Hitchhiker's Guide to the Planes
History contains dozens of accounts involving a notable hero challenging an impossible foe to one on one combat. Whether each of these instances were an example of a Compelled Duel or merely due to the enemy’s hubris is difficult to determine. Due to its lack of material or somatic components, the true genesis of this spell is nearly impossible to pinpoint, although the first recorded use of the spell was by High Templar Peregrine Thaltus in his valiant defence of King Yondel, saving the boy king from a lethal assassination.
“First we thought they were warriors. But they did not fell the enemy. Some of us deemed them heroes. But they did not survive the battle. Many still consider them fools. But they alone won the day.” – an infantryman’s words regarding Peregrine’s Elite during the seige of Longport
Upon the assassin’s capture, interrogation revealed the Paladin did nothing but speak a few words, though the effects were immediate and potent. Although Thaltus gave his life to allow the king’s escape, the interrogators recorded her account
“A desire for justice I had never before experienced. Everything else faded to leave a fury that I can only describe as… righteous. I couldn’t turn away. He was my single enemy. His demise was my only purpose. And so I took his life, and my purpose was fulfilled.”
Through detailed study and careful accounts such as these, it is theorized that upon casting Compelled Duel, Paladins are able to impress onto the target the very holy anger that they themselves possess. However the hatred the enemy experiences is not directed towards evil, but rather towards the Paladin who cast it on them.
“Do not call us warriors. For we will not fell the enemy. Do not deem us heroes. For we do not fight for glory. And know, even though you consider us fools, we will march with you all the same.” – the motto of the Peregrine’s Elite
Any attempts to retreat or attack anyone other than the Paladin are met with mental anguish that only the strongest or most determined of minds can overcome. Upon being told to run from the caster, a few notable subjects described the feeling in the following ways.
’It’s like eatin’ stale bread while sitting at the king’s feast’ – Darrel the chamber boy
‘I felt like I was working the forge while my gal was waiting for me on a cool summer’s eve’ – Ulsan the Blacksmith apprentice
‘It was like [making love to] your [sister] with a [perfectly good] whore in [the room]’ – Haarno the Dock worker, paraphrased for profanity
Also important to note, is the spell offers the caster no additional effectiveness in battle, and it is well documented that the brave men and women who cast it on a particularly formidable foe often find themselves outmatched and fall in the ensuing battle.
“Come and git meh ye overgrown lizard!” – Final words of Paladin Tarendar Broadback, moments before he was devoured by Solsakosh the Heretic
The spell, though unique and powerful, is quite fragile. The enchantment is immediately broken through multiple ways: the caster moving out of range, attacking or casting a spell targeting something other than the initial target, or the target being attacked by or affected by a spell cast by another foe. Any of these actions immediately results in the target’s mind returning to its normal state