End of Ages
Retribution is a rare phenomenon which results from the casting of an Arcane Magic spell without the aid of its related mineral in a geographical region dominated by the magical essence of the opposing school’s mineral. The first recorded reference to Retribution was described by Aelus the Wise in his tome On the Generation, Purpose, and Corruption of the Natural Animal. In a chapter called “The Cost of Magic” he writes:
If Retribution takes place, the caster may roll a saving throw vs. Will. If successful, the caster will receive Mental Damage in the amount of 1d6+2/spell level, and all further spells memorized of the school cast will be stricken from memory. The caster will be stunned for 1d4 rounds, during which the only actions that may be taken are standing, sitting, or walking. The caster will be unable to speak or communicate in any way during this time. Damage taken in this way will be compared with the caster’s current hit points, and the caster will fall unconscious should his or her hit points reach 0. However, hit points lost to Mental Damage of this type will be returned to the caster if magically healed or after an eight-hour rest. If, however, the saving throw is failed, the 1d6+2/spell level is physical damage, all spells memorized are lost, and the caster is immediately stricken unconscious. This coma is temporary, and will end naturally in 1d8 hours, or after 1d6 minutes if magically healed.
For more information about Arcane Magic in general, see Arcane Magic.