Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Undead Gate

Undead Gate (found in Spells & Spellcraft)
Conjuration (Summoning)[Evil]

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 8
Components: V, S, M, F
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: Close (25 feet + 5 feet per 2 caster levels)
Target, Effect, or Area: One or more summoned undead creatures, no two of which can be no more than 30 feet apart
Duration: See below
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

By means of this spell, you enchant any normal portal (doorway, archway, window, and so on) to act as a gate for undead monsters. The portal need not be large enough to allow the undead to pass through it, as the magic of the spell causes the undead to appear within range of the portal.

Once the undead gate has been placed, it cannot be moved. Furthermore, no more than one undead gate can exist in any given square mile area. Any attempt to create more than one in such an area destroys both gates. An undead gate remains enchanted indefinitely, bu can only be used once per level of the caster. An undead gate registers to detect magic, although this may not reveal the portal's nature. A successful dispel magic rids the portal of its enchantment.

Once the undead gate is in place, the caster can use it so long as she is within range of the portal. Upon command, the undead gate summons a random number of the desired type of undead monster. Summoned undead appear anywhere within range of the portal, as designated by the caster. They behave in a manner consistent with creatures called forth by the various summon monster spells, remaining until destroyed or dismissed, for up to one round per level of the caster. The magic of this spell imbues the undead with the ability to understand the caster's spoken commands.

The caster may only summon one group of undead at a time. So once the gate is activated, no additional undead may be summoned by that particular gate until the first group is dead. Undead that are turned, but not destroyed, count against this limit. As soon as the last of the group is destroyed or disappears, the gate may be used again.

To determine the number and type of undead summoned, choose from the following list.
  • 1 Colossal zombie
  • 1d3 Colossal skeletons
  • 1d3 Gargantuan zombies
  • 1d6 + 1 Gargantuan skeletons
  • 1d6 + 1 Huge zombies
Undead summoned via the undead gate are standard representatives of their type. They have all the normal strengths and weaknesses, conforming to their entries in the Monster Manual.

Arcane focus: A mortar and pestle made from human bone.

Arcane material component: Nineteen teeth extracted from a fresh human corpse (no more than a week old) that must be crushed in the bone mortar bowl. The resulting powder is blown at the frame of the portal, thus completing the spell.

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