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The Elemental Spellbook: 80 Spells of Ice, Fire, and Lightning

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Welcome to the Elemental Spellbook, a compendium of 80 (yes, 80!) original ice, fire, and lightning spells across every spell level!

This compendium contains enough spells that (when combined with the PHB) you can create a spellcaster focused on a single element and never have to learn an off-theme spell for your entire 20-level career.

And these aren't just blasting spells: you can preserve yourself in cryostasis, spy through fireplaces, short-circuit other spells with an EMP blast, and much, much more!

The Elemental Spellbook is for you if:

  • You've ever wanted to play a caster devoted to a single element
  • You're a DM who'd like to include more elemental magic in your adventures
  • You want to see elemental magic do more than just deal typed damage
  • You just plain old want more options for your spellcasting

As with all of my content, this is a living document. I will take feedback to heart, and any future revisions will be freely available to anyone who has already purchased this spellbook.

Happy spell-slinging!

Play online? Check out the Fantasy Grounds version HERE!

 
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Adam E February 21, 2021 8:56 pm UTC
I would appreciate it if you would not sling false accusations at Wizards. They are a VERY "progressive" company these days. They fully believe in the lies spread during the Orcs debacle about Orcs being racist imitations of black people, and they promote trans activist ideology at certain points as well. Orcs are NOT based on real life. Implying or saying that they are is regressive (progressive.) I have many issues with Wizards (i.e.: that they are "progressive" in the first place), but not for the ones that YOU are putting forth. Please stop bringing politics into our escapist fantasy games. I always attempt to leave my political opinions out of tabletop unless someone else brings it up or forces my hand on the matter.

On a related note, I found the perfect music for you. The USSR national anthem. Da, comrade: https://youtu.be/x72w_69yS1A
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Miles L January 02, 2021 9:53 am UTC
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Hey, I'm having some issues understanding the area of effect on flame slash. Talking it out with my table, while using a map, and model; at the point chosen an arc segment is formed filling 4 spaces. So, at approximately 5ft it fills like a knight chess piece's movement area. At approximately 10 ft. The area becomes a 3 by 3 right edge line missing the corner space. And finally at 15 ft, the Max Distance, it fills 2 spaces in a line and continues diagonally for another two more spaces.<br /><br />
It took me an hour to understand this and I'm not sure there would be an easier way to express the AOE without a picture, with different wording, or idk. At one point, we thought it was like a pyramid version of a cone AOE. At which I was asking myself why wouldn't I just get burning hands at that point? I write this not as a knock against you but just as a critique of the spell I just spent an hour wanting to take yet afraid I wouldn't understand it later.
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Jacob K January 03, 2021 12:25 am UTC
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Sorry, for the confusion, but I'm glad it sounds like you got there!
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Carl B December 25, 2020 4:41 am UTC
Reading the description doesn't make me feel good that I dropped a ton of money to get into 5e in Fantasy Grounds on Cyber Monday. But I appreciate someone who calls out biggotry, especially at the cost of one's own wallet.
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Igor M December 10, 2020 1:23 am UTC
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Hi! Why you are making these claims? Did something specific happen?
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Jacob K December 14, 2020 7:50 pm UTC
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There's a long history, but some of the more recent issues (at the time I made this free; there's been more since) include misleading statements re: their guy who assisted a serial sexual predator (made it look like discipline happened but it didn't) and a first-hand account of someone who tried to "do good from within" by working at WotC but was instead crushed by the overwhelming internal racism until they wanted to quit RPGs altogether by the time their contract expired. WotC is such a trash company (even by corporate standards) that I couldn't stomach funneling money to them anymore (they get a cut of all sales on this platform).
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DAVID M January 12, 2021 3:51 pm UTC
You're still promoting them and their products by releasing content that requires their system to use. And of course you're still using them to promote yourself and your content even if you don't profit monetarily from it. Nice try but since you only went half way you get half a point...
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DAVID M January 12, 2021 4:04 pm UTC
Just realized that you still do profit from WotC and this content through the Fantasy Grounds version. Sorry but I'm going to have to take back that half point...
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Jacob K January 12, 2021 6:43 pm UTC
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I've got no patience for fake outrage. You see me as an enemy because you don't want D&D/WotC criticized, so you conjured up some reasons to paint me as a phony. You manufactured excuses for me to be the bad guy so you'd feel better about your own position. You think I haven't seen your kind before?

