Spells


Drow of the Underdark

Some spells in this page have ďDrowĒ on the component line. To learn, prepare, or cast one of these spells, you must either be a drow or have selected Lolth as your patron deity.

ASSASSIN SPELLS

1st Level

Combat Readiness: Target gains +1 per three levels on initiative checks; no bonus from being flanked.

Shadow Double: Shadowy figure attacks enemies.

Snuff the Light: Extinguish one nonmagical light source.

BARD SPELLS

1st Level

Combat Readiness: Target gains +1 per three levels on initiative checks; no bonus from being flanked.

Snuff the Light: Extinguish one nonmagical light source.

2nd Level

Magical Backlash: Target takes 2 points of damage per spell level affecting it.

CLERIC SPELLS

2nd Level

Shadow Shroud: Negate light blindness/vulnerability; +5 bonus on Hide checks.

3rd Level

Dominate Vermin: Subject vermin obeys psychic commands.

4th Level

Armored Vermin: +2 to natural armor of vermin.

Yochlol Blessing: Target gains eight tentacle attacks, resistance to acid and electricity, AC bonus.

5th Level

Bebilith Blessing: Target gains poisonous bite and sundering claw attacks.

DRUID SPELLS

3rd Level

Dominate Vermin: Subject vermin obeys psychic commands.

Engulfing Terror: Create a single gelatinous cube.

4th Level

Armored Vermin: +2 to natural armor of vermin.

HEXBLADE SPELLS

2nd Level

Magical Backlash: Target takes 2 points of damage per spell level affecting it.

Shadow Double: Shadowy figure attacks enemies.

SORCERER/WIZARD SPELLS

1st Level

Combat Readiness: Target gains +1 per three levels on initiative checks; no bonus from being flanked.

Snuff the Light: Extinguish one nonmagical light source.

Spider Form, Lesser: You take on the form and abilities of a Medium fiendish monstrous spider.

2nd Level

Magical Backlash: Target takes 2 points of damage per spell level affecting it.

Shadow Double: Shadowy figure attacks enemies.

Shadow Shroud: Negate light blindness/vulnerability; +5 bonus on Hide checks.

3rd Level

Engulfing Terror: Create a single gelatinous cube.

Spider Form: You take on the form and abilities of a Large fiendish monstrous spider.

5th Level

Dridershape: You take on the form and abilities of a drider.

Spider Form, Greater: You take on the form and abilities of a Huge fiendish monstrous spider.


MAGICAL BACKLASH

Abjuration

Level: Bard 2, hexblade 2, sorcerer/wizard 2 Components: V, S Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: One creature Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: Fortitude half Spell Resistance: Yes

With a word and a gesture, the target flares with crackling, violet- colored energy.

Magical backlash causes any spells affecting the target to resonate painfully. For each spell currently in effect on the target (not counting magical backlash itself), magical backlash deals 2 points of damage per level of that spell. For example, a creature targeted by magical backlash that is under the effects of bullís strength, blur, and mage armor spells would take 4 points of damage for bullís strength, 4 for blur, and 2 more for mage armor for a total of 10 points of damage.

ENGULFING TERROR

Conjuration (Creation)

Level: Druid 3, sorcerer/wizard 3 Components: V, S Casting Time: 1 full round Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Effect: One gelatinous cube Duration: 1 round/level Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: No

The air wavers and shimmers, finally coalescing into a large cube of glistening ooze.

Engulfing terror creates a gelatinous cube (MM 201) in a space you designate. The space must be large enough to accommodate the creature. If not, the spell automatically fails. Upon appearing, the cube acts on your turn, attacking the nearest living creature each round. You have no control over it and cannot direct it. The gelatinous cube remains until it is destroyed or has no remaining targets to attack, at which point it moves away in a random direction.

COMBAT READINESS

Divination

Level: Assassin 1, bard 1, sorcerer/wizard 1 Components: V Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Touch Target: Creature touched Duration: 1 minute/level Saving Throw:Will negates (harmless) Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

The targetís eyes widen, and shine briefly with a white light.

The touched creature gains a +1 insight bonus on initiative checks for every three caster levels you have (minimum +1, maximum +6). In addition, if the target is flanked, its opponents gain no bonus on attack rolls (but still gain any other benefits derived from flanking, such as extra sneak attack damage).

