Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More on Mysticism

Some new ideas on mysticism:

As a light wielder, you can attempt a number of mystical stunts each turn equal to your LM. Mystical stunts are resolved as WIS checks.
  • Minor stunts have a target of 20.
  • Major stunts have a target of 30.
  • When you fail a stunt, you cannot attempt another stunt that turn.

Sample Minor Stunts (use 1 action to)…
  • Restore 1d6 + level hp to a living creature you touch
  • End the effects of one disease or end the effects of poison on a living creature you touch
  • Levitate, or cause a creature you touch to levitate, for the rest of the turn.
  • Call an object to your hand from up to 60’ away, weighing a number of pounds equal to your WIS score.
  • Lift or move an object within 60’ weighing a number of pounds equal to your WIS score.
  • Read the surface thoughts of a living creature within 30’.
  • Plant a suggestion in the mind of a living creature within 30’.
  • Take one extra action each round for 1 turn.

Sample Major Stunts (use 1 action to)…
  • Restore a dead creature you touch to life (dead up to a number of days equal to your level)
  • Restore lost xp due to undead energy drain.
  • Lift an object within 60’ weighing a number of tons equal to your WIS score.
  • Dominate a living creature within 30’, taking total control of the creature for 1 turn.
  • Read the thoughts of a living creature on the same planet.
  • Allow all allies within 60’ to take one extra action each round for 1 turn.

So, as a level 3 templar, you would have 2 opportunities per turn to attempt a stunt. If you fail, you’re done. You keep making checks until you fail.

As a talent, you could purchase bonus mystical stunt, which allows you an extra stunt each turn, and would be available even if one of your normal stunts fails.

All-in-all, I like this. It’s pretty simple, flexible, and ‘feels’ like a certain power set of a certain order of mystical knights. This means that there has to be some inherent mechanism for templars that their WIS increases (probably based on LM). A templar at level 12 could have WIS as high as 20, giving him a decent shot (50%) at a major stunt, and guaranteed success (excepting a natural 1) on a minor stunt. This seems reasonable for someone like Yoda.