I don't still release D&D content. I even scrapped near-completed projects I was about to release.
I have no promotional tools through the Guild and I don't promote my D&D work anywhere.
The Fantasy Grounds version is published through someone else so I can't alter it.
In the time since I bailed on D&D, my total Fantasy Grounds cut has been less than $30. My financial losses in that time are in the thousands.

Take a seat, DAVID M. I never told you that you couldn't still play and enjoy D&D, so stop being so fragile that you need to fabricate accusations against people who criticize it. Everybody's seen your song and dance before, you're not fooling anybody...See more
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Alejandro A November 19, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
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Hey man, I downloaded your spell and I absolutely love them. So, I have a question to ask, I am currently writing a fantasy book where I'm using D&D character mechanics and spells as baselines for the characters and their abilities. Can I use your elemental spells where I credit you as the creator of some of the spells or would you rather something more concrete?
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Jacob K November 20, 2020 9:25 pm UTC
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Glad you like them! Unfortunately, Wizards of the Coast seizes ownership rights of everything that's published on the DMs Guild. You'd have to take it up with them. (Good luck?)
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Alejandro A November 21, 2020 3:12 am UTC
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Thanks, I'll contact them, I'll credit you for the extra spells though, least I could do.
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DAVID M January 12, 2021 3:54 pm UTC
Seizes?? So you agree to give them their cut when you publish but when they take what you've agreed to give them you accuse them of "seizing" it?? If you're making a false claim here why should we believe any of the other things you've said??
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Ruben M November 14, 2020 3:28 pm UTC
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On the Balancing Front:
The Corona Spell (LvL1) is quite OP. It basically blocks your concentration, but in turn tunes all fire spells 2 or more levels up if they are used within 30ft. Taking Scorching Ray as an example: it has 3 projectiles with 2d6 fire damage each. The Corona spell makes that 4d6 against enemies in 30ft range. That means, against single target, you can deal 12d6 damage with a level 1+2 spell, or 24d6 damage with LVL1+2+2 spells.
The fact that the spell itself is just a bonus action means it also allows a fire bolt in the first round, meaning we are up to 1D10+26D6 in 3 turns. For a level 3 Wizard. Take a Sorcerer with quickened spell and you can even throw in extra casts of fire bolt for even crazier damage.

A Level 3 sorcerer that has converted one of his LvL1 spells to a sorcery point can deal 3d10+30d6 fire damage with two quickened spells. That is 121.5 damage on average. Of course he needs to make 6 spell attacks for the scorching rays and 3 for the fire bolts,...See more
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Jacob K November 17, 2020 4:03 pm UTC
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Meanwhile, Fireball all by itself can deal 1,232 damage on average—if there's a medium creature in every space in the entire radius and they all fail their saves.
Crafting a Magical Christmas Land scenario doesn't prove the spell is broken, it proves your criticism isn't grounded in actual play. Nobody's reported actual issues with any spell in this book.
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Gale G January 09, 2021 7:02 am UTC
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Hi, I just wanted to say I've been reading this book and really do love it. But I also feel Corona, and it's cousin Coldsnap, are a bit too good. I agree with Ruben's reasoning and I feel like the examples they give are emblematic of typical use and not a "Magical Christmas Land" scenario.

If you want a more realistic example, I calculated how much damage a Level 5 Paladin wielding a Greatsword and expending all their smites could do across four rounds and found the total damage was about 97. Comparatively, a Level 5 Sorcerer using Corona could manage about 136 damage in the same number of rounds with resources to spare.
I calculated this damage using a damage per round calculator, which you can find here: https://forums.giantitp.com/showthread.php?582779-Comprehensive-DPR-Calculator-(v2-0)

Damage was calculated using the average AC for a CR 5 creature. I won’t list off every value I put into the calculator or every decision I made, but I tried my best to make sure...See more
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Gale G January 09, 2021 7:25 am UTC
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Hi again, I just wanted to append my last comment because I miscalculated the amount of damage a Paladin could do. It's actually should be about 124 damage across 4 rounds. So, Paladin actually isn't doing much less damage than the Sorcerer in my example. So my apologies there.
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Jacob K January 09, 2021 7:26 pm UTC
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I appreciate the more thorough analysis! It does, however, still leave some things unaddressed.
• The biggest is that the paladin can't lose the ability to Smite if they take damage.
• Another is that the paladin isn't restricted to a single attack on the first turn they want to start Smiting.
• The paladin doesn't have to decide on Round 1 whether Smiting will be useful on enough future rounds to make it worthwhile. No risk of "wasting it" with a wrong prediction of how the rest of the fight goes.
• The paladin typically *wants* enemies focused on them. But having them all within 30ft of the sorcerer is dangerous.

