History explaining Ley Line Storms

Although Ley Line Storms are compared to conventional rainstorms, there is seldom rain during them, and they are anything but conventional. The sky turns a dark green-grey color, with dark grey to black clouds rolling along the ley line, wind gusts at around 35 mph (56 km), and the air turns cold. Bluish white bolts of electrical energy shoot down from the sky and everything in the area of the storm crackles with a halo of magic energy.

Mystic scholars speculate that the storms recycle ley line energy and help to maintain an even flow of P.P.E. up and down the line. When there is an overload or surge of energy, a storm occurs, redirecting the excess energy and distributing it elsewhere. Ley Line Storms often precede the opening of a dimensional Rift, particularly Random Rifts.

A Ley Line Storm can occur at any time along any ley line, on land or at sea. They occur more often at magic sea triangles than anywhere else because the fluctuation of mystic energy is generally more powerful and less stable than ley lines on dry land.

A natural Ley Line Storm will typically last 3D6x10 minutes, while the worst storms occur at the nexus points and at Ley Line Triangles and last twice as long. The storm always has a strange and often terrible effect on practitioners of magic, creatures of magic and spell casting.

Excerpted from Rifts® Ultimate Edition™, copyright 2005 Palladium Books Inc. All rights reserved. Rifts®, Megaverse® and Palladium Books® are registered trademarks of Palladium Books Inc. and Kevin Siembieda. All other titles and names are trademarks of Palladium Books.

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