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Converting monsters from Tales From The Infinite Staircase

Cleon

Adventurer
Granted power draft #2 works for me if you don't feel it's too vague about what constitutes a "worm." I think it should be ok to leave that to DM's discretion.

Yes, the phrasing needs a bit of polishing as to what constitutes a Magical Beast "worm". How about:

Granted Power #3: Rebuke or command worms as an evil cleric rebukes or commands undead (only affects vermin and magical beasts with Intelligence 0 or 1, what counts as a "worm" is at the DM's discretion).

Use this ability a total number of times per day equal to 3 + Charisma modifier.

Earthquake works at 8th level. I also like worm tell at 6th level, but you have footnotes 1 and 2 reversed (I hope :p).

Huh, I just noticed that myself. Easy enough to fix as I update the Worm Domain Working Draft.
 

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Cleon

Adventurer
Okay, we've still got four spells to write up, namely burrow, summon worms, wormtongue and curse of the worm.

The burrow just requires us to decide what action to use for casting time. The original was casting time 1 like feather fall which suggests an immediate action, but I'd also consider a swift action.

For summon worms the original entry created a stationary slippery area, so it's basically just a permanent version of the spell grease.

I originally proposed making it summon an swarm of mobile animals like the summon swarm spell. Maybe a swarm of flesh-eating warms capable of doing some damage since the standard summon swarm swarms all do 1d6 swarm damage? We can include a "slipping hazard" special attack in the monster's stats and the spell description can simply crib the 2nd level spell:

This functions like a summon swarm spell, except it summons a swarm of flesh-eating worms (see Swarm, Carnivorous Worm entry).​
Material Component: A handful of fresh soil.​

Or we can stick to the original "harmless but slippery" and make it a higher power version of grease:

Conjuration (Creation)​
Duration: Permanent​
You cause a mass of slime-covered worms to squirm into being. The worms can swarm out of a floor made of any organic but nonliving material (earth, mud, wood et cetera). The worms can be conjured in the area of other creatures.​
While harmless, the worms are extremely slippery. Any creature in the area when the spell is cast must make a successful Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated on your turn each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the area of worms at half normal speed with a DC 10 Balance check. Failure means it can’t move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details).​
The worms remain were they are summoned and will eventually die and rot away. The mass can typically survive 1d4+1? hours of exposure to direct sunlight before drying out and perishing. They are subject to dehydration, starvation, aging and other natural phenomena as if they were ordinary earthworms.​
Material Component: A handful of fresh soil.​

Which of the two do you prefer?
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Which of the two do you prefer?

After some contemplation I like them both so why not give old Zophiel two 2nd-level worm spells, one that summons a worm swarm (summon worms) and one that creates a mass of slimy worms (create worms or maybe wormslick).

I'd make summon worms a Brd 2, Drd 2, Sor/Wiz 2 spell (the same as summon swarm) and create worms/wormslick the Worms 2 spell.

Also, methinks we should change the summon version's casting time to 1 round to match standard summon spells:


Summon Worms
Conjuration (Summoning)
Level: Brd 2, Drd 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 round
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: One swarm of worms
Duration: Concentration + 2 rounds
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This functions like a summon swarm spell, except it summons a swarm of flesh-eating worms (see Swarm, Carnivorous Worm entry).

Material Component: A handful of fresh soil.

Also, rather than be permanent like the original I'm thinking a special duration of X hours like create food and water may be more appropriate for the creation version:

Wormslick
Conjuration (Creation)
Level: Worm 2
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 round
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Area: One 10-ft. square
Duration: 6 hours; see text
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

You cause a mass of slime-covered worms to squirm into being. The worms can swarm out of any nonliving material that worms could live in (earth, mud, wood, corpses, et cetera). The worms can be conjured in the area of other creatures. A wormslick is made up of ordinary nonvenomous burrowing worms appropriate for the medium they are created from such as earthworms, woodworms or lugworms.

While harmless, the worms are extremely slippery. Any creature in the area when the spell is cast must make a successful Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated on your turn each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the area of worms at half normal speed with a DC 12 Balance check. Failure means it can’t move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details).

