I like the idea, it gives spell casting an interesting twist, but i have to agree with Sr. Stolen,
There has to be a limiting factor otherwise anybody can use it.
,... and with Shadoweagle... on about everything...
- CAN any one use magic? or is it limited to only the select few who know not only how to enjoy the fruits of nature, but also to unlock its sweet, sweet acane juices?
- Does it work both ways?Example Would eating the correct Herbs Automatically heal an individual? or does it have to be eaten by a mage, coughed back up and made in to a Paste? (using their own knowledge and digestive juices as the "reagents" to unlock its healing powers.)
- IS this Limited to just ARCANE spell casters? or does it also effect those high and might Divine people too?
- If it does effect Divine spell casters, how would you work with Divine only spells and Vise-versa? Would Arcane Spell casters be the only ones growing "Apples" and Divine spell casters being the only growing "Potatoes?"
I'm seeing a lot of fun and potenial possabilities here!!
...going back to my "1st thing", i think for how the plants are sown would depend on how they grown. All plants have the arcane power locked in them, its just the condisions in how they grow that determine their outcome.Example
An Orchard of Apples is planted, with a combination of bat guano,sulfur, and the Apple seed its self. With the Arcane energies excellerating the growth ( we'll say for reasons of arguing that they can do that) a week later they are Fireball Apples.
AS opposed to the same idea but substatuting A handful of copper & iron pellets with the seed to bring to Harvest Lightning Ball Apples.
This thought continues with the Herb idea. Some Herbs are Medicinal just by themselves. So eating/using them would bistow their healing effects on those eating them. Put in the hands of a skilled individual thought ( say a Cleric ) and its true power is unleashed, turning the herb into a cure light wounds salve or potion.
THIS leads to another idea, fueled by Shadoweagles "fireFly's" idea, a Cheif Mage.
Take an arcane spell caster that can unlock the arcana potential of the fruits/vegie's, (maybe even from the meats of animals that have eaten the plants) combines with the culinary arts to MAKE "new" spells or spell effects!!EXAMPLE
Take some "fireball" apples, mix them with "Special Cinnimin" ( for "spice" of course) and add a hint of MINT. Cook for an hour and now you have a Cold Fireball Pie, with a Kick!!
so by adding different ingredients you can change the over all properties of the spell. Adding MINT to a dish changes it to COLD, Adding SAGE makes it Last longer... Hell we could even go as far as saying HOW its cooked could change its overall effects.EXAMPLE
You Make Fireball Tomatoes and Instead of eating them you slice them and make a Burger. Instead of Fireball, it turns into a Protection FROM fire/frost Spell
Or Maybe the tomatoes are fried with oil so when they are "cast" you get a combination fireball/grease spell.
Or Hell we could even see some Arcane spell caster like a VeggiMancer, or maybe an Agriculmancer...( the difference in these 2 examples being one only uses the magic in veggitables and the other uses it from all forms...and is a farmer to boot
). Mage/farmer Highbreds cultivating feilds of arcane distruction, milking the pure essence of CHAOS from cows that were few these Arcane induced plants,...
or worse a mage that only uses the SPOILED fruits/veggie's, harvesting the spells NEGATIVE effects for his spell casting
... GOING back to my "2nd thing" now...
How does this effect other spell casters? It might be easy to say that Divine Spell casters are the only ones growing Grapes, and Arcane spell casters are the only ones growing Apples, but by doing so you are exposing a part of these charactures identities, which could make or brake a battle or some key story point/arc.
Maybe its only when these friuts are turned in to another form (such as Wine or Ale) that it's effects become divine, or are unlocked. i think that might be interesting, THE BEST CLERIC IN TOWN... is the town drunk :sigh:
Or maybe, like above, it's all about how its prepaired. A "cure Light Wounds" egg roll may not be as appealing as a Cure Light Wounds Wine. or maybe you mix the herbs together, boil them down and make a Rejuvination Ale.
How would this effect animals??? would they even be able to use the effects that would be upon them?
Could a farmer or a mage feed his sheep these plants and then harvest Fire Wool? Could said product be used in the creation of magcal equipment? I think it would be interesting to have a robe of fire resistance that you made yourself from your own flock.
Though it would be interesting if these magical effects just took effect on those whom consumed them. If a herd of cows are a bunch of grass infused with magic that made them Vanish, it could be a fun mission for PC's. Or dealing with a rats nest that has a bunch of different effects on them.
How about Druids in all this Blasphomy to nature? Are they Alright with this? What are their views on the subject? Could a druid unlock a plants powers, feed it to their animal companion, and send them in to battle, FUR aBlaze?
The Possabilities here are WIDE and GRAND!
...... Sorry if i went to far...