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The Forbidden Knowledge spell

I have completed the first version of the Forbidden Knowledge spell skill. It consists of the following triggers:

  1. Dark Secrets
    These are the actual Occult spells and powers. I intend them to be more powerful than the typical spell, but this is balanced by the fact that they exact a heavy toll upon the caster. The typical price is a loss of sanity (+2 or more) and a large HP drain.

  2. Forbidden Knowledge    (download here)
    This in an on-skillUse trigger much like Runesword's standard Lunaspell or Wrathspell. In this initial version of the skill, the character is given one basic FK spell (also known as Dark Secrets) to start with, Transfer Resistance, and is given more upon skill level raises.

  3. Learning Dark Secrets    (download here)
    This trigger is used when a character first examines a text/inscription/etc from which they can learn the Forbidden Knowledge spell skill. They must first have learned Arcane Knowledge, which will give them the requisite background to understand this new information they've found. They realize what lies in their hands and the choice it represents - do they risk not just their life, but thier sanity as well in order to gain these powerful secrets or do they stop reading now, knowing that some things are better not known? This leads to a great role-playing moment for the player. For the sake of game balance, if the character decides not to read on they recieve an EP award for their wisdom as do the party in general (we're assuming they helped the character decide to resist the temptation). Of course, if the character decides to read on, they receive the new skill, finding that thier curiosity has already taken its tole on their sanity.

  4. Studying Forbidden Text    (download here)
    This trigger is attached to the text/inscription that contains the actual Dark Secrets. Basically, when the text is examined the trigger searches through the character to look for the Forbidden Knowledge skill. If the skill is not found then the Learning Dark Secrets trigger is executed and the skill can be learned. If the FK skill is found, it is in turn searched for the Dark Secret contained in the text. If it is not present, then it is learned by the character. If the character examining the text has both the FK skill and the Dark Secret in question they are simply told that they have found a copy of a text they have already read.

Click here to download an encounter which contains everything you need. Click here to see a list of spell ideas, including some completed spell triggers to download. Please email me with any questions/concerns/bugs/etc at heeznow@msn.com, or post a message on the Runesword message board for all to read.


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