Ladder was an arcane magic spell of the southern magic tradition that created a ladder of force.[1][3][note 1]


The ladder created was 1 ft (30 cm) wide and a minimum of 20 ft (6.1 m) long. More experienced casters could extend the length up to 60 ft (18 m). The ladder was firmly set when cast and could not be moved. The ladder of force lasted for 10 minutes or until dispelled, whichever came first.[1][3]


In addition to verbal and somatic components, this spell required a knot of any kind of wood as a material component.[1][3]





  1. 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. 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. 35.
  2. Scott Bennie (1990). Old Empires. (TSR, Inc), p. 71. ISBN 0-8803-8821-8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mark Middleton et al (January 1998). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume Two. (TSR, Inc), p. 491. ISBN 978-0786906642.
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