Magic

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It's Magic!

Your campaign should contain magic? So don't get me wrong, don't confuse magic with divine work or even body modifications. Magic is a strange power, which can be represented quite differently depending on the universe.

In ancient or medieval times, adding magic may make the campaign feel more like a fantasy world. In the modern era, magic may add to a cthulhuid story; in the future, it may lead to a setting like the Seattle of 2052 described in various stories.

The magic expansion is independent of eras or other expansions. It can be added at any time to enable magic in the campaign.

Basic Attributes

The magic expansion is based on two basic attributes, which characters with the expansion activated have and which can be obtained through templates.

Arcana

Arcana reflects the amount of magic the character can combine and store. With Arcana, the character casts spells and performs rituals. Templates, such as "Arcane Tutor" increase the maximum arcana a character can have.

Arkana regenerates through a rest.

Spell Points

Spell points are used to create spells. Spell points can also be obtained by the character through templates. For example, the "Arcane School" template gives 10 spell points.

Once spell points are spent on a spell, they are used up and cannot be used again. Unlike Arcana, this is not a value that refreshes by resting.

Skills

With the magic expansion, each character gains two new skills that they can use to act in the magical world.

Spell Casting

The skill Spell Casting is used to perform spells and rituals. It is composed of the attributes Willpower and Charm and can be increased by templates.

Magic Knowledge

Magic Knowledge is used whenever knowledge of magical occurrences or artifacts is needed. Every character has this skill, which is composed of Education and Conscientiousness.

Learning spells

To learn a spell, a character needs three things: rest (a spell can only be learned between game sessions) and available spell points. In addition, he needs a thesis, a way to also get the knowledge about that spell. The latter is up to the campaign, or the game master.

Spell points are available when the number of Spell points spent is less than the Spell points obtained through templates. Each spell has a certain point cost. To learn it, the spell is noted on the character sheet as learned.

A spell can be learned multiple times. This is possible because spells can be modified by spell templates. For example, you can make an energy lightning spell once as an energy spell and once as a light spell.

Spell values

A spell has different values, which are taken into account in the game.

The spell casting attribute specifies which attribute (along with the spell value) is rolled on to cast the spell. It is given by the school of magic (see below).

The value under Arcana describes the cost of the spell when cast. To cast a spell with an arcana value of 2, the player must also have two arcana available and cross off when casting.

The strength of the spell describes how effective the spell is. For newly learned spells, the strength is usually 1, but can be increased by spell templates. In addition, the strength is increased by the successes of the spell casting when the spell is cast (see Casting Spells).

Each spell has a certain range. This is the maximum distance from the caster at which a spell can be cast. This is not to be confused with a possible area where the spell will work. This is mentioned in the spell description. If the range of a spell is 0, the spell only works at/on the caster himself.

The shape of the spell determines the area of effect. It can be a geometric shape, such as a line or a sphere, or no specific shape. The latter is the case if the spell requires touch or works directly on the caster.

The Actions of a spell indicate how many actions are required to cast the spell.

Schools

Spells in Phase Six are assigned to schools, which classify spells into broad categories. Each character can choose spells from any school, but the school is assigned a supporting attribute in each case.

  • Damage (Strength)
  • Control (Willpower)
  • Transmutation (Skill)
  • Healing (Conscientiousness)
  • Illusion (Quickness)
  • Divination (Apprehension)
  • Revocation (Logic)
  • Summoning (Charm)
  • Enchantment (Attractiveness)

Spell templates

Spell templates change the values of a spell, and can also add effects or completely change the behavior of the spell. Spell templates are divided into four categories:

  • Basic: basic adjustments to spells.
    • Powerful spell (1 spell point): The power of the spell is increased by one.
    • Easy to Perform (5 spell points): The spell requires 1 arcana less, but at least 1 arcana.
    • Twin spell (5 spell points): The spell affects one additional target. The effect is applied to all targets.
    • Long Range (2 spell points): The range of the spell is increased by 20 meters.
    • Fast Execution (3 spell points): The spell requires one less action, but at least 1 action.
  • Affinity (1 spell point): The element of the spell is changed. This initially has no effect in the game mechanics, but it can turn an acid spell into a fire spell, for example.
  • Shape (3 spell points): changes the shape of the spell, for example from a point to a sphere of certain diameter.
  • School (7 spell points): changes the school of the spell, for example from incantation to damage. This also changes the attribute on which what is cast.

