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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Laugh Out Loud Emoji and ROFL

Today we continue to convert to Starfinder all the Pathfinder 1st edition spells that don’t already exist (or have a clear replacement) in that game. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here. We’re working out way through all of PF1’s symbol spells and have reached symbol of laughter. In PF1 this symbol works off hideous laughter, a spell that doesn’t exist in Starfinder. So, just for consistency, it makes sense to create both spells at the same time for our project. While we are at it, we might as well create some more separation between our laughter spell and hold person, which are remarkably similar in the PF1 versions. IF we can, it’s also worth trying to make sure the spell isn’t overpowering, but still has some utility even against creatures that succeed at their save against it.

(Art by Tartila)

Laugh Out Loud Emoji
Class
 technomancer 3
School enchantment [compulsion, mind-affecting]
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 humor or laughing. When triggered, affected creatures are overcome with laughter. The effect lasts as long as they remain within the area, and for 1d4 rounds after they leave. 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 laugh loudly, making Stealth checks against auditory senses impossible and the base DC of a Perception check to hear them is 0. They can expend 1 Resolve Point to ignore these conditions for 1d4 rounds.

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 affected as above and additionally are unable to communicate normally (though they can try to work information into their laughter as a move action, which acts as a Bluff check to pass secret messages) or use language-dependent and sense-dependent abilities. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore all these restrictions (except for the inability to use Stealth) for 1d4 rounds.

Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left are affected as above, and staggered. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore the staggered condition from this spell for 1 round.

Detect magic allows you to identify a laugh out loud emoji with a DC 17 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as laugh out loud emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a laugh out loud 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 23.

ROFL – Roll On Floor Laughing
Class
 technomancer 1
School enchantment [compulsion, mind-affecting]
Casting Time 1 standard action
Range medium (100 feet +10 feet/level)
Target one creature
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw Will partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes

This spell causes the target to burst into uncontrollable gales of laughter. When initially affected the target falls prone (though it can stand normally afterwards), and for the duration of the spell it is staggered and laughing so loudly that making Stealth checks against auditory senses impossible and the base DC of a Perception check to hear them is 0. At the end of each turn the target can make a new Will save (at the same DC) to end the staggered effect.

Creatures that succeed at their initial save against this spell snort and chuckle involuntarily, but without the extreme effects described above. They are off-target, and take a -5 penalty to all Stealth checks against auditory senses. At the end of each turn the target can make a new Will save (at the same DC) to negate the spell entirely.

Because humor can be difficult to translate easily, even with magic, if a target could not be targeted by a language-dependent effect from you, has an Int bonus of -3 or less, or is of a different creature type, it gains a +4 bonus to saving throws to end or reduce this spell’s ongoing effects (but not its initial saving throw).

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Confusion Emoji

Continuing this week’s theme, here are more glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here. We’ve made it to symbol of insanity… and, again, I don’t like it.

My issue with symbol of insanity is less that it it’s a bad thematic fit for technomancers (though it might make more sense for empaths, and at least as much for mystics and witchwarpers), as that I dislike how the PF1 spell it is based on (insanity) uses terminology for real-world mental health to game effects that have nothing to do with real-world mental health issues. However, since the insanity spell causes you to suffer confusion, and we have a confusion effect in Starfinder, I can just make this the confusion emoji, and get the same idea without the terminology I don’t want to use.

(Art by koya979)

Confusion Emoji
Class
 technomancer 6
School enchantment [compulsion, mind-affecting]
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 altered states of mind, bemusement, confusion, of having one’s “mind blown.”. When triggered, affected creatures are overcome with waves of confusion. The effect lasts as long as they remain within the area, and for 1d4 rounds after they leave. 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 flat-footed and off-target. They can expend 1 Resolve Point to ignore these condition for 1d4 rounds.

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 staggered, flat-footed and off-target. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore the staggered condition, and merely be flat-footed and off-target for 1d4 rounds.

Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left are confused. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore the confusion for 1 round and instead be staggered, flat-footed, and off-target.

Detect magic allows you to identify a confusion 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 confusion emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a confusion 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.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Repair Emoji

Continuing this week’s theme, here are more glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here. We’ve made it to symbol of healing… and I don’t like it.

For symbol of healing, what I don’t like is that the healing concept doesn’t work well with how I am positioning emoji spells to be aimed solely as technomancer options. Now there’s no hand-and-fast rule that technomancers can’t heal, but it does radically depart from the core concept of the class. I could just change my vision of how emoji spells work, giving this one (and maybe a few others) to mystics (who have more healing options in their spell lists). But instead, I’m going to revise the concept of “healing” into “repair,” to give technomancers options to restore HP to devices beyond mending and make whole.

(Art by vector_v)

Repair Emoji
Class
 technomancer 3
School necromancy
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude negates (harmless); Spell Resistance no

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 indicates an item commonly associated with repair, construction, or engineering. When triggered, affected objects and constructs in the area have HP restored to them. A creature or object can only gain HP from the same repair emoji once per day, and it affects each construct in the area when it is triggered, or when the object or construct first enters the area of the spell’s active rune.

Affected constructs and objects are affected as by the make whole spell. If the target is a construct with Resolve Points that is also missing Stamina Points, it can expend 1 Resolve Point to regain missing SP equal to the HP healed by the make whole effect.

Detect magic allows you to identify a repair emoji with a DC 17 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as repair emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a repair 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 23.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Exsanguination Emoji and Fear Emoji

Yep, more glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

Since I have a baseline on how emoji-sells-adapted-from-symbol-spells-that-don’t-work-off-HP work in mirror emoji, I can now go back and adapt the rest of the spells of that line. Which brings us emoji adaptations of symbol of exsanguination, and then symbol of fear.

With the option in Starfinder for a broader range of damage in bleed effects, I decided to go ahead and male a 3rd level version of exsanguination emoji, rather than 2nd level.

(Art by Marharyta Puvliuk)

Exsanguination Emoji
Class
 technomancer 3
School necromancy
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude 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 indicates an item commonly associated with stabbing, bleeding, or bloodletting. When triggered, affected creatures in the area gain the bleeding condition. They continue to bleed for as long as they remain within the area, and if the bleeding is stopped it begins again if they end a turn within the rune’s area. Once outside the area the bleed condition can be stopped with a successful DC 15 Medicine check as a standard action, or through the application of any ability that restores Hit Points., and the creature can make a new Fortitude save to end the bleed at the beginning of each turn. Even if a creature’s bleed effect ended while they are outside the rune’s area, returning to the area causes them to bleed again.

Creatures who succeed at a saving throw and have both Stamina Points and Hit Points remaining bleed for 1d6/round. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore this condition for 1d4 rounds while within the rune’s area, or permanently if they leave the area during this time.

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, bleed for 2d6/round. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore this condition for 1 round while within the rune’s area, or permanently if they leave the area during this time.

Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left bleed for 3d6/round. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they only bleed 1d6/round for 1d4 rounds.

Detect magic allows you to identify an exsanguination emoji with a DC 17 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as exsanguination emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find an exsanguination 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 23.

(Art by murphy81)

Fear Emoji
Class
 technomancer 4
School enchantment [emotion, fear, mind-affecting]
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude 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 fear, shock, or panic. When triggered, affected creatures in the area gain a fear effect. The fear effect lasts as long as they remain within the area, and for 1d4 rounds after they leave. 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 shaken. They can expend 1 Resolve Point to ignore this condition for 1d4 rounds.

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 frightened. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore this condition for 1d4 rounds during which time they are merely shaken.

Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left are panicked. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore the panic for 1 round and merely be shaken.

