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Can Spirits cast non-Folk Magic spells?

posted Jan 23, 2013 00:46:48 by bluefenix42
By the Animism rules in the book, if an Ancestor Spirit, Haunt, or other such spirit being has the appropriate skills (Invocation + Shaping, for example), can it cast spells? I'm imagining a spirit who was a Sorcerer, Mystic, or Theist in life and retains those skills and spells in death. Obviously, I could house-rule such a powerful spirit, but I"m wondering if a purely-by-the-book animist could ever meet and/or bind such a spirit.

Also, as a somewhat related question, if a spirit possessing a human casts a spell, does the MP cost come from the spirit or the human? Does it matter if it is the spirit or the human who knows the spell?
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PeteNash said Jan 23, 2013 07:07:42
"By the Animism rules in the book, if an Ancestor Spirit, Haunt, or other such spirit being has the appropriate skills (Invocation + Shaping, for example), can it cast spells? I'm imagining a spirit who was a Sorcerer, Mystic, or Theist in life and retains those skills and spells in death."

Yes, they can. But be careful, as they can be exceptionally potent.

"Obviously, I could house-rule such a powerful spirit, but I"m wondering if a purely-by-the-book animist could ever meet and/or bind such a spirit."

That depends on the setting, but there are some Sorcerer haunts in Monster Island bound and controlled via a cult specific technique.

"Also, as a somewhat related question, if a spirit possessing a human casts a spell, does the MP cost come from the spirit or the human?"

Take it from the human host.

"Does it matter if it is the spirit or the human who knows the spell?"

I would say that this is also setting based. It could be either, depending on how potent or malicious you wanted possessing spirits to be. I personally don't let possessing spirits have access to knowledge and memories of the possessed victim for several reasons, but that's my own preference.
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bluefenix42 said Jan 23, 2013 07:25:44
Thanks, Pete, that helps a lot.
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