The worms remain were they are summoned and will eventually die and rot away or disperse into the surrounding ground. They are subject to dehydration, starvation, aging and other natural phenomena like any other mundane worm. A wormslick typically remains slippery for 6 hours before drying out and perishing, but can last up to 12 hours if kept moist (or underwater) or as little as 2 hours in severe heat under direct sunlight. Applying 4 points of damage to a 5-foot square of wormslick with an area-of-effect or energy attack (acid, cold, fire, etc cetera) will destroy or scatter the worms.

The worms that this spell creates are edible, if rather chewy. The worms decay and become inedible within 24 hours, but can be kept fresh for another 24 hours by casting a purify food and drink spell on them. One casting produces enough food to sustain two humans per caster level for 24 hours.

Material Component: A dried earthworm and a cup of water.
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
This functions like a summon swarm spell, except it summons a swarm of flesh-eating worms (see Swarm, Carnivorous Worm entry).

I propose the following for said swarm:

Swarm, Carnivorous Worm
Diminutive Vermin (Swarm)
Hit Dice: 4d8 (18 hp)
Initiative: +0
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), burrow 10 ft., swim 10 ft.
Armor Class: 14 (+4 size), touch 14, flat-footed 14
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/—
Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus slipping hazard)
Full Attack: Swarm (1d6 plus slipping hazard)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks: Distraction, slipping hazard
Special Qualities: Amphibious, blind, immune to weapon damage, swarm traits, tremorsense 30 ft., vermin traits
Saves: Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +1
Abilities: Str 1, Dex 11, Con 10, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2
Skills: Swim +8
Feats:
Environment: Any swamp or aquatic and warm forests
Organization: Solitary, field (2-4 swarms), or morass (7-12 swarms)
Challenge Rating: 1
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: None
Level Adjustment:

A roiling mass of worms, the largest of the slimy creatures are several feet long and thicker than a thumb.

There are many mundane species of flesh-eating worm. Most live in water but some crawl through the moist soil of forests and jungles. Normally they are solitary creatures who pose no threat to anything larger than themselves, but in extremely abnormal circumstances (such as the summon worms spell) they can appear in swarms capable of stripping humanoids to the bone.

Combat
A carnivorous worm swarm seeks to surround and attack the largest and freshest source of meat it encounters, which is usually living prey. The swarm deals 1d6 points of damage to any creature whose space it occupies at the end of its move.

Amphibious (Ex): Carnivorous worms can breathe air as well as water.

Blind (Ex): Carnivorous worms are immune to gaze attacks, visual effects, illusions, and other attack forms that rely on sight.

Distraction (Ex): Any living creature that begins its turn with a swarm in its space must succeed on a DC 12 Fortitude save or be nauseated for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Slipping Hazard (Ex): Any creature that enters the space of a carnivorous worm swarm must make a successful DC 12 Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated at the end of the swarm's move each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the space of worms at half normal speed with a DC 12 Balance check. Failure means it can't move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details). The save DCs are Constitution-based.

Skills: A carnivorous worm has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. A carnivorous worm uses its Dexterity modifier instead of its Strength modifier for Swim checks. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.
 
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freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Granted power 3 will work.

Summon worms as an arcane or druid spell looks good. And so does the swarm.

And I like wormslick too.

Is curse of the worms the last one left? This feels like a rapid fire version of some monster power, like maybe a slaad egg. I have some idea there might be a non-SRD spell like this too. Any thoughts on that? I'd like to make it a little different than standard too. Maybe it does Con damage even if the victim is saved by healing magic (rather than hp)?
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Granted power 3 will work.
Updating Worm Domain Working Draft.
Summon worms as an arcane or druid spell looks good. And so does the swarm.

And I like wormslick too.

Is curse of the worms the last one left? This feels like a rapid fire version of some monster power, like maybe a slaad egg. I have some idea there might be a non-SRD spell like this too. Any thoughts on that? I'd like to make it a little different than standard too. Maybe it does Con damage even if the victim is saved by healing magic (rather than hp)?
I'm thinking maybe I'll modify the Carnivorous Worm Swarm by adding a Deadly Worm Swarm and tweak the squirming doom note to become "Spell functions like creeping doom, but calls deadly worm swarms instead of centipede swarms."

