spell is THE example of how a gamemaster
in a Dungeons and Dragons
game can mess with the twentieth-level half-dragon half-demon psionic ninja magic-user
and the entire universe supporting him. As a ninth
level spell whose mere casting ages the magic-user by five years, Wish
is both a boon and a bane to those who would use it.
Essentially, the person who has the Wish
can make one single-sentence demand of the universe, which must immediately fulfill it. However, the universe gets to interpret the demand however it wants to- sometimes, the better phrase would be "twist the demand." Merely saying "I wish for a thousand gold coins
" is likely to teleport you into the middle of a massive coin pile that's still actually in the airtight vault of the gawd Throthgar, the gawd of Exquisite Pain
- thus, anyone who wants to use a wish must word it as exactly as they can, lest the castle of the wish "I wish I had a castle!" appear twenty feet over their heads, and by falling the remainder of the way to the ground turn them into a pasty stain
on the underside of the masonry
. As a general rule, though, wish
es used for heroic purposes (healing the party in a last stand
against your enemies) are less often deliberately misinterpreted (if at all
), while wishes used to further a character's greed are twisted to the letter- however, the GM
is the final arbiter of what happens, so tread carefully in any case.
is a ninth-level spell and thus only attainable on a regular basis by the most powerful wizard-types, items that convey a wish
will often find themselves in the hands of a player-character
- a Ring of Three Wishes
, the infamous Deck of Many Things
, a Luckblade
, or even a scroll bearing the spell itself might make themselves available. The most reliable way to get the most out of a wish
is as a last gasp, last resort, doomsday-button weapon- that way, even if the universe decides to screw you over
, you can rest content in the fact that you would have been dead anyway.
Of course, if you've always wanted a keep
of your own and don't have the patience to gather your own resources, manpower, and permission from the local lord
, I won't stop you...