Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Leomund And Named Magic User Spells
Unlike Larodrm the Leaper, Leomund is well-known for his magic user spells. Two of Leomund's more useful non-combat spells appear in the 1st edition ADnD Players Handbook published in 1978: Leomund's Tiny Hut and Leomund's Secret Chest.
The above illustration, by David Trampier, accompanies that later spell.
It's intriguing to consider the number of spells appearing in the Players Handbook, named after one of the magic user characters participating in the earliest Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. Tenser, Nystul, Leomund, Rary, Bigby, Mordenkainen, Otiluke, Drawmij, Serten, Sustarre and Otto all have spells appearing in the Players Handbook.
What is more telling is that there is not a single Illusionist spell named after its creator. It could be argued that unlike Magic Users, the Illusionist class was not an organic ougrowth of actual game-play, thus explaining the lack of character named spells.
At any rate, Larodrm has a long way to go to have any of his spells recognized in a treatise on famous spell-casters and their invented spells.