Oh, and I'll put the Worm spells in Hanim Worm Lord Working Draft.
Is curse of the worms the last one left? This feels like a rapid fire version of some monster power, like maybe a slaad egg. I have some idea there might be a non-SRD spell like this too. Any thoughts on that? I'd like to make it a little different than standard too. Maybe it does Con damage even if the victim is saved by healing magic (rather than hp)?

No, there's wormtongue as well.

That's a peculiar spell that turns the target's tongue into a worm that starts attacking the target. As noted, it has similarities to the Necromancy spell grim revenge from The Book of Vile Darkness (that causes the target's hand to attack the target as a flying wight hand).

The main value of wormtongue is the spell prevents the use of verbal spell components while in effect since the target cannot speak with a tongue that's turned into a worm.

I might do a rough draft if I'm feeling creative today.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
I'm thinking maybe I'll modify the Carnivorous Worm Swarm by adding a Deadly Worm Swarm and tweak the squirming doom note to become "Spell functions like creeping doom, but calls deadly worm swarms instead of centipede swarms."

I propose the following for said swarm:

Swarm, Deadly Worm
Fine Vermin (Swarm)
Hit Dice: 9d8 (40 hp)
Initiative: +0
Speed: 10 ft. (2 squares), burrow 10 ft., swim 10 ft.
Armor Class: 18 (+8 size), touch 18, flat-footed 18
Base Attack/Grapple: +6/—
Attack: Swarm (2d6 plus poison and slipping hazard)
Full Attack: Swarm (2d6 plus poison and slipping hazard)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./0 ft.
Special Attacks: Distraction, poison, slipping hazard
Special Qualities: Amphibious, blind, immune to weapon damage, swarm traits, tremorsense 30 ft., vermin traits
Saves: Fort +6, Ref +3, Will +3
Abilities: Str 1, Dex 11, Con 10, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 2
Skills: Swim +8
Feats:
Environment: Any swamp or aquatic and warm forests
Organization: Solitary, squirm (2-4 swarms), or doom (7-12 swarms)
Challenge Rating: 4
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always neutral
Advancement: None
Level Adjustment:

A roiling mass of vividly colored worms, the largest of the slimy creatures is the size of a normal earthworm.

These miniscule carnivorous worms are venomous and voracious. Most live in water but a few species inhabit the moist soil of forests and jungles. Deadly worms have a painful bite roughly equivalent to a hornet's sting. Normally solitary, a single worm poses no threat to humanoid sized creatures but may bite if handled. However, a swarm of deadly worms poses a lethal danger to any fleshy creature it encounters. Fortunately, swarms only gather in extraordinarily abnormal circumstances (such as the squirming doom spell).

Combat
A deadly worm swarm seeks to surround and attack the largest and freshest source of meat it encounters, which is usually living prey. The swarm deals 2d6 points of damage to any creature whose space it occupies at the end of its move.

Amphibious (Ex): Deadly worms can breathe air as well as water.

Blind (Ex): Deadly worms are immune to gaze attacks, visual effects, illusions, and other attack forms that rely on sight.

Distraction (Ex): Any living creature that begins its turn with a swarm in its space must succeed on a DC 14 Fortitude save or be nauseated for 1 round. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Poison (Ex): Injury, Fortitude DC 14, initial and secondary damage 1d4 Dex. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Slipping Hazard (Ex): Any creature that enters the space of a deadly worm swarm must make a successful DC 14 Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated at the end of the swarm's move each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the space of worms at half normal speed with a DC 14 Balance check. Failure means it can't move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details). The save DCs are Constitution-based.

Skills: A deadly worm has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. A deadly worm uses its Dexterity modifier instead of its Strength modifier for Swim checks. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
While writing the Deadly Worm Swarm I realized I'd forgotten the Swim skill from the Carnivorous Worm and hadn't qualified the ability score that determines its Slipping Hazard SQ, which I made Con-based.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
No, there's wormtongue as well.

That's a peculiar spell that turns the target's tongue into a worm that starts attacking the target. As noted, it has similarities to the Necromancy spell grim revenge from The Book of Vile Darkness (that causes the target's hand to attack the target as a flying wight hand).