Spell templates can be added to any learned spell. To do this, note on the character sheet at the spell that it contains the special template, e.g. "Simple Healing (Powerful Spell)".

Each spell template can also be added to a spell more than once.

Forgetting spells

Just like learning spells, it is possible to forget spells with the necessary peace of mind. To do this, the spell is removed from the character sheet, and the character can be credited again for the spell points used.

Cast a spell

A spell can be cast if the character still has at least the arcana specified with the spell available.

To cast a spell, the player casts on the Spell Casting value specified with the spell. This value is made up of the character's Spell Casting skill and the spell school's attribute.

If the roll achieves at least one success, the spell is successful. For each success achieved, the Power of the spell is now increased by one.

The effect of the spell occurs as indicated in the description. The specified arcana cost is deducted from the character, even if the spell failed.

Luta wants to cast a simple heal. Her Spell Casting value is 1, in the attribute Conscientiousness (which is the attribute of the healing school) she has 5. She thus has 6 dice available for casting the spell.

She rolls a result of 3,4,5,5,3,1. Thus, she has achieved 2 successes, which are added to the Power of the spell. She thus heals 3 wounds.

Magic artifacts

In addition to spells, the magic expansion brings the possibility of magic items, weapons, armor or weapon modifications. In addition, artifacts can be created by the player.

For example, a Simple Healing Potion restores 1D3 wounds when used.

Creating Artifacts

The character who wants to create an artifact only needs the item into which the spell will be infused. To create an artifact, he performs the spell normally and binds it in the item. While doing this, he also specifies the action that will trigger the spell in the artifact. This can be a complex action or just a spoken word.

After normal execution of the spell, the number of successes determines how strong an artifact is. If the roll is unsuccessful, the creation of the artifact is also unsuccessful. If the roll succeeds, the artifact can be used as many times as the roll shows successes. The cost of creating an artifact is the arcana cost of the spell multiplied by the uses of the artifact. If these exceed the character's maximum arcana points, as many applications are bound into the artifact as the character can pay with his arcana.

Very rarely it can happen that an artifact has an unlimited number of active applications. What quality an artifact has is not determined by the character who creates the artifact, but only by fate itself. No mage can predict how strong an artifact he creates will become.

If a single success of the roll shows at least a value of 30, he has created an infinite artifact.

For an infinite artifact, the number of successes is doubled to determine the cost. If these exceed the character's available arcana, excess costs are covered by wounds.

When the artifact is created, the magic knowledge of the character creating the artifact is recorded in a value called the artifact level. This artifact level indicates how powerful the creator was at the time they created the artifact.

Using artifacts

To use an artifact it is sufficient to perform the described action. If a spell is bound in the item, it will be cast that way, and it will not cost the user any arcana. The effect of the spell occurs as if it had been cast directly by a mage.

To use an artifact, the magic knowledge of the person who wants to use the artifact must be equal to or higher than the artifact level of the artifact. If the user's magic knowledge is lower, he must pass a Spell Casting roll whose successes are at least equal to the difference between his magic knowledge and the artifact level.

Storing arcana

Magic is an element that is not easy to comprehend. But if a being is granted the ability to handle it (i.e., a character possesses arcana), the character can easily store it in all non-magical materials in order to access it again later. But this method is not without danger.

Create a magic storage

To create a magic storage, it is enough to touch the item in which Arcana is to be stored and simply let the power flow into the item. The procedure takes as many hours as the character wants Arkana to flow into the memory and is completely harmless. The arcana is then subtracted from the character's arcana and noted with the storage.

Magic storages, like artifacts, are assigned an artifact level equal to the magic knowledge of the creator.

Using magic storages

A character discharges a storage by touching it and absorbing the stored power. In doing so, he must not exceed his maximum arcana. He does not have to draw the entire arcana stored at once, the power can also be dosed.

A stranger can only use the magic storage if his magic knowledge is equal to or higher than the artifact level of the storage.

Dangers of the storages

Magic storages are unstable, they explode if there is magic instability near them. If a spell fails near a storage, the wearer of the storage casts on his magic knowledge. If he achieves at least as many successes as the memory has Arcana, an explosion is prevented. Otherwise, the storage explodes.

When a storage explodes, it causes twice as many hits within 2D6 meters as Arcana is stored in the storage. The explosion causes a bonus wound and both Burning 1 and Shocked 1.