THE HEALER’S PATH

Spells, skills, and abilities for Healers in LARP Adventures

Healing Arts and Divine Magic

Divine or physical, these skills can help keep you and the others around you in play, alive, and on the quest. Whether you use science and medicine or divine powers, you will be an invaluable member of any group. As you learn more about healing and rituals you will be able to treat and cure even the most grievous of injuries, maladies, and curses. Eventually, you will unlock the power of Healer Combat Magic, and Necromancy.

Core Abilities (with Skill Master training)

  • First Aid and Combat Healing

  • Cure poisons and diseases 

  • Detect, place and remove Blessings and Curses

  • Create Scrolls and Potions

 

Limitations and Restrictions

  • Your Healer’s Oath initially limits your weapon choices to non-edged weapons and ritual daggers

  • Your focus on your oath as a Healer initially limits your armor training to AP 2

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Tier 0 Abilities

Light: (Spell) Create light equal to 1 torch. Can counter magical darkness (last cast)

Phys Rep: 10 word spell in spellbook. Optional (lighted globe, glowing crystal, fake flame, etc) 

Limitations: 10’ radius 

 

First Aid: Restores use of a wounded limb, but does not heal it. Further damage to a bandaged limb will cause a character a mortal wound. You may not use first aid on a torso wound. 

Phys Rep: Bandage or wrap

Limitations:This ability is only limited by the number of bandages carried by the player.

 

Darkness: (Spell) Counters magical light. May be used to hide objects.

Phys Rep: 10 word spell in spellbook. Optional, black cloth of desired radius, upt to 10’

Limitations: 10’ radius 

 

Sense Holy/Cursed: (Spell) 10 word spell in spellbook. Can detect if object Holy/Cursed, but not any details or effects.

Limitations: Single person or object, may be used 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier.

 

Basic Weapon Proficiency: Players learn the basic combat and safety rules and the use of single handed weapons.

 

Armor Proficiency: Players learn about the armor that they wear and about it’s effective and safe use in play.

 

Shield Control: Players learn the art of Shield Control and may use shields in combat.

 

Kindle Flame/Torch: Player gains proficiency at creating normal fire, may make a torch or lantern to create light.

 

Tier 1 Abilities

Heal Minor: (Spell) Heals 1 point of damage to a limb.

Phys Rep: 25 word spell in spellbook. Holy Symbol or focus item (like larp medkit or larp scalpel)

Limitations: May be used 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier, may not be used to heal torso/mortal wounds, only able to be cast on a single character per use. 

Prerequisite: First Aid

 

Sanctify/Defile Location: (Spell) Area marked cannot be exited or entered by evil beings. 

Phys Rep: 25 word spell in spellbook. White ribbon around location, or object, and a written message denoting tier and caster's name

Limitations: 1x per Tier per day, 10’ radius per tier, a healer may have one sanctified location active per tier.

 

Detect Disease: (Spell) Player can detect disease,identify its potential effects on characters, and in same cases gain knowledge in the source. If a cure to the disease is known in the world, the caster also gains knowledge of the cure.

Phys Rep: 25 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Only able to be cast on a single character or item. 

Detect Poison: (Spell) Player can detect poison and identify its potential effects on characters, items, and food/beverages. If a cure to the poison is known in the world, the caster also gains knowledge of the cure.

Phys Rep: 25 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Only able to be cast on a single character or item. 

 

Divine Holy/Cursed: (Spell)  Once detected with Sense Holy/Cursed, DivineHoly/Cursed will give the details and effects of said holy/cursed object, person, or location.

Phys Rep: 25 Word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Only able to be cast on a single character or item. 

 

Bless: Negates the effects of fear for target player.

Phys Rep: 25 Word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations:3x per day +1 per Healer Tier. 

 

Tier 2 Abilities:

Heal Major: (Spell) Target player is fully healed from up to mortal wounds. Does not restore armor.

Phys Rep: 35 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 3x per day +1 per Healer Tier.

Prerequisite: Heal MInor

 

Cure Poison: (Spell)  Target poison is neutralized and further effects are negated, injured players may still need to be healed 

Phys Rep: 35 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier, only able to be cast on a single item/character per use.

Prerequisite: Detect Poison

 

Scrolls & Potions: Player gains the ability to use scrolls and potions. If the player is a spellcaster they may create scrolls and potions of the spells that they have written in their spellbook, and can create a number of scrolls or potions equal to their highest Tier ability between events, in accordance with the Scroll & Potions rules.