The main value of wormtongue is the spell prevents the use of verbal spell components while in effect since the target cannot speak with a tongue that's turned into a worm.

I might do a rough draft if I'm feeling creative today.

Ah, what the hell…

Wormtongue
Transmutation
Level: Sor/Wiz 5, Worm 4
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Target: One living creature
Duration: 1 round per level
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

The tongue of the subject extends into a razor-jawed worm that begins to attack the subject. This "tongueworm" bites for 2d4 points of slashing damage +1 point per caster level (maximum +20) with an attack bonus equal to your base attack bonus plus your Intelligence modifier (arcane version) or Wisdom modifier (divine version) plus a +4 bonus.

The tongueworm has the same vulnerabilities and resistances to damage as the subject and can be attacked using the subject's Armor Class plus a +4 bonus. Damage to the tongueworm also damages the subject. Inflicting 12 hit points of damage to the tongueworm destroys the worm's head and stops it attacking. The tongueworm is considered a separate creature from the subject for the purposes of spell targeting, so the tongueworm can be petrified, slowed, paralyzed et cetera separately from the subject (it uses your Saving Throws not the subject's). Damaging effects that target the tongueworm such as ability drain, energy drain and the like will harm the subject as well as the worm. Even if the subject is killed or petrified, the tongueworm will continue ravaging their corpse for the remaining spell duration.

The subject or another creature can attempt to grapple the tongue to prevent it biting, but the tongueworm is extremely slippery and its grapple modifier to escape holds equals your base attack bonus plus ability modifier (Intelligence or Wisdom) plus a +10 bonus.

The subject cannot speak while the wormtongue spell is in effect unless they happen to be a creature with multiple tongues capable of speaking independently such as an ettin (multiple wormtongue spells do not stack, the spell can only ever transform one tongue of a multi-tongued creature). The subject cannot cast spells with a Verbal component until they regain the ability to speak. The subject's tongue returns to normal once the wormtongue is dispelled or its duration expires. If the tongueworm was destroyed by violence such as weapon blows or energy attacks the subject's tongue is injured and they will be unable to speak for 3d4 days, but may mumble unintelligibly. The injured tongue can be cured with a heal, regenerate or greater restoration. If the tongueworm was destroyed by unerring magical attacks that only cause hit points of damage such as magic missile the subject's normal tongue will be uninjured. If the tongueworm was incapacitated by being petrified, paralyzed or similar effects the subject's tongue returns to normal when the wormtongue spell ends.
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
That'll work!

The only question for me is whether summon worms allows either type of worm swarm and whether we're including stats for both if summoning can only work for one type. How about we make it 1 deadly swarm or 4 carnivorous ones?
 

Cleon

Adventurer
That'll work!

I'll add the two Worm Swarms to the Completed Creatures Index and include them in the next CC update them.

The only question for me is whether summon worms allows either type of worm swarm and whether we're including stats for both if summoning can only work for one type. How about we make it 1 deadly swarm or 4 carnivorous ones?

In the immortal words of a DM setting a trap: "Are you sure you want to do that?"

I designed the Carnivorous Worms to be Challenge-Equivalent to the SRD's Rat Swarm (CR 2) and the Deadly Worms to be equivalent to a Centipede Swarm (CR 4) so it's appropriate to swap the creatures when changing summon swarm to summon worms and crawling doom to squirming doom.

What you're proposing would result in a 2nd-level spell that summons four CR 2 swarms or a single CR 4 swarm, which seems a bit inappropriate.

However, there's a simple solution:

Summon Worms, Greater
Conjuration (Summoning)
Level: Brd 4, Drd 4, Sor/Wiz 4
Effect: One or more swarms of worms, no two of which can be more than 30 ft. apart.

This spell functions like summon worms, except that you can summon one deadly worm swarm or 1d4+1 carnivorous worm swarms.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
I just realized I had "Target: One swarm of worms" in summon worms instead of "Effect: One swarm of worms".

It's been corrected.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
So should I add the Worm Domain and the completed Worm spells to the Valgoss Working Draft?

Alternatively, we could include that in the Slaiyith entry (when we get around to that) since those creatures are spellcasters and Master Slaiyiths are the ones who grant Valgoss symbionts.