SHADOW SHROUD

Evocation [Darkness]

Level: Cleric 2, sorcerer/wizard 2 Components: V Casting Time: 1 immediate action Range: Personal Target: You Duration: 1 round/level (D)

A thin membrane of darkness coats your body.

This spell negates any penalties or other harmful effects imposed by your light blindness or light vulnerability. You also gain a +5 competence bonus on Hide checks made in areas of shadow or darkness. As with any darkness spell, the effect is suppressed if you enter the area of a light spell of 3rd level or higher.

SHADOW DOUBLE

Illusion (Shadow)

Level: Assassin 1, hexblade 2, sorcerer/wizard 2 Components: V Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Effect: One shadowy duplicate Duration: 1 round/level Saving Throw:Will disbelief Spell Resistance: No

You complete the incantation and nearby shadows gather together, assuming your approximate size and shape.

You create a shadowy duplicate of yourself at a place you indicate within range. The shadow double attacks any adjacent target (regardless of the weapon it appears to wield), as you desire, starting in the round when you cast the spell. It attacks on your turn once each round, striking with an attack bonus equal to your base attack bonus + the modifier for your spell save DCs. Each hit deals 1 point of Strength damage to the target. The first time a target is hit, it can attempt a Will save to disbelieve the effect; this negates the damage and renders it immune to further attacks by the shadow double. The shadow double occupies a space identical to yours. It is not incorporeal, and thus canít share a space with another creature or object. It can provide a flanking bonus against any creature that hasnít yet saved successfully against it. The shadow double can strike incorporeal creatures, but not ethereal creatures.

Each round after the first, you can use a standard action to direct the shadow double to attack any other target. To attack this new target, the shadow double can move to any new legal space within 30 feet (it moves by instantaneous teleportation). If it is not commanded to switch targets, it continues to attack the same target. A shadow double can be attacked. It has an Armor Class equal to 10 + your size modifier + a deflection bonus equal to the modifier for your spell save DCs, and has one-fifth of your full normal hit points. If the shadow double is reduced to 0 hit points, or if you create a second shadow double when the first still exists, the spell ends.

ARMORED VERMIN

Transmutation

Level: Cleric 4, druid 4 Components: V, S, DF; Drow Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: Up to three vermin, no two of which are more

than 30 ft. apart Duration: 1 round/level (D) Saving Throw:Will negates (harmless) Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

The vermin you select pause for a moment as their exoskeletons take on a metallic sheen.

You cause the exoskeletons of up to three vermin to harden to the strength of steel. The spell increases the verminís natural armor bonus by 2. This bonus increases by 1 for every three caster levels above 7th, to a maximum of +6 at caster level 19th. The enhancement bonus provided by armored vermin stacks with the targetís natural armor bonus, but not with other enhancement bonuses to natural armor. A vermin with no natural armor has an effective natural armor bonus of +0.

BEBILITH BLESSING

Transmutation [Chaos, Evil]

Level: Cleric 5 Components: V, S, DF Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: One living creature Duration: 1 round/level Saving Throw:Will negates (harmless); see text Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

A halo of blue fire flares around the targetís head, which transforms into the head of an arachnid.

As the light fades, two oversized claws explode from the targetís torso, snapping and clawing at the air. You infuse a target with the essence of a bebilith (MM 42), causing it to gain the mandibles and claws of this demon. The target gains two primary claw attacks (in addition to its normal claw attacks, if any) and a secondary bite attack (replacing its normal bite attack). The claws deal 1d6 points of damage, and the bite deals 1d8 points (assuming Medium size).

If it is wielding a weapon, the target can attack with either a single law or a bite as a secondary attack. The target can sunder objects with its claw attacks as if it had the Improved Sunder feat. The targetís bite attack carries a poison (injury; Fort save equal to the spellís save DC; 1d6 Con/2d6 Con). The target of this spell is also treated as an outsider of the evil subtype in addition to its normal type and subtypes.

DOMINATE VERMIN

Transmutation

Level: Cleric 3, druid 3 Components: V, S, DF; Drow Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: One vermin Duration: 1 minute/level Saving Throw:Will negates Spell Resistance: Yes

The creatureís eyes change color to match your own.

