B&B - Spellcasters

Last 7 Edits:

  • June 23rd, 2014: Added Sorcerer.
  • June 4th, 2014: Removed the armor penalty reduction for Mage Blade. It doesn't line up with new Edge/TT system. There is an Edge for that that suits this class and grants access to its TT.

Sources of Magic

(CNote: Like in 4E DnD, we are using sources of magic).

Arcane

This magic is raw and created from formulas, granted from magical beings or is inherited through bloodlines.

Arcane casting typically requires diverse gestures and is spoken aloud. (Armor bonuses are subracted from rolls made to cast Arcane magic).

Arcane casters cannot cast healing, greater healing or ???.

Divine/Miracles

This is magic channeled through or granted by divine beings.

Casters typically wield spells relating to the port-folio of their provider and healing magic is common amongst divine casters.

Divine magic usually requires little physical manipulation, but includes strongly spoken prayers to the deity. (Armor does not interfere with the casting of divine magic).

Primal/Nature/Spirit

This magic is from the primal world. It is elemental and natural or invokes the spirit world.

The casting of this magic varies the most. Some may require ritual dancing and chanting and others might be quiet whispers to the spirits.

Armor bonuses are subtracted from primal casting roles, unless the armor is leather of natural hides, etc. Worked steel/iron interferes with the channeling of this magic.

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Alternate Casting

For our own style and settings we have different and specific casting types (classes) outlined below.

If you wish to just use the Power Point system from Savage Worlds Deluxe then go ahead and combine that with one of the below caster types - making sure you know which type of magic you channel. (Note that Wizards still do use this system). You could also use the option no PPs rules presented in the same book.

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Bard/Skald

Source

Arcane. Powers are called spells. Though not as powerful as wizards, bards weave their magic through the power of music. Their performances also take a on a magical nature.

Ability & Specialty

Perform (Song Magic).

Starting Power Points, Spells and Bardic Songs

You begin with a combination of 3 Bardic Songs or Novice spells. You choose the combination. Bardic Songs are chosen from the Bard Talent Tree. For every spell you choose you get 5 Power Points (with a maximum of 10 starting PPs). A bard cannot take damaging spells with overt trappings (such as Blast (fire)), and typically choose spells that inspire and enhance their allies' capabilities or affect the minds of their enemies.

Bardic Songs

The Bard Talent Tree also opens up a lot of magical options to enhance their Perform checks. The bard does not use the Song Magic specialty for these however.

Adding Power Points, Spells & Bardic Songs

Take the Power Points Talent (maximum of once per rank) or the New Power Talent, both from the Arcana TT. Bardic Songs are simply added by taking the relevant talent.

Casting Spells

Bards simply spend the appropriate amount of Power Points and make a Perform (Song Magic) roll. Spell casting involves an actual performance and are therefore loud. A bard cannot cast spells if they are restricted from performing.

Performing Bardic Songs

I need to add stuff in here. I will be mostly going with 13th Age, but will look at Pathfinder rules too.

Arcane Backlash

When a bard rolls a 1 on his casting die (regardless of his Wild Die), he is automatically Shaken. This can cause a wound.

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Cleric

Source

Divine. Powers are called miracles. A cleric gains their powers from their devotion to a deity.

Ability & Specialty

Will (Faith).

Starting Miracles

A cleric's miracle choices are limited to those suitable to their deity. (The GM will decide upon this list). From that list a cleric begins knowing the following amount of miracles from each rank: Novice 8, Seasoned 4, Veteran 2, Heroic 0.

Adding Miracles

Further powers from the deity list can be added with the New Power Talent (but the cleric must be of the appropriate rank to add miracles higher than Novice rank - even though they begin knowing some Seasoned and Veteran miracles).

Casting Miracles

Clerics can cast any miracle from their known-miracles list at a -2 penalty per rank above Novice. (No penalty for Novice Powers). Typical clerics do not use Power Points.

Miracle Duration

Clerics cannot maintain powers beyond base duration, but duration is doubled on a Raise, and increased by a like amount per extra raise. (Not inc Instant, Concentration & Permanent Powers).

Crisis of Faith

On a roll of 1 (or a modified roll of less than 1) on the casting dice (regardless of Wild Die) OR on any failure to successfully cast a miracle the cleric suffers a level of Fatigue. This fatigue can ONLY be removed by taking an extended rest. If a caster reaches Incapacitation on the Fatigue tracker due to casting a miracle, they simply cannot cast anymore miracles until an extended rest is undertaken. (They do not die, if the last step was a miscast miracle).

