Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Bind Oath

Bind Oath (from the Book of the Righteous)
Enchantment (Compulsion) [Language-Dependent, Mind-Affecting]

Level: Cleric/Favored Soul 3, Justice 3
Components: V, S, DF
Casting Time: 10 minutes
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: Creature touched
Duration: Permanent (see text)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: Yes

You are able to bind the subject to an oath that she voluntarily swears. No one can be forced to be bound to an oath with this spell, and any efforts to trick or coerce a creature into doing so will result in the failure of the spell. You cannot even threaten t put someone in jail unless they swear to be good.

During the casting, the subject agrees to be bound by an oath before the witness of Tiwas' divine judgment. Anything the subject says after the words "I swear to" is the oath. Anything prior to that is merely preamble.

If the subject violates the oath, she suffers from the effects of bestow curse until she atones. Because she swore the oath voluntarily, the curse cannot be lifted by any means short of an atonement spell or divine intervention. Instead of bestow curse, the breaking of the oath may lead to the loss of powers granted as a member of a holy order such as the Order of the Scales or the Order of the Gauntlet. This too cannot be undone by any means short of atonement.

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