It trembles for a moment as it adjusts to your psychic presence. You invest your psyche into a single vermin creature, granting it your Intelligence. While it is so affected, you can direct it with simple commands such as ďAttackĒ, ďRunĒ, and ďFetchĒ. Since you are in absolute control of the creature, it even follows suicidal commands. You can continue to direct the vermin as long as it remains within range. You need not see it to control it. Changing your instructions or giving a new command is the equivalent of redirecting a spell, so it is a move action. If the vermin is slain, your mind is forced out of the creature violently. The experience deals 1d4 points of Wisdom damage to you.

DRIDERSHAPE

Transmutation (Polymorph)

Level: Sorcerer/wizard 5 Components: V, S; Drow Casting Time: 1 swift action Range: Personal Target: You Duration: 1 round/level (D)

Your lower extremities transform, sprouting arachnid legs, as a large, pulsing thorax swells from your back.

You take on the form and abilities of a drider (MM 89). You gain 20 temporary hit points, which disappear at the end of the spellís duration. You donít gain the driderís spellcasting ability, but you retain your own. (Spellcasting is subject to the driderís ability scores; for instance, you canít cast wizard spells above 5th level, since your new Intelligence is only 15). Any held objects remain held in the new form (other gear melds into the new form as normal). See page 59 for details of the polymorph subschool.

SNUFF THE LIGHT

Transmutation

Level: Assassin 1, bard 1, sorcerer/wizard 1 Components: S Casting Time: 1 swift action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: One nonmagical light source Duration: Instantaneous or 1 round/level Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: No

With a gesture, the light goes out.

Snuff the light extinguishes a single non-magical light source, such as a candle, torch, or lantern. Against alchemical light sources, such as sunrods, you suppress the light for 1 round per caster level.

SPIDER FORM

Transmutation (Polymorph)

Level: Sorcerer/wizard 3

Your body bloats and writhes until eight massive spider legs burst through your flesh.

As the transformation finishes, your skin hardens into a dark exoskeleton. As lesser spider form, except you take on the form and abilities of a Large fiendish monstrous spider (MM 289). You are treated as having the spiderís Hit Dice 4. for the purpose of adjudicating the special abilities gained from the fiendish template.

SPIDER FORM, GREATER

Transmutation (Polymorph)

Level: Sorcerer/wizard 5

Your body inflates grotesquely as eight enormous spider legs burst through your flesh.

As the transformation finishes, your skin hardens into a dark exoskeleton. As lesser spider form, except you take on the form and abilities of a Huge fiendish monstrous spider (MM 289). You are treated as having the spiderís Hit Dice (8) for the purpose of adjudicating the special abilities gained from the fiendish template.

SPIDER FORM, LESSER

Transmutation (Polymorph)

Level: Sorcerer/wizard 1 Components: V, S Casting Time: 1 swift action Range: Personal Target: You Duration: 1 round/level (D)

Your arms and legs wither away as eight spindly spider legs burst through your flesh.

As the transformation finishes, your skin hardens into a dark exoskeleton. You take on the form and abilities of a Medium fiendish monstrous spider (MM 289). You are treated as having the spiderís Hit Dice (2) for the purpose of adjudicating the special abilities gained from the fiendish template. You gain 5 temporary hit points, which disappear at the end of the spellís duration. See page 59 for details of the polymorph subschool.

YOCHLOL BLESSING

Transmutation [Chaotic, Evil]

Level: Cleric 4 Components: V, S, DF; Drow Casting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: One living creature Duration: 1 round/level Saving Throw:Will negates (harmless) Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

A husky female chuckle accompanies the violet light that limns the target, illuminating the eight writhing tentacles that ooze from its body.

You infuse a target with the vile power of a yochlol, one of the demonic handmaidens of Lolth, causing its body to erupt with eight tendrils. As a full-round action, the target can make eight primary tentacle attacks (using its normal reach), each dealing 1d4 points of damage. These attacks canít be combined with any other weapon or natural weapon attacks. In addition, the target gains a deflection bonus to AC equal to its Charisma bonus (minimum +1, maximum +5) and resistance 10 to acid and electricity. The target of this spell is also treated as an outsider of the evil and shapechanger subtypes (in addition to its normal type and subtypes).