Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Ådon's Dancing Shield

Ådon's Dancing Shield (found in Spells & Spellcraft; originally Syron's Dancing Shield)
Evocation [Force]

Level: Bard 3, Duskblade 3, Sorcerer/Wizard 3
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Personal
Target, Effect, or Area: You
Duration: 1 minute per caster level (D)
Saving Throw: Will negates (object)
Spell Resistance: Yes (object)

Ådon's dancing shield creates a 1-foot-diameter, semi-transparent disk of force that streaks over the caster's body to deflect incoming attacks. The disk deflects attacks from any direction and it stays six inches from the caster at all times. The disk cannot pass through solid objects. Thus, it cannot protect the caster from attacks from the rear when he is backed against a wall or his front when he is knocked face down. The caster can perform any action without being distracted by the disk.

Ådon's dancing shield grants a +10 deflection bonus to the caster's Armor Class against one attack per round for every three caster levels of the caster. The disk cannot deflect two or more simultaneous attacks. For example, if two or more opponents choose the delay or ready action and attack the caster at the same time, the disk can only deflect one of the attacks.

Ådon's dancing shield is far less effective than a shield spell against magic missile. The disk completely negates the first magic missile in a volley aimed at the caster, but any additional missiles in that volley strike the caster.

Arcane material component: Two feathers from an avian predator and a silver disk worth at least 100 shillings.

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