Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Clerics of Fenrir (Part I)

Chaotic Demon Lord of Evil Wolf-kind, Terror, & Destruction
Tenets of Fenrir
* Let nothing chain you, even Gods
* Be a ferocious hunter, grow strong
* Consume all that get in your way
* Destroy the world

Clerics of Fenrir
Special: Clerics of Fenrir are also known as shamans.
Allowed Weapons: Dagger, wolf bite (see below)
Allowed Armor: None
Holy Symbol: Large Wolf, Hand Bitten Off
Can Turn: Clerics of the Gods (especially Norse ones: +2 bonus; -2 penalty vs. others)
Fenris Curse: Clerics of Fenrir can make a wolfish bite attack every round of combat, causing 1d3 damage at 1st level and increasing the damage die for every odd level thereafter (i.e. 1d4 at 3rd level, 1d6 at 5th level, etc.)

What is more, clerics of Fenrir must Save vs. Spell to not immediately devour any victims that they have slain, a process that takes 1d6 rounds for every HD the victim has. They suffer an AC penalty of 6 while eating (unless they drag their prey to a safe place), but also gain 2 bonus hit points, as well as a +1 Strength bonus per HD of wolf-chow consumed afterwards. The bonuses last for the next 24 hours, but the lamentations for the fallen can last far longer.

Next week: Clerics of Fenrir (Part II)!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Clerics of Janus, Part IV

Cleric Spells (Janus)
Janus’s focus is on time, space, beginnings, and endings and so too do his clerics mainly cast spells of that nature, some even requiring gateways or other portals to work.

1st Level: Cure Light Wounds, Detect Evil, Detect Magic, Protection from Evil, Remove Fear, Sanctuary (can also be cast on others who stand near portals or who are making new beginnings), Hold Portal* (PT), Message* PT (does not need line of sight)

2nd Level: Augury, Bless, Hold Person (frozen in time and space), Silence 15’ radius (ditto for sound), Spiritual Weapon PT, Knock* (PT)

3rd Level: Cure Blindness, Cure Disease, Dispel Magic, Glyph of Warding PT, Prayer, Remove Curse, Haste* (reversible)

4th Level: Cure Serious Wounds, Divination, Exorcise, Striking (+2 when used around portals), Dimension Door* PT

5th Level: Atonement, Commune, Cure Critical Wounds, Dispel Evil, Plane Shift PT, Distort Distance*, Teleport* PT

6th Level: Blade Barrier PT, Find the Path, Heal, Word of Recall PT, Greater Teleport PT (as Teleport*, but no chance of being off target)

7th Level: Gate PT, Restoration, Symbol PT, Time Stop*

PT: Spell requires a nearby portal, such as a gateway, door, or other opening to work. Note that Janus Mysteries will also then grant a +2 bonus to all of the cleric’s rolls related to the spell.
 *: Magic-User Spell

Portal Encounters
The thresholds of Janus can be simple or elaborate; mundane or even magical pathways to another world. Whatever the case, those who travel through will likely be making a new beginning.

Portal Appearance (roll 1d6)
1. Simple Door
2. Moderate Door
3. Elaborate Door
4. Gateway
5. Arch
6. Other (Cave, Hole, Cabinet, Standing Stones, etc.)

50% base chance of being locked or blocked
20% base chance of being guarded

Portal Function (roll 1d30)
1-25. Normal passage to adjacent area
26-27. One-way, stranding passage through time, space, and/or reality*
28-29. One-way, returning passage (1d100 hours later) through time, space, and/or reality*
30. Two-way, secured passage through time, space, and/or reality*

*Special Portal Function
1. Travel into the past P, 1d100 (and roll 1d8): [1] rounds, [2] minutes, [3] hours, [4] days, [5] months, [6] years, [7] decades, or [8] centuries
2. Travel into the future, 1d100 (and roll 1d8): [1] rounds, [2] minutes, [3] hours, [4] days, [5] months, [6] years, [7] decades, or [8] centuries
3-5. Travel in a random direction (correcting for elevation and/or obstacles), 1d100 (and roll 1d8): [1] feet, [2] yards, [3] quarter miles, [4] miles, [5] ten miles, [6] hundred miles, [7] thousand miles, or [8] interplanetary
6. Otherworld: see Manannan listing in Divinities and Cults: Volume II for generation guidelines

P: Unless the past isn’t altered in any way by the time travelers (a very unlikely event), then those returning will likely end up in an alternate reality/ Otherworld due to the paradox(es) they cause(d).

