[Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Detect Affect

Detect Affect


If you don’t control yourself, someone else will.”

—John Allston



Detect Affect (Arcane)

Level 1

Range: 120 feet

Duration: Immediate

This arcane spell allows the caster to determine what type of magical control or influence a single person or creature is under, such as Charm spells, magical hypnosis or various other forms of affecting others and controlling their wills. As a wizard progresses, their ability to work this spell changes as follows:

Levels 1-2, Magic-User can determine the exact nature of this spell.

Levels 3-5, Spellcaster also knows who has cast this controlling spell and when the influence began.

Levels 6+, Wizard can also attempt to dispel this magical control, this functions on a percentage as Dispel Magic (See S&W Core Rules, 2nd printing, page 37*) and in addition causes 3d4 damage to the mage who cast the influencing spell and reveals their location in the wizard’s mind.


*Follows is a quote from the Core Swords & Wizardry book for quick reference:

The chance of successfully dispelling magic is a percentage based on the ratio of the level of the magic-user trying to dispel over the level of the magic user (or HD of the monster) who cast the original magic. Thus, a 6th level magic user attempting to dispel a charm cast by a 12th level magic-user has a 50% chance of success (6/12 = 1/2, or, 50%). If the 12th level magic user were dispelling the 6th level magic-user’s charm, the chance would be 200% (12/6 = 2, or, 200%).

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6 Responses to [Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Detect Affect

  1. Timeshadows says:


    Neat spell.

    I’m pretty certain that it ought to be ‘Effect’ rather than ‘Affect’, though. 🙂

  2. bat says:

    Thanks again, as always.
    However, for once, I must disagree as affect (as a verb) means influence, like a Charm spell, for example. I used to always get those backwards years ago.

  3. Timeshadows says:

    I stand by my intent, but admit _fail_ as regards to not noting that the spell focused on behaviour-modification effects. I read it quickly and thought it was any sort of ‘effect’, thus my flub.

    You are correct, sir.

  4. bat says:

    Well, I am not correct that often, so I will chirp a bit about this subtle victory.

  5. Timeshadows says:

    I hand out party hats, and spike the punch.


  6. bat says:

    Spiked punch?! I’m there!

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