Sunday, September 5, 2021

Gorgon Crawl Classics: Foresight Spell

The titan Prometheus is the divine personification of Foresight. This gave him the knowledge to side with Zeus and the gods when they rose up against his fellow titans. Prometheus can grant his disciples an approximation of his foresight.

The mechanics of this spell were influenced by the Luck Word in Kevin Crawfords excellent Godbound rpg. I believe diviners in D&D 5th Ed do something similar as well. 


Foresight (patron spell)

Level: 1 (Prometheus)

Range: Self

Duration: Varies

Casting Time: 1 Round

Save: None

General

Prometheus grants the caster nebulous visions of possible futures. This allows the player to roll dice ahead of time and use the results for future rolls.

Manifestation

Roll 1d4: (1) Prometheus whispers portents directly into the caster’s mind; (2) Warnings of the future appear before the caster’s eyes, written in flaming script only they can see; (3) Multiple timelines appear before the caster like strands of quicksilver, which they pluck like lyre strings; (4) The caster splinters their mind across fourteen-million six-hundred and five possible futures to find the one where they succeed.

1

Last, failure, and patron taint.

2-11

Lost. Failure.

12-13

Roll 1d20 and record the result. You can use this number in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw roll you make before the end of the next round You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made.

14-17

Roll 1d20 and record the results. You can use this number once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw roll made by you or an opponent you can see before the end of the next round. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

18-19

Roll 2d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an opponent you can see before the end of the next round. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

20-23

Roll 2d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an ally or opponent you can see within the next 1d6+CL rounds. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

24-27

Roll 2d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an ally or opponent you can see within the next turn. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

28-29

Roll 3d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an ally or opponent you can see within the next turn. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

30-31

Roll 3d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an ally or opponent you can see within the next CL turns. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

32+

Roll 4d20 and record the results. You can use each of these numbers once in place of any attack, skill, or saving throw rolls made by you or an ally or opponent you can see within the next CL turns. You must choose to replace a roll before the roll is made. These numbers are lost if this spell is cast again before they are used.

 


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Gorgon Crawl Classics - Invoke Prometheus

Development on Gorgon Crawl Classics (my Mythic Greece/Peplum setting for DCC) continues to putter along. I'll admit I've gotten distracted by a couple other projects, to say nothing about day-job stuff.

I plan on including three new patrons in GCC--Orpheus, Echidna, and Prometheus.

In GCC, Prometheus is something of a messianic figure. He's the creator and patron of humanity, suffering now for his crime of stealing fire for humanity. Theoretically, the PCs will eventually get a chance to help Hercules free him from his bonds.

As a patron, Prometheus' gifts are based around fire, foresight, trickery, and creation. He only grants patronage to those who fight for the common good of mankind. 

Below is the Promethean Invoke Patron table I've been using in my playtests. I'm sure it will continue to be tweaked. Enjoy!

(Also, Brendan Lasalle is including Prometheus as a patron in X-Crawl. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm eager to see how similar/different it is from mine.)


Invoke Patron: Prometheus

Roll

Effect

12-13

Gift of foresight. For the next attack, spell check, skill roll, or saving throw roll 2d20 and take the best result. 

14-17

The caster can hurl fire bolts for the next CL rounds. Make an attack roll using INT against the target’s AC. Inflicts 1d4+CL on a successful hit. 60/120/180 range.

18-19

The caster’s melee weapons and that of 1d6 allies within 60’ are wreathed in flames for CL rounds. Flaming weapons are considered both magic and blessed and inflict an additional 1d6 damage. 

20-23

Caster wreathed in flames for 1d6+CL rounds. Immune to fire. Their melee attacks inflict additional 1d6 damage. Opponents who strike them with a melee attack take 1d8 damage (DC 13 Reflex save for half)

24-27

Opponent must make DC 15 reflex save or be captured by adamantine chains. Cannot move or attack. Attacks against them are at +2d. Last 1d6+CL rounds. DC 25 STR check to break free. Chains are AC: 20 and have 10+CL hp. 