 

Holy Armor: (Spell)  Absorbs the first 1 point of damage taken by the target, regardless of location. Once 1 point of damage is absorbed the spell fades, and belt flag should be removed at first opportunity.

Phys Rep: 35 word spell in spellbook, red belt flag with one white stripe, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Holy Armor may not be stacked with other Holy Armors, or Arcane Armor.

 

Remove Curse/Blessing: (Spell) Can be used to remove curse/blessing on players, objects, and locations. Before breaking an unknown curse/blessing, the magic in question must be identified through the use of “Divine Holy/Cursed.” Remove Blessing/Curse is successful only if the tier of the caster is equal to or higher than the tier of the Curse/Blessing being dispelled. Can be cast at a higher tier level if the player has access. (RP time multiplied by level cast).

Phys Rep: 35 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations:May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier, single object, person, location (10’ sq) ..

Prerequisite: Sense Holy/Curse

 

At Tier 2 you may train in one of the other Skill Paths.

Warrior Training 1: The Player dedicates time to learning the craft of warriors. They can choose one tier 1 or lower ability from the Warriors Skill path.

Arcane Study 1: The Player studies the craft of the magi of the realm. They can choose one tier 1 or lower ability from the Wizard skill path.

Rogue Training 1: The Player studies and watches the rogues around them. They can choose one tier 1 or lower ability from the Rogue skill path.

 

Tier 3 Abilities:

Healer Combat Magic, and Necromancy are now opened to the player. Those spells are also able to be earned, and added to a player’s spellbook. Players may also work with the Guild to train players of a lower tier in new abilities.

 

Heal Group Minor: (Spell) The player may heal 1 point of damage to the limbs of a group of players all at once.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier, may not be used to heal torso/mortal wounds, Target number of persons up to caster’s highest tier. Must make contact with each Target during casting. See Heal (minor) for other mechanics/effects

Prerequisite: Heal Major

 

Self Sacrifice: (Spell) The player may take the place of a wounded or killed player. This spell may also be used to assume the affliction of another player, such as blindness, or silence, or take on the illness of another player, such as poison, or disease effects. The other player is healed and restored to play, including armor and items.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day

 

Heal Senses: (Spell) The player may heal/restore the senses of target player. This spell will restore sight, hearing, and touch. It will also restore the voice of a character that has been silenced.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier

 

Forestall Death: (Spell) If cast on a player that has been mortally wounded, or killed within 3 min of receiving the final wound, that player will not die as normal, and they may be safely transported, and or survive until more healing can arrive. 

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier

 

Compel Truth: (Spell) The player may ask another player, or NPC, a number of yes or no questions equal to their highest Healing Tier. The target player or NPC must answer the questions to the best of their abilities and may answer with a yes, no, or brief unambiguous statement.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier Iron Will and other abilities or spells with similar mental effects will negate Compel Truth based on Tier of user.

 

Tier 4 Abilities:

Cure Disease: (Spell) Eliminates disease affecting target player.

Phys Rep: 75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier

Prerequisite: Detect Disease

 

Holy Armor 2: (Spell) Absorbs the first 2 points of damage taken by the target, regardless of location. Once 2 points of damage are absorbed the spell fades, and belt flag should be removed.

Phys Rep: 75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. Red belt flag with two white stripes.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Holy Armor 2 may not be stacked with other Holy Armors, or Arcane Armor.

Prerequisite: Holy Armor

 

Augury: (Spell) When cast the player will receive an omen or message from an otherworldly entity about the results of a specific course of action that the players plan to take within the next 30 minutes.

Phys Rep: 75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day. Requires Game Official to be present.

 

Bless/Curse Weapon/Item: (Spell) Adds +1 damage, all damage from weapon is Holy/Unholy. May overcome standard weapon resistance of some creatures. Duration: 4 hours or the life of the player wielding the Blessed/Cursed weapon.

Phys Rep: 75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier. Limited duration.

Prerequisite: Bless/Curse 

 

At Tier 4 you may train in one of the other Skill Paths.

Warrior Training 2: The Player dedicates time to learning the craft of warriors. They can choose one tier 2 or lower ability from the Healer skill path.

Arcane Study 2: The Player studies the craft of the magi of the realm. They can choose one tier 2 or lower ability from the Wizard skill path.

Rogue Training 2: The Player studies and watches the rogues around them. They can choose one tier 2 or lower ability from the Rogue skill path.