Detect magic allows you to identify afear emoji with a DC 18 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

Magic traps such as fear emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a fear 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 25.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Dispelling Emoji and Distracting Emoji

Yep, more  glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

Since I have a baseline on how emoji-sells-adapted-from-symbol-spells-that-don’t-work-off-HP work in mirror emoji, I can now go back and adapt the rest of the spells of that line. Which brings us to symbol of dispelling, which is a fairly straightforward adaptation, though I do want to make this 6th-level spell something worth casting and keep the thematic link between emoji spells and RP/SP/HP. And since that should be pretty easy, we can also tackle a conversion of symbol of distraction.

(Art by Koya979)

Dispelling Emoji
Class
 technomancer 6
School abjuration
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw None; 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 indicates an item commonly associated with disapproval, denial, refusal, or forbidding. When triggered, affected creatures are targeted by the area dispel option of the dispel magic spell. Each creature targeted must expend 1 Resolve Point, or the dispel check gains a +4 bonus against them. If a creature has no Stamina Points remaining, the dispel check also gains a +4 bonus.

Detect magic allows you to identify a dispel 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 dispel emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a dispel 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.

(Public domain artwork)

The one thing to consider in turning symbol of distraction into a Starfinder spell is what level to make it. Mostly, if a symbol spell is available to a PF1 spontaneous spellcasting class that has access to 0-6th level spells (such as bard), I keep the emoji version at the same level for Starfinder. However, in the case of distracting emoji I dislike the idea of it being a 6th level spell, on par with the death and debauchery emoji spells. So, I saw that wizards got symbol of distraction as 11th level characters in PF1, and technomancers gain access to 4th level spells at 11th level in Starfinder, and this feels on-par with other 4th level Starfinder spells, and opted to go at that level for distracting emoji (and kept that in mind when deciding on its effects).

Distracting Emoji
Class
 technomancer 4
School enchantment (compulsion, mind-affecting)
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 surprise, shock, suddenness, or interest. When triggered, affected creatures are magically compelled to move toward the symbol for as long as they are within the rune’s area, and 1d4 rounds after leaving it (which they may find difficult).

Creatures who succeed at a saving throw and have both Stamina Points and Hit Points remaining are staggered. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore this condition for 1d4 rounds.

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, must take a move action to move toward the rune each round, and cannot move away from it except by using a guarded step. If they expend a Resolve Point at the beginning of their turn, they can ignore this compulsion for 1d4 rounds.

Creatures that fail a saving throw and do not have both SP and HP left are staggered and must move toward the symbol if they are not adjacent to it (moving at least 20 feet each round if they have a mode of momvement that fast, or as fast as they can if they don’t). Each round such creatures may expend a Resolve Point to merely be staggered and not able to move away from the symbol for 1 round.

Detect magic allows you to identify a distracting 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 distracting emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a distracting 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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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Debauchery Emoji

Yep, more glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

Since I have a baseline on how emoji-sells-adapted-from-symbol-spells-that-don’t-work-off-HP work in mirror emoji, I can now go back and adapt the rest of the spells of that line. Which brings us to symbol of debauchery… which is gross. If I had a character fail a single save and then spend time trying to “rush to the nearest creature in order to caress and kiss it,” and that cause the character to be making unwelcome inappropriate advances, I would be unhappy.

So, let’s do a ground-up revision.

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Debauchery Emoji
Class
 technomancer 6
School enchantment [compulsions, emption, mind-affecting]
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 indicates a item commonly associated with hedonism and overindulgence, such as wine, food, or the holy symbol of a god of debauchery. When triggered, affected creatures are overcome by waves of debauched impulses, which take time and effort to resist.

Affected creatures are stunned for 1 round/level, and each round, they may expend 1 Resolve Point to instead be dazed and able to take a single move or swift action for that round. If a creature affected makes a Will save or has Stamina points remaining, it is dazed (but able to take a single move or swift action each round), and each round may expend 1 Resolve Point to be staggered for the round. If the creature makes a Will save and has Stamina Points remaining, it is staggered for 1 round per level, and each round may expend 1 Resolve Point to be able to act normally for that round.

