Charm monster, formerly known as Pockall's monster hex, was an enchantment (compulsion) spell that turned a monster into an ally of the caster.[3][10]

Effect[edit | edit source]

This spell worked in the same fashion as charm person, except that it was not restricted to humanoid creatures or by their size. For the spell's duration, a charmed creature considered the caster a friend and ally, and trusted them. Although the spell did not allow the affected creature to be dominated or controlled, and they retained their normal behavior, they were well disposed to their supposed "friend" and could be persuaded to do things. The spell was hampered or ended if the creature was threatened or attacked by the caster or their own allies.[3]

Users[edit | edit source]

The charm monster spell could be cast by wizards, sorcerers, bards, and clerics who commanded the charm domain.[3] In the time of Netheril, it could be cast by arcanists of the Mentalism specialization.[5]

Components[edit | edit source]

The spell required verbal and somatic components.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The spell was named for Pockall, and it was introduced in 2392 NY (−1467 DR) under the name Pockall's monster hex. It later became known simply as charm monster.[10][11]

Charm monster was a common spell in Faerûn in the 1360s DR;[6] in Zakhara it was known but rare.[8][note 1]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Canon material does not provide dating for the Al-Qadim campaign setting. For the purposes of this wiki only, the current date for Al-Qadim products is assumed to be 1367 DR.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22, 24. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Robert J. Schwalb, Adam Lee, Christopher Perkins, Matt Sernett (November 2017). Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Edited by Kim Mohan. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 147–149, 151–152. ISBN 978-0-7869-6612-7.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 209. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Matthew Sernett, Jeff Grubb, Mike McArtor (Dec 2005). Spell Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 278–279. ISBN 0-7869-3702-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 122. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood (1990). Forgotten Realms Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 149, 150, 152. ISBN 0-8803-8828-5.
  7. Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), p. 185. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sam Witt (January 1994). The Complete Sha'ir's Handbook. (TSR, Inc), pp. 124–125. ISBN 978-1560768289.
  9. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 121–122. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  10. 10.0 10.1 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 24. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  11. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.

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