28-29

Summon a giant vulture (stats as Pterodactyl) to pick out the target’s Liver. The bird attacks the caster’s enemies as directed and will remain until slain or one turn per caster level has passed. 


30-31

Steal a target’s occupation, deed die, 1d4 thief skills, single spell, or special ability for 1d6 rounds.

32+

Sacrificial Immolation. Caster’s body explodes into flame. Every creature within 20’ of the caster takes 6d6 damage (DC 15 Reflex save for half damage). The caster’s body and all their non-magical items are reduced to ash. 1d4 rounds later, the caster’s body reconstitutes, healed of all damage, poison, and disease, but not spellburn or corruption.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Nymph Class (Gorgon Crawl Classics)

The Nymph has been the hardest class for me to put together for Gorgon Crawl Classics. It started off as a simple reskin of the Elf, a kinda-fighty spellcaster. I quickly realized that the Cleric spell list fit the “semi-divine nature spirit” concept better than the Wizard spells did, so it changed into an Elf with Cleric spells. But the Cleric spells, on average, lack the “oomph” of Wizard spells. So without access to Turn Unholy, Lay on Hands, and Divine Intervention, the Nymph was just kind of a less-goods Cleric (albeit, with slightly better saves).

I know “balance” isn’t really a thing in Dungeon Crawl Classics, but I needed reasons to play a nymph (other than simple cool factor), especially since level-0 isn’t a thing in GCC, and players can choose their class. What I came up with was giving her access to a handful of wizard spells, as well as some benefits when she’s in her native environments. I’m pretty happy with how the Nymph sits right now, but there are sure to be a few more tweaks. At some point I need to write a nymph-specific Disapproval table.

Also, in my research I found out that there are Nymphs native to the Underworld—Lampads, Persephone’s torchbearers. So yeah, goth nymphs—pretty cool.


Nymph (Class)

All-female nature spirits. 

Hit Points: 1d6 per level

Weapon Training: dagger, javelin, bow, short sword, staff, spear

Alignment: Usually neutral. Chaotic nymphs are called “Maenads.”

Ageless: Do not age and are immune to all supernatural aging. 

Bonded to Nature: Choose the environment to which your Nymph is bonded. This choice determines what kind of Nymph you are and will effect some of your special abilities. This choice cannot be changed, baring exceptional circumstances.

  • Forest: Dryads
  • Mountains and grottos: Oreads
  • Streams and lakes: Nereids
  • Sea: Naiads
  • Underworld and dungeons: Lampads

Gifts of Nature:

  • Dryad: Leaves no trace or path when walking through forest or underbrush. Unimpeded by woodland travel.
  • Oread: Immune to natural cold. Unimpeded by mountain travel.
  • Nereid/Naiad: Can breathe underwater. Swim at their normal walking speed. 
  • Lampad: 120’ Infravision

Grace: If unarmored and not using a shield, the Nymph can add her PER modifier to her AC.


Divine Nature: Thanks to their connection to nature and the gods, Nymphs are natural spellcasters. Nymph cast clerical spells, rolling 1d20+PER+LUCK+Level as their casting roll. Armor check penalties apply.

Due to their connection to the powers of the divine, Nymphs get to choose which spells they learn at each level, and do not have to depend on the whims of fate or the roll of the dice. All Nymphs start with the exclusive spell Nymphcraft (see below) and may choose a number of additional spells as indicated on their class table. This amount is further modified by their PER bonus.

Nymphs have access to all the spells from the Cleric's list. Additionally, Nymphs have access to several traditional wizard spells which they can select as known spells. Nymphs will tell you that wizards stole these spells from their ancient sisters. Nymphs cast these as Cleric spells. Failed rolls do not result in loss, failure, corruption, or any of these wizardly hazards, but accrue Disapproval as normal.

