Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fighter-Wizards of Lemminkainen, Part I

Neutral Finnish Demigod of Adventure

Tenets of Lemminkainen
* Journey to take what is yours
* Honor oaths as long as others do (especially women)
* Fear not death or failure
* Use great items to ensure your success

Fighter-Wizards of Lemminkainen
Special: Being a demigod, Lemminkainen is just served by fighter-wizards (see below).
Allowed Weapons: Any
Allowed Armor: Chainmail and shield or lighter
Symbols: Copper Rake, Horse
Can Turn: None
Mysteries of Lemminkainen:  Fighter-wizards of Lemminkainen use a fighter's stats for combat, but gain no weapon specialization or other special abilities. In return, they can cast spells as clerics of the same level, but learn only one spell per level and can only cast 1/2 the cleric's amount of spells per day. 

Next week: Fighter-wizards of Lemminkainen, Part II!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part V


Ilmatar Encounters 
All the winds can bring, all that can be brought by air, you see.

Roll 1d12
The sky clears, revealing the lofty firmament above. Ilmatar's followers, those who follow similar gods, and even sky-appreciators in the area gain a +2 to all rolls for the next 1d4 hours. Those who dislike such things gain a -4 instead; that is, if they are even around to view it.

2. Great winds swirl, ripe with new seed. All not secured and who are within 1d6 x 100' are blown 1d10 x 10' in a random direction, possibly colliding with objects for 1d6 damage per 10' traveled. And if possible, each has a base 10% chance of becoming pregnant.

3. Do you hear that? Something fell is upon the breeze and the 1d4 quarter mile area where this encounter takes place will experience great destruction starting within 1d6 turns. Only the stoutest of structures (and those who seek shelter within them) will survive the event. A faithful of Ilmatar will know this is coming and give forewarning to all who will listen (per #12 below), though as with all weather prognostications, there is only a base 50% chance of it being accurate.

4. Beyond belief, this place is simply aerial, with no ground or water to find purchase in sight! Such is the realm from which Ilmatar came, though only those who follow her will know there's no reason to scream- simply enjoy the flight (or falling) as the clouds rush by, until land is safely found again sometime in the next 3d6 rounds.

5. Ahh, calm, clear water are at this location: quenching thirst, easing burdens, and reinvigorating the soul. Any who take the time to rest gain the benefits of a full night's rest, even if it is just for 1d2 hours.

6. Waves course here, causing all to save vs. paralysis or be knocked prone. The wetness will soon dissipate (unless the area was already wet), though the disarray will not. 

7. Murky depths flood everywhere, keeping all except those who enjoy such things low with burden (a -4 to all rolls), but making any pregnancies and births much easier (with a +10 bonus).

8. Behold! A winged creature descends from the sky: none other than a duck. This magic being will lay 7 eggs. The first 6 each function as a Gate spell when cracked open, while the 7th functions as Flesh to Stone, except that it turn ones hit by it to iron instead.

9. Suddenly a burning comes upon a lucky female party member (or nearby NPC if none are in the party), ironically not from where one might think. In fact, it makes her shoulders & knees erupt in flame, doing 1d6 damage to all who stand right in front of her, unless they are followers of Ilmatar or the like.

10. Landforms change radically here, with hills rising and cliffs falling. Each 30' radius spot within sight changes elevation by (1d20 -10) x 5 feet, thereby adjusting anywhere from 45 feet lower to 50 feet higher.

11. With a wisp and a whisper, a spirit of air is here. Its presence encourages lightness, shifting, movement, and the blowing around of light objects, causing all to save vs. spell or react more in that way, though the spirit cares not. It stays with the party for the next 1d10 turns, unless somehow banished or brought to a very earthy or enclosed area.

12. One faithful in Ilmatar dwells here, a very light and gracefully quiet sky-appreciator (roll 1d12):
[1-3] just a non-classed faithful follower of Ilmatar, [4-7] a priestess of Ilmatar, [8-9] a tietaja of Ilmatar,
[10-11] a mystic of Ilmatar, [12] an avatar of Ilmatar.


DCC RPG Conversion Notes
Save vs. paralysis= make a Reflex save DC 15
Save vs. spell= make a Will save DC 15. 

