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2nd-Aug-2007 10:36 am
So I'm working on my campaign setting, the big one I've been toying with for years and years, and I'm writing the new revision from scratch and the basic ideas.

I wanted to use nodes and ley lines in the setting, and am at the map drawing stage. Problem is, I can't remember what book I read about the mechanic for nodes and ley lines in. I remembered FR having node magic, but that's that Underdark earth node type stuff, with nothing on ley lines. I have a LOT of books, and am going to begin the index spelunking tonight, but I thought I'd ask if anyone remembers where this mechanic might be.

From what I remember, it's something like:

*There are major and minor nodes, and being around them grants certain magical effects to those who know how to use the energy.
*All major nodes connect to one another, over any distance, but minor nodes only connect to majors and one another within something like 100 miles of each other.
*The connections are ley lines. Spellcasters can feel them with either a spellcraft check or an ability check (I think), and with certain feats can use the lines to travel, relay information, &c., without expending spells.

I know, it's a tiny little mechanic, but I figured one of you might have seen it. Anyone know it?
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2nd-Aug-2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I don't have my books in front of me but this sounds like something that either came out of the Complete Mage or the Complete Arcana.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hm, maybe. I should have checked them, too. I definitely will when I'm in front of my books again.
2nd-Aug-2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any 3rd Edition rules on nodes or ley lines, but the AD&D 2nd Edition Birthright rules made extensive use of ley lines.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, Birthright. That was some fun stuff. But, no, it's in 3e somewhere, I just can't remember where I read it.

If I have to build this from scratch, though, that's a good starting point. Thanks.
2nd-Aug-2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Outside the realm of d20/WOTC, Palladium's Rifts series was all about ley lines, nodes, and rifts (portals/doors). It might be some good source material.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah. I never got very into Rifts, but if I have to build this mechanic from scratch, I'll look into it. Thanks.
2nd-Aug-2007 05:04 pm (UTC) - sounds like Rifts.

2nd-Aug-2007 06:23 pm (UTC) - Re: sounds like Rifts.
Ouch man, I don't even get comment text? Heh, yeah, Rifts has come up. I'll look into it if I need to build this and can't find stuff that's already d20.
2nd-Aug-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
No its in one of the official DnD books too. I remember reading exactly what he is talking about somewhere. I have bought every book by wizards of the coast for dnd so it gets jumbled what is in which book. I will flip through some stuff when i get home.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Heh, me too, man. Thanks. I tried googling it--because really, is there any question Google can't answer?--and I found a post from ENworld where someone mentions Monte Cook's Diamond Throne stuff. I'm not entirely sure if it's the one I meant to use, but I own all that stuff, too (am kind of a Monte Cook fanboy, I guess). I can't wait until I get off work now, because this has been bugging me all day. Arg.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Try looking through the table of contents on the Look Inside Me feature in Amazon.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Damn, that IS clever. Hats off, sir.
2nd-Aug-2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
I get paid to come up with cheap an inventive ideas. No guarantee it works though.
3rd-Aug-2007 01:18 am (UTC)
I looked through the PDFs that I have and all that came up that matched my searches from your description is Heroes of High Favor: Elves. However that is 2nd edition. It does sound like something I've read, so I'll go through my books also. Most likely I think it'll be in Complete Arcane, Unearthed Arcana, or Magic Incarnum seeing how those mostly deal with magic. Ill look through them and let you know if I find anything.
3rd-Aug-2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Man, I hate to say it, but I've been going through my books and pdfs since I got off work this evening. Nothing. This search seems officially cashed. I'll just write it from scratch, I guess.

Thanks, everyone, for all of the help. I'll post again when I have a good system worked out.
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6th-Aug-2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
YES! Thank you so much! I didn't even think to look in those. Arg. Seven or eight hours of looking through books, and I didn't even look in the right book.

That's it, exactly what I read so long ago and was looking for. Thank you so much! I owe you one.
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