Every day of their lives the Maleficar’s void-touched brain etches patterns into the inside of their cranium, like moth larvae burrowing through the bark of a tree. The longer they live the more ornate and extensive the pattern, which, if deciphered, bears the formula to hitherto unknown magic.
When a Maleficar’s head is taken, the inside of their skull will contain an unknown spell of level equal to the highest level spell a traditional Magic-User would have been able to memorise.
This will require you to make some shit up.
Some spells rumoured to be contained within the lost Cranial Stacks of the Bibliothèque Verrotten:
Larval Pit of the Cosmic Hive
Maleficar Level 6
Components: Fingernails from the intended victim, amniotic fluid, a live wasp.
Take the amniotic fluid from one who has not yet birthed, heat it in a copper bowl over an open flame, add the fingernails without ceremony, the aroma will draw the wasp.
When the wasp settles within the bowl drink deeply, and incant the words when you feel its final dying sting.
Within the victim’s belly the larvae begins to grow. Within days the nausea turns to debilitating pain, within weeks their belly distends to hold the larval girth, within two months their withered corpus breaths its last.
At the next full moon the cosmic chrysidine digs its way through flesh and gravedirt to unfurl its terrible wings under black sky and knowing stars.
(It still remembers the first belly that brought it into this world; yours. It will seek you out, whether to serve you or to lay its own brood within you is yet to be seen.)
Maleficar Level 9
Duration: 1 Turn/level
Casting Time: 2 Rounds
The Black Colossus manifests as an oily mass of shadow, crawling up walls, creeping through cracks, digesting flesh with its touch.
HD equal to caster level, it can only be harmed by flame or sunlight.
The Colossus will follow its last command until the duration ends or the caster spends a Round to mentally implant a new instruction. It will destroy anyone who directly tries to harm it, but can be commanded to place itself in harm’s way.
When the duration ends so does the caster’s control over the Colossus. It holds nothing but hate for you.
Interloper of the Flesh
Maleficar Level 3
Duration: 1 Turn/level
Casting Time: 1 Round
The Maleficar swaps bodies with a chosen target. To do this they must either be able to see the target, or be in possession of something that belongs to them.
If one of the bodies is killed, the consciousness it was carrying is destroyed.
When the spell ends, each surviving consciousness is drawn back to its original shell. If the body is dead they are not drawn back alone. Effect as Summon.
Maleficar Level 4
Duration: 2 Rounds/level
Casting Time: 1 Round
A seed of thought-stuff is implanted in the target’s head.
Deep-held terror of something physical seeps into the seed, which quickly swells to merge into the target’s brain matter, cracking their head open like an egg and pouring out in a translucent pink manifestation of their fear, dragging the body along by its spinal cord.
The manifestation will turn on the target’s allies first, but once they are gone it will seek the destruction of every other living thing until the duration ends and the jellied brain matter slops to the ground.
|The Target Fears..|
|1||A pile of melding horses, shivering and snapping their teeth.|
|2||A starving two-headed she-wolf, her dead young still hanging from her womb.|
|3||A great winged thing from beyond, its body hidden beneath a mass of writhing parasitic worms.|
|4||Seven tentacles lined with the emerging seeking hands of children.|
|5||A frog god, its tongue ensnares them to be torn apart by the humanoid amphibian horrors growing from the flesh within its mouth.|
|6||A broiling mass of polyp-like cells, growing ever wider to smother and digest them.|
|7||A twisted tower of gnarled stonework, siren songs from within call them one by one to climb its sides and enter it from above. (Target may save vs. Magic, if they succeed move on to the next target, someone must enter every Round.)|
|8||A giant fish. In the first Round it splits open and turns inside-out, in the second Round 2d10 venomous lampreys emerge from its organs to seek prey.|
|9||An amorphous mass of flesh carried by the deformed legs of children. Arms and mouths and eyes and parts unknown emerge and retract from its bulk as it lumbers towards them.|
|10||A young woman in a heavy hooded cloak, clasped at the throat. When she opens it there is nothing but darkness within apart from the dozens of thin tendrils that slosh out and penetrate their flesh, draining them to a husk.|