Ruins of Adventure
An old, parchment scroll, rolled tightly on an angle so that it extrudes into a long rope-like tube, worn as a belt by its former owner.
An old, parchment palimpsest, scraped and remarked many times. It is rolled tightly from one corner, so that it extrudes into a long, thin tube shape (and immediately springs back to that shape if not weighted down). It was found on the body of a street-thug in Hillsfar, who wore it wrapped around his waist like a belt, tucked inside the waist-band of his breeches.
This scroll acts as a spellbook with the following spells inscribed (in the order shown):
- Magic Missile
- Shocking Grasp
- Ghost Sound
- Obscuring Mist
- Huwang’s Cobrabolt
- Huwang’s Cloud of Disappearing Smoke
The spells are marked out in long-form with none of the short-cuts typical of spells learned through a Path method, very untidy penmanship, and numerous sketched diagrams of the (relatively simple) gestures involved, as if the caster had some trouble mastering even these. Two of the spells appear to be unique, and, lacking any indication of paths or relationships to existing spells, may be difficult for more traditional spellcasters to master.
Range: 10 yards
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 3
Area of Effect: 1 creature or object
Saving Throw: special
This spell causes the fingers on the caster’s right hand to lengthen, split, and then detach, flying towards a target in the form of a mass of venomous snakes (one per finger). The snakes fly towards a single target, requiring a single attack roll to strike, with a successful hit dealing 2d6 points of damage (from multiple bites) and requiring a saving throw vs. poison with a -2 penalty, or be paralyzed for 1 round per snake created.
After striking their target, the snakes fall to the ground around the target. These are normal, living snakes and will attack the nearest creature (including the caster), slithering away when there are no more targets. Each snake has 1/2 hit dice (1 hp), MR 9, Armor Class 13, +1 on attack rolls, and bites for 1d3 damage. Any successful bite by a snake requires a save vs. poison or the victim is paralyzed for 1 round.
The material component for this spell is the caster’s own fingers. After casting this spell, the caster’s right hand will be a fingerless stump, rendering him incapable of wielding a weapon in that hand or casting spells with somatic components. The fingers will regrow at the rate of 1 finger per hour of rest. Only fingers lost as a result of casting Cobrabolt can be regrown in this way, any fingers that were missing prior to the casting of the spell remain lost.
Huwang’s Cloud of Disappearing Smoke
Duration: 2 rounds
Casting Time: 1
Area of Effect: Caster
Saving Throw: None
Designed as an effective, if unreliable getway, this spell causes a cloud of thick, black smoke to billow forth around the caster, filling an area out to a 5-foot radius around him. This cloud obscures all vision, including infravision, into and out of the cloud, effectively making everything inside the cloud invisible.
One round later, the caster teleports 30 yards away in a random direction (roll 1d8 for direction, ignoring any result that would cause him to appear inside a physical object or otherwise prevent him from traveling the full distance). On the third round, the cloud dissipates completely, hopefully leaving observers none the wiser as to the caster’s whereabouts.