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Necromancer

Medium humanoid (any species)
Challenge
9

STR
−1
DEX
2
CON
1
INT
4
WIS
1
CHA
0

71
13d8+13
16
Fort
+1
Ref
+1
Will
+5
Defense note −2 without mage armor
Damage resistances necrotic, poison

Speed 5 m.
Skills Divinity (Int) +7 (18), Insight +1 (12), Medicine +4 (15), Occult +7 (18), Perception +1 (12)
Languages any four languages

Death’s Gift. The necromancer doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep, although it still requires rest to reduce being exhausted and still benefit from finishing short and long rests.

Spellcasting. The necromancer uses Divinity (Int) to cast spells (spell save Difficulty 16, +7 to hit with spell attacks). It has 17 mana, a mana limit of 3, regains all expended mana when it finishes a long rest, and regains half its total mana when it finishes a short rest. It knows the following spells:

Cantrips (at will, 11th-level spellcaster): bone blade, death blade, grave rot, infestation, life siphon, reanimating word, scythe, toll the dead

1 mana: absorb spirit, blight, bone armor, constricting bandage, consumptive field, crippling pain, dampen pain, detect death, detect disease, enfeeble, false life, harm, inflict wounds, life drain, life transference, path to the grave, siphoning strike

2 mana: animate dead, antilife shell, cloak of flies, control undead, death ward, defer death, feign death, finger of death, gentle repose, giant crawling claw, horrid wilting, insect plague, power word pain, share pain, speak with dead, wall of bones

3 mana: contagion, death clutch, grasping hands, symbol of death/pain

Undead Thralls. When the necromancer casts animate dead, it can target one additional corpse or pile of bones, creating another zombie or ske1eton, as appropriate.

Whenever the necromancer creates an undead using a spell, it has additional benefits:

The creature’s maximum health is increased by 10.

The creature have a +5 bonus to their weapon damage rolls.

Unholy Defiance. The necromancer has advantage on death saving throws, and if it dies, its corpse and remains are protected from decay as the gentle repose spell.

Actions (2)

Withering Touch. Melee Spell Attack: +7 to hit. Hit: 5 (2d4) necrotic damage.

Quarterstaff. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit. Hit: 3 (1d8 − 1) bludgeoning damage.

Dagger. Melee or Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 1 m. or range 3/10 m. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) piercing damage.

Desert, Urbanvgtm

Spells

5 minutes

As an action, a column of disembodied gnashing teeth springs forth as a blade in your free hand, screaming and chanting with vigor, and lasts for the duration. You create the blade as a magical dagger, katar, sai, sickle, greatsword, kama, kukri, longsword, scimitar, or shortsword.

The spell ends if you dismiss it on your turn (no action required), if you cast it again, or if you end your turn without the blade in your hand as the blade crumbles to dust.

At higher levels

When you reach 9th level, you can make an attack with the blade as part of the same action to create it.

5 minutes

As an action, a black beam of necrotic energy forms as a blade in your free hand, and lasts for the duration. You create the blade as a magical dagger, katar, sai, sickle, greatsword, kama, kukri, longsword, scimitar, or shortsword.

The spell ends if you dismiss it on your turn (no action required), if you cast it again, or if you end your turn without the blade in your hand as the blade dissipates.

At higher levels

When you reach 9th level, you can make an attack with the blade as part of the same action to create it.

As an action, you afflict temporary undeath upon a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 necrotic damage and can’t regain health until the end of its next turn. If the creature is undead, it also has disadvantage on attack rolls against you until the end of your next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As an action, you cause a cloud of mites, fleas, and other parasites to infest a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 poison damage, has disadvantage on the next attack roll it makes before the end of its next turn, and moves 1 meter in a random direction. Roll a d8 for the direction: 1: north, 2: north-east, 3: east, 4: south-east, 5: south, 6: south-west, 7: west, 8: north-west. This movement doesn’t provoke opportunity attacks, and if the direction rolled is blocked, the target doesn’t move.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As an action, you siphon life force from a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters to heal your wounds. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

You gain temporary health equal to half the amount of necrotic damage dealt.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 when you reach 9th level (2d6) and 17th level (3d6).

