For my next adventure I need a dragon that can shapechange into an elf. My first thought was that the dragon would use Shapechange (Elf) for that since dragons often have access to higher magic. But reading the description I realized that he would need a very high amount of intensity to be able to pull that off since the SIZ difference is so huge. If I understand correctly the Intensity needed would be 28 requiring a very high Invocation skill. Higher than I had planned for the dragon. He is supposed to be very old and powerful but not that powerful. But then I figured what if he combine it with Diminish (SIZ) to reduce the needed Intensity but at a higher Magic Point cost.
That is the only way I can think of without resolving to a magic item or something which I want to try to avoid. There are some considerations on how to rule the use though so I will give an example on how I was planning. Let's say that the dragon instead have an Invocation skill 120% making it possible to cast spells up to Intensity 12. For example the Dragon casts a Dimish (SIZ) combined with Shapechange (Elf) and reduces the SIZ of 50 down to 26 with Intensity 12 Diminish (SIZ). Then the Intensity needed by to take the Elf form would be 12 for the Shapechange (Elf). Just within reach of his Invocation. 120% is a skill value I can live with for the dragon.
I am still curious what others think of this ruling though.
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