Converting PF1 Spells to Starfinder: Electrical Storm Emoji and Slow Emoji

Continuing the project to convert to Starfinder all the Pathfinder 1st edition spells that don’t already exist (or have a clear replacement) in that game. We’re still working on doing all the glyphs, runes, and symbols.

You can find an index of the spells that have already been converted on this blog to-date here.

Electrical Storm Emoji
Class
 technomancer 6
School evocation [air, electricity]
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Reflex partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes

This functions as mirror emoji, except as noted above and as follows.  Each viewer of the rune perceives it slightly differently, with the rune taking the visible form of a simple symbol that is commonly associated with electrical storms or electricity. When triggered, the spell immediately strikes one randomly selected target within 30 feet of it with a single-target bolt of lightning that deals 10d6 electrical damage (Reflex save for half damage). Each round afterwards on the same initiative count, the rune strikes another randomly selected target within 30 feet of it. Once activated, the rune lasts for 1d4 minutes.

Detect magic allows you to identify an electrical storm emoji with a DC 21 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as electrical storm emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a electrical storm emoji (which may trigger it), a character must use the lowest of their Engineering or Mysticism skill (based on the skill’s total bonus) to disarm it. The DC in each case is 34.

(Art by Yael Weiss)

Slow Emoji
Class
 technomancer 4
School transmutation
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Will partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes

This functions as mirror emoji, except as noted above and as follows.  Each viewer of the rune perceives it slightly differently, with the rune taking the visible form of a simple symbol that is commonly associated with being slow, tired, unfocused, or lackadaisical. When triggered, affected creatures in the area are slowed (see below). If a creature succeeds at their initial save against this effect and leave the area, they are not affected again if they re-enter the area. Creatures that fail their save are affected each time they enter the area.

Creatures who succeed at a saving throw and have both Stamina Points and Hit Points remaining are unaffected. Both creatures that succeed at a saving throw but do not still have both Stamina Points and Hit Points remaining, and creatures that fail at a saving throw and do have both SP and HP remaining, are slow (as the spell) for 1d4 rounds. Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left are slow for 3d4 rounds.

Detect magic allows you to identify a slow emoji with a DC 19 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as slow emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a slow emoji (which may trigger it), a character must use the lowest of their Engineering or Mysticism skill (based on the skill’s total bonus) to disarm it. The DC in each case is 29.

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About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil 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. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at https://www.patreon.com/OwenKCStephens

Posted on December 14, 2022, in Game Design, Starfinder Development and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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