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Ratcow

Posted on Tuesday, 05 August 2008 at 09:56.

On New Moon MUD is a spell cast by mages called transmute rat:

   .;oooooo$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$%,
 ,;'~~     $.                                                               %,
.:          $.                                                               %,
:    :~$~~~~~$.    Spell name: Transmute rat                                 %,
:    :__$     $  Spell school: Alteration                                    ;%
:       $.    $    Components: Rat hair and cow hair                          %
':     $      $        Verbal: Yes                                            $
 ':---%------$        Somatic: Yes                                           $
            $          Visual: Yes                                          $
            $    Casting time: Instantaneous                                $
            $      Mana drain: Small                                        $
            $     Description:                                              $
.:'~~$~~~~~~~$                                                               $
.:     $      $  This powerful spell is a revolution in magic science,        $
:       $     $  causing a complete change of species when cast in the        #
:    :~~$     $  vicinity of a rat-like subject. You need a sample of         #
~:   :  $     $  each creature to cast this spell.                            #
 ~:  '::;----$                                                               #
  ~:        $                                                               #
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Sometimes, however, it fails, and your rat doesn’t turn into a cow but instead gets stuck somewhere in between, resulting in a ratcow or cowrat.

Recently I came across imamon’s gallery. He creates fictional photo manipulations of cross-breed animals, and I asked him if he would make a ratcow, for the players of New Moon to enjoy. You can see the result above. :-)

The scroll art above comes from and belongs to New Moon MUD.

Comments

By Jancis on Thursday, 07 August 2008 at 16:33:

I love this – Kudos to Imamon.

J

By Harry on Friday, 22 August 2008 at 12:52:

SqueeMooo!

By iorlas on Sunday, 28 September 2008 at 13:44:

Haha. That’s awesome. =) I miss you! Oh, and can you please email me your current addy? Want to send something. =)

By Hope on Sunday, 07 June 2009 at 20:53:

My gosh… that’s mindboggling. I never actually managed to master that spell with any of my mages, but… I’m suddenly a touch thankful I didn’t. <.<;

That’s a very cool picture, though!

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