The original adventure only had worm spells listed for the Hanim Worm Lord; the sample Slaiyith only had standard wizard spells. It wasn't a Master Slaiyith though, who possess "vast power, even beyond that of the other slaiyiths" and aren't given game stats.

Having the Master Slaiyith use Worm Magic kind of makes sense, since they can create Valgoss Symbionts.

We could even give them a high-level Wizard spell imbue valgoss that allows them to give a host a Valgoss Symbiont, although I think that would work better as a Special Ability (Su or Sp?).
 

Cleon

Adventurer
While preparing the Deadly Worms for the CC I amended the description from:

"Normally solitary, a single deadly worm can inflict a painful bite roughly equivalent to a hornet's sting and may bite a humanoid sized creature if handled but poses no threat to their life. However, a swarm of deadly worms poses a lethal threat…"

to:

"Deadly worms have a painful bite roughly equivalent to a hornet's sting. Normally solitary, a single worm poses no threat to humanoid sized creatures but may bite if handled. However, a swarm of deadly worms poses a lethal danger…"

Just so it reads better, I've included the change in the Deadly Worm Swarm Working Draft above.
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Well, this is a tad late in reply. But I think I just meant for the higher level spell. So a summon worms and greater summon worms would work for me.

Let's put the worm domain in both the valgoss and slaiyith entries. Or better yet, make a separate web page and link it to both! Hypertext FTW! :p
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Well, this is a tad late in reply. But I think I just meant for the higher level spell. So a summon worms and greater summon worms would work for me.

Let's put the worm domain in both the valgoss and slaiyith entries. Or better yet, make a separate web page and link it to both! Hypertext FTW! :p

I guess that'd work, although it'd seem weird having a non-monster entry in the CC there are some legacy files that are like that - Prestige Classes and the like.

So call it "Maelost Worm Magic" and include hyperlinks to the Hanim, Slaiyith and Valgoss (plus vice-versa links)?

I might as well start putting it together. Got nothing else to do!
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Maelost Worm Magic
Even the lowliest of creatures can inspire magic. The humble worm's near-universal role in nature's cycle of growth and decay has led to the creation of spells based upon them.

One place such worm magic has arisen is the obscure swampy demiplane its human inhabitants, the Hanim, have named Maelost. Wormlife creatures called valgoss are vital to the survival of all life on that plane and are revered by native creatures known as the slaiyith [####fix link!####], powerful spellcasters who have developed worm-related magic to a high degree and introduced the Hanim to their wormy arts.

Valgoss Familiars
Valgoss can be acquired as familiars by means of the Improved Familiar feat (detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide) beginning at 3rd level.

A spellcaster can have a valgoss symbiont as a familiar, in which case the symbiont grant its Slaiyith Gift to its master whenever it is within arm’s reach. It does not need to attach itself parasitically like a normal valgoss symbiont (so no 2 hit points of permanent damage for that symbiont!). Valgoss symbiont familiars cannot grant the Hanim Gift.

Worm Domain
Hanim clerics gain access to the Worm Domain by contemplating the valgoss and their role in the entire ecosystem of Maelost, possibly with the guidance of the dark dweller or master slaiyiths.

Deities: Nature gods associated with soil and the simplest of creatures, including some agricultural deities, plus a few gods of decay. Clerics of the worm god Kyuss do not use this domain since it's for deities concerned with living vermin and natural decomposition, while Kyuss is a deity of undeath.

Granted Power: Rebuke or command worms as an evil cleric rebukes or commands undead (only affects vermin and magical beasts with Intelligence 0 or 1, what counts as a "worm" is at the DM's discretion).

Use this ability a total number of times per day equal to 3 + Charisma modifier.

