Blind Love

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Celtic Druids and the Tuatha de Dannan

By Dominique Crouzet

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Illusion (Phantasm) [Mind-affecting]
Bard 6, Sorcerer/Wizard 7, Witch 7, Satire 7
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 30 minutes
Range: Unlimited
Target: One living creature
Duration: 1 day/level
Saving Throw: Will disbelief
Spell Resistance: Yes

The victim of the spell will see one specific humanoid as the perfect lover, and will fall in love with him/her. The spell creates a so intense phantasm in the head of the victim, that it will overcome any fact, event, etc., which would otherwise make such a love impossible, or even absurd.

The caster must designate one specific living humanoid (it doesn't work with undead), that the victim of the spell will perceive thereafter as the ideal lover. Then, the spell will draw from the subject's mind what he considers as ideal, then will put that false perception on the named humanoid. As such, suppose the victim of the spell would fall in love with a beautiful big breasted blonde. If the -humanoid- designated by the caster is already a big breasted woman, with everything ideal but the colour of her hair, the spell will only change that colour in the eyes of the victim. Now suppose that the designated humanoid is a male bugbears, then the spell will make the victim perceives that bugbears as a beautiful big breasted blonde all the same. However, the spell doesn't change nor influence anything else. So in the first case the victim won't understand why his friends keep on pretending her wonderful lover has black hair, while they are obviously blond. In the second case, he will certainly think that they have gone mad, or are mocking him. If the ·beloved bugbears· lives in a tribe of bugbears, the victim will believe ·she· is a slave from the odious brutes, and so forth. Otherwise, the spell won't influence in any way the designated lover's behaviour, but the victim will nonetheless perceive it in the most favourable way, even if it is obviously absurd. However, the enamoured victim won't act in a manner different from that he would have if he was passionately in love normally.

In the worst of cases, the victim is entitled to a Will saving throw, only if confronted to strong evidences that something is amiss (like several friends telling him that they only see a stinking bugbears where he sees a beautiful girl). Then, according to circumstances, a penalty of -1 to -10 will be applied to that saving throw. If the victim believes he sees a beautiful blonde where there is only a normal girl, despite what his friends could say, he will get a ·10 penalty to his save. Otherwise, the victim acts as if under a powerful charm spell toward the ·designated lover·. Lastly, if the victim doesn't meet the object of his love, the spell won't produce much effects, except that the victim will vaguely feel longing for the perfect lover that he would like to meet.

Arcane Material Components: a doll figurine crudely resembling the victim, in which have been put some ·body part· from both the victim and the humanoid destined to be seen as the ideal lover. That body part may be a lock of hair, a nail, etc. Special herbs and other materials worth 100 gp are also required. Everything is consumed during the casting, so there is no doll to be destroyed as a mean to end the spell effects before end of normal duration.

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