Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Ghoulish Curse

Ghoulish Curse (found in Necromancy: Beyond the Grave)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 4
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: One living creature
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

Ghouls may be created from those slain by many different means, but the process of their creation directly from the living is a dark secret few ever truly understand. Through the use of this spell, you may bring a terrible curse to your enemies, for by your touch alone you may set into motion a dread transformation that will ultimately result in both their death and subsequent rising as a ghoul.

A subject may only be affected by this spell through touch, though such contact meat be light enough that they fail to recognize the action for what it is. At this point, they will transform into a ghoul in a number of days equal to their character level. During these days, they will physically change, becoming ever more ghoul-like as their skin sinks and begins to rot, their eyes pull back and glow, and their demeanor becomes more feral and bestial. At the end of this time, they will die and immediately rise as a ghoul of chaotic evil alignment.

At the moment of touch and at the beginning of every day during the transformation, the subject may make a Fortitude save. Success will result in the breaking and nullification of this spell, returning the subject to normal within onr day. Remove curse will have the same effect.

Material component: Dirt from an ancient grave.

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