I am excited to share with you a confounding and captivating collection of arcane curiousities to add a spark of the strange and silly to your of choice.

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Corva's Curious Compendium: systemless spells, items and oddities for your home game.

Corva's Curious Compendium is for the compassionate adventurer who prefers non-violent solutions.

All entries are welcome to be used for personal and home games. In fact I encourage it!

I'll share a new one every week until I run out of ideas, get bored, or forget.

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ENTRY 1

Ever wanted to harness the power of a housecat in your adventures?

Now you too can spend decades studying the intricacies of arcane magic in order to force someone to remain seated in a non-hostile manner.

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ENTRY 2

Sometimes what a studious spellcaster really needs is to be given some space.

Fortunately, Corva's Curious Compendium has just the spell for you!

Soap not included.

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ENTRY 3

Poisoning people is wrong. Making people think they are poisoned is ... still wrong but certainly has its uses!

Corva's Curious Compendium provides a wondrous magical item that will certainly make a banquet more interesting ...

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ENTRY 4

Sometimes to get through a tough time, what you really need is for someone to believe in you.

If friends are temporarily absent, magic can provide!

Corva's Curious Compendium provides a spell for just this eventuality.

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ENTRY 5

It's dangerous to go alone. But don't take a sword -- take a magical creature!

It might seem inconvenient to bring a firebreathing lion or an allosaur with you wherever you go, but Corva's Curious Compendium has the space-saving solution you've been looking for.

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Sending letters takes a long time and sometimes the intrepid arcanist needs something a little speedier.

Enter this spell from Corva's Curious Compendium, which will get your message across lickety-split.

Well ... more or less ...

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Not every creature you encounter wants to kill you. That doesn't mean they aren't dangerous!

Enter the Slobbafrog, a sticky-tongued monster with a fear of cats, catalogued by Corva's Curious Compendium.

How will your party fare?

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ENTRY 8

When is giving people wings *ever* a bad idea?

Corva's Curious Compendium says: never, that's when!*

*mythological precedents apply

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ENTRY 9

There are many strange and powerful artifacts in the universe, but none so dangerous as those that challenge who we are.

Corva's Curious Compendium asks: when faced with who you could have been, what do you do next?

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ENTRY 10

Walking a day in someone else's shoes?

It might be easier than you think, thanks to this innovative spell from Corva's Curious Compendium.

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ENTRY 11

Sometimes what the intrepid adventurer needs isn't a spell or weapon, but a good laugh.

So here's a classic jape courtesy of Corva's Curious Compendium.

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ENTRY 12

We at Corva's Curious Compendium think the most important part of any curse is the omens. So why bother with the rest?

Here's the perfect spell for the spooky season.

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ENTRY 13

The age old question: how does an adventurer keep their treasure safe?

Corva's Curious Compendium has the answer ... if you're not afraid of a little bite, that is ...

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@vicorva my party will either sleep and domesticate or axe it.

@Primo I hope they'd try to tame it! Nobody tames enough beasts in TTRPGs (except my players, who haven't met a huge toothy beast that they didn't want to take home and love forever).

@vicorva taming is really cool! But also difficult to handle as a DM, regarding Class balance and group strength and what not.
So far our shaman tamed an Owlbear (named Bernstein) and our fighter tamed a Winterworg named Varg.

@Primo I've been fine with it. Most of the animals they've befriended aren't going to help them fight, or else are more something they are worried about dying than something they want to fight alongside them.

Love the Owlbear!!

@vicorva @Primo The group I ran that died included a hunter who bought a thrush from a guy selling songbirds...

@vicorva i want these

of course, my character can turn into a bird more reliably now that she's level 8, but still, these are really cool

@DialMforMara ^_^ Yay!

You can never have too many way to have wings. The more wing options, the better!

@vicorva
I can think of a few people I'd like to put in a room with that mirror. Then again, I'd be afraid to to be alone with it myself.

@AgentCarter_SSR I think it could be a really fun and spooky item to play with in a game. Or a book tbh!

@vicorva ooh, then it can be used as a test to see whether I'm kind or cruel. Personal validation!

@vicorva how did you decide to make the resistance effects asymmetric?

@Satsuma Oh, I just thought it didn't make sense for the caster to end a spell they'd cast, when you'd assume resistance involves an exertion of will. It made more sense that they might choose to cut off the target from their own emotions, plus it made a more fun mechanic. :)

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@vicorva
hmm... while it does perhaps not cause direct harm, I could imagine it leading to harm due to distraction, or making wrong decisions due to the paranoia.
There's also the unfortunate risk of collateral damage I guess? What if I was enjoying some cereal with my last splash of milk when this person walks by?

overthinking side effects of spell 

@FiXato It's not a NICE spell. It's just a spell I think would be interesting in a roleplaying context that doesn't rely on direct harm or violence.

The collateral damage doesn't seem especially bad to me but absolutely is within the parameters of the spell.

overthinking side effects of spell 

@vicorva
ahh, sorry, then I misinterpreted it :) My bad :)

overthinking side effects of spell 

@FiXato nothing to be sorry for. If anything, that was just me clarifying my intention with it :)

I actually really liked that you put some thought into it and how it works!

@vicorva This is extremely evil and also v. funny. 🀣

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