Named Spells!

I was writing about one of the archwizards of Mor Aldenn, Amaltarius the Younger, and discovered that I wanted to bring back the named spells to the City of Mages.

Named spells bring an element of history into spellcasting, an element I really like. They also gives you an idea of how the spells were created, or that they were created. We mustn’t forget that all spells were created by someone at some point. Some spells are young, while others are ancient and have spawned entire lines of spells. A young spell may not be as widely known as an old spell, or, an old spell may have been forgotten.

Of course, to the players, all spells are available, as well they should be.

Here’s an example of a named spell in Mor Aldenn.

AMALTARIUS’ FROST CAGE                            
School evocation [Cold]; Level sorcerer/wizard 6
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Range medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Target one creature
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw reflex negates; Spell Resistance yes

This spell creates a cage of ice around a target which deals damage each round. A successful Reflex save means that the target dodges the spell. While captured in the frost cage, the target cannot move and can only attack the cage itself. Each round, the target in the cage takes 1d6 points of cold damage per caster level (maximum 5d6).
The cage has 10 hp per caster level and is destroyed once it reaches 0 hp. Furthermore, if anyone attacks the target, they are actually attacking the frost cage. The cage is vulnerable to fire, which deals twice as much damage. The cage is immune to cold damage.

Any sounds within the frost cage can be hard to hear outside. Anyone listening must make a Perception check DC 20 to hear the sounds.

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