Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Minor Circle of Seeing

Minor Circle of Seeing (from Relics & Rituals)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 4
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: One day or 1 minute (see text)
Range: See text
Target, Effect, or Area: Several linked runes of seeing
Duration: 1 hour per caster level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This spell creates a temporary magical circle linked to other runes of seeing that have been created by the same caster. The linked runes of seeing must have been placed prior to the casting of this spell, and they must be designated when the spell is cast. The caster may designate a number of runes of seeing that he can view up to his Intelligence modifier. The distance of the runes of seeing from the circle is not a factor. The runes may even be on other planes of existence.

When the caster stands within the circle, he can view the location of any of the linked runes of seeing as if he or she were actually standing at the location of the rune of seeing. Like rune of seeing, switching between different viewpoints requires a standard action from the caster, and changing views to any vantage point of a rune of seeing requires a DC 10 Spellcraft check. Minor circle of seeing then functions identically to scrying through a rune of seeing, except that it allows the caster to cast trigger rune on any previously plcaed rune in sight of the caster while he is scrying. when used thus, the rune of seeing briefly but visibly when trigger rune is cast.

This powerful spell takes one day to cast if the circle is being created anew, or 1 minute to cast if a previously placed, permanent circle is being empowered. Neither of these casting times includes the time necessary to gather and prepare the necessary material components.

Material components: The basic runes and patterns of the circle must be drawn in charcoal and sulfur or inscribed in silver. Once pint of the caster's blood (or the blood of a sacrificed intelligent victim) must then be mixed with four ounces of powdered dragon bone or tooth or the powdered bone of an outsider (costing a minimum of 250 shillings per ounce). The resulting paste must then be used to trace the most important runes with a brush of the finest hair (worth a minimum of 50 shillings). A permanently inscribed circle must be made of inlaid silver at a cost of no less than 2,500 shillings. The creator of a permanently inscribed circle must make a DC 12 Craft: Stonework check to carve the intricate design when the circle is created. Failing means that all components are lost and that carving must be attempted again with new materials.

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