 

Tier 5 Abilities:

Resurrection: (Spell) Target is brought back to life from death. They are fully healed and can remember their death and the events leading up to it. Does restore armor and other items 

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier

Prerequisite: Self Sacrifice

 

Swift Heal: (Spell)  Once this spell is written in the player's spell book, the player may half the casting time of basic Healing spells.

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook..

Limitations: Only applies to Heal Minor, Heal Major, and the group versions of those spells.

Prerequisite: Heal Major Group

 

Heal Group Major: (Spell) The player may heal a group from up to mortal wounds all at once. 

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier, does not restore armor. Target number of persons up to caster’s highest tier. Must make contact with each Target during casting. See Heal Major for other mechanics/effects

Prerequisite: Heal Group Minor

 

Create/Destroy Holy Relic Weapon/Item: (Spell) The player imbues an item with Holy/Unholy energy, Holy Relic weapons deal +1 damage, all damage from weapon is considered Holy/Unholy. May overcome standard weapon resistance of some creatures. Duration: Permanent

Phys Rep:100 word spell in spellbook, ritual magic roleplay. Blue ribbon and white ribbon tied on the weapon marked "HOLY RELIC" 

Limitations: A player may only have one Holy Relic in play at a time.

Prerequisite: Bless/Curse Weapon/Item

 

HEALER COMBAT MAGIC

 

Tier 3 Abilities:

Inflict Wounds/Spiritual Hammer: (Spell) Player summons spiritual energy that can be thrown at target player or NPC that does 1 point of damage, that damage counts as holy and magical.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. Minimum 4” black spellball, alternatively character themed coreless throwing weapons painted black may also be used, such as darts, knives, or hammers.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier. May be blocked by shields, normal armor rules apply.

 

Tier 4 Abilities:

Hold Person: (Spell) Player summons spiritual energy in the form of a sphere that may be thrown at the target player or NPC. If a target is hit by the Hold Person spell they are frozen in place for 3 minutes (count to 180) May not be blocked by shields.

Phys Rep: 75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. 6” White Spell Ball

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers.

 

Tier 5 Abilities:

Smite: (Spell) The character has developed the ability to gather and focus their spiritual energy and faith into a powerful attack, once cast the player’s next attack that lands on an opponent does double damage during combat, that damage counts as holy and magical.A player using this ability with a two-handed strike, also gains the ability to destroy shields with this attack. 

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. 

Limitations: May only be used once per combat, up to a maximum of 3 times per adventure day.

Warp Wood/ Decay: (Spell) The player has learned to channel the negative energy of nature into an offensive power that they can throw at enemies or objects. A target hit by Warp Wood/Decay will warp all wood and decay natural materials on a humanoid-sized target rendering them unusable. Warp Wood will affect items including shields, bows, arrows, crossbows, bolts, javelins, polearms. A single Warp Wood/Decay will not affect large items such as siege weapons, gates, ships, ect., but a game organizer may determine if, and how many Warp Wood/Decay spell attacks may be able to damage some larger than humanoid sized targets.

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. 6” Brown Spell Ball

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers.

 

Tier 6 Abilities:

Spiritual Ray: (Spell) Through continued study and prayer the player has learned to focus spiritual energy into a powerful force.This energy can be thrown at an enemy. If the target is a player hit by the spell they are engulfed in the energy and killed regardless of armor. If the target is an NPC it takes 4 wounds of holy/unholy magic damage. May not be blocked by normal shields.

Phys Rep: 140 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. 6” Yellow Spell Ball

Limitations:  May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers.

Prerequisite: Inflict Wounds/Spiritual Hammer

 

NECROMANCY

 

Tier 3 Abilities:

Speak With Dead: (Spell) The player is able to contact and communicate with the dead and is able to ask 3 questions. The soul of the deceased must answer questions truthfully and to the best of their abilities.

Phys Rep: 50 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per Healer Tier

 

Tier 4 Abilities:

Animate Dead: (Spell) The player may animate any one corpse, turning it basically into a zombie, their personal automaton. If cast on a player they are animated for 10 minutes, after that they may continue to role play as the undead minion of the casting player until death if they wish, or return to play as normal, with no memory of their death, or what they did while animated. Players may choose not to be animated, but suffer a 5 minute time out, at the end of which they may return to play as normal after a death. Players animated by this spell become Skeletons as per the Bestiary/Land Search Chart, a1 hit creature, ignores arrows, and stabs. An NPC cannot refuse animation unless they are needed elsewhere by the organizers. Animated dead are only permitted to follow simple commands such as “walk this way”, “guard”, “attack”,’ or “go get that.” If the spell caster dies the undead will go berserk until destroyed. 

