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From LP to RP : Session 02

From LP to RP : Session 02

 Rainbow - Rainbow Rising

Rainbow - Rainbow Rising

Kedrick had studied magic for a thousand years, but always felt inadequate in so many ways. They weren't one of the names on the lips of young mages. They weren't Mordenkainen, or Tenser, or Evard. There was one name though that they fully intended to try and surpass. Bigby was the bar to unset! Kedrick had learned many things in their years of study, and had sought every school of Magic to better understand themselves and magic in general to one day surpass Bigby’s Hand with something much more.

One day Kedrick found themselves traveling along the road when a seemingly abandoned castle loomed before them. They thought it would be the perfect setting to cast their spell and see how far they could stretch themselves. They were didn't realize though, that the castle was not abandoned. Instead it was full of assassins and cutthroats. They began to fight the battle of their lives using everything at their arcane disposal. With almost nothing left they knew that they would have to attempt to cast their new version of Bigby's Hand. They let their defense drop, and so too did their hand holding the material components needed. In rage, fear, and desperation Kedrick finished casting, and before them rose the severed hand that then twisted and expanded out into an enormous version at the beck and call of Kedrick. 

The destruction wrought was the thing of legend, and the few that survived didn't know of Kedrick and simply said that they lost to the hand of god. Eventually Kedrick was able to tie himself to the deed, and finally he found the fame he had so deeply desired. 

After those bits of lore, its time to address the picture at hand. For today I am taking a look at the cover of the second studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow entitled Rainbow Rising. You can find all pertinent links for the album at the bottom of this post.

The album cover practically screamed at me to make a new take on Bigby's Hand. Figuring out what that would mean was the difficult part. One hand clapping as a feature was to further the Rainbow band name and cover image. From there everything else was to figure out a way to make a 9th level version of Bigbys Hand, and for the life of my I couldn't avoid making puns. With the greater spell power, the great the material component price. I played with the idea of it being even more powerful if the wizard were to give up their own hand in the process. I also toyed with the insanity that would be using something like Vecna's Hand as the material component, but isntead I give you Kedrick's Hand of God.

 Disclaimer: This spell has not seen any playtesting, and results may vary on use.

Disclaimer: This spell has not seen any playtesting, and results may vary on use.

Link to spell pdf: http://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/share/rkmUQEfbuG

Pertinent links for the album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaD2RpMG234

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_(Rainbow_album)

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.104630.1313923095!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_1200/gal-metalalbum13-jpg.jpg

Shout out for the post: James Introcaso of the Don't Split the Podcast Network and all of the amazing things you can find there. He is an awesome person, making great content for your ears and eyes. He has helped me in so many ways, and I don't think this series would exist without that support! Seriously, check out what he does, and you won't be sorry.

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