FIRE SPELLS: DEMORALIZE (LEVEL II)

SPELL EFFECT - CASTING PROCEDURE - FORMULA - FOCUS/TARGET - REAGENTS
SPELL CLASS - RANGE - CASTING TIME - DURATION - COUNTER MEASURES

Demoralize is an ancient spell used to prevent bloody and costly wars. This spell will weaken the morale of the caster's target, and is commonly used against soldiers of an invading army.

Spell Effect. The effect of the spell is to decrease the property of courage in the Fire ounía in a person's mind, causing the afflicted person to feel hopeless. Numerous powerful sorcerers are able to cast this spell over multiple people, like an army for example. A successful incantation against a powerful enemy is almost a guarantee to a flawless victory.

Once the soldiers are sufficiently under the effect of the spell, one might use further verbal threats to encourage them to surrender, as seen by an example from dwarven Archmage Unger Firehands: "Go on, fools, and see if you have any chances of winning. You can barely lift a sword, much less use it. Look at our might, and let it be a testament to those who will incur our wrath. Look at your wives and your children, and tell me if it is worthy to lose your lives for the benefit of your worthless scum of a leader." Return to the top

Casting Procedure. A low level mage needs to keep his palms outstretched at the target, focusing his concentration on the Fire ounía in the person's mind. Powerful sorcerers are known to only look at their target; their glares are enough to cast the spell.

During the incantation, the mage focuses on the spiritual side of fire on the target's mind; particularly the spiritual property of fire over courage. Using Sphere I techniques, the Fire mage must decrease the influence of this property. At the same time, the mage may feel inclined to increasing the influence of the property of fear to heighten the effect of the spell. Once the courage property's effect has decreased enough, the target would gradually feel the sense of being hopeless. Return to the top

Magical Formula. Not defined yet. Return to the top

Focus/Target. A living, sentient being. Occasionally, an enclave of powerful wizards can cast this on a large group of people, provided that all are visible to the sorcerers. Return to the top

Reagents.  Sulphur is to be scattered in a ring around the mage in preparation of the ritual. Return to the top

Spell Class. Sphere I, Fire Enchantment (Spiritual Representation of the Fire School). Return to the top

Range. Starting at level 2, casters need to be in close contact with their target. Distance increases as the mage increases in ability. Return to the top

Casting Time. Beginners need some time, usually a minute, in preparation and in the casting of the spell. More practiced sorcerers can cast the incantation in a few blinks. Return to the top

Duration. The caster should maintain a constant focus on the target to have the desired effect, as the spell will wear off in no short order once concentration is broken. In longer battles where it is impossible to make the entire enemy army surrender, one example is a tactic war leaders have used in ancient times: their plan is to have another fresh mage replace the one casting in order to keep the spell going. High level magi, however, can do this easily and without trouble. Return to the top

Counter Measures/Enhancing Measures. Casters on the opposing side can use the same spell to counterspell the enemy mage, increasing courage in their own armies. Very skilled magi may be able to accomplish both at once.

One obvious way of ending the spell is to harm the caster and thus making him lose his concentration. Oftentimes the mage doing the spell is the first one to be killed, thus it is a dangerous task for a caster. In addition, in battle, leaders with exceptional charisma and leadership abilities can coax their warriors to fight, providing the soldiers trust their leaders well enough. Situations such as these can render the spell much less effective, or even completely useless.

To enhance the effects of the spell, a skilled mage might simultaneously increase the property of fear within their target(s). Also, showing the enemy your strength, be it physical or in terms of the size of the army, along with other fear tactics commonly used in war, can greatly increase the effects of the spell. Enemies would hardly fight if they knew they were out-numbered or ill-equipped, thus casting this spell on already frightened enemies is a sure way to make the spell succeed. Return to the top

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