Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: The Deadly Mark

The Deadly Mark (from School of Illusion)
Illusion (Pattern, Fascination) [Mind-Affecting]

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 7
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 feet + 5 feet per 2 caster levels)
Target, Effect, or Area: One living creature
Duration: See text (D)
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: No

By casting this spell, the illusionist shows an image of a specific object - either real or illusory - tp a specific target. Should the target fail a Will save, he will instantly be killed the next time he sees that specific object or an image of the object. A successful Will save means that the target instead takes 4d6 points of damage when next he sees that specific object or an image of the object.

The object, which is chosen by the caster, must be extremely specific, otherwise the spell will have no effect on its intended target. Showing the target an image of an ordinary crown, for example, would not kill the target if he happened to see any crown in a portrait, but if the target were shown an image of a king's royal crown, the target would die if he saw the king's crown or a portrait of the king wearing that exact same crown.

The spell lasts until the affected creature sees the object or an image of the object, or until the caster touches the target and chooses to end the spell.

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