Next week: fighter-wizards of Lemminkainen!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part IV

Spells (Ilmatar) 
Whether air, water, fire, or earth, Ilmatar's blessing can give great magic birth.

1st Level: Create Water (reversible), Cure Light Wounds, Detect Magic (if it's elemental in nature), Light, Resist Cold, Sanctuary, Divine Weather (D), Purify Water (D), Feather Fall*, Manipulate Fire*

2nd Level: Augury, Bless, Hold Person, Holy Chant, Resist Fire, Fire Trap (D, trapped item must have a duck symbol on it), Heat Metal (D), Obscuring Mist (D), Produce Flame (D, from shoulders or knees), Levitate*

3rd Level: Continual Light. Cure Blindness, Cure Disease, Dispel Magic (if elemental magic and is cast at 2 caster levels higher), Prayer, Remove Curse, Protection from Fire (D), Stone Shape (D), Water Breathing (D), Gust of Wind*

4th Level: Create Food and Water, Cure Serious Wounds, Divination, Lower Water (reversible), Flash Fire (D, reversible), Hallucinatory Terrain (D), Protection from Electricity (D), Temperature Control (D), Fire Shield*, Move Earth (Lesser)*

5th Level: Commune, Cure Critical Wounds, Flame Strike (can take the form of any element), Control Winds (D), Transmute Rock to Mud (D, reversible), Wall of Fire (D), Atmospheric Bubble*, Conjure Elemental* (though spell will end if caster is distracted), Passwall*, Wall of Stone*

6th Level: Heal, Part Water, Stone Tell (can be used on any element), Summon Aerial Servant, Control Weather (D), Fly*, Move Earth*, Stone to Flesh (reversible)*

7th Level:  Earthquake, Restoration, Wind Walk, Animate Mineral (D), Control Weather (Greater, D)

Next week: clerics of Ilmatar, Part V! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part III

From the air, upon the waters, such fire and earth to forge Ilmatar's sons and daughters.

Divine Tests
1-4. The wind blows, the seas flow. The priestess will need to attune to the elements for the next 2d6 turns, 1d6 if doing so in an especially windy, wet, fiery, or earthy place.

5-9. Being an elemental great spirit, Ilmatar has little else to demand of her priestess but to become more at one with the air, water, fire, or earth. The priestess loses access to some of her spells (50% chance for each one), possibly including her turn ability. Roll 1d4 to see what she needs to do to get each one back.
[1] Be under the open sky for 2d2 hours, 1d2 if it's also windy.
[2] Be submerged at least chest deep for 1d2 hours.
[3] Be surrounded by fire for 1d3 turns, or by eggs and/or ducks.
[4] Lay on natural earth for 1d3 hours.

10-16. The potency of Ilmatar shifts, bringing atmospheric change to wherever the priestess goes. Each one will affect all within a 1 mile radius, centered on her for the next 4d6 hours. Roll 1d4.
[1] Great winds: light objects and beings are blown away; heavier objects and beings have a base 20% chance of being knocked down or can make a Strength check to resist. Recheck every 1d3 turns while the event lasts.
[2] Heavy rains: floodwaters rise at a rate of 1 foot per hour, ruining low-lying structures. All without cover are otherwise drenched, causing those who enjoy dryness to suffer a -3 to all rolls if they don't drown first.
[3] Heat wave: crops wither and tensions rise, though all must save vs. death to even have the will to do anything about it. Otherwise, they just lie around and pant unless they specifically enjoy such great heat.
[4] Drought: all becomes dry as kindling, with the earth shining majestically through. Those affected gain a +3 bonus to sight, hearing, and other checks related to the clear air, while those who enjoy moisture will only suffer a -3 to all rolls instead.

17+ Mimicking the birth of Ilmatar's well known son, the priestess vanishes, brought to her goddess's airy womb beneath the waves. Though kept safe and nourished while within, she remains for at least 1 day, plus 1 additional day per divine test result over 17. Afterwards, she may only attempt to escape once each day by successfully saving vs. death. If not, then she must wait until the next day in order to try again.