Next week: Clerics of Fenrir Wolf!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Clerics of Janus, Part III

Liminal Space
Janus sends his faithful through many thresholds so that they might better understand the implications of space and time.

Divine Tests
1-2. Are you administering the proper rites? The cleric apparently needs more practice honoring new beginnings and measuring how much has already been done. He must now take 2d6 turns of time, as well as having a 50% chance of needing to sacrifice at least 1d6 x 10 gold pieces in treasure or goods, in order to do so.

3-4. A firmer reminder is now required. The priest is immediately shifted in time or space, suffering a -2 to all rolls for the rest of the day and possibly other considerations. Roll 1d3.
[1] Be sent 1d100 minutes into the future- he will experience it as lost time
[2] Be sent 1d100 minutes into the past, being able to even change it, but then suffering 1d20 damage from any paradoxes caused
[3] Be sent 1d20 feet in a random, horizontal direction, taking 1d3 damage and being pushed aside if he would materialize in a solid object

5-9. Duration and dimension can necessarily limit a cleric’s magic. As a result, he experiences a reduction in spells available (50% chance for each one) until dawn of the next day.  Roll 1d6 for each spell lost to determine what the cleric needs to happen in order for him to be able to use it before then:
[1] Arrive at a certain hour: roll 1d12 to determine what hour that is, ignoring whether the time is before or after midday
[2] Pass through a gateway, doorway, or other portal that he has never traveled through before
[3] Prevent all evil beings from passing through the nearest gateway, doorway, or other portal for the next 1d3 hours
[4] Open and pass through a gateway, doorway, or other portal that is currently locked or guarded
[5] Be at an area of synchronicity of time and space (e.g. a location associated with 144 at 1:44)
[6] Defeat one that has violated the laws of time or space (e.g. undead or summoned being)

10-12. Liminal Space can have broader applications, so in this case, use a Test from a similar Divinity rather than one from Janus. Roll 1d3:
[1] Manannan (otherworlds caused by time and space)
[2] Mars (beginnings of war)
[3] Mercury (gateways of trade)

See Divinities and Cults: Volume II for details on these Divinities. In the case of Manannan, explain the sense of not belonging or being otherworldly to the worship of Janus being more popular during archaic times.

13-17. A greater understanding of space is now required of the Janus priest, as well as anyone else who happens to be standing within 1d6 x 5’ of him when this Test occurs. They are immediately teleported a certain distance in a random, horizontal direction, also taking damage from any unfortunate collisions and/or elevation adjustments that might occur when they arrive at the destination. Perhaps he will remember to stick to proper rites for all new beginnings from now on? Roll 1d4.
[1] 1d100 feet, 1d4 damage
[2] 1d10 quarter miles, 1d8 damage
[3] 1d100 miles, 1d10 damage
[4] 1d1,000 miles (roll a 1d100 and add another d10), 1d20 damage

18+ As ‘Janitor’, Janus needs to clean up the cleric’s mess and show him that once and for all, time and space are one. After allowing him to view a temporal mishap that his lack of proper ritual has likely caused (or will cause), Janus then causes the cleric to either (roll 1d3):
[1] Travel 1d10 years into the past
[2] Travel 1d10 years into the future
[3] Enter an alternate reality with 1d4 divergences caused by paradoxes in the timeline (see the Manannan listing in Divinities and Cults: Volume II to generate divergences at random)

Those standing near the cleric when this Test occurs can also be transported with him (per Referee). And, unless the cleric finds another way to immediately return to his original time or reality (a base 5% chance per level), then those transported will end up being stranded. They then have a 50% + 10% chance per level of returning (or seeming to return) by either:
[1] Showing up immediately to find the party again but years older (if they were transported to the past)
[2] Reappearing again years later at the same place and at the same age (if they were transported to the future)
[3] Being switched with an alternate reality double that has a 50/50 chance of being either kinder or crueler and also has all ability scores adjusted by 1d6-3 (if they traveled to an alternate reality).

Otherwise, they will not return. What is more, for every Liminal Space result over 18+, increase the time travelled by 1d10 additional years and increase the divergences by 1d4!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Clerics of Janus (Part II)

Healing Side-Effects (Janus)
Like the flow of time and space, the healing of Janus is based on both beginnings and endings. And in the case of the patient, it will hopefully begin the cure and end the injury sooner rather than later.

