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An orison was the divine spellcasting equivalent to a cantrip. Priests of all mythoi learned various orisons as acolytes.[1]

EffectsEdit

Unlike cantrip, an orison had a specific effect, but the priest could choose which effect at the time of casting. Orisons typically lasted one minute, but advanced worshipers could increase the duration. A typical student could master four orisons and cast them daily. As the priest gained experience in channeling divine power, more orisons could be cast per day.[1]

Known orisons included:[1]

Alleviate 
Gave temporary relief from pain or nausea to a sick or wounded creature.
Calm 
Soothed a creature that had been startled or frightened.
Clarity 
Gave the priest the ability to speak clearly and be heard, usually when performing rites and rituals.
Courage 
Gave the priest a momentary boost to combat prowess.
Guidance 
Gave the priest clarity of thought to make better decisions.
Healing 
Allowed a healing touch for minor cuts and scratches.
Magic sense 
Gave a slight prickle of awareness when near a steady magic effect or item.
Memory 
For the duration of the spell, sights, sounds, and/or text and speech the caster wishes to remember are engraved in memory and are more likely to be recalled exactly as they were initially experienced.
Resistance to magic 
The caster gains a slightly better resistance to magical effects for one exposure to undesirable magic, or until the spell ends, whichever comes first.
Resistance to poison 
The caster gains a better chance to overcome the effects of one exposure to a poisonous substance, or until the spell ends, whichever comes first.

Worshipers of evil or chaotic deities had offensive orisons, but they were quite rare.[1]

ComponentsEdit

Only verbal and somatic components were required to cast these minor spells.[1]

AppendixEdit

See AlsoEdit

NotesEdit

This spell was essentially a place holder that took up one first-level slot in a priest's memorized spell list to represent the four or more orisons of their choice.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 162. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.

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