Detect magic allows you to identify a debauchery 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 debauchery emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a debauchery 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.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Mirror Emoji

Okay, we’re still doing glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

I noticed that while several symbol spells are cued off HP in PF1, such as symbol of death, others aren’t linked to HP but still otherwise follow all the “symbol” spell rules. Obviously, I’ll want to be able to refer to previous spells, i.e. “this spell acts as death emoji, except…” but it makes sense to have one set of rules for those that work on SP/HP/RP, and a different set for those that just affect every creature in the area when triggered. So, I found the lowest-level “symbol” spell in PF1 and have made a Starfinder emoji spell version, so that all higher-level spells using these rules can refer to this one.

(Art by Zahid)

Mirror Emoji
Class
 technomancer 2
School illusion [figment]
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw None (harmless); Spell Resistance yes

This spell allows you to scribe a potent rune of power upon a surface or encode it within a computer program. Each viewer of the rune perceives it slightly differently, with the rune taking the visible form of a simple symbol that indicates a mirror or reflection to the viewer. When triggered, a mirror emoji grants a single image (as mirror image) to each creature within 60 feet of the rune (treat as a burst). The mirror image lasts as long as the creature is within the rune’s area (a new image appearing at the end of the creature’s turn if the previous one is destroyed), and for one minute or until it is struck once the creature leaves the area. Each time you cast a mirror emoji, you must expend one Resolve Point. You cannot regain that RP until the mirror emoji is discharged, dismissed, or dispelled.

Once triggered, the mirror emoji‘s rune becomes active and glows, lasting for 10 minutes per caster level. A creature that enters the area while the mirror emoji‘s rune is active is subject to its effect, whether or not that creature was in the area when it was triggered. Until it is triggered, the mirror emoji is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a mirror emoji must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location, or tied to a computer or computer program so it becomes visible when they are activated. Covering or hiding the rune renders the mirror emoji ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the mirror emoji works normally. Similarly if attached to a program in a computer, it has no affect until and unless that program is activated or hacked, in which case the mirror emoji‘s rune appears on the computer’s control screen and becomes active.

As a default, a mirror emoji is triggered whenever a creature does one or more of the following, as you select: looks at the rune; reads the rune; touches the rune; passes over the rune; activates a computer or a computer program into which the rune is embedded, or passes through a portal bearing the rune. Regardless of the trigger method or methods chosen, a creature more than 60 feet from a mirror emoji can’t trigger it (even if it meets one or more of the triggering conditions, such as reading the rune). If a mirror emoji is tied to a computer or computer program, it can appear at any interface (including a hacking effort), but once it does so that is the only interface the spell’s rune appears at. Once the spell is cast, a mirror emoji‘s triggering conditions cannot be changed.

In this case, “reading” the rune means any attempt to study it, identify it, or fathom its meaning. Throwing a cover over a mirror emoji to render it inoperative triggers it if the spell is set to reacts to touch. You can’t use a mirror emoji offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered mirror emoji remains untriggered if an item bearing the spell’s rune is used to touch a creature. Likewise, a mirror emoji cannot be placed on a weapon and set to activate when the weapon strikes a foe.

You can also set special triggering limitations of your own. These can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. Special conditions for triggering a mirror emoji can be based on a creature’s name, identity, or official group affiliation, but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, HD, alignment, Resolve Points, Stamina Points, or Hit Points don’t qualify.

When encoding a mirror emoji, you can specify a password or phrase that prevents a creature using it from triggering the spell’s effect. Anyone using the password remains immune to that particular mirror emoji‘s effects so long as the creature remains within 60 feet of the spell’s rune. If the creature leaves the radius and returns later, it must use the password again.

