Calling Talismans

Calling Talismans

There are beings that possess great power and grant a measure of this power to their adherents, there is power in the fabric of the planet itself, and there is power locked within each individual.  Like Spell casters, those who are able to call Talismans recognize that Magik threads its way through the cosmos but instead of studying arcane rites that allow them to tap into this power, Savants seek instead to act as conduits of the inherent power of the divine both celestial and terrestrial.  This is referred to as Talismanic magik or simply Talismans.  There are several differences from Spells in both form and function:

  1. Talismans need not be memorized or otherwise kept in a book. The Savant learns the appropriate words and commands necessary to call a specific set of Talismans and may do so at will once they learn them.
  2. Talismans are not governed by Power Points but there is a limit to the total number of Talismans that a Savant may call in a day. This is determined by level and their Wisdom score.  The greater the Wisdom of the character the more able they are to attune themselves to the divine or spirit world and have the willpower needed to become the strongest magikal antennae possible.
  3. As a rule the calling of Talismans does not require a material component save for the holy symbol of the Savant held forth boldly. Furthermore, there are rarely somatic components and the vocal component is usually the calling of the particular Talisman.  There are exceptions most notably the Monk Class many of whose Talismans simply require concentration to enact, and Warlocks who may require particular materials for the completion of their Talismans.
  4. Once a Talisman has been called it is typically followed by the forming of a particular sign or sigil in the air in front of the Savant, although others cause the Savant or the target affected to glow displaying the sigil.
  5. There is a separate column for Talismans on the Saving Throw Chart. Talismans are more difficult to defend against because of the potent nature of the source of the magik.
  6. A Savant may be able to call more than the standard number of Talismans depending on Wisdom score, as noted on the Wisdom Chart below, and those with lower Wisdom scores run the risk that they may not be able to call a Talisman.

Table 5: Wisdom

Score Gaze, Charm, Enchantment, Invocation, Mentalism Adj. Bonus Talismans Chance of Talisman Failure Exceptional Feats
3 – 4 -3 45% 0%
5 – 6 -2 40% 0%
7 – 8 -1 30% 1%
9 – 10 20% 2%
11 – 12 10% 4%
13 1st 0% 7%
14 +1 1st 0% 10%
15 +2 2nd 0% 13%
16 +3 2nd 0% 16%
17 +3 3rd 0% 20%
18 +4 4th 0% 25%
19 +5 1st. 4th 0% 30%
20 +5 2nd. 4th 0% 35%