As you can see, there's a lot more that goes into balancing a damage spell than "How does it fare in target practice?" That's why my replies to balance concerns often end with a request for at-the-table stories. Battles usually fare differently than a day at the firing range. :)

P.S.
As for Spirit Shroud, three thoughts:...See more
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Ruben M January 13, 2021 10:28 pm UTC
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Didn't see that you answered but now i'll reply to why the corona spell is an issue you might wanna change. (if you don't its your thing, its out of our game already anyways)

1. The theoretical damage of the fireball you posted is only when you fill the entire sphere worth of space with medium creatures, which is, frankly, an idiotic comparison. Theoretical damage that will never see use outside of intentionally created circumstances shouldn't have a baring on what is or isn't balanced. Otherwise you could also write a spell that does 500 damage directly as a level 3 spell to a target. I mean, fireball does 1232, so where is the problem? ...

2. The thing is that you use one level 1 slot to basically then overcast every fire spell by 1 or 2 levels. Scorching Ray is just the most extreme example. There is nothing you could throw at a level 3 or even 5 party that gives a satisfying fight to all players involved if one of them easily does that much damage. If you increase the CR of the monsters...See more
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Ruben M November 14, 2020 12:25 pm UTC
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sorry but its a bit shitty that i paid for this product and suddenly it is free and also doesn't seem to get any revisions.
I pay for products because i also expect them to be improved upon, which free products don't really need to do, given that they are free. So making something that was quite pricey suddenly free is quite dickish, why did i have to pay for something others get for free now in the same version?
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Jacob K November 17, 2020 3:37 pm UTC
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Please understand that I did not make the pricing decision lightly. Making it free has cost me hundreds of dollars in sales; sorry about your eight.
As for updates, rest assured, I value my craft and will make revisions as necessary, just as soon as there's any meaningful number of revisions that need making.
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clarence L November 03, 2020 8:31 pm UTC
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Your comments are offensive, stereotypes white men and are an example of “acceptable racism”. All racist comments are wrong regardless of the speaker’s race. My children do not need to be told by you that being white is wrong. Shame on you!
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Lazar B January 24, 2021 10:02 pm UTC
No ones saying being white is wrong. The authors simply pointing out that problematic white creators here get better treatment than people of color. Sit down Clarence no ones trying to oppress you.
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clarence L February 10, 2021 7:42 pm UTC
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He made it a point to single out "white men" so your comment has zero merit. WotC is a publicly traded company owned by many including minorities. He want's to point out white people because he is being racist. Simple as that.
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Laurie R October 10, 2020 10:00 am UTC
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Checking out this product purely for the description calling out WotC's shitty practices
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Jacob K October 11, 2020 11:21 pm UTC
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Over 2,000 people have downloaded it since I made it free and you're the first to say a word about it. Thank you.
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Jonathan R October 30, 2020 4:14 am UTC
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+1
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mark C June 03, 2020 12:59 pm UTC
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I am having trouble opening the product after purchasing, when I go to the 'more' tab it says the pdf file size is 0MB. Help please.
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Jacob K June 03, 2020 4:12 pm UTC
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I'm afraid I don't know what the issue might be. On my end, nothing has changed since hundreds of sales ago, so I recommend contacting the DMs Guild support team. There should be relevant links on the bottom-left of most pages on the site. Good luck!
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Alexander L January 24, 2020 4:21 am UTC
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Hey man, love the book spells are really interesting and far more balanced than most homebrew. Just got a question, could you clarify how you intended the cantrip Frost Trap to work?
Do you take the damage from the strike? Or is the intention to stop multi attacking creatures continuing its attacks?
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Jacob K January 24, 2020 1:48 pm UTC
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Glad you like it!
Ah, good old Frost Trap... this is one of those spells that you're supposed to use creatively. No, it doesn't stop any damage, it just temporarily attaches the offending weapon or limb to your body. The most obvious application is, as you suspected, to interrupt a single-weapon multiattack. But depending on the situation, you might be able to run away with somebody's weapon, keep a flying creature grounded for a turn, catch yourself before being swallowed whole, or whatever else makes sense at the time. Good luck!
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Alexander L January 25, 2020 12:03 am UTC
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Hahaha, oooh this is going to be fun. Thanks for the quick reply!
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Anthony K December 19, 2019 3:04 am UTC
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Hey Jacob! It's Home Brew Crew here. In case you don't know of us, we're a YouTube channel that reviews home brew DnD 5E stuff and we recently reviewed this product. You can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqnz-fcSby8

Thanks for the awesome supplement! Keep Brewin'!

