Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Elf Spells

In many games and campaign settings, elves are written to be these magical creatures, but the mechanics often fit more of a ranger than magic-user. As a inspired by Basic D&D where the elf "class" could cast spells, I decided to add in a special spell list that only elves can access. Any elf magic-user can learn any of these spells along with the normal magic-user spell list. A lot of these spells are druidic in nature, which I liked the idea of tying together elven magic with their love and stewardship of nature. Some of these spells are from Basic D&D and other sources, so some conversion may be required for home use.

Elf Spells
Level 1
Command Word
Faerie Fire
Faerie Lights
Locate Animals
Resist Cold

Level 2
Detect Danger
Know Alignment *
Predict Weather
Produce Flame
Purify Food and Water
Resist Fire
Silence, 15’ Radius
Warp Wood

Level 3
Call Lightning
Cure Disease
Cure Light Wounds
Heat Metal
Hold Animal
Obscuring Mist
Protection from Poison
Speak with Animals
Level 4
Animal Growth
Animal Summoning I
Enchanted Weapon
Remove Curse

Level 5
Control Winds
Insect Plague
Neutralize Poison
Plant Door
Protection from Lightning
Temperature Change 10 feet

Level 6
Anti-Animal Shell
Cure Serious Wounds
Pass Plant

Level 7
Create Normal Animals
Teleport Object
Transport Via Plant
Turn Wood

Level 8
Creeping Doom
Transmute Metal to Wood
Wind Walk


Anonymous said...

I'm not a S&W player, but I wholeheartedly endorse your attempt to make the races distinct. I think that as a whole we've come to adopt a "same cake, different icing" approach to races over the years, and have made the game(s) poorer as a result. Attempts like this to re-introduce some distinguishing features can only be good!

Giles Kiser said...

Thanks! This list doesn't totally dispel elves mechanically being better at being ranged attacking thieves, but I feel it at least helps to bridge the disconnect I see in a lot of elf descriptions versus their attributes.

Timothy Brannan said...

I like this. Elves in S&W seems to be a good topic today.

My Swords & Wizardry posts, S&W Witch and The Ördög

Timothy Brannan said...

Added your link to my blog! Look under "Elves" near the bottom.

Giles Kiser said...

Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

Gina Gao said...

This seems very interesting. Nice post!

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