As an action, threads of dark power leap from your fingers to pierce a pile of bones or a corpse of a Medium or Small humanoid you can see within 5 meters. Your spell imbues the target with a foul mimicry of life, temporarily raising it as an undead creature. A pile of bones becomes a skeleton and a corpse becomes a zombie. The creature stands and moves toward a creature you choose within 5 meters of it and attacks it once. Make a melee spell attack against the target.

On a hit, it takes 1d8 bludgeoning damage.

On a critical hit, it takes twice as much damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, it takes half as much damage.

After attacking, the creature falls to the ground, lifeless.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d8 when you reach 9th level (2d8) and 17th level (3d8).

5 minutes

As an action, a spectral blade forms on the end of a quarterstaff you are holding and lasts for the duration. The weapon’s damage type changes to slashing and it becomes magical, if it isn’t already.

The spell ends if you dismiss it on your turn (no action required), if you cast it again, or if you end your turn without the scythe in your hand.

At higher levels

When you reach 9th level, you can make an attack with the blade as part of the same action to create it.

As an action, the sound of a dolorous bell fills the air around a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters, calling it to its final resting place. The creature must make a Will saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 psychic damage and takes 1 extra damage if it is missing health.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

At higher levels

This spell’s damage increases by 1d6 + 1 when you reach 9th level (2d6 + 2) and 17th level (3d6 + 3).

As a reaction, which you use when a creature within 5 meters of you dies, you can absorb its spirit. You gain 1d10 + your spellcasting ability temporary health.

Augment

You gain 1d10 additional temporary health for each additional mana expended.

As an action, you drain moisture and vitality from a creature or plant that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw, which it does with disadvantage if it is a plant creature, a magical plant, or a creature made of water such as a water elemental. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 3d12 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

If you target a plant creature or a magical plant, the spell deals maximum damage to it.

If you target a nonmagical plant that isn’t a creature, such as a tree or shrub, it automatically fails the saving throw and withers and dies.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 3d12 for each additional mana expended.

3 hours/mana

As an action, you animate a pile of bones you can see within 10 meters to become a suit of armor around a willing creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters. The armor is molded for that specific creature and it is automatically proficient with it. The target’s Defense becomes 13 + half its Aptitude Bonus (min 1) + its Dexterity (max 4).

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, you bind a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters with magical bandages. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it is restrained for the duration.

A creature restrained by the bandages, or one that can touch the creature, can use an action to make a Brawn or Nimbleness check (its choice) against your spell save Difficulty.

On a success, the target is freed.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can expend 1 or more mana so while restrained by this spell, the creature takes 2d8 bludgeoning damage at the start of each of its turns for each additional mana expended.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

As an action, consumptive energy ripples out from you. Each creature other than you in a sphere centered on you must make a Reflex saving throw. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

You regain health equal to half the amount of necrotic damage dealt.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 1d8 for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana so the death field around you is continuous. The duration changes to 1 minute/mana, concentration and the death field remains around you in an aura shaped as a sphere. Until the spell ends, the aura moves with you, centered on you.

    Whenever a creature enters the area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there, it must make the Fortitude saving throw. The damage is reduced to 2d4 and additional augments to the damage increase the damage by 1d4 for every two additional mana expended, instead of the normal increase.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, you inflict crippling agony upon up to two creatures that you can touch or see within 10 meters and within 5 meters of each other. Each target must succeed on a Fortitude saving throw or be slowed 1 for the duration.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can target two additional creatures for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana to increase the slowed level by 1.

As a reaction, which you use when you take damage, you can dampen the pain. Roll 2d6 + your spellcasting ability and reduce the damage by the result.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can reduce the damage by an additional 3d6 for each additional mana expended.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana to trigger the spell when a creature that you can see within 10 meters is damaged.

(ritual); concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, you can sense the presence and location of corpses and undead within 20 meters of you. The spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood or dirt.

(ritual); concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As an action, you can sense the presence and location of diseases and diseased creatures within 5 meters of you. You also identify the kind of disease in each case. The spell can penetrate most barriers, but it is blocked by 30 centimeters of stone, 2 centimeters of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 1 meter of wood or dirt.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As an action, a black beam of enervating energy springs from your finger toward a creature within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 3d10 necrotic damage and deals only half damage with weapon attacks for the duration.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 4d10 for each additional mana expended.