Worm Domain Spells:
1. Burrow: You can burrow at a speed of 15 ft. through soil.
2. Wormslickᴹᴰ: Conjures a swarm of worms.
3. Wormwork: Softens or moves earth and can create quicksand-like ground.
4. Wormtongue: Target's own tongue turns into a worm that attacks them.
5. Curse of the Wormsᴹᴰ: Kills living target by filling them with worms.
6. Worm Tell: Worms tell you the ground's secrets.¹
7. Squirming Doom: A venomous mass of flesh-eating worms attacks at your command.²
8. Earthquake: Intense tremor shakes 80-ft.-radius.
9. Summon Monster IX: calls a purple earthworm to fight.³
ᴰ requires divine focus component.
ᴹ requires material component.
¹ Spell functions like stone tell, but affects earth or stone inhabited by living worms.
² Spell functions like creeping doom, the worms fight as centipede swarms with speed 20 ft., burrow 20 ft., swim 10 ft. instead of the centipede swarm's 20 ft., climb 20 ft. speed.
³ A purple earthworm is a purple worm with the Earth and Extraplanar subtypes, damage reduction 10/magic and the Earth Mastery extraordinary ability of an earth elemental. If you have access to the Manual of the Planes, an earth element creature purple worm may be used instead.


New Spells
The following section presents the new spells of the Worm Domain plus additional worm-related spells for druids and arcane spellcasters (such as the hanim worm lord).

Burrow
Transmutation
Level: Sor/Wiz 1, Worm 1
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 immediate action
Range: Personal
Targets: You
Duration: 1 round

The caster gains a burrow speed of 15 feet for the spell's duration, writhing through the ground like an earthworm. The burrowing can tunnel through dirt but not rock and does not leave a tunnel behind.

Material Component: A small spade.

Curse of the Worms
Conjuration (Summoning)(Calling)[Death]
Level: Worm 5
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Targets: One living creature
Duration: Special (4 rounds plus 1d8 rounds and/or instantaneous, see below for details)
Saving Throw: Will partial and Fortitude partial (see below)
Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell causes live worms to appear within a living creature. The subject must attempt a Will save, if successful the spell ends and the subject immediately purges themselves of the worms, taking 2d8 points of damage +1 point per caster level as the worms pour out of every orifice.

If the subject fails the Will save, worms continually appear within their body for the duration of the spell. The subject must make a Fortitude save as soon as they are affected by curse of the worms and must repeat the save each round the spell lasts. If the subject fails one of these Fort saves, the following round the victim drops to -1 hit points and is dying, and on the subsequent round they die from choking to death and fatal hemorrhages. Creatures that do not need to breathe and are immune to critical hits are immune to this lethal effect. However,the worms destroy some of the victim's vital organs in 4 rounds, causing death regardless of the subject's Fortitude saves or immunity to critical damage and suffocation. Living worms continue pouring out of the victim's corpse after death for the entire duration of the spell, or 1d8 rounds after the worms reach the subject's vital organs.

The worms are ordinary living creatures conjured by a calling effect, so remain in existence after the spell expires. They appear inside the victim's body cavities and the subject can act normally while affected by curse of the worms provided they remain conscious. However, they must make Concentration checks (DC 10 plus caster level) to perform actions that require full attention such as spellcasting, due to the disquieting sensation of having living vermin squirming inside them.

A remove curse or dispel evil spell will end the spell's duration, as will a successful dispel magic or break enchantment spell. Prematurely ending the spell's duration causes the subject to purge the worms from their body, taking 2d8 points of damage +1 point per caster level but avoid the "drop to dying or death" effects of failing a Fortitude save.

Material Component: A pinch of powdered dried worm.

Summon Worms
Conjuration (Summoning)
Level: Brd 2, Drd 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 round
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Targets: One swarm of worms
Duration: Concentration + 2 rounds
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This functions like a summon swarm spell, except it summons a swarm of flesh-eating worms (see Swarm, Carnivorous Worm entry).

Material Component: A handful of fresh soil.

Summon Worms, Greater
Conjuration (Summoning)
Level: Brd 4, Drd 4, Sor/Wiz 4
Effect: One or more swarms of worms, no two of which can be more than 30 ft. apart.

This spell functions like summon worms, except that you can summon one deadly worm swarm or 1d4+1 carnivorous worm swarms.

Wormslick
Conjuration (Creation)
Level: Worm 2
Components: V, S, M, DF
Casting Time: 1 round
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Area: One 10-ft. square
Duration: 6 hours; see text
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

You cause a mass of slime-covered worms to squirm into being. The worms can swarm out of any nonliving material that worms could live in (earth, mud, wood, corpses, et cetera). The worms can be conjured in the area of other creatures. A wormslick is made up of ordinary nonvenomous burrowing worms appropriate for the medium they are created from such as earthworms, woodworms or lugworms.

