How to Kill a Wizard

My character’s mentor, a high elven 9th level wizard named Baldovinetti Gulgroth, betrayed the party and led us into an ambush. We also found evidence that he is working with the baddies in the campaign, so now he must die. How hard will that be? Not very, as it turns out, if we have someone who can cast Silence, a 2nd level spell for Antipaladins, Bards, Cleric/oracles, and Inquisitors. All we have to do is send an invisible (2nd level spell for wizards) thief into his chambers with a Silence spell on. Silence lasts 1 round/level and creates silence in a 20′ radius. That means the wizard can’t cast anything with a verbal component. That leaves very few spells, and none are spells that a wizard would typically memorize. It is a very short list:

Level – Spell
0 – Haunted Fey Aspect
1 – Forced Quiet
1 – Ki Arrow
1 – Negative Reaction
1 – Peacebond
1 – Polypurpose Panacea
2 – Pilfering Hand
2 – Lipstitch
3 – Gaseous Form
4 – Shadow Projection
6 – Mislead
6 – Fluid Form

The wizard gets a Will Save to negate, and Spell Resistance applies since he is an elf (SR=12). That’s two chances to avoid the spell, which is a problem. The thief will need some backup in case the elf resists the spell (which is likely). If the wizard misses his rolls, he will have to rely on his magic items. We know he has a rod of stone wall. That might help.

What have I learned from this? If you take a wizard, take a class with spell resistance. It basically doubles your chance of surviving a Silence attack. Also, learn Gaseous Form and either memorize it or have a bonded object that can cast it.

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About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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