New Spell – Forewarned in Battle, Lesser

23 November, 2009

This is the spell being researched in my game at the moment.  It is a work in progress so comments and suggestions are welcome.

Forewarned in Battle, Lesser
Level: Clr 2, Pal 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, M/DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: 1 min + 1 min./level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

By use of this spell, the caster is able to glance briefly into the future and avoid or preempt the dangers that he sees.  The caster gains a “Foresight Pool” equal to their casting statistic modifier plus their Wisdom modifier (if positive) plus their spell casting level.
The points of the pool can be spent in the following manner:

•    1 to reduce the attack roll against you by 1, this can also be used to reduce the roll to confirm a critical hit.  An attack roll of a natural “20″ cannot be changed by this ability.
•    1 to reduce the damage suffered by an attack by 1 point to a minimum of 1.
•    1 to increase the caster’s initiative for one round by 1.
•    2 to add 1 to a Reflex save.

No more than the caster’s level in points can be spent in any one round.  The pool rebuilds at the rate of 1 point per minute but never to more than its starting amount.

The divine focus is a holy symbol, the material component is a piece of a time keeping device (sand from an hourglass, a watch spring, and so on).

Notes: This is a difficult spell to balance and I am still not entirely happy with it at this point but I think it is playable in this version.


  1. I can see how this would be difficult to balance. Why is it 2 points to add +1 to a reflex save? Because you would potentially be avoiding much more damage, I guess.

    I like it — it is most un-d20-like. I mean, POOLS, for god’s sake. 😉

    • Glad that you like it. Ultimately playtesting will reveal how horribly flawed it is . . . or not.

      I like pools.

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