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|Skill Tree:||Roleplaying Skills|
|Prerequisite(s):||Game Master Approval, Medium Three|
|Skill Point Cost:||4|
|Brief Description:||Cast command spirit 1/ gd. Can trap spirits in gems.|
The medium also gain the unique spirit capture ability.
A spirit commanded by the medium can be forced into any gem worth at least 10 coin. After 15 minutes, the spirit escapes the gem unless the gem is stored in a spirit bag. If an occupied gem is still in a spirit bag at convergence the spirit is automatically released. A single occupied gem is a valid target for the final rest ritual.
Each character has a spark that represents the essence of their life force. A character without a spark can't benefit from any healing effects including but not limited to alchemy, scrolls, potions or spells. This means that a fatally wounded character without a spark cannot be revived.
When a spark is stolen the character who has lost their spark is said to have been "reaped". A character can only hold one reaped spark at a time unless they have a special ability allowing them to carry more. If a character holding a reaped spark dies, it will release the spark back to the person originally holding it. After 60 minutes a reaped spark automatically returns to its owner.
Only mediums are able to see that a character has a stolen life-spark. To check for stolen sparks, the medium must be close enough to whisper out-of-character, “I am a medium, are you holding any sparks?”. The person being addressed must then out-of-character give the truthful answer.
A command call causes its victim to follow one of four orders from the command's source. A command call lasts for ten minutes. Most command calls have limits on what type of creature it can affect. If the call includes a creature type after the word command, only that type of creature is affected. For example if you are hit by a "command lesser undead" attack you will only be affected if you are playing a lesser undead.
The four basic orders that can be issued to the controlled being are: “attack”, “defend”, “move”, or "stop". A character affected by a command effect doesn't know in-character that they are being controlled and must role-play to the best of their ability following orders as if the order were their own idea.
When orders other than the four basic orders are issued, the person being commanded should exercise reasonable judgement on how to comply. If the spontaneous order is something the player is uncomfortable doing they are not required to carry out that command. This should not be seen as an excuse to avoid doing something you don't want to do in-character, but rather is specifically related to doing things you don't want to do out-of-character.
Attack: The attack order allows the command's source to point at a target and compels the controlled creature to attack at once. The controlled creature will attack the target without question or concern for its own preservation and will use every available power and ability to carry out the attack. It is possible to word the attack order in a fashion that will compel the controlled creature to attack multiple targets. For example the source could order the creature to “attack all humans”.
Defend: A defend order allows the command's source to point at a target, such as a person, and compels the controlled creature to defend that target. In this case the controlled creature will attack anything that comes near the object or person it was ordered to defend, and may never move more than five feet from the object it was ordered to defend. Like an attack order, it is possible to word the defend order in a fashion that will compel the controlled being to defend multiple targets or large areas. For example, the command's source could order the controlled creature to, “defend all living things in the town”.
Move: A move order simply compels the controlled creature to move in a direction of the command source’s choice for the duration of the effect. The controlled creature will move at any speed the source desires that it is physically able to do and will only walk/run/float when under orders to move. It is legal for the command's source to order the controlled being to follow them or walk in front of them. The creature will not perform even the simplest of actions such as the opening of a door or dropping of weapons, but will move into a situation that might cause it harm or injury, such as ordering a waspoid to walk into an open pit?.
Stop: The stop order compels the controlled creature to halt a particular action, as demanded by the command's source. Some examples include: "stop talking", "stop moving", "stop killing my friends", and so on.