Nor-Du-Mag (Part III)

Final Words on Nor-Du-Mag, and the Mysteries of Porphyrite…

Not to brag, blog followers, but I have been hitting the beach every day for the last week or two, so double thumbs to all of you working stiffs suffering this summer LOL.  Just want to continue some of the observations of adventuring in the magic-dead wasteland of Nor-Du-Mag… I suppose it is a bit of a stereotype that a region in a magic-normal world would be a wasteland, but it kind of stands to reason that it would be a ravaged place- or is it?  The Shire of Tolkien bore no magic that I could remember- though the coming of The One Ring changed all that, didn’t it?  And Gandalf came often enough with his magic fireworks… my point is that playing in Nor-Du-Mag should take a harrowing turn, in the spirit of the Mad Max movies, the excellent Rutger Hauer movie The Blood of Heroes, Steel Dawn and Tank Girl.  Throw in poor old Chekov finding the lost home of Khan Noonien Singh on Ceti Alpha ummm… 5? And you will have it.  No comfort.  No safety.  Grim survival.  If you are lucky, finding a local to band together until you can reach the Dwarven Mines, and then… will they let you in?  And, no doubt, the lands on the other side of the western porphyrite border will have resources to deal with those who dare to cross over to the “magic side”… Not to harp on this fascinating region, moving on.

New General/Metamagic Feat

Porphyritic Magic

By means of the magical mineral porphyrite, deeds of magic can be done!

Prerequisites: any Spell Focus feat, able to cast porphyrite passage or Porphyrologist global trait

Benefit: You can modify the effect of spells you cast, by expending a porphyrite flake as an added spell component.  The available effect is listed by school of magic, with an added effect for schools that the caster possesses Spell Focus upon.  Wizards cannot use Porphyritic Magic on spells from their opposition schools, if they have any. “CL” in this case indicates caster level for the spell in question.  0-level spells cannot be modified with Porphyritic Magic.

Drawback: Any spellcaster practicing Porphyritic Magic suffers a +CL bonus to opponents using Spellcraft against them to identify the spells they are casting; practitioners are suffused with a radiant purple glow when they cast their spells, about the same brightness as a candle.

Special: This feat can be taken in place of any metamagic feat, if such is offered as a bonus or class feature.  Though it does not increase the level of the modified spell, any spell modified by Porphyritic Magic must be cast as a full-round action.


Abjuration +1 deflection bonus to AC for 1 round/ 4 CL

SF: DR 1/ 4 CL vs. elemental subtype creatures for 1 round.

Conjuration Add 1 round to duration of summoning spells [summon spells do not change casting time]  

SF: add additional 1 round/ 4 CL to elemental-typed spell durations.

Divination You may combine 2 detect spells in one casting, their durations are concurrent.                     

SF: You may combine any divination spells in one casting, their durations are concurrent.

Enchantment Add +1 to mental-related skill checks for 1 round/ caster level after spell is cast.

SF: elemental subtypes are dazed for 1 round if affected by spell.

Evocation Add 1 to Spell Penetration rolls/ 4 CL OR +1 untyped damage (if part of a damaging spell) /4 caster levels.                                                                                                    

SF: add an additional +1/ 2 CL to spell damage vs. elemental subtype creatures.

Illusion Add an addition +1 to the DC of saving throws vs. illusion spells.

SF:  Add an additional +1 to the DC of saving throws vs. illusion spells-  though the illusion must have significantly purple elements.

Necromancy Add +1 to non-magic-related saving throws that affect the body for 1 round/ 4 CL

SF: elemental subtypes suffer -1/ 4 CL to saving throws if affected by spell, 1 round/ 4 CL

Transmutation Add +1 to a physical ability score for 1 round/ character level.

SF: elemental subtypes lose 1 DR/ 4 CL if affected by spell, OR reduce SR by 1/ 2 CL if affected

Alchemy in Nor-Du-Mag

Kemmers in the Cloven Lands!

Getting by in a non-magical, uncivilized land is hard, and life in Nor-Du-Mag, the magic-dead Cloven Lands west of The Middle Kingdoms is doubly so.  Making life a little easier (or harder for others, as the case may be) are the deadlands kemmers, non-magical alchemists that make fire and ice, and have most of the firearms of The Deadlands.  It is unlikely that a kemmer would prosper outside Nor-Du-Mag, but their increased martial prowess serves them fine within their harsh homelands. Enjoy the deadlands kemmer, I got a real Mad Max, the Road Warrior feel from the archetype.

Deadlands Kemmer (Alchemist Archetype)

Deadlands kemmers (a local term for “alchemist”) are prized members of any clan in Nor-du-Mag, the Cloven Lands, as they fill the vacuum left by the absence of magic in the departments of healing, area damage and other conveniences.  Smarter than average half-ogres and ogrillons usually fit the bill for ogre clans, though the business of kidnapping other clans’ proficient kemmers is a constant occurrence.  Kemmers are skilled at making alchemical items out of the most base materials, though they usually have a base camp where a primitive lab is kept.

Class Skills: As they serve little purpose in the Cloven Lands, deadlands kemmers remove Fly, Knowledge (arcana), Spellcraft and Use Magic Device from their list of class skills.  Deadland kemmers add Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Knowledge (engineering) to their list of class skills.

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Deadland Kemmers are proficient with light armor and hide armor (medium armor), and are proficient with one type of firearm (one or two-handed), they are not proficient with shields.  They also gain proficiency with one martial weapon at 1st level, and gain proficiency with another martial weapon at 8th and at 15th level.

Field Alchemy (Ex): The signature weapons of a deadlands kemmer are their often rickety looking firearms, and thrown alchemical weapons, especially alchemist’s fire.  Deadlands kemmers add their Intelligence modifier to the damage done by thrown alchemical weapons, and can, with a full-round action, concoct a container (it need not be glass) of acid, alchemist’s fire, or liquid ice, if the make a successful Craft (alchemy) check.  This may be done a number of times per day equal to their alchemist level plus their intelligence modifier.  A deadlands  kemmer must successfully forage for materials every day that they make alchemical items, making a DC 15 Survival check in the wilderness.

This replaces bombs.

Guns in the Wasteland: At 1st level, a deadlands kemmer starts play with one of the following firearms of her choice: blunderbuss, musket, or pistol. Her starting weapon is battered, and only she knows how to use it properly. All other creatures treat her gun as if it had the broken condition. If the weapon already has the broken condition, it does not work at all for anyone else trying to use it. This starting weapon can only be sold for scrap (it’s worth 4d10 gp when sold). The gunslinger also gains Gunsmithing as a bonus feat.

This replaces brew potion and the use of alchemy extracts.

Exceptional Mutagen (Ex): Deadlands kemmers may use mutagens as other alchemists, but their mutagens are Exceptional, not Supernatural, and provide only half the bonus as appropriate.

Deadlands Discoveries: Only the following discoveries can be chosen by a deadlands kemmer.  All discoveries that have the word ‘bomb’ in them only apply to thrown mundane alchemical items such as acid, alchemist’s fire or liquid ice.  All effects are (Ex) effects.

Feral mutagen, greater mutagen, grand mutagen, healing touch, lingering plague, lingering spirit, malignant poison, mummification, preserve organs, purging mutagen, spontaneous healing.

Grease bomb, greater plague bomb, plague bomb, poison bomb, stink bomb, smoke bomb.