1 hour/mana

As an action, you bolster yourself with a necromantic facsimile of life. You gain 2d6 + your spellcasting ability temporary health for the duration.

Augment

You gain 2d6 additional temporary health for each additional mana expended.

As two actions, you unleash a virulent disease on a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 3d10 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

The damage can’t reduce the target’s health below 1. If the target fails the saving throw, its maximum health is reduced for 1 hour by an amount equal to the necrotic damage it took. Any effect that removes a disease allows a creature’s maximum health to return to normal before that time passes.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 3d10 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, you lacerate a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it loses 4d6 health and is bleeding 3.

On a critical failure, it loses twice as much health and is bleeding 6.

On a success, it loses half as much health and is bleeding 1.

On a critical success, it loses no health.

Augment

You can increase the health lost by 4d6 and the bleeding level by 3 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, you siphon life force from a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters to heal your wounds. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 3d8 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

You regain health equal to half the amount of necrotic damage dealt.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 3d8 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, you sacrifice some of your health to mend another creature’s injuries. You take 5d4 + your spellcasting ability necrotic damage, which can’t be reduced in any way, and a creature that you can touch or see within 5 meters regains an amount of health equal to twice the necrotic damage you take.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 7d4 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, make a weapon attack.

On a hit, add 3d6 + your spellcasting ability necrotic damage to the attack’s damage roll.

On a critical hit, add twice as much damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, add half as much damage.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 4d6 for each additional mana expended.

As an action, make a weapon attack.

On a hit, add 3d4 + your spellcasting ability necrotic damage to the attack’s damage roll.

On a critical hit, it takes twice as much damage

On a miss by 4 or less, add half as much damage.

You siphon the creature’s life force to heal your wounds as you regain health equal to half the amount of necrotic damage dealt.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 5d4 for each additional mana expended.

24 hours

As two actions, threads of dark power leap from your fingers to pierce a pile of bones or a corpse of two Medium or Small humanoids you can see within 10 meters. Your spell imbues the targets with a foul mimicry of life, raising them as undead creatures. Choose one or more of the following options:

Skeleton. A pile of bones can become a skeleton.

Zombie. A corpse can become a zombie. It gains +1 damage on its slam attack.

Gnoll Witherling. A corpse of a gnoll can become a gnoll witherling.

Ghoul. If you cast this spell at night, a corpse becomes a ghoul.

Ghast. If you cast this spell at night, you can only target one corpse which becomes a ghast.

The creature has no mana or stamina dice, but you can infuse it with mana, psi, or stamina dice by expending mana up to your mana limit or psi up to double your mana limit. For each mana or 2 psi you expend, the elemental gains 1 mana or 2 stamina dice.

When you cast the spell—and once on on each of your turns thereafter as an action—you can mentally command any creature you raised with this spell if the creature is within 50 meters meters of you (if you control multiple creatures, you can command any or all of them at the same time, issuing the same command to each one). You decide what actions the creature will take and where it will move during its next turn, or you can issue a general command, such as to guard a particular chamber or corridor. If you issue no commands, the creature only defends itself against hostile creatures. Once given an order, the creature continues to follow it until its task is complete.

The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you’ve given it. To maintain control of the creature for another 24 hours, you must cast this spell on the creature before the current 24-hour period ends. This use of the spell reasserts your control on the creature you have animated with this spell, rather than animating new ones.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You animate or reassert control over an additional skeleton or zombie for each additional mana expended. You animate or reassert control over one additional gnoll witherling, ghoul, or ghast for every two additional mana expended.

  • Minotaur Skeleton. You can expend 1 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a minotaur skeleton from a pile of bones of a minotaur or existing minotaur skeleton. You animate or reassert control over one additional minotaur skeleton for every two additional mana expended.

  • Ogre Zombie. You can expend 1 additional mana to animate or reassert control over an ogre zombie from a corpse of an ogre or existing ogre zombie. You animate or reassert control over one additional ogre zombie for every two additional mana expended.