-Sean, Home Brew Crew
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Jacob K December 19, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
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Awesome, thank you!

And regarding your beloved shadow spells, yes, I do plan on making some "sequels" to cover other magical themes in the future, and shadow is definitely on my radar!
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Joshua K October 24, 2019 1:00 am UTC
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This book is very well done! I am curious though; will you be doing other elemental spells, like thunder, poison, or acid?
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Jacob K October 24, 2019 1:27 am UTC
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Thank you! I do hope to do another book with other themes in the future!
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Joshua K October 24, 2019 9:19 am UTC
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That would be awesome. Looking forward to it!
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Joshua S October 31, 2019 4:51 am UTC
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I just wanted to say that I too look forward to additional elemental spells! Love the diversity you can create with these in a campaign!
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Charles S October 22, 2019 4:26 am UTC
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I have 1 small gripe about this Spell list and many others I have encountered here on DMsGuild.
The spells are listed in alphabetical order usually. not by spell level then alphabetical.

This one in particular is Spell type (Cold, Fire, etc..) then alphabetical. I dont know why this is done, ever. If i want to look though cantrips i have to scroll all over this pdf or use the find feature in my pdf reader to look for the word Cantrip. Is there a particular reason its not listed by Spell lvls then alphabetical? Its maddening to search through the way most authors on here do this.

To be fair, I love the content. I HATE the way its laid out.
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Jacob K October 22, 2019 1:30 pm UTC
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Hello!
I can't speak to other DMs Guild spell supplements, but the organization that you're asking for (spell level, then alpha) is exactly what I used for the spell list at the beginning of the document, in keeping with the standard set by WotC in the Player's Handbook. Did you perhaps overlook that list?

As for the full spell descriptions, going alphabetically without regard to spell levels is also the standard set by WotC in the Player's Handbook. My only deviation there is the elemental grouping, meant to be helpful for those creating "themed" spellcasters. However, you're correct that it's an extra step for those making non-themed casters. Thanks for the heads-up! I'll keep it in mind when laying out future products.

Also, glad you love the content!
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Mohamad A October 16, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
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Love the content of this book, glad to see more magic options for specific elements.
I have a question, Decimation Bolts state that you can fire 10 bolts but is there any restriction on firing on the same line 2-10 times?
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Jacob K October 17, 2019 1:41 am UTC
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Glad you like it!
As for your question, there's no explicit restriction on giving all ten bolts the same area, but there's room for interpretation on what doing so would accomplish (both technically and practically). Technically speaking, the damage doesn't say "per bolt" and so either you're in the area or not and the damage is either 20d6 or nothing. Practically speaking, even if you stacked the damage it's probably not worth it to lose out on all that AoE coverage. It's a heavily-resisted damage type, and even without resistance it's still not going to kill the tier of monsters you'd want to burn a 9th-level slot against (and just bounces off the Terrasque). If you have 9th-level spells and that narrow of a target area, you're better off casting Wish or something. Save Decimation Bolts for when you need a mix of damage and disruption in multiple directions at once. At least, that's my advice. :)
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Mohamad A October 20, 2019 10:34 am UTC
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Thanks mate, appreciate the response.
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Jason H October 16, 2019 11:45 pm UTC
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Is there a list of which classes use which spells? Or is it pretty much any spellcaster can use them?
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Jacob K October 17, 2019 1:33 am UTC
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I intentionally left that out. My philosophy is that whether the spell is a good or bad fit for the individual character is more important than whether or not I included it on a class's list. For example, even though I mostly had sorcerers in mind during design, I've heard of lots of folks tricking out their clerics of Thor with some of these lightning spells, even though I might not have pictured them as cleric spells. And isn't that the important part? :)
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