[RPG] How to make the Dark Speech work in a d&d 3.5 campaign


After I read the Forgotten Realms novel "Dawn of night" (Paul Kempf) I wondered how does the Dark Speech work in a D&D 3.5 FR campaign.

It seemed to me that in D&D it could be a feat, isn't it? Or is it something else?

Best Answer

In the book of vile darkness, there is a feat called dark speech.

DARK SPEECH [VILE] The character learns a smattering of the language of truly dark power. Prerequisite: Base Will save bonus +5, Int 15, Cha 15.

Benefit: The character can use the Dark Speech to bring loathing and fear to others, to help cast evil spells and create evil magic items, and to weaken physical objects (see Dark Speech in Chapter 2). Normal: Attempting to utter a word of the Dark Speech always ends in immediate death for a speaker who is not trained in its dark power. Fortunately, it is impossible to make someone use the Dark Speech if he or she is unwill- ing, because the languageā€™s pronunciation is so exacting. Special: The character gains a +4 circumstance bonus on saving throws made when someone uses the Dark Speech against him or her.

Also, dark speech has some other affects, as mentioned below:

Dread: You speak in Dark Speech, causing fear to those around you that fail a certain dc, and depending on their level, hit dice and alingment. This damages your Charisma.

Power: You can increase the caster level of a spell, if it is evil it's cost does not change.

Corruption: You can reduce an object's hardness in half as a standard action. One time for each object, no side effects.

Dark Unity: You can create a hivemind of vermin, that do as you command for certain actions and a certain time. This drains your Constitution. More on hiveminds on the Book of Vile Darkness

Dark speech has no written form, and mortals that wish to utter even fragments or words of the language need the feat. Evil outsiders may not need it due to their nature. You can communicate with dark speech with some one knowledgeable of the language but you must be carefull not to harm yourself or the listener. Words like mercy, compasion, and generally good ideas do not exist in this language. There are some more details and roleplaying material on chapter 2 of the Book of Vile Darkness.

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