Downward Motion

  • Words of Power: DES POR
  • Reagents: BM, SS
  • Circle: 4th

Sometimes it is really annoying for a party of adventurers to find their way through a labyrinth of a dungeon to find the ladder that leads down to the next lower level. However, this worry is past once they have a spellcaster in their midst with this handy spell. Once known as "Z-Down", it essentially is a weaker version of Xit and allows the party to sink through the dungeon floor to the next lower dungeon level.

The Spell Upward Motion does exactly the opposite and enables a party to quickly move up a dungeon level.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The "Z" or Down spell is perhaps the simplest of all the teleportation spells. It requires the same components as the “Y” or Up spell - these being Blood Moss for movement and Spider Silk for its binding qualities - but requires half the mental energy and concentration on the part of the spellcaster due to the natural tendency of all bodies to move downward. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is believed that the letter “Z” is the first letter of the unpronounceable True-name of the Lord of the Underworld, a demon of much power. To effect the spell, the spellcaster must scatter the reagents and chant “Baja” in stentorian tones. The lower the tonality of the chant, the higher the probability of the party moving down one level of a dungeon.

- from The Book of Mystic Wisdom (Ultima IV)

Magic users often travel with courageous groups, and courageous groups often find themselves in danger. When problems occur within dungeons, it is sometimes helpful to use Des Por and its complement Uus Por for moving among floors. Only effective when going from empty corridor to empty corridor, Des Por transports an entire group to the exact same location one floor lower, Uus Por works in reverse and transports upward. Unfortunately, these spells take too long to intone during the heat of battle. Blood moss provides the motion the spider silk keeps the party together during the transport.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

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