Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sex Up Your Sorcery

Fire Woman by Steven Jacques

Having recently read Dying Earth, I found myself completely enamored with the way magic was portrayed and how spells and the sorcerers that wielded such spells were named. Using this cool site I found and a thesaurus as inspiration, I renamed a few traditional D&D spells in an attempt to bring a bit of wonder back into a game that is approaching 40 years old. Here is a sampling:

  • The Improbable Charm of Narban-Zo (Charm Person)
  • Excellent Prismatic Spray (Color Spray)
  • Spell of Dweomer Detection and Analysis (Detect Magic)
  • Byssetzol's Buoyant Hauler (Tenser's Floating Disc)
  • Mortheeti’s Impassible Portal (Hold Portal)
  • Oumexah’s Potent Projectile (Magic Missile)
  • Lunylla’s Linguistic Cognizance (Read Languages)
  • Arcane Discernment (Read Magic)
  • Whisper of the Pacifist's Slumber (Sleep)
Go ahead and give it a shot (but don't forget to share).


  1. You and I are on the same wavelength. Check out my blog for some similar stuff I've been doing, more in the sword/sorcery/weird fantasy vein.

  2. J - pick up a copy of The Primer of Practical Magic from Pelgrane Press:

  3. There's a similar table, but for rolling dice rather than computer-generated, at

    My tables site ( has lots of name lists, which work well.

    Another good source of inspiration is the magic items from Tekumel, such as the 'Eyes'.

  4. @Ohio Metal - You got a new follower. I sent you an email as well.

    @Art - That book looks amazing. I'm going to check if Friend's in Antioch has it. They have a ton of d20 stuff still.

    @Anarchist - Great tables! Bookmarked, and following you now as well.

    This post netted me a lot of great stuff! I knew it was a good decision to put sexy devil boobies in the post!