Do you want obscure tomes, eldritch lore, enchanted items, watering a rose briar with your blood, and adorable animal wizard friends holding hands? Get Hamsterish Hoard of Hexes!
Taichara (historic blog, new blog, twitter) has been writing spells and magic items for years, and I’ve always been a fan. We joined forces to make a new spellbook, collecting her best and most colorful spells and magic, and illustrated by Alex Damaceno.
The content is split in two parts: eight magic tomes; and an item catalogue. The tomes are:
- Principia Primordia, and its powerful channeling spells and plants
- Least Book of Serpentarius, teaching the secrets of harnessing star power
- Roseate Codex, a magic handbook about why feeding roses with your blood is clearly the only rational choice
- Collected Wisdoms, holding the keys to wisdom, denial, and dowsing.
- Tjehenet, a papyrus filled with shiny and glittery magic
- Ex Sanguinis, and its crimson sorcery of emotion and blood
- The Manual, that famous tradecraft grimoire
- Book of the White Cat, teaching the icy mystery of the Queen of Clowders
As for the content, the spells are much different in tone from the ones in W&W and M&M in a few ways: first, HHH has more explicitly combat spells, but most importantly these spells were written for low-level D&D play, and have been subsequently adapted to be without level.
An example, straight out of the Roseate Codex:
Iron Briar Embrace
Range: 50′, Duration: 6 rounds
This spell creates a tangle of coiling, clawing metallic black briars studded with fanglike thorns. The briars erupt from the ground beneath the target and wrapping around them. The vines inflict 1d6 damage per round as the thorns drain blood (or other fluids), and block the victim on the spot if they fail to save. Targets trapped in the briars may be cut free in 1d4 rounds.
Something different about the content is that, as previously mentioned, the content is split in books. As in, those are books to be found in game, each containing the appropriate spells, a list of useful paraphernalia (for starting items or to fill the jank drawer of a wizard kitchen), and most importantly some important esoteric knowledge that goes beyond spellcasting. For example, the extra content from the Least Book of Serpentarius:
The books ends with a catalogue of 24 magic items: useful automata, lenses and powerstones and jewels, some weapons, and many more, with a section of colorful Ephemera, minor one-use items that are surely useful and treasured enough for low-level adventurers. Amongst them, of course, a chicken automaton built to correct your spelling mistakes, the SPELLCHICK.
A Hamsterish Hoard of Hexes, A5 53 pages b/w, available in print and pdf