You also can attune any number of creatures to a mirror emoji, but doing this can extend the casting time. Attuning one or two creatures takes negligible time, and attuning a small group (as many as 10 creatures) extends the casting time to 1 hour. Attuning a large group (as many as 25 creatures) takes 24 hours. Attuning larger groups takes an additional 24 hours per 25 creatures. Any creature attuned to a mirror emoji cannot trigger it and is immune to its effects, even if within its radius when it is triggered. You are automatically considered attuned to your own mirror emojis, and thus always ignore the effects and cannot inadvertently trigger them (though you may consciously choose to trigger it).

Detect magic allows you to identify a mirror emoji with a DC 16 Mysticism check. Of course, if the symbol is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

mirror emoji can be removed by a successful dispel magic targeted solely on the rune. Other spells that affect text or computer programs do not affect a death emoji unless they specify they function against magic glyphs, runes, and symbols. Destruction of the surface where a mirror emoji is inscribed or a computer it is imbedded in destroys the symbol but also triggers it.

Magic traps such as mirror emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a death 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 21.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Death Emoji

Okay, we’ve moved into doing glyphs, runes, and symbols for 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. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

That brings us to symbol of death, which is the basis for a lot of “symbol” spells in PF1. Honestly, glyph and symbols don’t feel very much like mystic or witchwarper spells (or empaths, for that matter), which means I want to write these as just technomancer spells. And if I am making that change anyway, I may as well reframe them to feel more technology/computer symbol bases.

Symbol of Death is also one of the classic “Save or Die” spells, which can be a big problem in PF1. If a target saves, they take no effect, and the spellcaster feels their effort was wasted. Since I’m reworking the spell for Starfinder, I have many more tools at my disposal to make it a powerful magic warding, without going entirely all-or-nothing with it. The rules I picked actually cut PCs a break compared to most NPCs… and I’m fine with that.

So, here’s death emoji.

(Art by Michael Hinkle)

Death Emoji
Class
technomancer 6
School necromancy [death]
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one rune
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes

This spell allows you to scribe a potent rune of power upon a surface or encode it within a computer program. Each viewer of the rune perceives it slightly differently, with the rune taking the visible form of a simple symbol that indicates death to the viewer. When triggered, a death emoji damages or kills one or more creatures within 60 feet of the rune (treat as a burst). The death emoji affects the closest creatures first. Once activated, the rune deals a maximum total of 150 points of damage. Each time you cast a death emoji, you must expend one Resolve Point. You cannot regain that RP until the death emoji is discharged, dismissed, or dispelled.

If a creature has any Stamina Points, the death emoji deals damage equal to their current Stamina Points, then moves on to the next target in range. If a creature has no Stamina Points, the rune deals Hit Point damage until the target is reduced to 0, in which case the target dies. If a creature has Stamina Points, it can expend a number of Resolve Points needed for it to Stay in the Fight to reduce the damage it takes from the death emoji rune by 50% (though the full amount is still counted against the rune’s 150 damage total). If a target succeeds as a Fortitude save, it also takes half damage (which also counts against the rune’s total damage done). If a target both expends the needed Resolve Points and succeeds at a Fortitude save, it takes no damage.

Once triggered, the death emoji‘s rune becomes active and glows, lasting for 10 minutes per caster level or until it deals 150 hit points of damage, whichever comes first. A creature that enters the area while the death emoji‘s rune is active is subject to its effect, whether or not that creature was in the area when it was triggered. A creature is damaged by the death emoji only once as long as it remains within the area, though if it leaves the area and returns while the death emoji is still active, it is targeted again.

Until it is triggered, the death emoji is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a death emoji must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location, or tied to a computer or computer program so it becomes visible when they are acrtivated. Covering or hiding the rune renders the death emoji ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the death emoji works normally. Similarly if attached to a program in a computer, it has no affect until and unless that program is activated or hacked, in which case the death emoji‘s rune appears on the computer’s control screen and becomes active.

