View Full Version : Hermetic Mage? (D20 3.5 new casting class options)

2009-11-01, 01:19 PM
Just wondering what can be done to devise a balanced hermetic casting class?

NOTE: No redefining the rules or defining your own system, please. Vancian magic is for wizards, let's leave it that way. For the ignorant, hermetic magic (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HermeticMagic) is anime, final fantasy style magic.

I want to discover a way to devise this style of magic into D&D with everything else and make it run mechanically well.

2009-11-01, 01:27 PM
This (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/variant/magic/incantations.htm) may be what you are looking for.

2009-11-01, 01:28 PM
The existing rule that most closely matches that style of magic is what the SRD calls incantations (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/variant/magic/incantations.htm). d20 Modern takes incantations further, and basically says any D&D spell of 6th level or higher, if it exists at all, can only be done as an incantation (which generally then requires plenty of house-ruling by the GM to design the incantation in question).

I guess a systematic way of converting the core spells (or those that are reasonable as incantations) would be needed for starters.

There was also a hermatic mage prestige class presented in d20 Modern's Dark Matter supplement, although the effect of that class was a bit naff.