Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Bite of the Plague Rat

Bite of the Plague Rat (from Nyambe: African Adventures)

Level: Druid/Spirit Shaman 9, Plague 9, Sorcerer/Wizard 9
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 feet + 10 feet per caster level)
Target, Effect, or Area: 30-foot-radius burst
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

All targets within the area of effect must make a Fortitude save or become infected with red death. Those who make the save are unaffected by the casting, but may have to make an additional saving throw if exposed to diseased individuals.

The disease has the normal 1d6 day incubation period, and the targets show no symptoms during that time. Despite the lack of symptoms, the victims become highly contagious the instant hey contract the disease. Any living creature that breathes the air within 30 feet of a diseased individual for more than one minute must make a DC 18 Fortitude save or contract it as well. Those who become sick from exposure to the target also become contagious, and so on.

Material component: A small emerald worth at least 1,000 shillings.

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