DCC RPG Conversion Notes
Turn ability= Turn Unholy ability 
Strength check= DC 15
Save vs. death= make a Will save DC 10

Next week: clerics of Ilmatar, Part IV!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part II

Magical Side-Effects
The Air Maiden becomes Mother in the Waters, emitting Fire to create Earth. Such is her magic that it often requires attunement with the elements themselves. Roll 1d12. 

1. Vault Above: Where else do all come but from the virgin realm overhead? The priestess too must be underneath the sky (or at least in sight of it) for the magic to occur. 

2. Mother's Task: Buffeted by wind, Ilmatar rests in the deeps to await. The priestess needs to have been so struck by wind, waves, or submerged sometime within the last 1d4 hours. If not, then the spell will occur at just half its normal strength.

3. Inkuboi: Warm islands arise so the mother can rest from her labors. It is now fire, eggs, or even a duck that the magic needs present. Otherwise, it shall only work once one is.

4. Lands Upon: And she makes the gullies and the hills, the rocks and the reefs too. Mirroring this, the priestess must be standing at least barefoot on natural earth, stone, or corral for the spell to function.

5. Bursting Creation: The eggs crack, causing all manner of thing to burst forth. Any within 60' gain a +2 bonus to  rolls to create, including spells with a lasting duration. The effect lasts for the next 2d6 rounds even if the creations go on longer. 

6-8. No Side Effect: The magic works as usual this time. 

9. Lands Arising: Not only does the spell have a 50% bonus to its effect, range, or duration, but the priestess can raise the height of a 5' circle of natural land by 5'. She can affect spots up to 60' away and such changes are generally permanent.

10. Seven Eggs: Emitting great heat, the priestess's shoulders and knees will cause those who would attack her in melee to take 1d6 + the priestess's level damage from the burns. Once activated, the defense lasts for the next 1d3 rounds. And for every 7th time this side-effect occurs, the priestess may instead throw an egg of iron at a foe within 120'. They must save vs. death or be turned to iron as well.

11. Water-Born Child: If the priestess is within sight of water, then the spell's effect, range, or duration can be increased by 50%- double if she's at least waist-deep submerged in it. Otherwise, she has a base 10% chance of  conceiving a child who will gestate within 1d3 days, be born in water, and be blessed (per Referee), much as Ilmatar gave birth to Vainamoinen if the winds are so inclined.

12. Air Blessing: The magic occurs for twice its normal effect, range, or duration, as well as it not being expended that day. What is more, if the priestess is underneath the open sky, then one of those spell elements may be tripled.

DCC RPG Conversion notes
Save vs. Death = make a Will save DC 10
Spell not being expended that day = gains a +2 bonus to its spell check

Next week: Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part III!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part I

Lawful Finnish Virgin Great Air Spirit, Nature Mother

Tenets of Ilmatar
* Be free upon the Air
* Conceive within the Waters
* Bear, through struggle, the Eggs of Fire
* To birth offspring and new Earth

Priestesses of Ilmatar
Special: Ilmatar is served by priestesses, tietaja (Finnish shamanic wizards), & mystics.
Allowed Weapons: None
Allowed Armor: None
Symbols: Cross, Clouds, Eggs
Can Turn: Any who would raise a weapon against her.
Mysteries of Ilmatar: When in sight of the sky or a large body of water, priestesses of Ilmatar may reroll one of their spell rolls up to once per day per level. If in sight of just one, then they must take the second result. If in sight of both, then they can pick which result they wish to use.

Next week: Priestesses of Ilmatar, Part II!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Clerics of Ilmarinen, Part V

Ilmarinen Encounters 
The items we would hold may hold us even more.

Roll 1d12
1. A killer is on the loose. As the bodies begin to pile up, those who investigate find that the culprit is a/an (roll 1d6): [1] random party member, [2] bitter peasant, [3] old hermit, [4] fallen priest of Ilmatar, [5] Pohjolan (evil northerner) swordsman, [6] terrifying sentient item. Marked as being Chaotic Murderous, the killer bears (or is) a (roll 1d4): [1] crossbow, [2] knife, [3] axe, or [4] garrote, made of copper and gold. 

