Thursday, May 22, 2008

Week of Trolls - Day Six - Troll Magic

Trolls casting spells, spells featuring troll components, and spells specifically related to trolls (either augmenting them or harming them) is the topic if this, the next to last posting in the Week of Trolls.

Trolls casting spells is a great thing. After all, most of the humanoid races have their shamans, priests, and wizards. Version 3.0 and 3.5 of AD&D allow for troll character class progression (see the Night Hunter troll for an example).

Imagine a cult that is dedicated to worshiping trolls. This would no doubt be an evil cult, and might even have a priesthood. It would have clerics, but I don't think (in the spirit of a 2nd edition AD&D gamer) they should have access to all the same spells as a normal cleric. Here is my proposed spell list (modified for C&C):

Troll-Cult Priest
HD - D8
Level Advancement - as Cleric
Abilities - as Evil Cleric, but replace Control Undead with Control Trolls (at 6th level)

Recommended Spells:
Orisons (Level 0)
  • Detect Evil (rev)
  • Detect Magic
  • Detect Poison
  • Purify Food & Drink (rev)

Level 1
  • Bless (rev)
  • Command
  • Cure Light Wounds
  • Detect Snares & Pits
  • Faerie Fire
  • Invisibility to Trolls
  • Light
  • Locate Animals or Plants
  • Remove Fear (rev)

Level 2
  • Detect Charm
  • Enthrall
  • Find Traps
  • Hold Person
  • Know Alignment
  • Obscurement
  • Silence, 15-foot Radius
  • Slow Poison
  • Speak With Animals
  • Aid
  • Augury

Level 3
  • Animate Dead
  • Call Lightning
  • Continual Light
  • Cure Blindness or Deafness
  • Cure Disease
  • Feign Death
  • Glyph of Warding
  • Locate Object
  • Positive Plane Protection
  • Speak With Dead
  • Starshine

Level 4
  • Cloak of Bravery
  • Cure Serious Wounds
  • Detect Lie
  • Divination
  • Free Action
  • Imbue Troll with Special Ability
  • Neutralize Poison
  • Reflecting Pool

Level 5
  • Atonement
  • Cure Critical Wounds

Level 6
  • Heal

Level 7
  • Astral Spell
  • Confusion
  • Exaction



Egyptoid said...

Troll Magic Item:

Anti Fat Bastard Cream

Eli Arndt said...

Hey there,

Stumbled on your Week of Trolls article and found it quite interesting. I too find trolls very fun and compelling monsters for use in my D&D games.

One thing I didn't see you talk about too much, was the mythical origins of the trolls and how little the FRPG trolls really resemble their crafty, powerful, magical brethren. I know that this has been covered in other places, but it might be a worthy future revisit to the series of articles.

Thanks for the articles,