[Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Curses



In the list of spells in the Swords & Wizardry core rules there is a handy spell for clerics and magic-users called Remove Curse. But how do you get a Curse in the first place? Here are three levels of the spell for magic-users that can easily be adopted to divine practitioners of magic as well. Note that the more powerful the curse, the closer one needs to be to their target. These are examples for three levels, feel free to add more. Evil wizards sometimes use these to compel others to do their bidding, offering to remove the curse when the deed is done. Can’t have enough curses!



Curses of Minor Discomfort (Arcane)

Level 1

Range: 60 feet

Duration: Until removed or indefinite.

When cast, this can cause a nasty misfortune to haunt the target, examples are: Bad Luck (-1 on any rolls for games of chance or situations where luck is involved), Alter Image (changes the appearance of the victim in a minor way, like causing baldness or a loud hair color, making the eyes look unearthly, etc), Cripple Limb (causes one limb, arm or leg, to be seriously withered, making any rolls necessary with that limb at -2), Animal Affinity (the target often gets the unwanted attention of animals, either they follow him around dumbly or bay and wail in his or her presence).


Curses that Get Under Your Skin (Arcane)

Level 2

Range: 50 feet

Duration: Until removed or indefinite

Raising the bar a little, these curses make life a bit more unpleasant. Examples are: I Think I Love Me (the target of this one ALWAYS speaks in the third person and is compelled to put themselves before others), Phantasmic Infestation (do you have bugs crawling under your skin? Can you feel them? I can!: the victim feels insects constantly roaming about under the skin), Sniffles (very bad cold or flu that never goes away, target feels achy and sluggish, -1 on all rolls), Belly Acher (victim becomes a bit of a hypochondriac, suffering from a  variety of  phantom maladies, this really ticks off the rest of the party as the target often complains and shirks their duties) .


Curses Which are Quite Horrible (Arcane)

Level 3

Range: 40 feet

Duration: Until removed or indefinite

Even worse, these curses are almost unbearable. Examples are: Appear Undead (looking a bit ghastly there, your skin looks mottled and blue, eyes appear sunken and milky, a bit of a cadaverous smell and a cloud of flies about), Plague Hound (you are the carrier, making all around you sick, THEY get the disease and are -1 on their rolls for everything), Paranoia: the Destroya (they are ALL out to get you and you cannot be convinced otherwise, they want the treasure to themselves, they know about you and the goat, etc), Unusual Allies (victim finds it necessary to try to befriend creatures the rest of the party would find odd, like orcs, trolls, ogres, giants, dragons, demons, etc. The target doesn’t feel the need to kill these things and take their treasure).

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12 Responses to [Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Curses

  1. Timeshadows says:

    Golly, there are mean.

    I love ’em.

  2. bat says:

    I am glad that you like them. Just be happy that you aren’t a player of mine, things get a bit dicey at the gaming table, and I am not talking about the d20’s.

  3. Timeshadows says:

    ((I must have been particularly under the weather with my botched spelling.))

    We’re not talking Zed and Maynard-level dicey, though, are we? > looks for my Hitori Hanzo steel <

    Sorry, I'm a bit lupey today…

  4. bat says:

    Well, no, not THAT dicey, no pawn shop scene levels of dicey.

    Lupey/loopy, tomatoes/oranges. I am not sure how you did it, but your last message dropped into the spam filter and you have been approved for some time. Odd, that.

  5. Timeshadows says:

    Yeah, I was wondering where it had gone…
    I didn’t think Pulp Fiction references were on a pr0n-filter. lol.

    Lupey: Aroooooo!

  6. bat says:

    Well, considering the scene you brought up, You Never Can Tell. Only capitalized because of the song of the same name on the soundtrack…

  7. Timeshadows says:

    No, that’s Marilyn Monroe over there… That’s Mamie Van Doren.

  8. bat says:

    /me calls me with white coats and that one jazzy jacket with the really long sleeves.

  9. Timeshadows says:

    “Did you just order a milkshake that costs five dollars? Milk and ice cream? They don’t put no Bourbon or nothin’ in it?”

    Okay, we better stop or this will turn into an explosive situation.

    “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character. …”

  10. bat says:

    I was just about to go into my Flock of Seagulls routine.

    That movie was so popular when it came out, I remember there were people that just watched it over and over.

  11. bulette says:

    I really like these curses for the way that they’ll encourage real role-playing. In particular, I’m looking forward to implementing the “I Think I Love Me”, Belly Acher, and Paranoia effects.

  12. bat says:

    bulette: Thank you for the reply, let me know how it goes.

    The idea for “I think I Love Me” came from watching a horrible movie on Starz that was some cheeseball story about the Partridge Family show as told by Danny Bonaduce’s, but the inspiration was that version of Keith Partridge. That movie was all wrong.

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