Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Dramatic Visage

Dramatic Visage (from Spells & Spellcraft)
Illusion (Pattern)[Mind-Affecting]

Level: Bard 2, Trickery 3
Components: V, S, M/DF
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 feet + 5 feet per 2 caster levels)
Target, Effect, or Area: One creature
Duration: 6 rounds + 1 round per caster level
Saving Throw: See text
Spell Resistance: No

This spell creates special effects around the subject. Dramatic visage creates the illusion of billowing cloaks and hair, glowing eyes, exaggerated sound during combat, and any other appropriate enhancements that make the subject appear more impressive in relation to the situation. The effects ebb and flow depending on the subject's actions. Her eyes might glow brighter when the subject grows angrier, light might trail from her sword as it is swung in combat, or even perhaps she might have the appearance of moving in slow motion with wind in her hair while approaching.

Aside from looking impressive, the subject gains bonuses depending on the situation:
  • Combat: The subject gains a +2 deflection bonus to Armor Class and a +1 enhancement bonus to attacks. Additionally, allies of the subject gain a +2 morale bonus to attack rolls if they are within 10 feet of the subject. In this instance, those in combat with the subject are entitled to a Will save to negate these bonuses.
  • Conversation: The subject gains a +2 enhancement bonus to Intimidation, Bluff, and Diplomacy checks.
  • Performance: The subject gains a +4 enhancement bonus to perform checks.
Arcane material component: A vial of paint or a pinch of makeup.

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