An Alternative for Magical Languages

Copyright Phillip A. Ellis © 2010

Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion

"A knowledge of magical language should influence the ease with which relevant spells can be cast."

A spell caster's knowledge of magical language should influence the ease with which relevant spells can be cast. This article presents a simple, yet effective, mechanism for modifying spell casting maneuvers that involve magical languages.

First, each spell level has a corresponding "base level" associated with it, which represents the minimum number of ranks one needs in the corresponding magical language. Subtract the base level from the character's actual number of ranks in the language and multiply the result by five. Apply the final result to any spell casting maneuvers. (The spell caster will receive a bonus if he has more skill in the magical language than necessary, and a corresponding penalty if he is not sufficiently fluent.)

To determine the base level, multiply the spell level by two, then find the square root of that number (round off), or consult the following table:

Spell Level Base Level
1 1
2–3 2
4–6 3
7–10 4
11–15 5
16–20 6
25 7
30 8
50 10