Here are some suggested rules upon which the material in
this book are based:
1) Races and Types: The world has human, demi-human
(dwarves, elves, gnomes, half-elves, halflings, half-orcs, pixies), humanoid
(bugbears, gnolls, goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds, orcs), and four-fingered
talking animal (animal-folk in a wide variety of types) races. These many
different races have always lived together in the Lands of Ub; cave paintings
from the days of cave men, cave elves, and cave rabbit-folk show all three and
many others living and fighting together. Nobody thinks it is at all unusual,
as it has always been so.
Lands where only one racial type are found are unknown;
lands where one type is overwhelmingly dominant are fairly rare (usually these
are areas where demi-humans (dwarves, elves, gnomes, and halflings) are found).
Most areas are relatively cosmopolitan, having a mix of three or more races
and/or types; major cities are fully cosmopolitan. Humans are a plurality in
the world, but only just.
Racial animosity is quite rare; unusual individual cases
generally stem from a negative personal interaction, or applying a
rivalry/enmity with a land and its people to the broad general type (for
example, many mouse-folk and rabbit-folk citizens of Carrot County loathe the
pig-folk Svinings of the Southern Consolidated Jarldoms due to generations of
being raided, but very few apply that enmity to pig-folk as a whole).
The only major exception is in the case of humanoids versus
everyone else, but then, generally, humanoids don’t much like each other, let
Note: All human, demi-human, humanoid, and animal-folk races
can interbreed; children take after one parent or the other, only half-elves
and half-orcs “mix” of the two parents. Though some of the animal-folk can look
more human than others. Note that there is a 1 in 20 chance that a child is a
“throwback” to a random ancestor other than the specific races or types of the
parent (so for example, a rabbit-folk man and a human woman have a 1 in 20
chance of having a child of random racial or type sort, depending on their own
ancestry). The Leonine Clans of the Highlands are an example of this type of
ancestral mix; two Highlander lion-folk might have a human child, and two
Highlander humans might have a lion-folk child, as the two groups have
thoroughly mixed over long centuries.
2) Classes and Level Limits: All races and types can take
any class, can multi-class (per AEC/ALL rules), and are unlimited in class
3) Death & Healing Rules: Player Characters and
Important NPCs have Resistance to Death. Upon being reduced to 0 hit points,
PCs and important NPCs are merely knocked unconscious for 1d6 rounds (if a 6,
roll 1d10 minutes; if a 10, roll 1d6 turns; if a 6, roll 1d12 hours). When the
time ends, the character awakens with 1 hit point. If another character is able
to tend to an unconscious character’s wounds for one round, they awaken with 1
A character who is unconscious and naturally awakens or is
given first aid and awakens is wounded, and all attacks and saving throws are
at a penalty of -2. Such wounds are cumulative, occurring each time the
character is knocked unconscious (-2 “stunned,” -4 “groggy,” -6 “witless,”
etc.) A cure wounds spell or similar magic that restores hit points restores
unconscious characters and eliminates all wounds the character has suffered
(with no need for bed rest).
PCs have a pool of Self-Healing Dice equal to their Hit Dice
number and type; they may use these during a rest that lasts at least one Turn
(10 minutes), rolling any number of dice they wish, and modifying each by their
Constitution modifier, to restore hit points (each die heals at least 1 hit
point). A full night and day of bed rest heals all hit point damage, cures all
wounds from unconsciousness, and fully replenishes the pool of self-healing
dice; a night of rest heals/restores only half.
4) It is suggested that you use PC Boons, Luck Points, and
Nature as outlined in R&R.
School of Black Magic
The School of Black Magic is the domain of wicked witches
(female and male, both called witches). It is not prestigious like P.U., in
fact, it is quite frowned upon, and witchcraft is outlawed in many realms. The
school itself is hidden by magic; doors to the school can open just about
anywhere, usually wherever beings of flexible morality and weak ethics seek
power to smite their enemies, gather wealth, or rule over others untrammeled by
law or ethics. There a door appears, and a voice promises them power, in return
After 666 days of training at the Black School a witch is
released into the world. The process has transformed them; their skin
(fur/scales/etc.) has been transformed to a sickly green, their hair black and
frizzy, their grin one of sublime villainy, and a mad glint of nastiness dances
in their eyes. They leave the school with a ghoulish grimoire, a witching wand,
a broom of flying, a wicked cauldron, and a horrible hat.
ghoulish grimoire contains all 12 of the basic 1st level magic-user spells plus
a 13th – summon familiar (they start play with a familiar already summoned, always an imp or quasit).
witching wand enables them to zap their enemies with a bolt of black magic
(1/round, roll to hit, range 30/60/90, 1d6 damage).
of flying is a standard broom of flying that can also be ordered to attack
enemies as a broom of animated attacks.
wicked cauldron enables them to brew potions at half the normal time and cost,
regardless of their level (i.e., a 1st level witch can brew potions). Once per
month per level the witch can draw forth from the cauldron one vial of any
potion she has ever brewed therein in merely 1 turn.
horrible hat is a traditional black-brimmed witch’s hat; it acts as a bag of
These items are not replaced if lost, stolen, or destroyed.
