Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Alphabet of Outer Beings - C is for Corruption

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C is for Corruption

Magic of any kind is not to be trifled with. When interacting with Outer Beings one is putting themselves evermore at the mercy of magical beings with far more power than themselves. Clerics seldom have to worry about corruption, instead feeling the lashings of deific whimsy in the form of Disapproval (see D is for Disapproval), but Wizards and Elfs who tie themselves to a patron in order to grasp for yet greater power run the risk of their magics having truly strange effects that may warp and mutate the user. The following are optional Minor, Major, and Greater Corruption tables to be used in the instance of a spellcasting gone awry.

For systems not normally using Corruption use the following guidelines:
  • Spell levels 1 & 2 result in minor corruption
  • Spell levels 3 & 4 result in  major corruption
  • Spell levels +5 result in greater corruption
  • Judge's may rule that a higher or lower table be used as they see fit appropriate to the circumstances
  • Player's roll 1d10 and modify the result based on Luck, Fate, or similar mechanics as adjudicated by the judge. 

Table C1: Minor Corruption (roll 1d10)
  1. (or lower) Character's skin turns yellow as though they were jaundiced. 
  2. Gravity increases for the character. Character suffers a permanent -1 Strength, and all fall damage dice are upgraded by 1 die type.
  3. Character's face goes numb and slack. Lasts 1d4 weeks during which they are -2 to Personality. If the character needs to speak to cast spells they suffer an increase in spell failure chance of 5%, treat all rolled 2s as though they were 1s. 
  4. Character forgets a language at random. Takes 1d4 weeks of exposure to regain or replace.
  5. Character suffers synesthesia and begins to experience crossed sensory experience per Judge adjudication. 
  6. Character's clothing and equipment liquefy. Magic items have a 66% chance of being immune.
  7. Character's diet changes for the strange. Roll 1d4
    1. Character must drink at least 1d4 pints of blood a day instead of water.
    2. Character must eat 1d3 pounds of dirt a day in place of fruits and vegetables.
    3. Character must eat 4d4 ounces of wood a day in place of meat.
    4. Character can no longer eat and process normal food. They must consume magical energy for nourishment in the form of 1 spell level per character level per day. This magical energy may come from their own spell power, from a willing magic using subject or acolyte, or be forcibly drained from another caster. In all cases the consumed spell(s) are counted as lost for the day.
  8. Character develops a strange body odor. Roll 1d6
    1. Character smells like freshly baked fish. Tends to attract cats.
    2. Character smells like rotten eggs. -2 to Personality unless covered up by 1d4 gold worth of perfume.
    3. Character smells strongly of seawater. 
    4. Character smells like a wet dog at all times.
    5. Character smells like the local gong farmer. Ignore this result if the character's occupation is gong farmer, as they smell no different. 
    6. Character smells of magic. Oddly, everybody thinks so even when they cannot articulate or agree upon, just what this odor smells like. 
  9. Character's hands begin to "sweat" a strange greasy substance. Their fumble range for all weapon attacks and skill checks requiring hands (such as climbing) is increased to a natural 1 or 2.
  10. Fate re-written! The character rolls a new Lucky Sign and applies their current luck modifier as a new luck bonus/penalty that replaces the previous bonus/penalty. Judges for games that do not use luck may adjudicate accordingly. 
Table C2: Major Corruption (roll 1d10)
  1. (or lower) Fey touched. The character gains a vulnerability to iron as though they were an Elf. If already an elf (or this result is rolled again later), the damage & effects from contact step up 1 die type or otherwise increase as ruled by the judge. 
  2. Eye-stalks. Eyes bulge out and over 2d4 days pop out of sockets as the optic nerve becomes stalks, 2d3 inches long. Permanent -1 to Personality.
