Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Druidesses of Rhiannon, Part II

Magical Side-Effects of Rhiannon
All just endeavors can be done, so sayeth the queen, the birds, and the mare. Roll 1d12 and consult the table below, referring to any requirements based on which of those three aspects best match.

1-2. Gofyniad: The spell will only happen once some requirement is met.

3. Cymwynasgar: Without a requirement being done, the magic will only occur at 50% its usual strength. 

4. Yn Araf: The spell's effects will transpire 2d3 turns later unless the druidess performs a requirement.

5. Teyrnas Rhiannon: All within 1d6 x 10' gain a +1d3 bonus to certain rolls for the next 2d6 rounds, depending on which one of Rhiannon's aspects is manifest (roll 1d3): [1] majesty, [2] birds/ attraction, or
[3] horses/ protection.

6-8. Arwydd Her: Except for a possible, minor occurrence symbolizing one or more of Rhiannon's aspects (a 50% chance), the spell works as usual this time. 

9. Mad: The spell needs a requirement and will also have a 50% bonus to its effect, range, or duration. If not given, then nothing will occur.

10. Gwell: The magic's effect, range, or duration can be boosted by 50% by adding a requirement. If that doesn't happen, then it just works normally.

11-12. PrawfThe spell occurs for an additional 50% bonus (or 100% if a 12 is rolled) to its usual effect, range, or duration, as well as it not being expended that day. What is more, if the druidess has undergone a divine test or other significant challenge sometime within the last 4d6 hours, then one of those spell elements may be tripled.

Requirements by Aspect
Roll either based on which part of Rhiannon the caster most resonates with, or simply pick one at random.

Rhiannon Queen (d4)
The druidess must be...
1. Dressed well, such as in a golden brocade or other finery.
2. In a position of authority, or at least a higher vantage point than all others present.
3. Mounted upon, or at least next to, a noble steed.
4. Advising someone, a noble or her consort at least.

Adar Rhiannon (d4)
The spell or spellcasting must involve...
1. Birds.
2. Courtship, especially being hard to get.
3. Something at least somewhat related to waking the dead or lulling the living to sleep.
4. Sweet singing.

Rhiannon Mare (d3)
The spell or spellcasting must involve...
1. Horses.
2. Her offspring.
3. Protection.
4. Labor.

For example, a druidess of Rhiannon casts a spell and her player rolls a 3 (Cymwynasgar). Therefore she must perform a requirement or else all the spell's aspects will be reduced by 50%. To prevent this, she rolls on the Rhiannon Mare table since it is the most fitting for her. She then rolls a 3 on it, so the spell or the spellcasting must involve some sort of protection in order to avoid the penalty.

For the full article, including Welsh semi-mortal elves, the Ellyllon, see here.

Next week: Druidesses of Rhiannon, Part III!