d100 Magic Words: Opposites, and Evocation

A wizard using magic words to summon a monsterThe best way to implement words with opposite meanings had me stumped for a little bit. On the one hand, there are some opposites which players should absolutely have to earn separately. Stuff like Fire and Ice, or Love and Hate. Yet there are other words which seem as though players ought to be able to automatically know one if they already know the other. Words like Fortune and Misfortune, or Appear and Disappear.

I was seriously toying with the idea of some kind of “discover opposite word” ability before I realized that the solution to the problem was already built into the system: if you know a word, then you also know any words derived from it. If an opposite is created merely by adding or removing a prefix or suffix, then it’s functionally the same word for the purposes of creating spells.

In retrospect, this seems so obvious that I feel a little silly spelling it out. But I’m the guy who came up with the system in the first place, and I was confused by this, so it seems reasonable to assume others might have a similar mental hangup. Anyway, the first of the two lists below are opposites which don’t share the same root, and thus would need to be learned separately.

The second list, Evocations and Shapes, is of course a spellcasting necessity. While spells like Fire Ball or Lightning Bolt aren’t exactly the most creative or interesting spells, I would be remiss if elements and shapes were not represented on these tables. And the great thing about forcing myself to write 100 point tables is that I need to really stretch myself to find interesting elements and shapes to include. So while Fire Ball may be droll, I’m curious to see players create spells like Plasmatic Circle, Magnetic Ray, or Earth Ball.

d100 Opposites

  1. Expand
  2. Contract
  3. Open
  4. Close
  5. On
  6. Off
  7. Abundance
  8. Scarcity
  9. Accept
  10. Refuse
  11. Admit
  12. Deny
  13. Friend
  14. Foe
  15. Bitter
  16. Sweet
  17. Odd
  18. Even
  19. Old
  20. Young
  21. Past
  22. Present
  23. Peace
  24. War
  25. Plentiful
  26. Scarce
  27. Power
  28. Weak
  29. Beautiful
  30. Ugly
  31. Private
  32. Public
  33. Ancient
  34. Modern
  35. Answer
  36. Question
  37. Arrive
  38. Depart
  39. Begin
  40. End
  41. Grow
  42. Shrink
  43. Large
  44. Small
  45. Construct
  46. Demolish
  47. Love
  48. Hate
  49. Scatter
  50. Collect
  51. Sink
  52. Float
  53. Slow
  54. Fast
  55. Truth
  56. Falsehood
  57. Under
  58. Over
  59. Victory
  60. Defeat
  61. Virtue
  62. Vice
  63. Vanish
  64. Appear
  65. Win
  66. Lose
  67. Zenith
  68. Nadir
  69. Rare
  70. Common
  71. Rich
  72. Poor
  73. Permanent
  74. Temporary
  75. Night
  76. Day
  77. Happy
  78. Sad
  79. Major
  80. Minor
  81. More
  82. Less
  83. Loose
  84. Tight
  85. Lazy
  86. Industrious
  87. Lead
  88. Follow
  89. Left
  90. Right
  91. Less
  92. More
  93. Intelligent
  94. Stupid
  95. Shame
  96. Pride
  97. Help
  98. Hinder
  99. Life
  100. Death

d100 Evocations & Shapes

  1. Acid
  2. Air
  3. Arc
  4. Arcane
  5. Ball
  6. Blade
  7. Blanket
  8. Blast
  9. Boil
  10. Bolt
  11. Burning
  12. Channel
  13. Circle
  14. Cloud
  15. Coax
  16. Cold
  17. Cone
  18. Crystal
  19. Cube
  20. Dark
  21. Disc
  22. Disease
  23. Disintegration
  24. Dome
  25. Earth
  26. Electricity
  27. Explosion
  28. Exude
  29. Fall
  30. Filth
  31. Fire
  32. Flame
  33. Flow
  34. Gas
  35. Gaze
  36. Geyser
  37. Goo
  38. Gravity
  39. Grow
  40. Growth
  41. Hail
  42. Heat
  43. Ice
  44. Imbue
  45. Inebriate
  46. Lance
  47. Laser
  48. Lava
  49. Light
  50. Lightning
  51. Line
  52. Magic
  53. Magnetic
  54. Metal
  55. Missile
  56. Mud
  57. Music
  58. Narcotic
  59. Nature
  60. Nothing
  61. Nuclear
  62. Ooze
  63. Orb
  64. Pandemic
  65. Pentagram
  66. Plant
  67. Plasma
  68. Poison
  69. Pressure
  70. Prismatic
  71. Protoplasmic
  72. Pyramid
  73. Radiate
  74. Rain
  75. Ray
  76. Rock
  77. Sand
  78. Shadow
  79. Shock
  80. Slime
  81. Snow
  82. Sonic
  83. Spectral
  84. Speed
  85. Sphere
  86. Spiral
  87. Spray
  88. Spread
  89. Square
  90. Steam
  91. Steel
  92. Storm
  93. Telekinetic
  94. Time
  95. Triangle
  96. Tumble
  97. Vacuum
  98. Wall
  99. Water
  100. Wind
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2 thoughts on “d100 Magic Words: Opposites, and Evocation”

  1. So, d100 verbs to put in front?
    “Abundance Ray” maybe will be “Create Abundance Ray” or something? “Detect Abundance Ray” is maybe a little specific, otoh… so a table like this
    1-2 Verb Opposite
    3-4 Opposite Evocations & Shapes
    5 Verb Evocation & Shapes
    6 Verb Evocation & Shapes Opposite
    Just my 2 cents…

    1. Well, the core idea here is for players to discover these words, and then mix & match them using whatever creative methodology they have. The lists could, of course, be used in other ways, but that’s the purpose I wrote them for.

      A table of verbs is coming.

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