Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Animate Animal

Animate Animal (found in Necromancy: Beyond the Grave)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 0
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: One animal corpse touched
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This spell turns the bones or body of one dead animal into an undead skeleton or zombie that follows your spoken commands. This spell will only animate Tiny size animals. The skeleton or zombie will follow you or can remain in an area and attack any creature or specific type of creature entering the place. The skeleton or zombie remains animated until it is destroyed. A destroyed skeleton or zombie cannot be reanimated again.

Only a single undead animal may be controlled at any one time by a single caster. If an undead animal is animated using this spell while another is under your control, the original animal becomes uncontrolled.

An undead animal can be created only from a mostly intact skeleton or corpse. If a skeleton is made from a corpse, the flesh falls off the bones.

Arcane material component: A small black onyx gem worth at least 10 shillings that must be placed into the mouth or eye socket of the corpse. The magic of the spell makes this gem worthless.

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