While harmless, the worms are extremely slippery. Any creature in the area when the spell is cast must make a successful Reflex save or fall. This save is repeated on your turn each round that the creature remains within the area. A creature can walk within or through the area of worms at half normal speed with a DC 12 Balance check. Failure means it can’t move that round (and must then make a Reflex save or fall), while failure by 5 or more means it falls (see the Balance skill for details).

The worms remain were they are summoned and will eventually die and rot away or disperse into the surrounding ground. They are subject to dehydration, starvation, aging and other natural phenomena like any other mundane worm. A wormslick typically remains slippery for 6 hours before drying out and perishing, but can last up to 12 hours if kept moist (or underwater) or as little as 2 hours in severe heat under direct sunlight. Applying 4 points of damage to a 5-foot square of wormslick with an area-of-effect or energy attack (acid, cold, fire, etc cetera) will destroy or scatter the worms.

The worms that this spell creates are edible, if rather chewy. The worms decay and become inedible within 24 hours, but can be kept fresh for another 24 hours by casting a purify food and drink spell on them. One casting produces enough food to sustain two humans per caster level for 24 hours.

Material Component: A dried earthworm and a cup of water.

Wormtongue
Transmutation
Level: Sor/Wiz 5, Worm 4
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Target: One living creature
Duration: 1 round per level
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

The tongue of the subject extends into a razor-jawed worm that begins to attack the subject. This "tongueworm" bites for 2d4 points of slashing damage +1 point per caster level (maximum +20) with an attack bonus equal to your base attack bonus plus your Intelligence modifier (arcane version) or Wisdom modifier (divine version) plus a +4 bonus.

The tongueworm has the same vulnerabilities and resistances to damage as the subject and can be attacked using the subject's Armor Class plus a +4 bonus. Damage to the tongueworm also damages the subject. Inflicting 12 hit points of damage to the tongueworm destroys the worm's head and stops it attacking. The tongueworm is considered a separate creature from the subject for the purposes of spell targeting, so the tongueworm can be petrified, slowed, paralyzed et cetera separately from the subject (it uses your Saving Throws not the subject's). Damaging effects that target the tongueworm such as ability drain, energy drain and the like will harm the subject as well as the worm. Even if the subject is killed or petrified, the tongueworm will continue ravaging their corpse for the remaining spell duration.

The subject or another creature can attempt to grapple the tongue to prevent it biting, but the tongueworm is extremely slippery and its grapple modifier to escape holds equals your base attack bonus plus ability modifier (Intelligence or Wisdom) plus a +10 bonus.

The subject cannot speak while the wormtongue spell is in effect unless they happen to be a creature with multiple tongues capable of speaking independently such as an ettin (multiple wormtongue spells do not stack, the spell can only ever transform one tongue of a multi-tongued creature). A subject unable to speak clearly cannot cast spells with a Verbal component. The subject's tongue returns to normal once the wormtongue is dispelled or its duration expires. If the tongueworm was destroyed by violence such as weapon blows or energy attacks the subject's tongue is injured and they will be unable to speak for 3d4 days, but may mumble unintelligibly. The injured tongue can be cured with a heal, regenerate or greater restoration. If the tongueworm was destroyed by unerring magical attacks that only cause hit points of damage such as magic missile the subject's normal tongue will be uninjured. If the tongueworm was incapacitated by being petrified, paralyzed or similar effects the subject's tongue returns to normal when the wormtongue spell ends.

Wormwork
Conjuration (Summoning)
Level: Sor/Wiz 3, Worm 3
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)
Area: One 10-ft. cube per three levels
Duration: Special (Concentration, plus see below)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Every round the wormwork spell can work on one 10-foot square of earth or soil for every three caster levels, producing one of the following effects.

