Lightning Rod, Deflect Lightning

Art: Enchantment, Sorcery, Naming

Ruling Planet: Uranus, Neptune

Sphere: Common

This is a charm that affects the manner in which electrical charges move in its vicinity, the paths they take. The Lightning Rod aspect diverts from their course all electrical arcs, bolts, and balls carrying up to (magickal damage) of energy (regardless of whether magickal or naturally occurring) passing within (POT) yards as measured from the object, creature or being bearing the charm, and draws them like magnet does iron or steel to strike the bearer of the Rod charm. When the bearer of the charm is targeted by any lightning-based charm of equal of lesser POT to the Rod that also requires a roll “to hit”, the Rod charm eliminates the need for the roll, automatically guaranteeing it strikes true.

The Deflect Lightning aspect bounces all electrical arcs, bolts, and balls of energy up to (magickal damage) in strength, regardless of whether magickal or naturally occurring, directed at or coming into contact by happenstance with the object, creature or being bearing the charm, off of him in a random direction to strike instead any object, creature or being in that direction within up to (POT) yards (GM’s discretion). If nothing lies in that direction it must hit the ground/floor.

The charm’s protection remains until it has come to the bearer’s rescue up to (POT) times or the DUR expires, whichever occurs first. IF the charm is subjected to an electrical charge of greater than (POT), the POT it can draw or bounce away or reflect is affected normally, and the balance continues on its path or hits the bearer, normally. This event also breaks the charm as surely as if it had been dispelled.

IF the optional DUR rules are in play, the charm may endure as long as the dweomer is maintained at the caster’s pleasure.

The “Deflect Lightning” aspect of the charm provides the practitioner with a bridge to the “Reflect Lightning” charm, giving him the means and background to research it and develop a treatise on it such that he may learn it by virtue of his own studies and practice if it is not already in his repertoire.

If directed at or applied to creatures and/or beings, this charm can be resisted normally.

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