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05 April 2012

[A to Z April] E is for Elder Oath (spell)

Elder Oath

Evocation
Level: Clr 9, Drd 9
Components: V,S,F,DF
Casting Time: 1 minute/target
Range: Touch
Target: 1 target/caster level (max. 20)
Duration: Permanent until triggered, then instantaneous
Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless)
Spell Resistance: Yes

When cast, this spell binds the recipients to a specific oath. This can be an oath of brotherhood, of silence, or of protection, for example. It is used to seal important pacts or pledges, it is typically a sign of friendship and devotion, although some clerics may use it for binding unwitting participants to an evil deed.

The ceremony must be performed by a cleric who approves of the oath to be sworn. A cleric cannot successfully perform this ritual while under coercion or control, whether physical or magical, including charm or other mind-effect spells. In order to perform the ritual, a drop of blood from each participant must be poured over the cleric’s holy symbol while he speaks the words of the prayers for the binding to take hold.

Normally such oaths are undertaken between participants who are willing. However, evil clerics can force such oaths upon an unwilling participant or participants. In order to do so, the unwilling participant must first fail a DC 16 Will save.

Once this spell is cast, the oath remains dormant, but in effect unless any of the participants knowingly and wilfully breaks the oath. At that time, that individual is struck by a flamestrike spell. At the same moment, all other participants and the oath-binding cleric know of the oath-breaking.

A participant may only be party to one single oath at any time. Any secondary oath constitutes an oath-breaking and the individual suffers the consequences. In addition, each participant is marked on the forehead with an invisible arcane symbol which is only visible to another participant or the oath-binding cleric. In addition, that symbol cannot be masked by any means, physical or magical, including any polymorph or other shape-changing effect or illusion. Likewise, the arcane symbol cannot be duplicated or copied by any illusory effect or magical effect.

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8 comments:

The Happy Whisk said...

Just got your message. Not too morbid for me. Your comment made me laugh out loud.

I am sorry to read that you have a migraine. I hope at least you have the day home, and it gets better quick.

Tim gets those too.

They suck.

The Happy Whisk said...

PS: I thought I was already following you but I just saw that I wasn't.

I am now.

Boric G said...

@ Whisk: I could have sworn you were a follower too. Welcome aboard, anyway!

And no. I'm at the office today. The paralegals and secretaries need monitoring, of course. Plus the boss has never had a headache in his life, and so he doesn't understand the whole "migraine" phenomenon.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I wish I still played Dungeons and Dragons. I loved finding cool spells just to show people...no matter whether or not I used them.

Boric G said...

@ Michael: Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to come back at your leisure.
I love the spells too. 'course, I'm the first to admit my spells are probably broken, but I hope someone, somewhere out there can at least give a great "What the...." moment to their players.

The Happy Whisk said...

For awhile, my blog roll wasn't matching up with the blogs I was following. That's the only thing I can think of.

Because there were a few other blogs that I thought I was part of as well, but they were only on my roll.

I am sorry that you have to work during the migraine. I've only ever had one real real migraine and it was the worst. Everything hurts to look at, and I just wanted to vomit.

Feel better soon.

Margo Kelly said...

Hi! I'm a new follower from the AtoZ Challenge. Nice to meet you!

Boric G said...

@ Margo: Thanks for dropping by; come back anytime!

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