“So I says to him, I says. Firstly, you take one o’them there bags of holding see, and stretch it ‘cross your shield like so…”
A Black Shield is an odd item, it consists of a simple wooden shield, the front of which is a stretched open Bag of Holding held in place by an iron band riveted around the shield’s edge. The result appears, from the front to be a round metal ring surrounding a broad impenetrable blackness, a hole into nothingness, in its center, attackers attempting to hit the shield encounter nothing but empty space as far back as, and further than, they can reach. Anything dropped in there (weapons, bodies, evidence) is lost forever.
A quality crafted leather longcoat, faintly marked with tiny sigils of protection. Wearing this coat is equivalent to wearing Scale-Mail (and it counts as armor for the purpose of Moves like Arcane Ward) but it is as flexible and lightweight as any clothing.
I know the true name of fire, and the 1000 names of the demons King Suleman bound, and how to compel their service.
I know of a hidden grotto where all your every secret desire can come true for one night of ecstasy. I know the Way to a library filled with uncounted volumes of lore concerning everything that has been, is, and shall ever be. This knowledge makes me a threat.
I know where the bodies of thirteen children rest and the name of the entity who they were sacrificed to keep asleep. I know the face of the creature from who’s wrist the village elder drank before he ordered their executions.
I know what the face of a possessed man looks like, and what he looked like when freed from a demon’s grasp to realize he has eaten his own child and wife. I know how fast a woman capable of changing her shape can snap and kill a caravan of innocents. I know who began killing those courtesans, and what madness overtook him. I know what he looked like as he died, and where he’s buried, he was once my friend.
I know that the world is a thin veneer of reason spread too thin over madness, darkness, and nightmares come to life. I know how to look past that veneer to see true reality. I know I don’t have to look. I know every time I do, no matter what I see. it costs me a little bit, another pinch of what makes me human. I know I am fooling myself, I have to know, I have to look, gods help me.
May the gods help us all.
This is the Second draft of my attempt at a free-form magic casting class that is more reminiscent of Mage, or Ars Magica, than your usual D&D style magic users. It’s still rough in places, but pretty much playable
I have three different versions of the Playbook:
* The one labelled as DW CORE is formatted to work right alongside the core classes in the DW book, it has alignments and races to pick from.
* The one labelled IW and GW COMPATIBLE means that it has Drives and Backgrounds listed to fit in-line with the classes from those games. ( I also have a section for Adept themed Death moves and vehicles, but I haven’t done much there yet.
* The one labelled CUSTOM, is showcasing another idea I’ve been playing with, wherein Backgrounds are expanded to become more like Compendium Classes, and a player would choose one of either their class’ Background CCs, or any other CC their GM approved of.
I have an idea of going back and creating several class-based BCCs for the core DW classes, as well as general ones representing skills or professions that would bring depth to our DW characters!