  • Wight or Deathlock Wight. You can cast this spell at night and expend 2 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a wight or deathlock wight from a corpse or existing wight or deathlock wight. You animate or reassert control over one additional wight or deathlock wight for every two additional mana expended.

  • Deathlock. You can cast this spell at night and expend 2 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a deathlock from a corpse or existing deathlock. You animate or reassert control over one additional deathlock for every two additional mana expended.

  • Mummy. You can cast this spell at night and expend 2 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a mummy from a corpse or existing mummy. You animate or reassert control over one additional wight for every two additional mana expended.

  • Flameskull. You can expend 2 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a flameskull from a humanoid skull or existing flameskull. You animate or reassert control over one additional flameskull for every two additional mana expended.

  • Bone Naga. You can expend 3 additional mana to animate or reassert control over a bone naga from a pile of bones of a naga or existing bone naga. You animate or reassert control over one additional bone naga for every two additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 hour/mana

As two actions, a shimmering barrier extends out from you in a sphere and moves with you, remaining centered on you and hedging out creatures other than undead and constructs. The barrier lasts for the duration. Any creature within the barrier when you cast the spell is pushed outside the barrier.

The barrier prevents an affected creature from passing or reaching through. An affected creature can cast spells or make attacks with ranged or reach weapons through the barrier.

If you move so that an affected creature passes through the barrier, the spell ends.

Augment

You can expend 1 additional mana to cast the spell centered on a point within 20 meters.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, flies buzz around in an aura shaped as a sphere. Until the spell ends, the aura moves with you, centered on you. An enemy creature that enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 poison damage and is poisoned until the end of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Additionally, you have advantage on Intimidation checks but disadvantage on other Charisma ability checks using a social skill for 1 minute.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d8 for every two additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 hour/mana

As two actions, you take control of an undead creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Will saving throw, which it does with advantage if the creature’s Intelligence is −2 or higher. If the creature is undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it you gain control for the duration.

The creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Each time the target takes damage, it makes a new saving throw against the spell. If the saving throw succeeds, the spell ends.

Intelligent undead are harder to control in this way. If it fails the saving throw and has an Intelligence of 1 or higher, it can repeat the saving throw at the end of every hour until it succeeds and breaks free.

While you have control, you have a telepathic link with it as long as the two of you are on the same plane of existence. You can use this telepathic link to issue commands to the creature while you are conscious (no action required), which it does its best to obey. You can specify a simple and general course of action, such as “Attack that creature,” “Run over there,” or “Fetch that object.” If the creature completes the order and doesn’t receive further direction from you, it defends and preserves itself to the best of its ability.

You can use two actions to take total and precise control of the target. Until the end of your next turn, the creature takes only the actions you choose, and doesn’t do anything that you don’t allow it to do. During this time, you can also cause the creature to use a reaction, but this requires you to use your own reaction as well.

3 hours/mana

As two actions, you touch a creature and grant it a measure of protection from death.

The first time the target would drop to 0 health as a result of taking damage, the target instead drops to 1 health, and the spell ends.

If the spell is still in effect when the target is subjected to an effect that would kill it instantaneously without dealing damage, that effect is instead negated against the target, and the spell ends.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can expend 1 additional mana so the target gains 3d10 temporary health when it drops to 1 health.

  • You can expend 1 additional mana so you can cast this spell as a reaction, which you use when a creature within 2 meters of you takes damage.

As a reaction, which you use when you are reduced to 0 health, you instead enter a state of suspended animation. While fatality is deferred, you do not age, breathe, grow hungry, sleep, or regain catalysts, mana, psi, or stamina dice. You do not roll death saving throws, are incapacitated, and unaware of your surroundings. Outside forces can damage your body, but you remain in a state of deferred fatality as long as your head remains attached to your torso and your brain remains intact until you have 1 or more health. When so cured, you become conscious with 1 health and 1 mana.

(ritual); 1 hour/mana

As two actions, you touch a willing creature and put it into a cataleptic state that is indistinguishable from death.

