There Are Unspeakable Things, and Magic is Dangerous

Painkiller-induced idea for how to add more Lovecraft vibes to your Pathfinder game, while also balancing out martials and casters.

10% of everything with a CR you encounter is Noisome and Disquieting. (The GM should get a list of Lovecraft Adjectives, or Lovecraftives, so as to easily describe these things.)

When encountering them, you must make a Will or Fort save (whichever is better for you). If you fail, you gain a negative level and take a -5 penalty to your attack and damage rolls and save DCs for 1 hour. The DC for this save is 15 + CR.

If you fail this save by 10 or more, the GM gets to run your character as a madman for 1 round per CR, or slip you a note about a new (crazy) objective you have picked up and aren’t telling anyone about.

Because magic is dangerous and full of knowledge that can blast your inner self, your save against Noisome and Disquieting things takes a penalty equal to the highest level spell or spell-like ability you can cast, plus -1 for each supernatural ability you possess.

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About okcstephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the publisher and lead genius of Rogue Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps.

Posted on January 7, 2016, in Adventure Design, Anachronistic Adventurers, Game Design, Microsetting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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