Simple transmutation

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Simple transmutation is a spell in Fear & Hunger. Essentially designed for the management of Hunger and Mind, it can be learned by the use of a Scroll of transmutation.

Lore

Simple transmutation purportedly grants the user the ability to manipulate the very fabric of the realm to a limited degree. This spell demonstrates capabilities such as multiplying bread and changing water into wine. It is associated with Alll-mer, an Ascended God known for spells that delve into the realm of supernatural phenomena.

Obtained

While Simple transmutation is aligned with Alll-mer, the spell is unavailable in the Hexen, thereby negating the need to raise affinity with Alll-mer for its acquisition. Instead, the only method to learn it involves using an Scroll of transmutation from the inventory list and choosing a character to impart the spell to. While it can be learned by any character in the game, most players will benefit from the spell better by teaching it to the protagonist for availability purposes.

Alternatively, the protagonist can also learn this spell by using an Empty scroll while having a Quill in the inventory list and writing the text below at the three-verse writing sequence:

  • "O LORD (First verse); TEACH (Second verse); TRANSMUTATION (Third verse)"

Mechanics

Simple transmutation can be used in the overworld and is inaccessible during battles, requiring 15 Mind per use. The spell allows the player to transmute inventory items, once per use. x1 Moldy bread is transmuted into x3 Moldy bread. x1 Water vial can be transmuted into x1 Wine vial. Naturally, the player must possess the requisite items in their inventory to perform the transmutation.

Simple transmutation has the potential to trivialize both Hunger and Mind mechanics since it enables the player's party to effectively have an infinite supply of Moldy bread. Moreover, since Water vial can be acquired limitlessly throughout the gameplay, the spell also allows the player to obtain Water vial as frequently as desired.

Trivia

  • Simple transmutation bears a clear reference to the real-life concept of transubstantiation of the Catholic Church. According to these teachings, transubstantiation is defined as "the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of the Blood of Christ." This parallel between Alll-mer and Jesus Christ is just one among many within the series.

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