As a default, a death emoji is triggered whenever a creature does one or more of the following, as you select: looks at the rune; reads the rune; touches the rune; passes over the rune; activates a computer or a computer program into which the rune is embedded, or passes through a portal bearing the rune. Regardless of the trigger method or methods chosen, a creature more than 60 feet from a death emoji can’t trigger it (even if it meets one or more of the triggering conditions, such as reading the rune). If a death emoji is tied to a computer or computer program, it can appear at any interface (including a hacking effort), but once it does so that is the only interface the spell’s rune appears at. Once the spell is cast, a death emoji‘s triggering conditions cannot be changed.

In this case, “reading” the rune means any attempt to study it, identify it, or fathom its meaning. Throwing a cover over a death emoji to render it inoperative triggers it if the spell is set to reacts to touch. You can’t use a death emoji offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered death emoji remains untriggered if an item bearing the spell’s rune is used to touch a creature. Likewise, a death emoji cannot be placed on a weapon and set to activate when the weapon strikes a foe.

You can also set special triggering limitations of your own. These can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. Special conditions for triggering a death emoji can be based on a creature’s name, identity, or official group affiliation, but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, HD, alignment, Resolve Points, Stamina Points, or Hit Points don’t qualify.

When encoding a death emoji, you can specify a password or phrase that prevents a creature using it from triggering the spell’s effect. Anyone using the password remains immune to that particular death emoji‘s effects so long as the creature remains within 60 feet of the spell’s rune. If the creature leaves the radius and returns later, it must use the password again.

You also can attune any number of creatures to a death emoji, but doing this can extend the casting time. Attuning one or two creatures takes negligible time, and attuning a small group (as many as 10 creatures) extends the casting time to 1 hour. Attuning a large group (as many as 25 creatures) takes 24 hours. Attuning larger groups takes an additional 24 hours per 25 creatures. Any creature attuned to a death emoji cannot trigger it and is immune to its effects, even if within its radius when it is triggered. You are automatically considered attuned to your own death emojis, and thus always ignore the effects and cannot inadvertently trigger them.

Detect magic allows you to identify a death 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.

A death emoji can be removed by a successful dispel magic targeted solely on the rune. Other spells that affect text or computer programs do not affect a death emoji unless they specify they function against magic glyphs, runes, and symbols. Destruction of the surface where a death emoji is inscribed or a computer it is imbedded in destroys the symbol but also triggers it.

Magic traps such as death emoji are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a death 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.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Glyph of Warding/Glyph Circuit

This is another entry in my project to convert to Starfinder all the Pathfinder 1st edition spells that don’t already exist (or have a clear replacement) in that game. You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here.

Going in alphabetical order, the next spell we’d convert would be absorb rune, which works on magical glyphs, symbols, and similar spell effects. The problem? Starfinder doesn’t really have glyphs, symbols, and similar spell effects. (Enduring stylus may create a symbol, but no one is going to care much about moving the location of one.) But if we are going to convert all the PF1 spells into Starfinder spells, it will have such effects eventually. So, it makes more sense to hop forward to glyphs now (and maybe symbols right after), and once we have figured out how those are going to work, we can build the spells designed to modify such abilities.

And that brings us to glyph of warding.

Glyph Circuit
Classes mystic 3, technomancer 3
School abjuration
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range touch
Effect warding rune on an object or an area up to a 20-foot-square
Duration permanent until discharged (D)
Saving Throw
see text; Spell Resistance no (object) and yes; see text

You create a circuit of magic energy that can discharge to harm a target that enters a warded area, or touches or activates a warded object. A glyph circuit can guard a bridge or passage, ward a portal, trap a container, weapon, scanner, tool, and so on.
You set all of the conditions of the ward. Typically, any creature entering the warded area or activating the warded object without speaking a password (which you set when casting the spell) is subject to the magic it stores. Alternatively, or in addition to a password trigger, glyphs can be set according to physical characteristics (such as height or weight) or creature type, subtype, or kind, or to a specific activity (such as speaking a specific word, or touching the warded object rather than activating it). They cannot be set according to alignment, creed, class, HD, or level. Glyph circuits respond to invisible creatures normally but are not triggered by those who travel past them ethereally. Multiple glyphs cannot be cast on the same area. However, if a cabinet has three different drawers, each can be separately warded.

