Tome of Magic introduces three new magic subsystems for the D&D game. Any or all of these systems can easily be inserted into a campaign. Pact magic gives characters the ability to channel lost souls, harnessing their abilities to gain supernatural powers. Shadow magic draws power from the mysterious Plane of Shadow. Truename magic gives characters that learn and properly use the true name of a creature or object immense power over it. All three systems introduce new base classes and spellcasting mechanics. Also included are new feats, prestige classes, magic items, and spells.
The excerpts below include information about each of the three new systems, a couple of vestiges, the noctumancer prestige class, a weapon special ability, the Lexicon of the Evolving Mind list, and a creature. For more from the main introduction in this book, check out the February 2006 Preview.
LEXICON OF THE EVOLVING MIND
Utterances from the Lexicon of the Evolving Mind form the bulk of a truenamer's knowledge. These potent phrases in the language of Truespeech enable you to persuade the universe to change with respect to a single creature. Without exception, each of these utterances shares the following characteristics.
These utterances can target only a single creature, unless you are of high enough level to have the truenamer's speak unto the masses class feature.
Each utterance from this lexicon, and this lexicon alone, can be spoken in reverse. When you learn a new utterance, you effectively learn two unique, but related, ways to alter the world. Each entry in this lexicon features read-aloud and descriptive text for the normal version of the utterance and its reverse. The duration and saving throw requirement for the normal way to speak an utterance might differ from its reverse, which will be called out in the utterance's statistics at the top of the entry.
Defensive Edge: Grant ally +1 AC, or an enemy -1 AC.
Inertia Surge: Grant creature freedom from restricting effects, or root an enemy to the ground and prevent it from moving.
Knight's Puissance: Ally gains +2 on attack rolls, or enemy gains -2 on attack rolls.
Universal Aptitude: Subject gains +5 on skill checks for 5 rounds, or enemy gains -5 on skill checks for 5 rounds.
Word of Nurturing, Minor: Give ally fast healing 1, or deal 1d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.
Archer's Eye: Give ally ability to ignore concealment with ranged attacks, or protect ally from projectiles.
Hidden Truth: Grant creature +10 bonus on a Knowledge check, or a +10 bonus on a Bluff check.
Perceive the Unseen: Give creature the benefit of the Blind-Fight feat, or grant a creature concealment.
Silent Caster: Ally gains benefit of Silent Spell feat, or creature is silenced.
Speed of the Zephyr: Subject's speed increases by 20 feet and he can run up walls, or reduce foe's speed by 10 feet.
Strike of Might: Target's next weapon damage roll deals +10 damage, or target's next weapon damage roll deals -5 damage (minimum 0).
Temporal Twist: Ally gains one free attack, or enemy is dazed for 1 round.
Word of Nurturing, Lesser: Give ally fast healing 3, or deal 2d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.
Accelerated Attack: Give an ally Spring Attack feat, or allow ally to move while casting a spell.
Energy Negation: Grant an ally resistance 10 to one energy type, or deal energy damage to a foe.
Incarnation of Angels: Creature gains the celestial template, or creature gains the fiendish template.
Seek the Sky: Give creature ability to fly, or force a flying creature gradually to the ground.
Speed of the Zephyr, Greater: Give ally benefit of haste spell, or enemy suffers from the effect of a slow spell.
Temporal Spiral: Target gains one extra move action, or enemy is dazed for 3 rounds.
Vision Sharpened: Subject gains benefit of see invisibility, or subject becomes invisible.
Word of Nurturing, Moderate: Give ally fast healing 5, or deal 4d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.
Breath of Cleansing: Allow ally second save against ongoing effect, or nauseate an enemy.
Caster Lens: Increase ally's caster level by 2, or reduce enemy's caster level by 2.
Confounding Resistance: Grant ally ability to avoid partially harmful effects, or remove evasion from an enemy.
Magic Contraction: Ally gains spell resistance, or grant a creature benefit of Empower Spell feat.
Morale Boost: Remove fear from a creature, or frighten an enemy.
Spell Rebirth: Restore a dispelled or dismissed spell, or dispel one spell.
Word of Bolstering: Cure 1d6 points of ability damage or drain to one ability score, or cause -1d6 penalty to one enemy's Str, Dex, or Con.
Word of Nurturing, Potent: Give ally fast healing 10, or deal 6d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.
Eldritch Attraction: Move a creature 40 feet closer to you, or 40 feet farther away from you.
Energy Negation, Greater: Ally gains immunity to one energy type, or give ally an energy shield that damages attackers.
Essence of Lifespark: Remove one negative level from creature, or one enemy gains one negative level.
Preternatural Clarity: Give an ally a +5 floating bonus for attacks, saves, or checks, or make an enemy confused.
Seek the Sky, Greater: Give creature fly speed of 120 feet (perfect), or cause a flying creature to fall and take damage.
Sensory Focus: Creature gains blindsight, or creature is blinded and deafened.
Ward of Peace: Ally cannot be attacked, or temporarily banish target to extradimensional pocket.
Word of Nurturing, Critical: Give ally fast healing 15, or deal 8d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.
Breath of Recovery: Remove conditions from an ally, or paralyze an enemy.
Ether Reforged: Creature gains the benefit of defenses against incorporeal foes and can affect them normally, or creature can become ethereal.
Knight's Puissance, Greater: Ally gains +5 on attack and damage rolls, or enemy gains -5 on attack and damage rolls.
Mystic Rampart: Ally gains DR 5/-- and +5 on saves, or enemy incurs -5 AC and saves.
Singular Mind: Free subject from enchantments, curses and possession, or dominate one creature.
Word of Nurturing, Greater: Give ally fast healing 20, or deal 10d6 damage each round for 2 rounds.