Beyond the Stars
The Regretful Cultist
STR: 12 (0)
DEX: 12 (0)
CON: 8 (-1)
INT: 14 (2)
CHA: 11 (0)
Base AC: 10
Fortune Points: 3/3
Magic Wand: 11
Dragon Breath: 15
Dagger: 1d4+STR Mod
Pistol: 1d8+DEX Mod
The spellcaster freezes their victim with but a look. The target is immobile for one round per level of the caster. If the target is attacked they are hit automatically, but this ends the spell. If the target saves versus petrify, the spell does not work.
Flames shoot from your fingertips in a large arc five feet in front of you, causing 1d3, plus 2 for every level of the caster. Targets who make a saving throw versus spell take half damage.
The caster fixes the target with his will and utters a curse. The caster must specify an action, such as ‘impress your intended with a dance’, and the victim receives a -1 to their next roll involving this type of action. The caster may utter a stronger curse, giving their victim a -2 to their roll, but must take a -3 penalty to do so. The caster may take a -6 penalty to have this cantrip affect the victim until the next sun up or sun down.
With a touch and a word of hope, help an ally with a specific future task. You must specify the task when casting, e.g. ‘burn down the townhouse’. The mage may attempt to give a greater bonus by taking an additional -5 penalty for each +1 they wish to bestow.
By pacing out a warding circle around a place of rest, the mage protects themselves and their allies from ambush. Once the ritual is cast, a banshee’s wail will sound out should anyone enter the area. The mage requires enough sand to mark the threshold of the protected area, speaking incantations at the four points of the compass as they go. They must then place a bell of pure copper in the middle of the area, which will be destroyed should intruders breach the area.
Elderly relatives prepared Douglas for the world with cautionary tales.
He was never shy of dance partners at functions.
In his youth, his pet was the only companionship he needed.
He came to join a cult when he was down on his luck, and they offered reassurance.
The cult worshipped beings hidden below ground.
Douglas left the cult when it turned out they were grooming him for sacrifice. His friend, Eugene Wentworth, a detective, provided him with a solid alibi after he escaped by murdering the leader.
His experiences in the cult have turned his hair white with shock.
Douglas is one of the natural sons of the Firman family, all of whom fell into disgrace one way or another.
His friends are Mercia Hammond, his old Nan, and Raymond Morris, the crypt historian.