off hand magic

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off hand magic

#1 Postby ciary » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:17 am

i made a char with a good fighting-skill and arcane bg(miracles).
in combat, i tried to kill someone with my longsword (in my main hand) and i tried casting 'burst' (with my off hand).
what penalties do i get on the faith-roll?
1) -2, only Multi action penalty
2) -4, multi action penalty and off hand penalty

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Re: off hand magic

#2 Postby Clint » Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:39 am

Well, that's really up to the setting rules and trappings for how magic is cast; the core rules don't have any requirement that casters must use their hands or speak or anything other than make their Arcane Skill roll in order to activate a power.

If the GM decides that hands are needed to cast, then the decision has to be made whether it is one hand or both and so on.

But generally, the off-hand penalty applies to any action attempted with the off-hand, not just attack rolls. A character who attempts to pick a lock with their off-hand suffers the -2 penalty as well, so if an Arcane Skill requires the use of a hand, then unless the GM says otherwise, the basic rules would apply, including the off-hand penalty to casting.

Hope that helps.
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