[Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Leafy Demise

Leafy Demise

Salistas the Unscrupulous had felt a little itchy since the other day when he had run afoul of the druid grove while trying to steal a pod from a Homonoculi Tree. While laughing it up in the Black Griffon Bar one of the other patrons, a similarly untidy fellow, pointed out a green stalk growing on Salistas’ forearm.

While the rogue tried to brush off the fool’s comment and play down the fact that he had a leaf growing from his arm, another yokel pointed out some sort of bracken sprouting from behind one of Salistas’ ears. Tugging at the leaf the unlucky adventurer managed to pull it out, but a bloody root was revealed that appeared to twitch and writhe as if seeking the flesh of the hapless thief. In horror Salistas dropped the leaf onto the bar and cut it up with a dagger.

He’s a witch!”, hollered a half-baked peasant from down the counter, pointing at Salistas with a shocked expression on his face and an open mouth.

No, my gentle townsfolk,” said a calm and mellow voice from a shady corner of the bar, “he is no witch. Salistas the Unscrupulous is but a thief that would steal from the Druids of Forlaren Forest. Until he repents his situation will only worsen, perhaps he will join us in the Great Garden.”

A collective shiver went through the locals as they remembered being marched passed this grisly patch of vegetation, yet none of them believed it was real back then, but merely an illusion to scare them into leaving the druids alone.

Leafy Demise (Druid)

Level 4

Range: 30 feet

Duration: Until dispelled or seven weeks passes

Druids don’t have a lot in the way of curses, but the Leafy Demise is thought to be one of the most horrific ways to go: When this curse is first cast upon a victim they begin to grow leaves or stalks from their face and limbs. These painful growths can be pulled out, but will reveal a root that is drenched in the recipient of the curse’s blood, the target also takes 1d2 points of damage for each bit of vegetation removed as the roots have begun to take. And, of course, more of these will grow. Sometimes small branches will grow from the brow, stalks and broad leaves on the arms and legs and the back will sprout all sorts of foliage. Fungus and creepers may grow in places that rarely see the light of day. For the first three weeks this is just unbearable, the target of the curse constantly is growing vegetation on their body and to pull anything out by the root after the third week causes 1d4 points of damage as the roots are feeding deeper in the body. At the start of the seventh week this process speeds up as the plant life is taking over. Midway through this week the person can no longer walk and can only stand lying prone, strangely, the pain lessens if they are outside, on the earth. By the end of this week, if nothing has occurred to reverse or cure this terrible curse the victim of Leafy Demise will become a small garden, with their eyes looking woefully from some blooming flower. All limbs will be quite useless by now and there is no longer any true movement other than a slight, pathetic swaying.

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5 Responses to [Swords & Wizardry] New Spell: Leafy Demise

  1. sean wills says:

    It’s gross, grim(m)like the outcome of some European folktale, I love it.

  2. bat says:

    I woke up this morning with that spell in my head. Probably some residue from watching Black Adder all the way through a few months back and reading some old Warhammer short stories.

  3. Timeshadows says:

    Reminds me of the Witch Hunter episode.

  4. bat says:

    The good old Witchsmeller Pursuivant, one of my favorite episodes.

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