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sleyvas
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Posted - 04 Dec 2018 :  22:41:48  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

My personal thinking is that Orcus is way too prominent to be summoned by anything less than a 9th-level spell, and even that would be very, very iffy, at best.

I think Skimpy's spell is too simple to cast, but the effect of maybe getting his attention is more reasonable to me. I'd have it written into the spell, though, that getting the attention of Orcus may not be in the caster's best interest.



Lol, I'd go further and give a table of all the different types of undead he might turn you into.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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LordofBones
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Posted - 05 Dec 2018 :  13:39:23  Show Profile Send LordofBones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's a poor man's gate.
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Thraskir Skimper
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Posted - 09 Dec 2018 :  23:24:45  Show Profile Send Thraskir Skimper a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gate doesn't work on Orcus.

Thay Red
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LordofBones
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Posted - 19 Dec 2018 :  11:40:06  Show Profile Send LordofBones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gate does, in fact, work on Orcus. The catch is that he, and all unique entities, are under no compulsion to answer the caller.
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Thraskir Skimper
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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  00:04:33  Show Profile Send Thraskir Skimper a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by LordofBones

Gate does, in fact, work on Orcus. The catch is that he, and all unique entities, are under no compulsion to answer the caller.



"Deities and other planar rulers can prevent portals created by this spell from opening in their presence or anywhere within their domains." Planar Rulers like Orcus.

Although in other places it is more ambiguous.

Thay Red

Edited by - Thraskir Skimper on 11 Jan 2019 00:12:55
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LordofBones
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Posted - 11 Jan 2019 :  02:03:00  Show Profile Send LordofBones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"The second effect of the gate spell is to call an extraplanar creature to your aid (a calling effect). By naming a particular being or kind of being as you cast the spell, you cause the gate to open in the immediate vicinity of the desired creature and pull the subject through, willing or unwilling. Deities and unique beings are under no compulsion to come through the gate, although they may choose to do so of their own accord."
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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 16 Jan 2019 :  14:06:43  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Twilight Elixir
This concoction's original purpose was to counteract (or accelerate recovery from) "drying up" of innate magic for the drow who were out of Underdark too long. Mainly merchants, mercenaries and wizards with lucrative work on surface, as well as some members of Dark Dagger (still, many other Vhaerunites don't like any dependency on the outsiders or crave return of innate magic less than they are proud of ability to get by without it).
For the drow whose magic is not depleted, it quickly recharges spell-like radiance/darkness abilities (including enhanced abilities, but not levitation, detection, etc). This also turned out to work well for most other creatures with light- or darkness- related innate magic (such as a tiefling with darkness or aasimar with light spell-like ability), though those with few and weak abilities tend to easily overdose from the first sip.
Mild overdose may give extra uses of these abilities, but drinking more or losing control (mechanically, failing a Wis check penalized by amount of excess spell levels the quaff provides if recharging, or by time shaved off 24 period when recovering) usually causes faerie fire to spontaneously and uncontrollably manifest on the imbiber for a while; during this time drinking more elixir is useless and only extends the faerie fire duration, and using related abilities requires an effort to control, or they are likewise wasted.
The exact source is little known (the persistent rumour says it's brewed on the plane of Radiance by the drow wizards who go there for a challenge as much as unique opportunities for experimentation); it's evidently produced in large quantities and stockpiled, so it's sold fairly cheap in Sshamath and (less cheap) by some drow merchants regularly working on surface.

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch
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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

1767 Posts

Posted - 17 Jan 2019 :  07:22:24  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Speaking of the drow.
Figurine of wondrous power Riding Lizard
The trusty subterranean steed with a saddle. Variants include "hardy" (5HD+5, not encumbered by a single Medium sized rider) and smooth-moving (the rider can cast spells without difficulty while it walks at full speed, though not when it leaps).

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch
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