Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Delayed Sound Burst

Delayed Sound Burst (from School of Evocation)
Evocation (Sonic)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 8
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Long (400 feet + 40 feet per caster level)
Target, Effect, or Area: 30-foot-radius burst
Duration: Up to 5 rounds
Saving Throw: Fortitude partial (see text, object)
Spell Resistance: Yes (object)

This spell creates a small, swirling bead that emits a sound dealing 1d8 points of sonic damage per caster level to all within a 30-foot-radius burst and deafens those within the area of effect for 4d6 rounds. A successful Fortitude save negates the deafness and reduces the damage by half. Any exposed brittle or crystalline object or crystalline creature suffers double damage, but takes normal damage with a successful Fortitude save. Damage to such objects that are held may be reduced by half if the creature holding them makes a successful Reflex save.

The bead may burst immediately if the caster so chooses, or up to 5 rounds after the spell is cast. The caster sets the time for the delay and the time cannot be changed once set (unless someone touches the bead). A creature can pick up and hurl the bead as a thrown weapon with a range increment of 10 feet. If a creature handles and moves the bead within 1 round of its scheduled bursting, there is a 25% chance the bead bursts while the creature is handling it.

Material component: Five shards of glass.

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