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Old 05-12-2020, 01:37 PM   #18
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Default Re: Avoiding Deathtouch? (or touch spells in general?)

Originally Posted by Anaraxes View Post
Try thinking of it not in terms of physics with a modern mindset, but in terms of the laws of magic. The arms and armor of a warrior are intimately connected to him in magical terms, symbolic of his role as well as borne by him in long association (the law of contagion). Touching any of that stuff is magically equivalent to touching his body.
I'd absolutely go with this. The warrior and the weapon are one; therefore the spell affects the warrior.

* Mundane materials, that is. Materials with magical properties might become valued for just this reason. Shields get made with a thin layer of lead under the covering or behind the shield precisely to block Deathtouches. Any amount of lead will do. Maybe the holy symbols painted on the crusader's shield have the same effect. Sword pommels have crystals to buffer and disperse such effects, because pure crystals are much more attractive to corrupting mana than an already impure physical body. Imagine your own details with a magical explanation, and add the color and flavor you like.
I'd probably allow a meteoric iron shield to block Deathtouch.
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