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Druid/Greenbond

Source

Primal. Powers are called evocations. A druid gains their powers directly from the natural world and the power of nature. In some cases, this may be attributed to spirits, in others (like Kage) the world itself may be an entity capable of providing powers.

Ability & Specialty

Will (Druidism).

Starting Evocations

All druid evocations must relate to the natural world, elements, life or spirits. (The GM can decide upon this list, but it is best to just ensure the player chooses reasonably). A druid begins knowing the following amount of evocations from each rank: Novice 8, Seasoned 4, Veteran 2, Heroic 0.

Adding Evocations

Further powers can be added with the New Power Talent (but the cleric must be of the appropriate rank to add evocations higher than Novice rank - even though they begin knowing some Seasoned and Veteran evocations).

Casting Evocations

Druids can cast any evocation from their known-evocations list at a -2 penalty per rank above Novice. (No penalty for Novice Powers). Typical druids do not use Power Points. Casting is a noisy affair as the druid calls upon the powers of nature and/or the spirits to do his/her bidding.

Druids are powerful in the wilds, but suffer within artificial or worked structures, which block the energy fields of the natural world, elements, life and spirits. This is shown on the table below. Modifiers apply to Druidism rolls.

Modifier Location
+1 Completely natural (cave, desert, forest)
+0 Rural (outside in a village, a worked cave, a mine)
–1 Urban (inside a village building, anywhere in a town or city, within other enclosed, artificial structures)

Evocation Duration

Druids cannot maintain powers beyond base duration, but duration is doubled on a Raise, and increased by a like amount per extra raise. (Not inc Instant, Concentration & Permanent Powers).

Spiritual Backlash or Nature's Fury

On a roll of 1 (or a modified roll of less than 1) on the casting dice (regardless of Wild Die) OR on any failure to successfully cast an evocation the druid suffers a level of Fatigue. This fatigue can ONLY be removed by taking an extended rest. If a caster reaches Incapacitation on the Fatigue tracker due to casting an evocation, they simply cannot cast anymore evocations until an extended rest is undertaken. (They do not die, if the last step was a miscast evocation).

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Mage Blade

Source

Arcane. Powers are called spells. Mage blade spells' gestures are motions and positions in their unique fighting style. A mage blade’s focus is wielding power through their athame, or bonded weapon. They have limited magic, and spells cast typically enhance their fighting style.

Ability & Specialty

Smarts (Battlecasting).

Starting Power Points & Spells

10 Power Points. 2 Novice spells. (Mage Blades can take Warrior's Gift as a Novice power and usually start with this spell and Smite. Each of these are taken as a specific spell; Warrior's Gift must have an Edge appointed to it and Smite an energy type. To add further options to these spells, the spell must be taken more than once).

Athame

This is a magically bonded weapon of the mage blade's choosing. In the hands of the bonded mage blade, the weapon is considered magic [+1 damage] and grants +1 Parry. (Spells cast without an athame take a -2 penalty to the roll).

Adding Power Points and Spells

Take the Power Points Talent or the New Power Talent. Most spells should be direct enhancements to a mage blade's fighting technique.

Casting Spells

Mage blades simply spend the appropriate amount of Power Points and then cast any spell from their known spells with a Smarts (Battlecasting) roll. Spell casting involves precise movements and the mage blade's athame; without the athame all casting rolls are made at -2.

Arcane Backlash

When a mage blade rolls a 1 on his casting die (regardless of his Wild Die), he is automatically Shaken. This can cause a wound.

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Sorcerer

Source

Arcane. You channel your spells from within. Lying within your blood is a connection to an ancient arcane energy source that manifests every few generations.

Bloodlines

When you choose the Sorcerer Edge, you must also select a Bloodline for the source of your energy. (Listed with the edge). When casting spells vs creatures of the same type as your Bloodline you add +1 to the roll. You also gain +1 Toughness or +1 to Ability checks to resist powers cast by such creatures.

Ability & Specialty

Will (Blood Magic).
Although arcane in nature, you use Will to cast your spells, b/c they come from within.

Starting Spells

2 Novice spells, one of which must have a clear link to your chosen Bloodline.

Adding Spells

Further powers can be added with the New Power Edge, but this can only be done once per rank. Though any spell can manifest, most spells chosen should directly relate to your Bloodline. (A good rule of thumb is every second spell).