Phys Rep:  75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. Gray headband with a black skull or skeleton mask.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers. Players may decline to be animated. A player may only have one Animated Dead in play per 2 Tiers

 

Create Undead Knight: (Spell)  Continued study in the necromantic arts allows the player to increase the strength of their undead minions. Create Undead Knight is played as per Animate Dead except the Undead Knight is a 3 hit creature , ignores arrows, and stabs.

Phys Rep:  75 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. Gray headband with two black skulls or an even meaner skeleton mask.

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers. Players may decline to be animated. A player may only have one Undead Knight in play per 3 Tiers of experience.

Prerequisite: Animate Dead

 

Tier 5 Abilities:

Animate Group of Dead: (Spell) You are reaching the pinnacle of necromantic power and can now tap directly into the negative material plane and animate multiple skeletons with a single spell. The caster may now animate the number of corpses up to their current Tier as per the Animate Dead spell. 

Phys Rep: 100 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. Gray headbands with a black skull, for each undead raised, or skeleton masks.

Limitations:  May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers. Players may decline to be animated.

Prerequisite: Create Undead Knight

 

Tier 6 Abilities:

Necrotic Blast: (Spell) The player is able to draw energy from the negative material plane and cast a ball of necrotic energy at his foes. If the target is a player hit by the spell they are engulfed in a blast of necrotic energy, the life force is drained out of them and they are killed regardless of armor. If the target is an NPC it takes 4 wounds of holy/unholy magic damage. May not be blocked by normal shields.

Phys Rep:140 word spell in spellbook, and roleplay. 6” Black Spell Ball

Limitations: May be used 1x per day +1 per every 2 Healer Tiers.

Requirements For Spell Casting

Whether your roleplay of the healing skills is divine or physical, it will have to follow the same general rules:

  • Casters must be able to focus calmly to perform any spell. They cannot be performed while doing other activities like walking or fighting.

  • Hands must be unhindered & free (no carrying items besides spellbook. and weapon or shield, hands may not be bound)

  • To invoke magic, a character must read the spell from their spellbook or scroll out loud. Even if memorized, the character must have their scroll or book with them.

  • Any interrupted spell fails, and the energy is spent. 

  • When performing healing or other effects, the caster must describe any effects and limitations in character, either as part of the performance, or afterward if the result will not be obvious. (ex: healing requires description of level of healing performed while a remove curse should be obvious)

  • Physical representations need to suit the style of spell or healing being performed based on your RP.  Some examples; divine token or symbol, herbs, bandages, splints, and/or med kit and doctor’s tools.

  • A caster can cancel any effect they have invoked via simple roleplay that communicates this.

  • Magical effects continue to be active after the death of their performer as the magic is bound to the target, unless otherwise stated.

 

Characters that wish to learn Healing Arts will need to visit The Healers Guild to learn their skills and spells. This training will ensure you understand Healer’s rules and RP, and that you have a spellbook/skill journal for the knowledge you will learn. Healers can quest in game to piece together additional abilities.

 

HEALING - DIVINE vs PHYSICAL

 As you learn the ability to create new effects as a Healer, consider how your character flavor may impact your roleplay, and affect those around you.

 

For example - you are casting a healing spell.  Are you a druidic character invoking nature to regrow the flesh? A cleric or priest invoking a divine blessing? You may call upon your god(s), nature, or the spirits to help?

 

If you are playing a physical healer, you will treat the “spells” as skills you have learned. Use physical representations of bandages, stitch the patient up with a doctor’s tools, use poultices with herbs, or will you amputate?

AREA / ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

Some Spells create areas that are under one or more magical effect. These areas need to be bordered, or covered in a way Player can easily see, and marked with magical symbols, and an effects card. The symbols can be of any design, but the effects card must denote the effect, tier cast, and duration (if appropriate). The effects card description should not be readily visible to Players. (folded over, in an envelope, etc). Only characters that can sense arcana, light, or chaos can tell the area is enchanted (unless an obvious type).
If a Player has arcane or religious divination, they may check the effects card, and then RP appropriately.

 

CRAFTING / USING POTIONS & SCROLLS

Potions and scrolls can only be made by those on the Healer’s or Wizard’s Path who have learned the required formulas and how to roleplay the potion and/or scroll crafting from a Skill Master. Potion and scroll rules are detailed in their own section.