Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Ancestor's Touch

Ancestor's Touch (from Gods)

Level: Cleric/Favored Soul 0
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: Varies (see below)
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: One newly born creature
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Ancestor's touch is something of a mixed blessing to clerics. By attending to a birth and casting a spell over the infant during this time, the caster looks for signs of past greatness in the target's ancestry. Ideally, the spell simply confirms or denies heritage. In actuality, many clerics are loathe to use this spell due to its imprecise nature. First, the spell only reveals the most famous ancestor of the target, omitting all others. Second, the spell does not impart the exact blood tie between ancestor and descendant, causing problems in some societies if the ancestor is related maternally. Third, this spell only grants this knowledge to the caster himself, who may still freely lie. As a result, only societies with a great reverence for ancestors typically make use of this spell.

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