[Swords & Wizardry/Labyrinth Lord] New Spell: Mindseye Mirror

Mindseye Mirror

Time to get back to our lair!” Chalk exclaimed, “something has happened to my magical instruments!”

Koram the fighter sighed heavily, anxious to keep going.

I tell you, Chalk, you are paranoid. Everything is safe, there is nothing to worry about.”

You lunkhead!” Chalk said, “I am a wizard, our lair has been compromised. All of our stuff is compromised!”

Gah! Let’s get going, back to our lodging! My pieces of art!,” Koram shouted.

 

Mindseye Mirror (Arcane)

Level 3

Range: Anywhere on the plane.

Duration: Until dispelled or the mirror is broken.

Magic-Users often use this spell to keep an eye on something precious to them from anywhere on the plane where the spell was cast. A mirror is placed in a small room, closet or some other place that the wizard feels is safe and the spell is cast. When traveling, the magic-user carries a small mirror and with a little concentration can see through the mirror to view the object. If both mirrors are big enough the spellcaster can reach through the mirror and grab the item, otherwise he or she can just watch the item. The mirror can also be set up to watch a particular area and be used as a scrying device.

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14 Responses to [Swords & Wizardry/Labyrinth Lord] New Spell: Mindseye Mirror

  1. Timeshadows says:

    It is so interesting. I have a spell that operates almost exactly the same way, but is used for tele-visual communication (only in miles of distance, usually)

    Obviously, I like this one, bat.

  2. bulette says:

    me too – i can’t believe that there isn’t any remote viewing spell in the early editions (at least none that i can remember).

  3. Rubezahl says:

    Brilliantly acheived bat! A nice remote view/recall item-style spell that is both tidy and flavourful.

  4. Kilgore says:

    Like it! I wonder if the ability to reach through and grab the item only comes at a higher level, though. (There I go again, whining about spells being too powerful.)

    Very nice indeed, though. And it reminds me of a spell I thought of a while back but never posted. Thanks!

  5. bat says:

    Hey, thanks again, everyone! It is just a little utility spell that would be handy to have for those crucial moments when you need the thingamajig to thwart the villain before he unleashes the great doohickey onto the unsuspecting public.
    Lord Kilgore. Hmmmmm. Possibly the ability to reach through the mirror comes after 5th level?

    • Kilgore says:

      Well, don’t feel obligated to please me just because I stalk around the internet making sure magic-users don’t get too many advantages. 🙂

      5th sounds about right to me. Maybe at 3rd they can reach through and affect things on the other side, and at 5th they can bring things back?

    • Kilgore says:

      Here ya go: Place the mirror near a door. Lock the door when you leave.

      Now, if you lose your keys, just reach through and unlock it from the inside.

      Also: Does each mirror you carry match one mirror at the “source”? So if I cast it on two mirrors in two different rooms, for instance, I carry two mirrors with me to use them each?

      I ask because the permanent nature of the spell means that eventually I’ll have a ton of these things in use.

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  7. bat says:

    Well, you do bring up a lot of great points, and the way player’s take advantage of innocent referees and people like me who try to help them with new spells.

    Being able to bring things back at 5th is a good idea.
    Now, as to your question about one mirror per location I would say yes. A wizard could potentially have a half a dozen of these, the more there are the more chances of breaking one or being confused as to which one to grab in a pinch.

    • Kilgore says:

      Oh, don’t read me wrong. I’ve got no problem with the “use the mirror to unlock the door” idea. I don’t think that’s loopholing it at all. Since you’ve got to set the mirror up in the first place, you’ve already been in there. It’s not like opening a door you shouldn’t be able to open.

      Another question: Can you cast the spell, then move the mirror to another location? Say I cast it on a pair of mirrors, then give the remote mirror to someone as a gift. He puts it by the door in his tower. Can I reach through and unlock his door?

      I really do like this spell.

      • bat says:

        Oh, I like the quesitons, Kilgore.
        I would say that the mirrors can be moved. Once the spell is cast it “locks on” to those two particular mirrors. Giving one as a gift would be quite fiendish. Now, if the spell Permanency was cast I would say that possibly, just possibly, the “control” could be transferred to the possessor, therefore a thief could buy a pair of these, pawn one and pinch small items from the pawn shop. Since Permanency is 8th level, if the wizard can cast it, they could transfer the particulars of the spell.

  8. Kilgore says:

    Ah. Permanency to transfer. I like it.

    This is a brilliant spell.

    • bat says:

      Thanks again, squire!
      This is a really off the cuff spell that worked out. Permanency is a great way of making magic items and getting them out there.

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