Grotesque Polymorph

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Celtic Druids and the Tuatha de Dannan

By Dominique Crouzet

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Transmutation
Level:
Sorcerer/Wizard 8, Witch 8, Satire 8
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level).
Targets: Up to three creature, no two of whom can be more than 30 ft. apart.
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

This special variant of the Polymorph-others spell, changes several creatures into misshapen forms of themselves. The subjects of this spell not only become ugly, but also get impediments from their deformities.

Upon casting the spell, you must determine what kind of deformities your targets will get, and how much it will hinder them. It can be as lenient as getting a few warts on the nose, to grievous as being changed into a club-footed hunchbacked midget with a snarling distorted face. Then, the deformities inflicted will incur impediments and penalties upon the subjects of the spell. As such you can determine a loss of -2 to -12 points of ability scores among Strength, Dexterity, and Charisma of the targets. The amount and distribution of this loss is determined by yourself, but should match the deformities suffered. For instance, a few warts on the nose would incur a -2 loss of Charisma; while being changed into a club-footed hunchbacked midget with a snarling distorted face, may incur a loss of 4 points of Strength, dexterity, and Charisma each. Note that this loss must be the same for all the targets, although the deformities they gain may be different. Also, the maximum loss of points is 12, whether there are one, two, or three targets. That is, three targets would loose up to only 4 points of ability score each, while a single target may loose up to 12 points. No ability score may be lowered under 3 by use of this spell.

Otherwise, this spell incurs a secondary effect. The targets· grotesque appearance will now induce aversion in others. That is, from that time on, all reaction rolls concerning the targets will be shifted one factor closer to a ·Hostile Attitude· reaction. Note this is independent from the eventual loss of Charisma points due to the spell, and add to it if any.

Like other polymorph spells, the subjects of this spell return to normal upon death, or through the use of a successful Dispel-magic spell.

Arcane Material Components: a lock of hair, nail, or else, of a naturally malformed character, plus an insect which is crushed upon casting.

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