What is more, if you’d like to save a die roll, you can have the Healing Side-Effect match whichever clock direction the top of the healing die faces when it lands. For example, if the result on a d6 for a Cure Light Wounds spell points to 4 o’clock, then consider the Healing Side-Effect result to be a 4. For healing spells that don’t have die rolls, simply roll a d12.

1-2. Is it the Appropriate Time? Janus presides over all beginnings, and the question is: what time should healing take place? Roll a d12 to determine the hour that healing is to occur for the patient (ignoring ante meridiem/ post meridiem time). If not already known, then roll a d12 to see if the hour matches. If it does, then the healing occurs immediately. If not, then healing occurs as soon as the correct hour is struck. In addition, and possibly unfortunately for the patient, he or she also cannot receive any healing until this hour is struck, whether from the spell that triggered this Side-Effect or not.

3-4. Rite makes Right. All Good Creation requires proper ritual and that includes curative magic. 1d6 turns of time and 2d6 gold pieces in offering are now required to make the healing work. If not, then it is forfeit.

5-6. Gatekeeper: Movement through space and time requires portals and the same holds true for this healing. As soon as the patient passes through one, whether magical or mundane, then he or she receives the spell’s curative effect.

7-8. Janus Geminus: It is now a temple that is needed for the healing to work, preferably a Roman one. If the recipient has been injured in battle though, then the doors to the Temple of Janus are open regardless and allow healing, no matter where the recipient is. If the recipient is fortunate enough to be in a Roman temple when the healing spell is cast, then he or she gains 50% extra benefit. If not injured in battle and not at a temple when the spell is cast though, then healing occurs at just half the effect.

9-12. Blessing of Janus: Not only is the patient healed automatically for the full amount, but he or she gains the benefits of Janus through time and space too. As a result, the patient can also take an extra action each round, as long as it involves movement, for the next 1d6 rounds.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Clerics of Janus (Part I)

Lawful Roman God of Gateways, Beginnings, & Time
Tenets of Janus
* Evoke Janus before all others
* Preside over gateways
* See to the proper rituals for all beginnings
* See also to the proper rites of space, as well

Clerics of Janus
Special: Clerics of Janus are also known as priests and priestesses. Being a very Roman God, his clerics focus much on proper ritual, which often takes 1d6 turns at a time. What is more, those clerics who eschew all armor may assume a bicephalus (two faced) form for up to 1 round per day per level. See Lugh’s Divine Test #15 in Divinities and Cults: Volume II for how this ability would work.

Allowed Weapons: Rod, staff
Allowed Armor: Banded or lighter*
Holy Symbol: Two-face (Gemini), Key
Can Turn: Those who violate the laws of time or space (such as undead and summoned beings)
Janus Mysteries: Clerics of Janus gain a +2 bonus to all rolls related to doorways, gateways, space, time, and the like.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Clerics of Epona (Part IV)

Cleric Spells (Epona)
Eponian clerics have access to the following spells. Eponian druids (those considered a distinct class- see Divinities and Cults: Volume II for details) can substitute select spells with druid ones.

1st Level: Cure Light Wounds, Detect Evil, Light, Protection from Evil, Purify Food and Drink (if it is suitable for horses), Resist Cold, Sanctuary (can be cast on others in pastures or stables), Animal CompanionD (horse-kind only), Detect Snares and PitsD, Faerie FireD, Speak with AnimalsD (horses)

2nd Level: Augury, Bless, Delay Poison, Know Alignment, Find Traps, Hold Person, Holy Chant, Resist Fire, Charm Person or MammalD (horse-kind only), Horse HideD (as Barkskin, but more equine) 

3rd Level: Animal Growth (horse-kind only), Cure Blindness, Cure Disease, Dispel Magic, Prayer, Remove Curse, Hold AnimalD, Neutralize PoisonD, Horse Haste (as Haste*, but can only be used when mounted)

4th Level: Create Food and Water, Cure Serious Wounds, Detect Lie, Divination, Exorcise, Protection from Evil 10’ Radius, Summon Animal ID (horse-kind), Hallucinatory Terrain* (horse-realm only)

5th Level: Atonement, Commune, Cure Critical Wounds, Dispel Evil, Commune with NatureD (when in horselands), Summon Animal IID (horse-kind)

6th Level: Find the Path, Heal, Summon Animal IIID (horse-kind)

7th Level: Restoration, Chariot of Epona (as Fire ChariotD, but horses appear normal and untethered), ReincarnateD

Mount Qualities
Though this table would serve well to generate a steed, it can also be used to determine qualities of other mount types, since Epona is concerned with fertility, as well. Roll 1d20 twice.

