# Grammer Scorbic's Household Guard

Grammer Scorbic's Household Guard
Spell information
Nickname gshg
Guild Witches
Type Defensive
Description Floats a utensil that blocks attacks.
GP cost 50
Mind space 20
Thaums 4
Components none
Crystal None

Grammer Scorbic's Household Guard is a defensive witch spell which floats a protective household utensil around the caster.

## Acquisition

This spell can be learnt at 15 levels of magic.spells.defensive. It is taught by Granny Weatherwax and Aunty Ogg-San.

## Mechanics

### Combat

Upon successful casting, the target utensil enters orbit around the caster. This then has the following effects:

### Multiple utensils

Multiple utensils may be floated about the same witch, however:

• Multiple utensils are less effective at blocking an attack than any of them would be on their own.
• There is a random chance while blocking or otherwise every couple of minutes that two floating utensils will collide in mid-air, in which case one may be knocked down.

### Bringing down utensils

Utensils may be brought down by various means:

## Casting

This spell requires 50 GP to cast, and takes up 20 units of mind space.

• It may be cast on any household utensil, and will only float utensils about the caster.
• Utensils that are also containers do not seem to be usable until they are emptied.

### Skills

Focus tea results
 Scale 30 60 90 120 150 180 210 240 270 300 330

The following skills are required for this spell:

The difficulty of the magic.methods.physical.binding skillcheck is proportional to the weight of the utensil; the spellcheck data here is for a flatiron.

### Components

No components are required for this spell other than the utensil target.

### Casting messages

Casting
You clasp <target> tightly in one fist.
You hold <target> at arm's length and wave it about.
You recommend to <target> that it should do something useful.
Success
<target> begins to float around you.
Failure - Skill check
You struggle and strain to lift <target>, but it's too much for you.  It falls to the ground.
Failure - Utensil is a container and not empty
<target> seems much too preoccupied with looking after <contents> to get up and float through the air.
To others
Myrina Womblesworth clasps a <target> tightly in one fist.
Myrina Womblesworth holds a <target> at arm's length and waves it about.
Myrina Womblesworth stares fixedly at a <target>.
The <target> begins to float around Myrina Womblesworth.

## Notes

• This spell is functionally identical to Endorphin's Floating Friend, except it works on utensils instead of shields.
• The utensil may be in the room with the caster rather than in their inventory. It is automatically picked up during the spell and impacts burden normally - so you can't float a utensil from the ground that you would not be able to pick up.
• Lighter utensils will block more attacks, but are easier to knock out.
• Heavier utensils block less attacks, but are harder to knock out.
• This spell is particularly effective against opponents that attack rapidly without specialing.
• It's much less useful against opponents that frequently special.
• Witches with a strong focus on physical combat may be better off forgoing this spell and relying on dodge/parry, as the action point penalty otherwise severely reduces their rate of attack.