7. The Stone Tablet of the Ogre Shaman
The Stone Tablet of the Ogre Shaman was a rather unorthodox spellbook formerly in the possession of Garlak Tor, an ogre spiritualist who lived in the foothills of Frostreave. Garlak's skill at producing spirits from the Wailing Labyrinth made many grieved mourners seek out his isolated home; he would perform seances for anyone who brought him the proper tribute. (Exactly what that tribute is is left to the GM's discretion.)
The Stone Tablet of the Ogre Shaman is a massive flat stone inscribed with the mystical formulas for some of Garlak's most-used spells. The Stone Tablet can only be lifted by characters whose combined Strength scores total 30 or higher. (Three men with Strength 10 could lift the tablet, for example.) Even if the Stone Tablet is lifted, it is difficult and tiring to carry for any great distance; the Stone Tablet will require a cart and horse, at least, to move.
The Stone Tablet of the Ogre Shaman contains the spells detailed below, as well as Detect Magic, Speak with Dead, and Animate Dead.
|Complexity||Study Period||Total Comp. Rolls||Potency||# Spells|
Wreath of Souls
Level: Cleric 2
Duration: 3 rounds +1 round/level
After making the sign of the fell necromancer Githred the Vile, the caster is surrounded by a whirling mass of specters who help deflect any attacks aimed at the caster. All incoming missile attacks take a -4 penalty to hit the caster and all incoming melee attacks take a -2 penalty to hit.
Garlak Tor's Spectral Ensnarement
Level: Cleric 4
Duration: 1 round/level
This spells summons a howling, amorphous mass of angry ghosts who latch on to the target with ectoplasmic hooks. Any time the target—which can be either a creature or a mobile object such as a rolling boulder—moves toward the caster its movement rate is reduced to a third of how quickly it would normally move as it must strain against the ensnaring spirits. If the target creature is slain and the spell's duration has not yet expired, the caster may designate a new target for the spirits to ensnare.