Gammer Shorga's Helpful Undergrowth

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Gammer Shorga's Helpful Undergrowth
Spell information
Nickname gshu
Guild Witches
Type Offensive
Description Vines hold a victim in place.
GP cost 70
Mind space 25
Thaums 5
Components smelly seed (consumed)
Crystal None

Gammer Shorga's Helpful Undergrowth (more commonly known as vines) is an offensive witch spell which traps its target with animated vines.


Acquisition

This spell can be learnt at 100 levels of magic.spells.offensive. It is taught by Granny Weatherwax and Aunty Ogg-San.

Effects

Upon successful casting, the target is trapped in a bundle of animated, magical vines. The number of vines trapping them is proportional to the caster's magic.methods.mental.animating bonus, and can be seen by looking at the victim. Multiple castings will increase the number of vines, which is capped around 385.

Whilst trapped by the vines, the victim is unable to leave the room.

The victim has various options for attempting to free themselves from the vines:

  • They may simply wait, and all the vines will gradually die off. (Research needed on how long this takes) research
  • They may try to pull free (by attempting to leave the room). This entails a test of their strength against the remaining number of vines. Making this attempt consumes a certain amount of GP.research
  • They may attempt to cut the vines using a sharp weapon. This entails a test of their weapon skill; if successful a number research of vines are cut away. If unsuccessful, then the vines may squirt blinding sap into the victim's eyes, blinding them for approximately 5 minutes. Unsuccessful attempts may also cause the weapon used to be wrested from the victims hands. If both players are PK, the vined character can be hit by the person cutting, drawing them both into combat. Axes seem to have a bonus of some sort in cutting vines away. Cutting the vines can TM the fi.me.* skill for the weapon used.

Casting

This spell costs 70 GP to cast, and takes up 25 units of mind space. It may be cast on any single living target (including the caster, should she be so inclined). This spell is PK checked.

Skills

Focus tea results
Scale      
80 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240 260 280
 
animating            
 
       
cursing            
 
       

The following skills are used in the stages of this spell (primary skills in bold):

Components

This spell requires a smelly seed, which is consumed upon spell completion. It is (silently) left on the floor if the target leaves the room before the spell completes.

Casting messages

Casting
You prepare to cast Gammer Shorga's Helpful Undergrowth on <target>.
You clear your throat mightily and spit on the seed.
You quickly throw the seed at the feet of <target>.
Success
A low rumble is evident shortly before the ground bursts open and shoots of animated vines wrap themselves around <target>, trapping him.
Failure
The seed stares stonily at you and disappears in a puff of compost smell.
To others
Myrina Womblesworth gets one smelly seed from her sturdy leather belt with pouches.
Myrina Womblesworth clears her throat mightily and spits on the seed.
Myrina Womblesworth throws a small seed at the feet of a mean mercenary.
A low rumble is evident shortly before the ground bursts open and shoots of
animated vines wrap themselves around the mean mercenary, trapping her.

Notes

See also

Related Achievements

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