  3. Teeth fall out over 1d6 days before being replaced with rows of shark teeth after another 1d4 days. The character can bite for 1d4 damage, but suffers a permanent -1 to Personality. 
  4. Character drools excessively, 1d4 liters worth each day. They must drink the same amount of additional water every day or suffer -1 to Stamina from dehydration.
  5. Character's fingers each grow 1d3 additional inches in length causing a -1D penalty on tasks requiring fine control (such as picking locks). 
  6. Character's fingers and toes each grow 1d3 new joints over the course of 1d6 days.
  7. Character's nose begins to run with a speed of 40 feet per round. Character is -1 Personality until the nose is caught and reattached.
  8. Two left feet. The bones in the character's right foot shift painfully over the next 1d4 hours until they have two left feet. Character has trouble dancing and walking in a straight line.
  9. Tiny face. The character's facial features shrink to half their normal size resulting in a tiny face centered on their head.  
  10. Ass-backwards. The character's lower body (below the waist) is turned 180 degrees from their upper body permanently.  
Table C3: Greater Corruption (roll 1d10)
  1. (or lower) Sex change. The character's gender reverses over the next 1d4 weeks.
  2. Character's feet change. Roll 1d6
    1. Feet become starfish, must soak feet in saltwater for 1d3 hours daily.
    2. Feet become hooves, shoes must now be purchased from a blacksmith.
    3. Feet become invisible, no other change. 
    4. Feet become solid lead; character suffers -1D on all attempts to move silently. 
    5. Feet become a pair of angry cats. Good luck with that. 
    6. Feel become a large clumps of hair. Reduces speed by 10 feet. 
  3. Crystaleyez. Eyelids shrivel up and and fall off as the eyes crystallize. Character is able to see through the crystallized eyes, but is blind if they are removed. Roll 1d4: 
    1. Eyes become quartz crystals worth 1d4 silver each; character gains 2x telescopic vision
    2. Eyes become diamonds worth 1d6 gold each; character gains +1D on saving throws against Illusions
    3. Eyes become amethysts worth 2d6 silver each; character can see into Ultraviolet spectrum (30 feet)
    4. Eyes become rubies worth 1d4 gold each; character gains Infravision (30 feet)
  4. Mute. Character's vocal cords atrophy over 2d6 days after which they are incapable of making any speech or vocal noises. On the bright side they no longer have any verbal casting requirements either. 
  5. The Touch of the Mi-Das. The character gains the uncontrollable ability to transform whatever they touch. Roll 1d4:
    1. Touched objects are bleached of all color, becoming pure black and white.
    2. Touched objects are transformed into pasta. 50% chance the pasta is cooked, otherwise dried.
    3. Touched objects become stone unless the object was subject to Petrification which is reversed at their touch.
    4. Touched objects are coated in the thin layer of gold which flakes away when next touched. 
  6. All thumbs. The character's fingers spend 1d8 turns turning into thumbs. 
  7. In a dog's age. The character ages at a rate 7 times faster than normal from this point forward. 
  8. Phlogiston Disturbance. All flammable objects within 15 feet of the caster become non-flammable, and all non-flammables become rather flammable. Torches are likely to sputter out and lanterns are likely to catch fire.  
  9. Random Esoteric Knowledge. The character loses all current spells and randomly rolls to replace the lost spell knowledge with a new list of spells. Randomly re-roll any Mercurial Magic for spells that are retained. 
  10. Character suffers a total polarity change. Roll 1d4
    1. Alignment reverses from law to chaos or chaos to law. If the character was neutral roll 1d4, if even they are now lawful, if odd they are now chaotic.
    2. Character's colors are inverted, this includes their skin, teeth, blood, hair, eyes, scat, etc. 
    3. Character's attributes are inverted. Adjust character stats by subtracting the current attribute score from 21! (e.g. an attribute of 8 becomes 13, going from -1 to +1). 
    4. Character's class reverses. Wizards become Warriors and Elves become dwarfs. Clerics become Thieves if using corruption for high disapproval results.