Shadow Magic

shadow adept“There is a dark secret hidden within the walls of Candlekeep, forbidden to be spoken of among the scribes and monks even in hushed voices. A well of shadow magic, fueled by darkness and loss, shunned by most practitioners of the arcane arts. Such powers originate from the realm of the Shadow Weave, the distorted mockery of Mystra’s Weave created by Shar, the Nightsinger. So obscure is this power that most are unaware of its existence, and those that know of it refuse to acknowledge it due to its dark origins. However, the seductive whispers of this power has called to you, an apprentice mage who had barely mastered your first cantrip, since a young age, deep beneath the great library.

When the voices became too much to resist, you snuck into the depths of Candlekeep in the dead of night, where unwanted and dangerous secrets are left to rot. Inside of a once-sealed chamber stood a strange fountain, an open wound in the Prime Material Plane through which the energies of the Shadow Weave bled. As soon as you touched the eerie yet beautiful strands of magic that flowed from the wound, you felt an awakening as your connection to the Weave was severed and the power of Shar’s dark Weave coursed through you in its place, bestowing upon you a magic that few are gifted with. As you matured, the growing magic within you developed a symbiotic connection until it became one with your very being, and the power of the Shadow Weave became subservient to your will. Gorion and your tutors grew wary of the strange magic that you wielded, though they never learned of the source. Though you knew the dangers of toying with Shar’s domain were great, the temptation of such a little-known power in your hands were a thousand times worth the cost.”

– biography of a shadow adept Bhaalspawn

Component 1: MAIN COMPONENT

The Shadow Adept is a mage kit with a completely unique spell selection with 100+ new spells to choose from. A lot of them are copies of existing spells but there are quite a few relatively unique ones in there.

A list of spells with descriptions can be viewed here.

Kit description can be viewed here.

OPTIONAL: ALTERNATE SPELL COSTS

This required subcomponent allows the installer to choose the resource cost that Shadow Weave magic uses. The options are:

  1. Drain Constitution (cost = spell level, lasts 3 rounds)
  2. Current Hit Points (cost = spell level*2)
  3. Maximum Hit Points (cost = spell level*2, lasts 6 rounds, current hit points do not recover)
  4. No cost

SORCERER KIT: SHADOW DISCIPLE

The main component also adds the Shadow Disciple kit, the sorcerer variant of the shadow adept with the same abilities.

Kit description can be viewed here.

BARD KIT: NIGHTSINGER

The main component also adds the Nightsinger kit, a bard that uses shadow magic.

Kit description can be viewed here.

ITEM PACK

The main component also adds several items that are exclusive to the shadow adept. Some can be found in BG1+SoD and all can be found in BG2. Some items require the shadow adept to have a secondary class in addition to the kit itself. Bear in mind that the quest component is required for a few of the items to show up in-game in BG:EE.

Spoilers on items and their locations can be viewed here.

FAMILIARS

The shadow adept has the ability to summon a familiar at 6th level. The shadow adept’s familiar has a few differences in strength and function compared to a mage’s familiar but mostly imitates vanilla familiar behavior. Familiars and their abilities may be viewed here.

Component 2: SHADOW MONK

Adds a monk kit with a limited repertoire of Shadow Weave spells, backstab multiplier (at the cost of general combat effectiveness) and a few unique abilities.

Kit description can be viewed here.

Component 3: QUESTS & ENCOUNTERS

Kryn Darkflame is a Shadovar mage of Thultanthar, the Shade Enclave. He is in the grounds of the Friendly Arm Inn and serves as a merchant of magical wares including many Shadow Adept-exclusive items. Finding and dealing with his missing apprentices will net the player a sizable reward.

Spoilers on items and their locations can be found here.

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