth that has the ability to move as if alive, with a beast-of-burden level intelligence, being able to move where directed, fetch or carry an object of no more than half its weight, follow very simple commands or otherwise move, although it cannot attack. The mage rolls a spellcraft check (or [(Dex+INT)/2]-5 if the mage lacks spellcraft) when creating the creature, with a bonus of 2 given for artistic ability: sculpture, sculpture and/or imbue, and a +1 for any other relevant skills, such as pottery, create magic items or others the DM feels are appropriate. If the spellcraft check fails, the creature never comes to ‘life,’and a high but not perfect roll will create a more mobile and believable critter. If the spellcraft roll is perfect (a modified 1) the creature will be permanent. A natural roll of 1 should be rewarded with a creature with both permanency and an improved intelligence, able follow more complex orders. Otherwise, the creature should be considered to have intelligence similar to a donkey. The material component of this spell is a pile of stone, brick, dirt or clay or other moldable media, including those manufactured by spells like ‘Craft Steel Vessel.’ Brute of Brick can be rendered permanent with Permanency. Although they cannot be commanded to fight, for purposes of AC, magic resistances and the rest, a Brute of Brick should be considered an 8HD earth elemental. If commanded to fight, the Brute of Brick will just cease moving, confused about its orders.
 
Man of Marl
SPELL TYPE: Level Seven Mage Spell
SCHOOLS: Enchantment
ELEMENTS: Earth
RANGE: Touch
COMPONENTS: M
DURATION: 1 hour per level
CASTING TIME: 1 round
AREA OF EFFECT: 1500 lbs of earth or clay
SAVING THROW: None
SOURCE: Unknown
HANDEDNESS: W
INQUEST STATUS: Approved
SPELL DESCRIPTION: An improvement of Brute of Brick, Man of Marl creates a creature made of no more than 1500 pounds of clay, stone, bricks or earth that has the ability to move as if alive, with a war dog level intelligence, being able to move where directed, fetch or carry an object of no more than half its weight, follow very simple commands or otherwise move, and attack or defend an area. The mage rolls a spellcraft check (or [(Dex+INT)/2]-5 if the mage lacks spellcraft) when creating the creature, with a bonus of 2 given for artistic ability: sculpture, sculpture and/or imbue, and a +1 for any other relevant skills, such as pottery, create magic items or others the DM feels are appropriate. If the spellcraft check fails, the creature never comes to ‘life,’and a high but not perfect roll will create a more mobile and believable critter. If the spellcraft roll is perfect (a modified 1) the creature will be permanent. A natural roll of 1 should be rewarded with a creature with both permanency and an improved intelligence, able follow more complex orders. Otherwise, the creature should be considered to have intelligence similar to a smart dog. The material component of this spell is a pile of stone, brick, dirt or clay or other moldable media, including those manufactured by spells like ‘Craft Steel Vessel.’ Man of Marl can be rendered permanent with Permanency. For purposes of AC, magic resistances and the rest, a Man of Marl should be considered a 12HD earth elemental, although a well-sculpted Man of Marl will be closer to a stone golem in appearance.

Capstone Spell:

Argil Idol
SPELL TYPE: Level Nine Mage Spell
SCHOOLS: Enchantment
ELEMENTS: Earth
RANGE: Touch
COMPONENTS: M
DURATION: 1 hour per level
CASTING TIME: 1 round
AREA OF EFFECT: 1 ton of clay
SAVING THROW: None
SOURCE: Unknown
HANDEDNESS: W
INQUEST STATUS: Approved
SPELL DESCRIPTION: An improvement of Brute of Brick, Argil Idol creates a creature made of no more than one ton of clay, stone, bricks or earth that has the ability to move as if alive, with a war dog level intelligence, being able to move where directed, fetch or carry an object of no more than half its weight, follow very simple commands or otherwise move, and attack or defend an area. The mage rolls a spellcraft check (or [(Dex+INT)/2]-5 if the mage lacks spellcraft) when creating the creature, with a bonus of 2 given for artistic ability: sculpture, sculpture and/or imbue, and a +1 for any other relevant skills, such as pottery, create magic items or others the DM feels are appropriate. If the spellcraft check fails, the creature never comes to ‘life,’and a high but not perfect roll will create a more mobile and believable critter. If the spellcraft roll is perfect (a modified 1) the creature will be permanent. A natural roll of 1 should be rewarded with a creature with both permanency and an improved intelligence, able follow more complex orders. Otherwise, the creature should be considered to have intelligence similar to a smart horse. The material component of this spell is a pile of stone, brick, dirt or clay or other moldable media, including those manufactured by spells like ‘Craft Steel Vessel.’ Argil Idol can be rendered permanent with Permanency. For purposes of AC, magic resistances and the rest, a Argil Idol should be considered a 16HD earth elemental, although a well-sculpted Argil Idol will be closer to a stone golem in appearance.

 

 



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