Ruling Planet: Mars
The “Witch Web”conjures glistening tendrils of deceptively silken gossamer webs that shoot forth from his outstretched hand upon the loosing of the dweomer. The Web may be woven as a net to cover the AoE designated by the caster, whether anchored to walls or trees or pillars or the like, and strung between in order to catch things, or spun across any equal vertical space as a sheet, acting as a wall, or to bind a group of objects together into a bundle, even to wrap up and immobilize any creatures or beings designated by the caster.
A single Web charm may be spun by the caster into up to (POT) ropes totaling no more than [(MGA) x (POT)] feet in length, or into a single rope-ladder of the same maximum length. Ropes and rope ladders can support no more than the [(magickal damage) x 10] pounds of weight at a time.
IF more than one is to be wrapped and immobilized with a single casting, especially if the caster is binding together a bunch of objects into a single parcel, every target must be immediately adjacent to (no more than 5 feet away from) at least one other target also to be affected. The caster may choose whether the foes so immobilized are to anchored to the ground, walls, or other features of their environment that might serve to keep them from wriggling away or being stolen away by their allies.
In binding up a parcel of objects or binding up and immobilizing a foe, the caster may dictate exactly the manner in which the binding is executed, whether in sheets to obscure the nature of the objects within or by rope-like strands, whether all limbs are bound in pairs (legs/ankles, wrists/hands), the limbs bound together (hog-tie wrists to ankles), bind arms at sides, or bind them from head to toe, so that they are unable to move at all, howsoever the caster desires – even gagging them if desired so they may not even speak.
For purposes of breaking through them at any point, Witch Webs used to bind things together can withstand blows of up to (magickal damage) in POT from common mortal weapons without suffering any harm. Any blow more potent than (magickal damage x 2) brings that threshold down by one (1) point, in the same manner that the DR or armor wears down. The threshold at which damage is suffered and the POT of the blow needed to inflict harm wear down in tandem, point for point. When both thresholds are reduced to zero, the Web charm is broken, as surely as if it had been dispelled.
At the caster’s option, where there are sufficient means to anchor it on all edges, the Web may be spun into a Web Wall of up to (MGA + POT) yards in length and up to (MGA + POT) feet in height. This aspect may also be turned sideways and spun vertically to create a Bridge of Webs that can support the same amount of weight as the Rope, previously.
The Web Wall and Bridge of Webs have the same strength described previously, requiring the same amount of damage be inflicted on them before they are compromised, but the damage done in this case is sufficient only to cut across it. Should the two ends be rejoined, pressed back together again, they fuse together and reseal up to (POT) times. If the optional DUR rules are in play the Web can do this indefinitely, so long as the charm is maintained.
Exceeding the weight limit of a rope or rope-ladder spun of a Web charm inflicts a blow of [(excess weight in lb’s) ÷ 10] in POT every CS that it is supported on the Web, accumulating until the damage is sufficient to inflict harm enough to damage the Web in the same manner as weapon blows, above, if the damage from the excess weight is not sufficient to inflict a wound on the Web in a single CS.
Alternately, the Web charm can be used to conjure very fine, thready, insubstantial gossamer sheets of cobwebs that completely festoon the designated AoE from above and below and from point to point in every direction possible and whose sole purpose is simply to reduce visibility in the same manner as either a Cloud or Veil of Obfuscation.
The “Veil of Cobwebs” puts up a barrier which may run in any configuration the caster desires, but is restricted to no more than [(POT) x (MGA)] feet in height or length and is roughly [(MGA) + (POT)] inches in thickness. The “Cloud of Cobwebs” effect fills the AoE described by the caster, but can stretch upwards (or downwards) to a height or depth of no more (AoE radius). Only those areas that are closed off from the AoE by walls, shutters, doors and the like closed off prior to the loosing of the magick remain unaffected, even though they physically lie within the AoE, i.e., in the event that a structure or part of a structure is encompassed.
Such is the density of the countless sheets and strands and streamers of gossamer cobwebs suspended and flowing throughout the AoE or making up the Veil that those caught within it can see only dim, flat silhouetted shapes of the objects, creatures and/or beings, differentiated only by shade or tone, as all color is essentially washed out by the overwhelming ghostly presence of the Webs. In the case of the Veil, even when standing with one’s nose up to it, objects, creatures and/or beings on the other side of it can be seen no better.
Objects, creatures and/or beings within the Cloud of Cobwebs or on the other side of a Veil of Webs can only be seen to the degree described up to each observer’s own [(AWA) – (Cloud’s POT)] in yards, minimum one (1). Beyond this distance victims can see nothing but an impenetrable mass, according to that which comprises the Cloud of Veil.
Any attempt to see through a Cloud or Veil so as to recognize shapes, especially specific persons or even beasts already known, requires a successful Perception/AWA check on d100 vs. [(POT) + (caster’s MGA att. mod.)], PLUS the number of feet by which a given object, creature or being is removed from the viewer within the distance that allows such sightings. This DV is lowered by the (modified) STA of creatures or beings or the Size of any objects.
Failing this check, an observer may not be completely blinded by the Cloud, but is simply unable to identify just what the something he is looking at actually is with any certainty. In the case of Cloud magicks, this also effectively reduces all AV’s for skills relying upon sight by (POT), to a maximum penalty of 1/4th normal, so long as each remains in the AoE. A successful check only reduces the victim’s AV’s to 1/2 normal, again for as long as he remains in the AoE.
The conditions and procedures described all assume normal ambient daylight, however. If light levels are less than optimal, Gloom conditions are likely to be imposed on top of the effects of the Webs (GM’s discretion).
Web charms are commonly bundled with or treated after they manifest to a Stick Charm or Charm of Adherance, even painted with a Tar charm to make the Web sticky, either on the inside, to prevent victims from struggling, and/or outside as well to anchor the web and perhaps snare the unwary rescuer, only the edges, only one side, etc.
When the DUR expires, the Web frays and falls to tatters, completely melting away into the Æther whence it came.
This charm can only be resisted when applied directly to creatures and/or beings.