Call was an arcane magic spell that was a southern magic[note 1] variant of gate. When cast, the spell drew the attention of a single named being native to the Prime Material plane. The Wu jen in Kara-Tur had a slightly different version of this spell.
The caster had to be on the Prime Material plane and call the name of a resident of the same Prime Material plane or a parallel Prime (the spell could not traverse the Ethereal or Astral Plane to reach other planes of existence). The target had the choice to ignore or acknowledge the summons. If the summons was accepted, they would instantly teleport without error to a spot chosen by the caster within a 200 ft (61 m) radius. If the summons was rejected, the spell had no affect. In order to entice the target to accept, a demand spell could be used prior to casting call. The caster was required to know the precise location of the being that was to be summoned.
The spell used by wu jen allowed the caster to summon any creature they knew by sight. Similar to the southern magic version, the wu jen was required to know the specific identity of the creature being called, usually by using the true name of a creature. The target creature needed to be on the same plane as the wu jen. The summoned creature was not compelled to aid or obey the caster. If the spell was used on a deity or member of the Celestial Bureaucracy, the being often ignored the wu jen.
In addition to the somatic component, the spell required the name, location, and a small wax figurine of the target being. The caster called out the name of the creature during casting. The version of the spell used in Kara-Tur required verbal and somatic components, as well as material components, a stick of incense and a piece of paper which was burned during the casting of the spell.
- ↑ Spells of the southern magic tradition were created in the Old Empires region and written down with the help of Thoth mage-script, a secret magic language, and thus only usable by the initiated.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J. Mark Bicking (March/April 1993). “Khamsa's Folly”. In Barbara G. Young ed. Dungeon #40 (TSR, Inc.), p. 36.
- ↑ Scott Bennie (1990). Old Empires. (TSR, Inc), p. 71. ISBN 0-8803-8821-8.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mark Middleton et al (November 1996). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc), p. 118. ISBN 978-0786904365.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Mark Middleton et al (November 1996). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc), p. 117. ISBN 978-0786904365.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Gary Gygax, David Cook, and François Marcela-Froideval (1985). Oriental Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 94. ISBN 0-8803-8099-3.