In magic-rich worlds, even a small church is likely to have at least some capability toward dealing with injuries and the like, but for a select few people, their calling is much higher than that. The Order of Saint Reinya accepts only the virtuous and dedicated, and generally speaking, only lawful good or neutral good will truly feel comfortable within its constraints. The members of this order often wander the world, providing healing a step above the average—powerful restorative magic, curse-breaking of the higher orders, and similar effects normally too expensive for the average citizen to enjoy, all done charitably. Like many religious orders, they survive primarily off donations by patrons (usually nobles, either because of honest religious convictions or a desire to appear virtuous to the public), though tradition in smaller towns is that members of the order (and, occasionally, their companions) are offered free lodging and meals whether or not they heal someone in the town. The symbol of the order is a giant outstretched finger, reaching down from the heavens to touch the forehead of a man.
Phineas Cooperbotham was a finicky old gnome, even for a powerful wizard. He liked everything to go smoothly and got rather irate when things didn’t go as planned. So one day he set out to make sure that if something drastic did go wrong, he could fix it. In fact, he determined that if it went so wrong as to require that level of adjustment then he might as well “do it again and do it right this time.” And thus were born his Visionary Goggles.
Do you need some more magic in your game? Perhaps you want to make your foes less effective in combat and other areas of potential conflict. Take a look at what Lost Magic entrant Gary provided us with. Imagine how you could make this spell work in the story of the game, too, in terms of how to describe what the curse feels like to one affected by it.
Punishment. Eternal punishment. The prospect of an eternity of Hell weighed heavily on the mind of Black Harran in his final years. He could not undo a life of sin, but he could seal himself away from the consequences.
Aura strong abjuration and conjuration; CL 20th
Slot none; Weight 1 lb.
Tiny silver and cold iron tubes surround and feed into a fist-sized diamond. Dark patches churn through the diamond’s core, marring its beauty. An effect similar to a continuous mind blank affects the soul sanctuary, shielding the device from prying eyes. By succeeding on one or more consecutive Knowledge (arcana) checks (each check requires a move action to perform), the owner of the soul sanctuary can unleash several magical effects.
An organization that came into being soon after the capabilities of runic magic began to be revealed, the Broken Rune is a chaotic group of women who prefer the wild life to a sedate existence in the cities. Indeed, most of them were born far from any form of civilization (though the occasional member joins from more settled lands), out where they can worship the land, praise the sky, and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. This order’s members tend to be cheerfully violent, but respect displays of strength, and some travel the world to test their mettle. They are often visited by true Valkyries because of their way of life.