Facts About Regeneration
By Marcus Pan
This piece was originally written for "Melee Wounds," an
AD&D game playing aid by Marcus Pan, and published by PKS. It is reprinted
in Legends Magazine with permission from PKS.
Regeneration is many times a much-discussed ability in an
AD&D or other fantasy environment. And often, it is abused. For example, a
severed hand that has a Ring of Regeneration will not regenerate into another
clone of the original character. The ring will try, but it will die out its own
magic, by literally "straining" itself too much. A body that regenerates must
have at least 75% of the original body, and the more the Ring of Regeneration
is used, the better the chance of the magic within it being used up.
In regard to a Ring of Regeneration, a finger would take
about a week to regenerate. An arm would take about two months, and a leg could
take as much as four months.
Regeneration spells, including those on scrolls, or in Spell
Storing Rings, are slightly weaker than a Ring of Regeneration. It regenerates
overnight, or immediately, bit it ages the caster. A finger would take one
spell, and would age the caster about six months. An arm, would take about
three spells, and age the character [casting the spell] about two years. A hand
would take two spells, and age the caster one year. A leg would take six
spells, and age the caster about eight years. (Reading a regeneration spell off
a scroll, or using it off a ring, does not cause aging, but placing it on the
scroll or ring will do so in the first place. One spell, is equal to one
charge, which is equal to one scroll.) A regeneration of a head, for example,
would take a lot of spells, and I do not know if it is even possible in its
entirety. If so, in any way, I would not be surprised if the person's brain
waves, or mentality, is somewhat "changed" in some way or other. (In other
words, the victims would end up like an undead creature for example.)
Godly constitution scores may give Regeneration, but it is
nearly impossible for a character to achieve such scores, and therefore not to
much gain to write about such regeneration. I will say it is a little weaker
than a Ring of Regeneration, but stronger than spells.