Monday 10 July 2023

Macho Mandalf's Palanquin of Circumspect Conveyance (Evocation)


Macho Mandalf's Palanquin of Circumspect Conveyance (Evocation)

Level: 1 Components: V, S, M
Range: 0 Casting Time: 1 segment
Duration: 3 turns + 1 turn/level Saving Throw: None
Area of Effect: Special
Explanation/Description: With this spell, the caster creates an area of null gravity that takes the appearance of a palanquin with 4 bearers of great size and strength. The palanquin holds the caster, what he can carry unencumbered, and up to 500 g.p. weight per level of the magic-user who cast the spell.

Though it moves quite slowly, at 1" per round, it can carry the caster safely over practically any surface; a crumbling stone bridge, thin ice, sweaty gym mats, lava etc; even water poses no barrier to the palanquin. However, the stability of the palanquin leaves much to be desired, and the caster can not cast spells that require a somatic component while riding it. If desired, the caster can dismount without effecting the duration of the spell, and treat the palanquin as a slower, less effective version, of Tenser's Floating Disc.

At fifth level, the capacity of the palanquin is increased and a second passenger, usually lighter, may be carried.

The material component of the spell is a small gold crown which can be reused.

So, what did all this cost?

Dungeon Masters Guide Page 115, Spell Research                                       Palanquin of CC

For this spell the Minas Mandalf University Library was used for reference, so that all may benefit. 

Duration of research: 1 Week base (minimum 2)

Chance of Success
: 10(base) +20 (Int) +15 (level) -2 (spell level *2) = 43%

Note that according to the DMG formula, adjusting the chance of success upwards is VERY expensive. A domain would need to be at least an order of magnitude more wealthy to consider such spending.

However, when you consider the conditions under which spell research is possible, the cost in time may well be a bigger loss; if you have the money then finishing the spell research ASAP could indeed be worth it.


Base cost 200gp per week.

Weekly variable of 100 to 400gp for additional materials.

Duration of research: 1 Week base (with a minimum of 2)

After success on the second week, the total expenditure ended up at 1100gp.

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