For the spell’s duration, or until you use an action to touch the target and dismiss the spell, the target appears dead to all outward inspection and to spells used to determine the target’s status. The target is blinded, incapacitated, and immobilized. The target has resistance to all damage except psychic damage. If the target is diseased or poisoned when you cast the spell, or becomes diseased or poisoned while under the spell’s effect, the disease and poison have no effect until the spell ends.

Augment

Suspend Life. You can expend 1 additional mana and concentrate on this spell for the full duration so the effect lasts until dismissed or dispelled.

As two actions, you send negative energy coursing through a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 6d10 necrotic damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

A creature killed by this spell rises as a zombie at the start of your next turn as it would via the animate dead spell.

If you target an undead creature with this spell, it doesn’t make a saving throw. Instead, roll 6d10. The creature regains health equal to the total.

Augment

You can increase the damage or the healing by 3d10 for each additional mana expended.

(ritual); 10 days

As two actions, you touch a corpse or other remains. For the duration, the target is protected from decay and can’t become undead.

The spell also effectively extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead, since days spent under the influence of this spell don’t count against the time limit of spells such as resurrection.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, you throw a severed hand as it transforms into a Large crawling claw, in an unoccupied space that you can see within 5 meters. The claw lasts for the duration, and it moves at your command, mimicking the movements of your own hand.

When you cast the spell—and once on on each of your turns thereafter as an action—you can move the claw up to 5 meters and then cause one of the following effects with it.

Slashing Claw. The claw slashes a creature or object within 1 meter of it. Make a melee spell attack.

On a hit, it takes 6d6 slashing damage.

On a miss by 4 or less, it takes half as much damage.

Forceful Claw. The claw attempts to push a creature within 1 meter of it in a direction you choose. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 5d6 bludgeoning damage and if it is Medium or smaller it is pushed 3 meters away from the claw. The claw moves with the creature to remain within 1 meter of it.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

Grasping Claw. The claw attempts to grapple a creature within 1 meter of it. The creature must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 4d6 bludgeoning damage and if it is Medium or smaller it is grappled by the claw.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

Interposing Claw. The claw interposes itself between you and a creature. The claw moves to stay between you and the creature, providing you with half cover against the creature. The creature can’t move through the claw’s space unless it succeeds on a Brawn check to overrun it or a Nimbleness check to tumble past it.

Augment

You can increase the damage from the slashing claw and the grasping claw options by 2d6, the other options by 3d6, push the creature an additional meter for the forceful claw option, and affect a creature of a larger size for each additional mana expended.

As two actions, you draw the moisture from every creature at a point within 20 meters. Each creature in a sphere centered on that point must make a Fortitude saving throw, which it does with disadvantage if it is a plant creature, a magical plant, or a creature made of water such as a water elemental. If the creature has no moisture in its body, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 7d6 necrotic damage and is exhausted 1 until it rehydrates. This exhaustion does not accumulate with other forms of exhaustion due to dehydration.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage and is exhausted 2 until it rehydrates. This exhaustion does not accumulate with other forms of exhaustion due to dehydration.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

The spell deals maximum damage to plant creatures, magical plants, or creatures made of water such as a water elemental.

Nonmagical plants that aren’t a creature, such as a tree or shrub, automatically fail the saving throw and withers and die.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 2d6 for each additional mana expended.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As two actions, swarming, biting locusts fill a sphere centered on a point within 20 meters. The locusts spread around corners and remain for the duration. The sphere’s area is lightly obscured and difficult terrain. A creature that enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 piercing damage.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d8 for every other additional mana expended.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, you speak a word of power that causes waves of intense pain to assail a creature that isn’t a construct or an undead that you can touch or see within 10 meters which must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, the creature is subject to crippling pain for the duration. While the target is affected by crippling pain, any speed it has can be no more than 2 meters and the target also has disadvantage on attack rolls, ability checks, and saving throws, other than Fortitude saving throws. Finally, if the target tries to cast a spell, it must first succeed on a Will saving throw, or the casting fails and the spell is wasted.

A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Augment

You can target one additional creature for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

1 hour/mana

As two actions, you connect your life to that of a willing creature within 10 meters. While the target is within 10 meters of you, you have resistance to all damage. Also, each time you take damage, it takes the same amount of damage.

