When the changes the Spellplague induce in a creature lie under the skin, concealed by a facade of normalcy, that creature is called spellscarred. Although many folk see spellscars as marks of abomination, dooming those who have them to exile, others have learned to master the abilities granted by their spellscars.
Gaining a Spellscar
Any creature can be spellscarred. Exposure to the Spellplague in any form can cause the condition, and some individuals become spellscarred without ever going near a dangerous land or creature. If you want your character to have a spellscar, you can choose this option when you create your character or you can add a spellscar later. With either choice, you need to consult with the DM.
Each spellscar gains the following features automattically:
Spellscarred Susceptibility: A spellscarred creature takes a –2 penalty to all defenses and saving throws against the Spellplague and the same penalty against plaguechanged or spellscarred creatures.
Spellplague Sense: A spellscarred creature knows when an area of Spellplague, or a spellscarred creature, is within 5 squares of him or her.
A spellscarred creature can also learn to harness more power from the power hidden under their skin but doing so takes time and dedication.
Creating a Spellscarred
Many creatures have spellscars that don’t provide them with special abilities—they’re simply disfigured as the result of the Spellplague or its aftermath. In contrast, a spellscarred character, as described here, is someone who has learned how to harness the energy contained in their spellscar. In order to master a spellscar, you need rigorous mental discipline and the courage to experiment with the energy of the Spellplague and wield it as a tools. The first step is to take the Student of the Plague multiclass feat. This feat grants you a specific trait of your spellscar. More dedication is required to gain more control over this power and its exact process is described here.
Although being spellscarred is sometimes a physical abnormality, most often it manifests as an intangible mark that appears only when you use a spellscarred power. An active spellscar might appear as jagged cracks of blue light racing across the forearms and hands, a corona of azure flame, a blazing blue glyph on the forehead, or even wings of cobalt flame. In all instances, blue fire is a sure indicator of the presence of a spellscar.