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October 25, 2006, 5:42 pm

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Lexicon Mortis


Will this tome be the saviour or the bane of your heroes?

Something I introduced in my campaign recently that I thought might be worth sharing as we got some good situations out of it (thanks of course to HP Lovecraft):

The Lexicon Mortis is sentient book of Magic (Lawful/Evil) with it’s own objectives (relative to your campaign) and a human face capable of speech on the front cover.

The book allows the owner to cast any spell that appears in your own sourcebooks. However casting a spell requires a saving throw vs. magic. Failure means the owner becomes possessed by the book and will be their slave.

A suitably disturbing image of the book is here:

A simple concept - but one that doubled the drama when the PC’s found themselves in a very, very tight spot…

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Siren no Orakio
January 3, 2004, 21:30
This certainly looks like something with a lot of potential, I think. It's got power for a price, but I would have to ask if it has any specifice objectives. Does it want to rule the world? Does it have a master it wants to bring back into the world? Does it just happen to like the taste of demi-human flesh?
January 4, 2004, 5:29
Worthy questions Siren, I particularly like the return of a past master concept. However, it's open to use as best compliments your campaign.
Voted Cheka Man
November 11, 2005, 18:43
I for one would be very careful when using that book.
Voted valadaar
September 2, 2010, 19:50
Okay, but very thin.
July 17, 2011, 4:46

I see no real reason to make the book intelligent, but I do like the risk/reward balance it presents. It's also very powerful, and the limitations are not very well defined though I suppose that is intentional. This makes a better idea than a submission.

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