Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Spell: Rain of Lightning

I mentioned how easy it would be to make a "Rain of" spell for electricity when I was talking druid spells. Here it is:

Rain of Lightning

Miniature bolts of lightning rain from the sky into the area of effect, causing 1d-1 burning damage to all within it. Metal armor provides only DR 1; other armor protects fully. Creatures under the Rain of Lightning take damage on their own turns; halve damage (round down) if less than a full second is spent in the area of effect. Wooden shields may be held overhead as described under Rain of Fire (Magic p. 74); metal shields provide no protection! This spell can only be cast outdoors.

Duration: 1 minute.
Base Cost: 1 to cast (minimum 2). Same cost to maintain. For double base cost, the Rain of Lightning does 2d-2 per second.
Prerequisites: Magery 2 and Lightning.




  1. But... but... all those penalties to track for knockdown/stunning rolls on the victims!

    1. You don't really generate a lot of major wounds with 2.5 and 5 average damage; even unarmored HT 10 humans generally won't need to roll on the double cost level.

    2. Sorry; my comment was rather tongue-in-cheek, as you had made a recent post about the joys of Explosive Lightning. :)

    3. I figured as much- but that wasn't Knockdown and Stunning - that was the built-in stunning effect of Explosive Lightning. This spell I've made doesn't come with that.


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