Witches are not always Chaotic nor necessarily Evil; some
are just power-hungry and misled, or have delusions of grandeur, believing they
can avoid “paying the bill when it comes due.” But the “sponsors” of the School
of Black Magic always get theirs in the end. Witches are required to travel to
a regional Assembly of Witches eight times a year, and the annual Grand
Assembly on the Isle of the Dark One; the witch’s broom can travel to these and
back in merely an hour (on these occasions only). Failure to appear at an
assembly means the “bill is due,” and a collector will be sent.
Most witches and warlocks wear whatever they please,
especially when they are in public, but when at home wear the traditional witch
and warlock clothing of dark blue or black robes, long pointed shoes, and of
course, their black brimmed hat, accompanied by silver or bone jewelry
featuring skulls, spiders, black cats, and similar creatures and motifs.
School of Fairy Magic
The School of Fairy Magic, like the School of Black Magic,
is not as prestigious as Prestidigitators University, but it and its graduates
are generally far more welcome than those of the School of Black Magic. This is
the school for good witches – men are not unwelcome, however, they are definitely in the minority.
The school is in the Fair Realm, in the city of Grandshee;
however, like the School of Black Magic, it has many doors that go elsewhere,
and the Fairy Godmothers of the school travel far and wide to find those with
the magical talent and proper disposition. [Note: Graduates of the School of
Fairy Magic are always known as Fairy Godmothers, even when male; Fairy
Godfathers are the leaders of the Fairy Mafia, a completely different
Usually after 777 days of study a student graduates with her
book of shadows, containing all 12 of the basic 1st level magic-user spells.
She also starts out with a witching wand, a tiara of disguise, and a magic
witching wand allows her to make a stunning attack of shooting stars at a
target within 60’. The target must make a save versus Wands; failure indicates
it is stunned for 1 round.
of disguise allows her to appear to wear any kind of clothing she wishes – from
something a fishwife might wear to a ball gown worn by a royal princess.
mirror is a large wall-hung mirror that allows her to speak with any other
fairy witch she knows who also possesses a magic mirror, over any distance;
however, it must pass through the Magic Mirror Exchange Tower at FT&T
(Fairy Telepath & Teleport) in Grandshee, so it takes 1d6 rounds to put
through a connection per mortal realm between, and then there is a chance the
target of the communication is not home. A message of up to three rounds length
may be left if no one answers. Magic mirror calls cost 1 sp per round, due on
the 1st of the next month, collected by fairy courier.
In addition to the usual magic-user abilities, a fairy witch
possesses the following powers and responsibilities:
witch can grow wings and fly like a pixie or sprite (180’ (60’)); must rest 1
turn after 3 turns of flight. If already apixie, she can fly without need for rest; if already a sprite, flying speed
increases to 240’ (80’).
level a fairy witch can shrink to sprite-size or back at will (if already a
pixie or sprite, the fairy witch can grow to human-size or back at will).
at 8th level a fairy witch becomes a Fairy Godmother and is assigned a “hard
case,” a poor young woman (or sometimes man) who deserves better out of life,
and the fairy godmother must help them realize their goals (even if they do not
know them yet). She must help this hard case before she can rise in level, regardless
of total experience points. Each level a fairy godmother gets a new hard case.
Right Honorable Order of Legerdemainists
A lesser regional guild considered one step above hedge
mage, the RHOL trains both arcane illusionists and stage magicians. Based out
of Burrowburgh, it has nowhere near the respect as P.U., nor even that of the
Fairy Witches, but it is a legally chartered guild, operative in most of the
Frelengian successor states. Local guild halls assist members to find gigs and
stay out of the way of Johnny Law (no few members of the guild, and even whole
guild chapters, are tied in with the local Thieves Guilds). After a three-year
apprenticeship, a newly-minted illusionist begins play with a spell book with
three 1st levels spells of choice, and one 2nd level spell of choice.
Hedge Mages and Meadow Witches
Those who learn arcane magic outside the university or
school system are known as hedge mages or meadow witches (also called wise-men,
wise-women, wise-guys, mountebanks, charlatans, quacks, crones, addle-casters,
granny-cantrips, gaffer-crack-spell, and other pejorative terms by the
“better-educated” of good old P.U.). These magic-users learn at the knee of a
master, having been taken on as an apprentice (read “indentured dogs-body”),
and sometimes actually manage to learn magic. Some even rise to great power and
prestige; after all, even Frelengo DeFriz started out as a hedge wizard, and he
founded P.U. (the fact of which graduates are never happy to be reminded).
Hedge mages and meadow witches have no special benefits,
privileges, powers, abilities, or tools – however, they are also not bound by
any restrictions or requirements, other than local laws about the use of magic
(and hedge wizards are often more than willing to break these). They start out
with a spell book with read magic, two 1st levels spells of choice, and one 2nd
level spell of choice.
Bonus Spell for Magic-users and Illusionists
In the Lands of Ub, magic-users and illusionists gain the
benefit of additional spells to memorize, or perhaps a chance to fail in
casting a spell, based on their Intelligence score, as clerics and druids do
based on their Wisdom score.
Use Wisdom Table II and give a magic-user or illusionist
bonus spells or a chance of spell failure based on their Intelligence on that
table, rather than their Wisdom. Thus, an illusionist with an Intelligence of
16 would gain two 1st and two 2nd level spells, while a magic-user with an
Intelligence of 10 would have a 15% chance of spell failure every time he casts
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