Dragon's Call

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Dragon's call.png Dragon's Call
Level 9
School1 Summoning
Source(s) Book of the Dragon
Casting noise 7
Spell noise 15
Power Cap 200
Issues a powerful call to a draconic realm, beckoning forth dragon after dragon to engage the summoner's enemies. The spell is taxing to maintain, and each new dragon which answers the call will further drain the summoner's magical reserves.

“This is where the dragons went.
They lie...
Not dead, not asleep. Not waiting, because waiting implies expectation.
Possibly the word we're looking for here is...
...dormant.
And although the space they occupy isn't like normal space, nevertheless
they are packed in tightly. Not a cubic inch there but is filled by a claw,
a talon, a scale, the tip of a tail, so the effect is like one of those
trick drawings and your eyeballs eventually realise that the space between
each dragon is, in fact, another dragon.
They could put you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines
were huge and scaly and proud and arrogant.
And presumably, somewhere, there's the key.”
-Terry Pratchett, “Guards! Guards!”. 1990.

Dragon's Call is a level 9 Summoning spell which keeps summoning dragons while active.

Effect

When cast a dragon's call (Dragoncall) status is gained during which dragons are summoned adjacent to hostile targets in your line of sight. Higher spell power may increase the duration of the spell (not the summons) and result in stronger dragons.

Possible summons:

D Fire dragon.png Fire dragon
D Ice dragon.png Ice dragon
D Shadow dragon.png Shadow dragon
D Storm dragon.png Storm dragon
D Iron dragon.png Iron dragon
D Quicksilver dragon.png Quicksilver dragon
D Golden dragon.png Golden dragon

For worshippers of good gods, shadow dragons (and golden dragons in the case of TSO) are replaced with storm dragons or iron dragons.

Dragon's Call's duration is 14 + 1d15 + <power> / 5 turns.[1] It's not possible to recast the spell while it's active, and after the spell ends there is a duration of 16 to 26 turns[2] during which you will be unable to recast it.

One dragon is summoned at a time. Time between summons is 2 + 1d5 + <number of summons> * 5 turns, where number of summons only includes summons from Dragon's Call.[3] Each dragon summoned this way will cost 2 or 3 additional MP. Every new summon generates a loud noise at the caster's location. These dragons are summoned close to your enemies and don't need to be told to attack. If there are no enemies in line of sight, or if the caster lacks the required MP, no dragon will be summoned.

Duration of the summons is around 18 turns, it does not depend on the spell power.

History

Dragon's Call replaced Summon Dragon in 0.14.

References