Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Bottomless Pit

Bottomless Pit (from Relics & Rituals)
Conjuration (Creation)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 4
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 feet + 5 feet per 2 caster levels)
Target, Effect, or Area: A piece of ground or floor no more than 10-foot square in size
Duration: 1 hour per caster level
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Bottomless pit opens a seemingly bottomless chasm in the ground or floor, which in reality is an infinitely large extradimensional space. The pit created by this spell can be no more than 10-foot square and must be placed on solid ground. A piece of floor occupied by a creature or object cannot be used. it is impossible to open a bottomless pit under the feet of another person.

Creatures of objects can fall into the pit after it has been created, and doing so will cause them to enter the extradimensional space. A person who has fallen into the pit will never hit the ground and can conceivsbly be rescued if the rescuers can reach him before he dies of starvation or thirst.

When the spell's duration ends, the pit opening disappears. Another bottomless pit cast upon the same area of ground will reopen the same pit, so rescuing "trapped comrades is still possible.

Even though the pit is bottomless, it has no actual effect on anything that is beneath the location where it is created.

Material component: A small stone with a hole through it.

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