When casting the spell, you weave a tracery of faintly glowing lines in a circuit-pattern around the warding sigil. A glyph circuit can be placed to conform to any shape up to the limitations of your total square footage. When the spell is completed, the glyph and tracery become nearly invisible.

Glyph circuits cannot be affected or bypassed by such means as physical or magical probing, though they can be dispelled. Mislead, polymorph, and nondetection (and similar magical effects) can fool a glyph, as can any disguise that gains a bonus to the Disguise check (such as granted by technological or magic assistance), though other disguises and the like can’t. Detect magic allows you to identify a glyph circuit with a DC 15 Mysticism check. Identifying a glyph circuit does not discharge it and allows you to know the basic nature of the glyph (version, type of damage caused, what spell is stored). Each time you cast a glyph circuit, you must expend one Resolve Point. You cannot regain that RP until the glyph circuit is discharged, dismissed, or dispelled.

Magic traps such as glyph circuits are hard to detect and disable. While any character can use Perception to find a glyph circuit, 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 28.

Depending on the version selected, a glyph circuit either blasts the intruder or activates a spell.

Blast: A blast glyph circuit deals 4d8 points of damage to the intruder and to all within 5 feet of them. This damage is acid, cold, fire, electricity, or sonic (your choice, made at time of casting). Each creature affected can attempt a Reflex save to take half damage. Spell resistance applies against this effect.

Spell: You can store any harmful spell of 3rd level or lower that you know. All level-dependent features of the spell are based on your caster level at the time of casting the glyph circuit. If the spell has a target, it targets the intruder. If the spell has an area or an amorphous effect, the area or effect is centered on the intruder. If the spell summons creatures, they appear as close as possible to the intruder and attack. Saving throws and spell resistance operate as normal, except that the DC is based on the level of the spell stored in the glyph circuit.

Glyph Circuit, Greater
Classes mystic 6, technomancer 6
School abjuration
Casting Time 10 minutes
Range touch
Effect warding rune on an object or an area up to a 20-foot-square
Duration permanent until discharged (D)
Saving Throw
see text; Spell Resistance no (object) and yes; see text

This spell functions like glyph circuit, except that a greater blast glyph deals up to 10d8 points of damage, and a greater spell glyph can store a spell of 6th level or lower.

Detect magic allows you to identify a glyph circuit with a DC 21 Mysticism check. To use Perception to find a glyph circuit, and for a character to the lowest of their Engineering or Mysticism skill (based on the skill’s total bonus) to disarm it, is a DC 34 skill check.

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Converting PF1 spells to Starfinder: Absolution

Continuing the week’s trend of converting Pathfinder 1st edition spells to Starfinder, and the next spell in alphabetical is absolution. (You can find an index of the spells that have been converted to-date here).

The PF1 version of this is essentially a lesser version of atonement… which is potentially tricky since Starfinder doesn’t have an atonement spell. But it does have break enchantment, which is in the same vein. Absolution is also designed to help characters who have lost class features from violating a code of conduct… which also isn’t really a thing in Starfinder. But there IS the Divine Blessing feat, which we can work in to at least include a note of the forgiveness concept, which means GMs who like to build their own curses and powers and campaign universes will have this in their toolbox if they need it.

Absolution
Classes mystic 4
School abjuration
Casting Time 1 round
Range touch
Targets living creature touched
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance yes

You purge impure or artificially implanted thoughts from the target’s mind and fill them with exultant relief at the forgiveness for their failings. This spell acts as break enchantment, except it only functions against enchantments with the charm or mind-affecting descriptors.

Additionally, if you cast this on a target (other than yourself) who has the Divine Blessing feat and changes what deity they worship to the deity you worship, they gain the benefits of Divine Blessing for their new deity immediately (rather than having to wait until they gain your next level).

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