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Two times in season 6 , we see Willow cast a ritual to bring a person back to life. Powerful witch or not, we can see that Willow is doing everything she can to come up with the energy. She brings along several assistants, who presumably add at least a few Fatigue points to the effort. She appears to offer up several Fatigue and Hit Points herself, suffering cuts and some nightmare fuel with a snake. These are the things that make a ritual more complicated than just a twitch of the nose and a wave of the hand, and Willow puts it all on show for this casting.
She dabbles in blood and calls on Osiris. She uses a key prop, an old, mystically-significant jar made out to be ancient, expensive, irreplaceable, the object of a months-long search between seasons, something required by the ritual, without which they could not proceed. Clearly, Willow was aiming for the maximum discount, and considered the ritual uncastable, at her skill level, without that advantage.
Again, she invokes Osiris, perhaps for some small discount for that much of a traditional trapping, but this time, she has no assistants, no sacrifice, no preparation, and no cool mystic jar. The trappings are not the ritual. But where did those trappings from the first casting come from? Who decided that they needed to find that particular old jar?
Coming up with traditional trappings is a creative act, like the improved acting of roleplay, by which the player hopes to impress the GM and the other players and thus gather a better discount. In the Buffyverse, at least, it seems like really high-powered rituals come from researching in old books, and those books describe what kind of archaeological crockery one needs to purchase to cast the spell. Even though the trappings are optional suggestions — grimoires give a bonus to a ritual, and remember, the ritual is not the trappings — it seems that the grimoires are making those suggestions.
Perhaps it could help break that paralysis to know that the traditional Fireball ritual is cast using bat guano. Like Like. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.
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Ritual Path Magic
Not everyone listened, but luckily, it got Cole past the bouncers at the back door. He sneaked down the stairs and connected corridor until he heard guards talking. Reaching into his pocket, he sorted through the assortment of cheap glass figurines the best he could find on short notice until he grabbed the right one — a little ballerina. He pointed into the room ahead and snapped her legs. Instantly, the guards fell silent; a quick peek confirmed that they were asleep. Cole grabbed the forehead of a sleeping guard and pulled out a glass chef. He briefly considered casting the spell on the spot, saving the charm, but his plan was to get in and out as quickly as possible.
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