Dark bay
Blue Roan
Dapple Gray
Fleabitten Gray
Liver chestnut
Rose gray
Red Roan
Salt and Pepper
A different color
Manner/ Qualities
Special Parentage1
Reroll twice


1Roll 1d6 to determine what special parentage the mount has. It then will have 1 special ability that matches, per Referee:
[1] Centaur
[2] Hippocampus
[3] Hippogriff
[4] Nightmare
[5] Pegasus
[6] Unicorn

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Clerics of Epona (Part III)

Race Upon the Land
Epona shows her cleric the truth of riding through fertile bounty and overcoming those who would seize or destroy it.

Divine Tests
1-3. It is time for quiet reflection, at least 2d6 turns, though if mounted or in a place where horses dwell, she need only take 1d3 turns, none if at a Node (q.v.)

4-9. All steeds must return to pasture or stable at times and so too must the druidess of Epona. She experiences a reduction in spells available (50% chance for each one) for the rest of the day. Roll 1d6 for each spell lost to determine what she needs to do in order to get it back before then:
[1] Ride a willing mount for at least 1 hour
[2] Run free for the next 2 hours
[3] Stop to graze upon oats and forage foods for 1d6 rounds at a time (she can digest them), whenever new ones become available, for the rest of the day
[4] Promote fertility, whether in herself or in others (a base 50% chance of success for each attempt per hour)
[5] Repel or slay a humanoid invader, foreign to the land
[6] Put a tyrant or despoiler of nature in his or her place: any will do, but it will most likely earn his or her ire (a 95% chance)

10-12. Epona rides far and her horse cult has similarities to a number of other Divinities. Rather than experiencing a Race Upon the Land, reroll and consider this Test to actually be for one of the following instead (roll 1d4):
[1] Artemis (see Vol I)
[2] Danu (see Vol. II)
[3] Eostre (bonus Divinity- contact Dan for the link)
[4] Manannan (see Vol. II)

The Referee should feel free to adjust any results to make them more ‘Gallic’. See the Appendix of Divinities and Cults: Volume II for guidelines, though Epona is quite gentle and strong.

13-17. It is now best for the druidess of Epona to be changed in order to better experience fertile freedom. Each one lasts for 4d6 hours per instance of this Test. Roll 1d4 to determine what the alteration is:
[1] Be changed into a horse in all regards except for her mind: the type is determined by the druidess’s nature (per Referee; even a unicorn or pegasus if over 5th level).
[2] Turn into a Gallic centaur mare, granting her +1 HD and the speed of a horse, while still being able to speak and use her upper body normally. Still, she will also get some strange looks from others (a 65% chance), as well as a -4 penalty to Casting Rolls.
[3] Become a Godivan nymph: she must remain mounted and unclad and any ‘peeping toms’ that look at her at first must save twice to avoid blindness and even death! The rest just avoid taxation.
[4] Merge into the land itself as some sort of Gallic genius loci. She will be aware of what goes on in a 1d20 x 10 yard radius area, leaving a hill figure-type chalk representation upon the ground, even being able to cast spells within the place. Others may attempt to Commune with her, as per the spell during this time, though she may not leave.

18+ Some Races Upon the Land face challenges, and this is one of them. Whatever strangeness befalls her, the druidess must remember that all occurs for the sake of fertility. Roll 1d4.
[1] In eponymous fashion, the druidess’s name now becomes associated with the general locale that she is standing in when this Test occurs, causing likely confusion when discussed from now on (a base 75% chance), even possibly hostility from strangers (a base 20% chance).
[2] All horses within her presence now talk, causing those unfamiliar to save or become hostile to either the steeds (a base 25% chance) and/or to the druidess herself (a base 75% chance). Luckily, they are likely to stop talking once she departs: a 85% chance, minus 10% per instance of this Test.
[3] Rainbows, bright colors, hearts, glitter, and unicorn horns adorn any mounts that the druidess of Epona rides or is within 60’ feet of for the next 1d6 hours. All those of a masculine disposition that witness such a fey effect must save or suffer a -3 to all rolls during this time, due to manly disgust.
[4] Though the druidess would only do what is right for her people and would expel invaders and despoilers, they are misled and do not see it that way. Via a vote (or the like) she is denied the next leadership role that she would have.