Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Symbol of Withering

Level: Clr 7, Sor/Wiz 7
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 10 minutes
Range: 0 ft.; see text
Effect: One symbol
Duration: See text
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell affects the target as Wither Limb. If the target crosses a threshold warded with this Glyph, their leg will be withered. If they touch the warded item, the limb used to touch it is withered. If the rune is triggered by reading, the limb withered should be determined randomly.

This spell permanently withers the touched limb. Upon triggering the Symbol, the affected limb is crippled and useless and the victim suffers 2d6 points of damage. Depending on what limb is withered, this spell has different effects.

Crippling a leg causes the opponent to fall down unless they make a DC 15 balance check, and halves their land speed. Furthermore, moving on only one leg requires a DC 10 balance check.

Crippling an arm, tentacle, or other grasping limb causes anything held with that arm to be dropped, and prevents it's use. Full-body strength checks suffer a -4 penalty, as do grapple checks.

Crippling a wing prevents flight and causes an airborne creature to fall from the sky.

As this spell instantaneously destroys use of the limb, heal, restoration, regeneration, or similarly powerful healing magic of at least 5th level must be used to restore use of the crippled limb.

In other ways, this spell operates the same as other Symbol spells.

Unlike symbol of death, symbol of withering has no hit point limit; once triggered, a symbol of weakness simply remains active for 10 minutes per caster level.

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