Casting Spells

Sorcerers summon the arcane energy from within. Sorcerers can cast any of their known-spells, taking a penalty on the casting roll equal to half the normal Power Point cost (rounded down). Typical sorcerers do not use Power Points.

Durations

Spells with durations can be maintained as long as the sorcerer desires, but remember, for every maintained power you are -1 on casting and disruption rolls. Powers automatically finish if you sleep or are rendered unconscious.

Arcane Backlash

For every point of failure on a casting roll, a sorcerer suffers 1d6 damage. This damage is of the same type as the spell being cast. If the spell does not have a damage type, it is psychic damage. This damage can cause wounds (or madness) and could mean the sorcerer has to make a disruption roll if other powers are active. On a roll of 1, regardless of the Wild Die, it results in a Partial Critical. Snake-Eyes is a full critical.

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Wizard

Source

Arcane. Powers are called spells. A wizard learns spells through studying sigils and formulas. They are versatile casters, able to amass a great collection of spells.

Ability & Specialty

Smarts (Spellcasting).

Starting Spells in Spellbook

A wizard begins with a number of spells in their spellbook equal to half their starting Smarts die. They can select any Novice powers associated with Arcane magic.

Starting Power Points and Prepared Spells

10 Power Points to use to cast any Prepared spell. Begin with 3 Prepared slots for spells of Novice rank. To prepare a spell, a wizard must spend time following an extended rest equal to 10 minutes x the highest rank spell they are preparing reading from their spellbook. If no time is spent preparing, the spells remain the same as those prepared the previous day.

Adding Power Points and Prepared Spell Slots

Take the Power Points Talent (limited to once per rank) or the New Power Talent. When a new spell is added this way, the wizard gains a new slot (at the rank of the wizard or lower) AND may add one new spell of the same rank to their spellbook. (This is a reflection of continued contemplation, study, trial and error).

Adding Spells to Spellbook

A wizard may copy spells from other spellbooks or scrolls into their own spellbook. The spells must be of the same rank as the wizard or lower. The wizard must pass a Smarts (Spellcasting) roll to understand the spell and then spend 1 hour/rank and use exotic materials/inks (10gp/spell rank) to copy the spell in.

Casting Spells

Wizards simply spend the appropriate amount of Power Points and then cast any spell from their Prepared Spell Slots with a Smarts (Spellcasting) roll. A wizard can also cast spells directly from their spellbook without spending Power Points, but the time to cast is x10 (typically 1 minute as opposed to 1 round) and a Spellcasting roll is still required.

Arcane Backlash

When a wizard rolls a 1 on his Spellcasting die (regardless of his Wild Die), he is automatically Shaken. This can cause a wound.

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Warlock

Source

Arcane. Powers are called invocations. A warlock gains their powers from a mystical patron, such as a fey creature or an outer-planar host. Typically, warlocks don't have a lot of powers, but can cast the ones they do know frequently.

Ability & Specialty

Smarts (Magick).

Starting Invocations

2 Novice.

Adding Invocations

Further powers (appropriate to the patron providing them) can be added with the New Power Edge, but this can only be done once per rank.

Casting Spells

Warlocks can cast any of their known-invocations. Warlocks channel their magic through a focus item granted/imbued by their patron. If the caster does not have their focus, they need to spend components (determine depending upon host, like herbs and natural substances for fey hosts) costing 1sp per use per rank. Spells cast without either a fey item or components are cast at -1 to the Magick roll per rank of the spell. Typical warlocks do not use Power Points.

Durations

Use the spell durations from The Savage World of Soloman Kane. (Or just use the same modifications as the Cleric above).

Arcane Backlash

On any invocation casting failure, a warlock gains 1 level of Fatigue, which is recovered after a short rest. On a roll of 1 (or a modified roll of 1 or less) on your Magick roll (regardless of Wild Die) a warlock rolls 2d6 and consults the Spell Backlash table (The Savage World of Soloman Kane, p113). It is possible to suffer backlash and still succeed in casting the spell b/c of your Wild Die. With a critical fail, you roll 3d6 on the Backlash Table and use the lowest 2 die results. If Incapacitation results from arcane backlash, a warlock rolls on the Incapacitation table as normal, but is treated as if taking nonlethal damage (death cannot be the result) and they can cast no further spells until an extended rest.

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