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Spell Exhaustion

Life is not so easy that a spellcaster can cast spells all day long without breaking a sweat. Magic is physically, mentally and spiritually taxing: you are exploiting loopholes in reality to make things happen that shouldn’t be happening. This sort of activity can wear down even the toughest person.

All spellcasters will have a number of 1st-9th level spells (see tables below) that they can cast with no problem, but if they exceed that number, you get a cumulative Exhaustion Rating equal to the spell level and must make a concentration check (DC equal to the Exhaustion Rating) or you lose the MP and the spell fails. Furthermore, any further spells beyond this “soft” limit incurs further concentration checks.

The restore-line spells reduces a spellcaster’s exhaustion rating: Restore (2), Restora (4), and Restoraga (6). Sleeping for eight hours reduces a spellcaster’s exhaustion rating to 0. The spellcaster does not need to sleep for every minute of the time, but she must refrain from movement, combat, spellcasting, skill use, conversation or any other fairly demanding physical or mental task during the rest period. If her rest is interrupted, each interruption adds one hour to the total amount of time she must rest to clear her mind. If the spellcaster does not need to sleep for some reason, she still must have eight hours of restful calm to reduce her exhaustion rating to 0. An spellcaster may rest, sleep or meditate for shorter periods to recover from spell exhaustion; each hour of rest removes 10% of her current exhaustion rating.

Table: Full Spellcasting (Number of Spells)

Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th
1st1
2nd2
3rd21
4th32
5th321
6th332
7th4321
8th4331
9th44321
10th44432
11th444321
12th444432
13th4444421
14th4444432
15th44444321
16th44444432
17th444444321
18th444444432
19th444444443
20th444444444

Table: 3/4ths Spellcasting (Number of Spells)

Level1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
1st1
2nd2
3rd3
4th31
5th42
6th43
7th431
8th442
9th543
10th5431
11th5442
12th5543
13th55431
14th55442
15th55543
16th555431
17th555442
18th555543
19th555554
20th555555

Table: 1/2th Spellcasting (Number of Spells)

Level1st2nd3rd4th
1st
2nd
3rd
4th0
5th1
6th1
7th10
8th11
9th21
10th210
11th211
12th221
13th3210
14th3211
15th3321
16th3321
17th4321
18th4322
19th4332
20th4433