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Spells of Compulsion

by John Hare

Perhaps a possible adventure idea out of this is some evil mage is inscribing spells of compulsion inside likely research tomes to affect the magic users who read them. Perhaps some sort of primer for beginning mages. Introduction to spell casting 101. When it is read the magic user must save vs spells or be affected by the compulsion (to a: donate money to some local front company; b: when a new spell is researched to give a copy to the controlling mage, c: agree to go and find some component when the controlling mage asks, etc) And because it is a primer that may have been around for decades the controlling mage would have a large following to tap on for some sort of specific missions. Of course the higher level primers have more specific tasks: burn down all the warehouses owned by merchant family X, etc.