Friday, May 09, 2008

Burden of Woe

"Heavy as the granite from deep within the earth
Levity stolen and devoid of any mirth.
Thy sword is dull, thy shield is heavy,
For every step a toll is levied.
And this is how thou shalt know
the heaviness of the Burden of Woe."

Burden of Woe
Bar 5, Sor/Wiz 5
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25ft. + 5ft./2 levels)
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: No

You utter an incantation that instantly transmutes non-living matter into dull, stone versions of themselves.

Clothing, worn or carried objects, armor, shields, and weapons wielded by the target must succeed on a Will save or be transformed to rigid, ultra-dense stone versions of themselves. The stone is so heavy that the target cannot move as quickly and is encumbered. She takes a -2 penalty on attack rolls, AC, and Reflex saves and moves at the speed someone of her class/type would move when carrying a heavy load.

Make one saving throw for all the mundane items worn or carried, including clothes. Make a separate roll for armor and add a +4 bonus if the armor is magical. Make a separate roll for shields and add a +4 bonus if the shield is magical. Make a separate roll for weapons and add a +4 bonus if the weapons are magical. Every category of item uses the target's Will modifier. If even one category fails their save, the target is encumbered and suffers the penalties listed above.

Any category of item that fails the saving throw instantly becomes a useless stone version of itself (and is no longer considered masterwork or magical if it had those properties) until a break enchantment, stone to flesh, limited wish, or wish spell is cast upon it.

The target can spend the appropriate time removing the affected item(s). Armor and shields follow the rules for removing armor listed in the Player's Handbook. Once all the affected items are removed, the target is no longer encumbered and no longer suffers the penalties listed above.

If the target was flying when affected, they immediately begin to fall. If the target was swimming, they begin to drown unless they can breathe underwater.

This is an instantaneous effect that is not subject to spell resistance.

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