By Robert Holzmeier
sort of spell might a dwarven battle-mage create? According to some loremasters,
its an enchantment that forces opponents into melee combat! Find
out more about the spell, and how it may have backfired against its fighter/wizard
wielders in long-ago days:
2, Sor/Wiz 2
V, S, F
Time: 1 action
Close (25 ft. + 5 ft/2 levels)
One person or creature
Throw: Will negates
affected by the spell mindless rage become so filled with rage
that they can do nothing but focus on engaging the caster in personal
physical combat. The affected creature cannot use any spells, spell-like
or supernatural abilities, or ranged weapons while attacking the caster.
The subject's only thoughts are of killing the caster -- if not with bare
hands, then with a hand-held melee weapon at best.
worth noting that the recipient of this spell, though overcome with rage,
is by no means rendered an idiot or suicidal. For example, an affected
creature will not charge off a cliff in an attempt to reach the target.
under the effect of a mindless rage spell, the subject can make
use of all normal melee combat skills, abilities, and feats -- either
offensive or defensive. However, the affected creature cannot use any
ability that requires activation or concentration.
side effect of mindless rage occurs when the spell is cast upon
any character capable of the rage ability (such as a barbarian). In these
cases, the mindless rage episode counts as one of the character's
uses of rage for that day.
rage is a fairly uncommon spell. Its believed to have been developed
by dwarven fighter/wizards who preferred to face their opponents in melee
combat over magical conflicts. Of course, many of the stories tracing
this spell's origins to the battle-mages also note that this dwarven method
of ensuring melee combat against spellcasters backfired when the group
ran afoul of a band of sorcerer/barbarians.
Focus: Successful casting of mindless rage requires the caster
to utilize a scarlet handkerchief or similar piece of cloth, which is
waved in the target's direction while the caster vocalizes the verbal
Holzmeier has played D&D for more than 20 years. A lapsed player,
hes glad to come back into the fold with the release of the new
edition of the game. He has contributed the spell mirror
move to our online Spellbook,
as well as designing last months free online adventure, The
Vessel of Stars and its associated creatures in Monster