  • break up hard ground (i.e. heavy clay, dense rocky earth) into normal earth.
  • soften normal earth into loose soil (see below). If the normal earth is already loose soil the worms will soften it regardless.
  • move soil to create a bank or mound of earth no more than 5 feet high, with a ditch or hole of the same depth appearing in an adjacent 10-foot square where the soil came from.
  • move soil so an existing bank, mound, ditch or hole no more than 5 feet high or deep is shifted up to 10 feet. The feature can be changed in shape while being shifted (i.e. a 10 ft. by 10 ft. pit could be lengthened into a 5 ft. by 20 ft. pit).
During casting, the spellcaster can instruct the worms to work to a particular plan (i.e. "dig a ditch along this path", "soften this area") and the worms will follow this directive until the spell's duration runs out, they are ordered to stop (a free action) or ordered to follow a new plan (a standard action).

If a creature is standing on a square which is being softened by wormwork, they risk being sucked into the churning ground as if it were thick mud. The creature must succeed on a Reflex save or be caught for 1d2 rounds and unable to move, attack, or cast spells. A creature that succeeds on its save can move through the softening ground at half speed, and it can’t run or charge.

Loose soil is not as troublesome if it is not being actively softened by wormwork, but all creatures in the area can move at only half their normal speed and can’t run or charge over the surface.

Special Duration: The effects of a wormwork spell (i.e. loosened soil, excavated earth) are Instantaneous and will remain after the spell duration concludes. The duration ends when the spell performs 1 round of "wormworking" per caster level or the caster's concentration ends.

Material Component: A living earthworm.
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
Well, this is a tad late in reply. But I think I just meant for the higher level spell. So a summon worms and greater summon worms would work for me.

Let's put the worm domain in both the valgoss and slaiyith entries. Or better yet, make a separate web page and link it to both! Hypertext FTW! :p

I've hyperlinked a couple of the Worm Lord Working Draft's Worm Domain references to the above Worm Magic post.

Where shall we add a reference to Worm Magic in the Valgoss? If at all?
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
Well, that all looks good! Maybe we don't actually need the links back and forth between this and the valgoss, you're right. Unless we want to say that only a hanim with valgoss symbionts can access the domain?

Which spell do you want to tackle next?
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Well, that all looks good! Maybe we don't actually need the links back and forth between this and the valgoss, you're right. Unless we want to say that only a hanim with valgoss symbionts can access the domain?

How about a Valgoss familiar? A supernatural symbiont link does not seem that different from a supernatural familiar link.

I can see it going two ways:

#1: Complicated!.
Valgoss can be acquired as familiars by means of the Improved Familiar feat (detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide) beginning at 3rd level. See Maelost Worm Magic for expanded rules.

Worm Magic
Valgoss Familiars

Valgoss can be acquired as familiars by means of the Improved Familiar feat (detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide) beginning at 3rd level.

A spellcaster can have a valgoss symbiont as a familiar, in which case the symbiont grant its Slaiyith Gift to its master whenever it is within arm’s reach. It does not need to attach itself parasitically like a normal valgoss symbiont (so no 2 hit points of permanent damage for that symbiont!). Valgoss symbiont familiars cannot grant the Hanim Gift.

#2: Simple!
Valgoss can be acquired as familiars by means of the Improved Familiar feat (detailed in the Dungeon Master's Guide) beginning at 3rd level. See Maelost Worm Magic for additional worm-related magic.​

Oh, I've modified the Sample Valgoss Hosts with a background paragraph on Hanim, as follows:

Sample Valgoss Hosts
The following sample creatures have gained the valgoss host template.

The hanim are a race of humans native to the plane of Maelost. Hanim culture is intimately dependent on the slaiyith gifts of their valgoss symbionts, without which they couldn't safely approach the deadly swamps covering the plane. What land there is on Maelost is mostly quicksand or razor sharp rock, so hanim have domesticated the giant riding fly to avoid the dangers of navigating their homeland. Hanim have Worm Magic of considerable power, but their nonmagical technology is limited to stone and earth or organic materials such as wood, leather and chitin. Warriors usually specialize in mounted combat, wielding torag poles and javelins from flyback.​

Unless we want to say that only a hanim with valgoss symbionts can access the domain?

I thought about adding that proviso but it seemed to be unnecessarily restrictive. Leaving it out allows for a more conventional "Cleric of the Worm God" or vermitheurge who can use the spells without having to have a valgoss squirming through their body.


Which spell do you want to tackle next?

Well we were going through them in level order, so wormtongue is next.
 

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