Sunday, January 2, 2011

Campaign Design - Spells: Animate Skeleton

Animate Skeleton (found in Necromancy: Beyond the Grave)

Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 1
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target, Effect, or Area: One corpse touched
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This spell turns the bones or body of one dead creature into an undead skeleton that follows your spoken commands. This spell will only animate skeletons of Medium size or smaller. The skeleton will follow you or can remain in an area and attack any creature or specific type of creature entering the place. The skeleton remains animated until it is destroyed. A destroyed skeleton cannot be reanimated again.

Only a single skeleton may be controlled at any one time by a single caster. If another skeleton is animated using this spell while another is under your control, the original skeleton becomes uncontrolled.

An undead skeleton can be created only from a mostly intact skeleton or corpse. If a skeleton is made from a corpse, the flesh falls off the bones. The statistics for the created skeleton depend on its size and the type of corpse used to create it.

Arcane material component: A small black onyx gem worth at least 50 shillings that must be placed into the mouth or eye socket of the corpse. The magic of the spell makes this gem worthless.

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