2. Trouble is about. With all the arguing going on (all in the area must save vs. death or grow antagonistic), the wise will realize that it is someone (or something) Chaotic Quarrelsome at work. Indeed, it is a [1] milk maid, [2] sauna operator, [3] marsh spirit, [4] belligerent warrior, [5] hiisi (Finnish ogre) suffering from indigestion, [6] insidious sentient item. The quarrelsome one holds (or is) a golden and copper (roll 1d4): 
[1] canoe, [2] mocking (rocking) horse, [3] shield, [4] pair of shoes. 

3. What did you call me?! A fight has broken out between two Finns. They are (roll 1d6 for both) a: [1] mouthy youth, [2] well-proportioned wife, [3] pastry merchant, [4] irritated miser, [5] tietaja (Finnish shamanic wizard) in training, or [6] drunken veteran and bears an iron and gold, Chaotic Ill-Tempered (roll 1d4): [1] cow, [2] goblet, [3] belt, [4] helmet. 

4. Terrible news, an unlucky party member is insulted right to his or her face. The aggressor, a (roll 1d6): 
[1] well-armed noble, [2] priestess of Loviatar, [3] pet dog, [4] angry brother, [5] pekko (hairy Finnish goblin) who's far out of its league, or [6] barley farmer, does indeed have a Chaotic Ill-Mannered item on his or her person. Made of gold, copper, and silver, it is a (roll 1d4): [1] plow, [2] necklace, [3] spoon, [4] sword. 

5. An odd feeling befalls a (roll 1d6): [1] random party member, [2] turnip farmer, [3] forest spirit, [4] river boatman, [5] Pohjolan wolf, [6] talented smith. Thanks to a Neutral Cold-Breath of Sorrow or Haltja-Gift (equal chance of either), a gold and silver (roll 1d4): [1] woman, [2] sea gull, [3] brazier, or [4] pair of undergarments, is to blame. 

6. Would you look at that! Not only is the bearer durable and well-shaped, but the item they hold is no less the same. A (roll 1d6): [1] tied steed, [2] stately oak, [3] well-dressed guard, [4] priestess of Mielikki, 
[5] manly lumberjack, or [6] striking serving woman carries a Lawful Well-Wrought (roll 1d4): [1] brocade, 
[2] pair of boots, [3] shield, or [4] hammer, made of iron and copper- both quite worthy and difficult to break

7. A faithful cleric of Ilmarinen does battle with a group of 2d4 insidious Pohjolans (evil northerners). He pulls out a silver and iron (roll 1d4): [1] holy symbol, [2] vial of holy water, [3] sacred hammer, or [4] metal box. The foul creatures knock it from his hand, but no matter: the random Ilmarinen spell it has can be used with a 75% chance again.

8. So much to do, such little time. The only solution is one of Lawful Utilitarianism, an item of iron and gold, a (roll 1d4): [1] canoe, [2] kantele (Finnish harp), [3] spear, [4] metal rake. A tietaja of Ilmarinen knows its location (for he wrought it too). And though he can't quite remember what 2 extra spells it is imbued with, he does know where it is and one corrupted by Chaos guards it- roll 1d4 on this table again to determine what type and who it is. 

9. And who can turn down something akin to the Sampo? Not only is the item Well-Wrought, Faithful, Utilitarian, and Many-Faceted, it can be had by one who provides a (roll 1d6): [1] swan feather, [2] barley corn, [3] wool ball, [4] milk drop, [5[ shaft of wood, [6] reroll twice. Those interested have 1d10 turns to do so, giving it to a/an (roll 1d12): [1-3] devout follower of Ilmarinen, [4-8] cleric of Ilmarinen, [9-11] tietaja of Ilmarinen, or [12] avatar of Ilmarinen, in order to receive the item of iron, copper, silver, and gold. 

10-12. Reroll 1d10 on this table, but the item is actually (roll 1d4): [1] unattended and ripe for the taking, 
[2] for sale- a base 50% chance of the seller knowing the item's true nature; a base 1% chance of him actually telling the purchasers if he does, [3] desired by a cult of Louhi, who will take it by force once identified, [4] sentient, compelling the person to behave the way listed in 1d10 result way. If already sentient, then the item will be animate too, egging them on loudly. What is more, for all these results, the item has a base 75% chance of still holding a random Ilmarinen spell too, if it doesn't have at least one already.

DCC RPG Conversion Notes
Save vs. death= make a Will save DC 10.

Next week: priestesses of Ilmatar!