New Spell – Simple Request

18 September, 2009

Something for those silver tongued bards (and enchanters).

He asked of me but one thing.  It suddenly seemed like the most reasonable idea in the world.  So I did it . . .

Simple Request
Enchantment (Compulsion) [Language-Dependent, Mind-Affecting]
Level: Brd 1, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One living creature
Duration: 1 round/3 levels
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell functions in the same was as suggestion, except you can only direct the target to do one simple action (such as “smack that guy” or “jump in the river”).  It can be any single action (but it must be a single action and nothing complicated. “Pull that lever” would work but not “Turn the dial to number 6 and then run for it” or anything even that complicated). Conditions and triggers cannot be set into the command.  The target quickly completes the action as hastily as possible then goes back to whatever it was they were doing.  This spell instead of having a duration, has only a number of actions it can take.  For example, casting this on a person to get them to step 10ft. away from you as a move action would work, but their next action is up to them (as such a powerful caster could always toy with a warrior forcing him to take one step back for every step forward he takes).

Asking the creature to do some obviously self-harmful act (physically, socially or spiritually) automatically negates the effect of the spell.  A very reasonable suggestion causes the save to be made with a penalty (such as –1 or –2).

Material Component: A drop of snake saliva or venom, drop of honey, or a drop of sweet oil.

Original idea by “Ark”.

Note: Yes, it is ‘lesser suggestion’ but no less fun because of that.  Bards need to mave more ways to subtly manipulate people.

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