Question re. defilers (from Dragon#315)



Apr 23, 2004 0:52:58
My question is regarding the presentation of the rules for defiling magic in Dragon #315.

Having defiler points has various penalties. Is the only penalty of having a defiler score that druids who cast detect defiler will be even more angry with you than if you merely had defiler points? (Not that the anger of druids is insignificant, I'm just wondering if that's all.)


Apr 23, 2004 6:26:03


Apr 23, 2004 9:05:05
I beleive you are correct. Once you assume the defiler points you are then a defiler and set off the radar of those pesky druids.

Until you assume the taint you aren't. I think.


Apr 23, 2004 11:11:21
I actually had a similar question a bit back. You can check it out here.

Some good game balance factors are included.


Apr 23, 2004 12:37:30
Thanks for the responses, and for the link to the other thread.

Now that I'm sure that I understand how a defiler score is supposed to work in the article, I wouldn't mind using it as is. It's rather powerful, but I think it captures the feel of a world where evil has already won.

And I do think the anger of druids can be used quite effectively. Plus, a defiler (once his defiler score is 31 or more) may be able to defile without abandon, say if he were in a dungeon. But if a DM uses lots of adventures in cities and other places where people may be watching, you have yet another balancing factor.