A problem I often have is spell books. What spells are in those books? Which spells has the magic user memorized? What about his apprentices and friends?
Here’s my solution to this dilemma:
This works with my conservative interpretation of spell books (but does not depend on it) and it gives every group of magic users a distinct flavor.
Recently I was wondering how to write it down, however. I used to just write down the master spell book. That slows me down when figuring out which spells lower level casters know. Here’s how I wrote it down for my neogi deathspider spelljamming mages (these have a level of 1d8). The important part is the second column. I also like to include alternative spell names in order to add flavor.
|Spell Level||Caster Level||Spell Name||Traditional Name|
|1||1||Power over lesser minds||charm person|
|1||2||Power of a merchant’s greed||detect magic|
|1||7||Mind blasting cattle brains||sleep|
|2||3||Listening to the chatter of idle brains||ESP|
|2||4||Bending perception||phantasmal force|
|2||8||Unity with our arachnid ancestors||web|
|3||5||Blasting of rebellious cattle||lightning bolt|
|3||6||All seeing eye of the overlord||clairvoyance|
|4||7||Bending the will of all creatures||charm monster|
|4||8||Blessing of chaos eternal||confusion|
(I’m not sure, perhaps it would make more sense to sort this table by the second column?)