Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Touch of Return

Touch of Return (adapted from the Book of the Righteous)
Necromancy [Death]

Level: The Dead 4
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: Living or undead creature touched
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude or Will partial
Spell Resistance: Yes

You can slay any one living creature that has previously died and returned to life by any means other than direct divine intervention including raise dead, reincarnation, resurrection, true resurrection, wish, and even miracle - unless that miracle contacted a divine being directly and that divine being personally returned the creature to life. Alternatively, you can destroy one undead creature. In either case, you must succeed on a melee touch attack to touch the subject, and a living creature can avoid death or with a successful Fortitude save, while an undead creature can avoid destruction with a successful Will save. If the target succeeds on their save, it instead takes 3d6 points of damage +1 point per caster level.

A creature that has been brought back from death by magical means is immune to this spell if they have undergone an atonement for violating the sanctity of death. Many good folk who are willing to be raised from the dead undergo such an atonement, explaining to Rúadan their need to return to life and undergoing an appropriate act of contrition. Any undead creature that attempts such an atonement is destroyed by the effort.

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