These spells are:
  • Level 1: Animal Summoning, Charm Person, Sleep
  • Level 2: Invisibility, Mirror Image
  • Level 3: Consult Spirit, Planar Step
  • Level 4: Polymorph
  • Level 5: Mind Purge

Native Spellburn:
While within their natural habitat, Nymphs can spellburn physical attributes to increase their spellcasting rolls, just like wizards do. They can only recover spellburn damage while within their natural habitat.

Level

Attack

Cirt/Table

Action Die

Known Spells + Nymphcraft

Max Spell Level

Ref

Fort

Will

1

+1

1d6/II

1d20

3

1

+1

+1

+1

2

+2

1d8/II

1d20

4

1

+1

+1

+1

3

+2

1d8/II

1d20

5

2

+1

+1

+2

4

+3

1d10/II

1d20

6

2

+2

+2

+2

5

+3

1d10/II

1d20+1d14

7

3

+2

+2

+3

6

+4

1d12/II

1d20+1d16

8

3

+2

+2

+4

7

+4

1d12/II

1d20+1d20

9

4

+3

+3

+4

8

+5

1d14/II

1d20+1d20

10

4

+3

+3

+5

9

+5

1d14/II

1d20+1d20

12

5

+4

+4

+5

10

+6

1d16/II

1d20+1d20+1d14

14

5

+4

+4

+6

Nymph Level Titles

  1. Innocent

  2. Pastoral

  3. Pleiadian

  4. Daemon


 

Nymphcraft

Level: 1, Range: Varies, Duration: Varies, Casting Time: 1 Action, Save: Varies

General

Only Nymphs may learn this spell. The Nymph calls upon her divine connection to nature and bond to the land to perform a variety of magical effects. When successfully cast, the Nymph may choose any effect equal to her roll or below. When cast in the Nymph’s natural habitat, she gets a +1d bonus to the spellcasting roll. 

Manifestation

See Below

Roll

Effect

1-11

Failure.

12-13

Generate 1 cubic foot of material per CL

Dryad: Flowers and leaves

Oreads: Stones and pebbles

Nereid: Freshwater
Naiad: Saltwater

Lampad: Bone and ash

14-17

Encase the nymph in a protective layer of bark (dryad), stone (oread) shells (nereid/naiad), or bone (lampad). +4 AC for CL turns. 1d6 fumble and no check penalty. Does not stack with worn armor, except shields. Does not disrupt the Nymph's "Grace" ability.

18-19

Teleport from one tree (dryads), stone (oread), pool of water (nereid/naiad), or shadow (lampad), to another within 100’ x CL. The tree, stone, pool, or shadow must be big enough to theoretically contain the nymph.

20-23

Attack an enemy within 60’ with spears of wood (dryad), stone spikes (oread), ice knives (nereid), stinging jellyfish tendrils (naiad), or bone shards (lampad). 4d6 damage, reflex save for half damage. 

24-27

One enemy within 60’ must make a reflex save or become bound by roots and vines (dryad), stone hands (oread), ice (neirid), seaweed (naiad), or iron shackles (lampad). Target cannot move or attack, but can break out with a STR roll with a DC equal to the casting roll. Bindings are AC 9 and have hit points equal to the casting roll. 

28-29

Touched, willing ally falls into a deep sleep for 1 hour. When they awake they heal 2d6+CL hp. 

30-31

Nymph summons a guardian spirit that protects the nymph and follows her orders for CL turns or until destroyed. 

Guardian Spirit: Init +4; Atk Slam +4 (2d4); AC 16; HD 4d8; MV 30’; Act 1d20 or 2d16; SV Fort +4, Ref +3; Will +5; AL N; SP: See below.

*Wood spirit (Dryad): Immune to piercing damage

*Rock spirit (Oread): Immune to electricity, ½ damage from slashing weapons

*Water spirit (Nereid/Naiad): Immune to bludgeoning damage, ½ damage from cold.

*Underworld Spirit (Lampad): Immune to cold and poison. 

32+

Target enemy within 120’ must make Fort save or transform into a tree (dryad), pillar of stone (oread), fountain (neirid), coral statue (naiad), or stone memorial (lampad) for CL days.