Monday, May 11, 2009

Summoning Servants for Sorcerers

One of the things that I think is missing from Athanor is the ability for magic-users to call on the services of otherworldly beings with real regularity. Sure there are summon elemental spells and the like, but there's nothing like Melnibonéan sorcerers summoning demons or Vancian archwizards having sandestins at their beck and call. However, I don't think that this works as a sort of spell-based ability. I'm wondering if gaining the services of a powerful entity works better as a sort of magic item, that magic-users must find rituals in a magical book/scroll/tapestry/etc. and bind a specific demon that serves as a powerful magic "item" they can use. Such servants can be destroyed, lost, stolen, bound, or otherwise affected like magic items, and would have unique powers and drawbacks. At this point, it's a loose idea rattling around in my head, but I think this could be fleshed out....