The spell ends if you drop to 0 health or if you and the target become separated by more than 10 meters. It also ends if the spell is cast again on either of the connected creatures. You can dismiss the spell on your turn (no action required).

Augment

You can expend 1 additional mana to target any creature within 10 meters which must succeed on a Will saving throw or be affected by this spell. Each time the target takes damage from this spell, it makes a new Will saving throw against the spell. If the saving throw succeeds, the spell ends.

5 minutes/mana

As two actions, you grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within 5 meters, allowing it to answer the questions you pose. The corpse must still have a mouth and can’t be undead. The spell fails if the corpse was the target of this spell within the last 10 days.

Until the spell ends, you can ask the corpse up to five questions. The corpse knows only what it knew in life, including the languages it knew. Answers are usually brief, cryptic, or repetitive, and the corpse is under no compulsion to offer a truthful answer if you are hostile to it or it recognizes you as an enemy. This spell doesn’t return the creature’s soul to its body, only its animating spirit. Thus, the corpse can’t learn new information, doesn’t comprehend anything that has happened since it died, and can’t speculate about future events.

concentration, 5 minutes/mana

As two actions, you create a wall of animated, jagged, and twisted bones at a point within 20 meters for the duration. The wall can’t occupy the same space as a creature or object and doesn’t need to be vertical, though it needs a firm foundation.

If a creature would be surrounded on all sides by the wall (or the wall and another solid surface), that creature can make a Reflex saving throw.

On a success, it can use its reaction to move up to its speed so that it is no longer enclosed by the wall.

The wall is an object made of bones that blocks line of sight. A creature can move through the wall, albeit slowly and painfully. A creature must spend 3 meters of movement for every meter it moves through the wall. The wall can be damaged and thus breached. Each panel has 12 Defense, 2 Soak, and 1.5 Health per centimeter of thickness. Reducing a panel to 0 health destroys it and might cause connected panels to collapse at the GM’s discretion.

You can choose to cast this spell so the bones aren’t animated to bridge a chasm or create a ramp. If you create a span greater than 4 meters in length, you must halve the size of each panel to create supports. You can crudely shape the wall with or without animation to create crenellations, battlements, and so on.

A creature that enters the wall’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Reflex saving throw.

On a failure, it takes 2d8 slashing damage and is grappled for the duration.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

To break out, the grappled target can use an action to make a Brawn or Nimbleness check (its choice) against your spell save Difficulty.

On a success, the target escapes and is no longer grappled by the bones.

If you maintain your concentration on this spell for its whole duration, the wall becomes permanent and can’t be dispelled. Otherwise, the wall disappears when the spell ends.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d8 for each additional mana expended.

7 days

As two actions, you inflict a contagion upon a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.

On a failure, it is becomes diseased for the duration.

When you cast this spell, choose one of the following diseases.

Since this spell induces a natural disease, any effect that removes a disease or otherwise ameliorates a disease’s effects apply to it.

At the start of each of its turns while diseased in this way, the creature must make a Fortitude saving throw. If the creature succeeds on three of these saves, it is no longer diseased, and the spell ends. If the creature fails three of these saves, the disease manifests. While diseased, the creature is subjected to the following effects.

Blinding Sickness. Pain grips the creature’s mind, and its eyes turn milky white. The creature is blinded and has disadvantage on Will saving throws.

Filth Fever. A raging fever sweeps through the creature’s body. The creature is exhausted 2.

Flesh Rot. The creature’s flesh decays. The creature has vulnerability to all damage.

Mindfire. The creature’s mind becomes feverish. The creature is confused for the duration and has disadvantage on Will saving throws.

Seizure. The creature is overcome with shaking. The creature has disadvantage on Reflex saving throws and attack rolls.

Slimy Doom. The creature begins to bleed uncontrollably. The creature has disadvantage on Fortitude saving throws. In addition, whenever the creature takes damage, it is stunned until the end of its next turn.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, a creature that you can touch or see within 10 meters starts experiencing a heart attack. At the start of each of its turns for the duration, the creature must make a Fortitude saving throw. If the creature is a construct or an undead, the spell has no effect on it.

On a failure, it takes 4d6 necrotic damage and is stunned until the start of its next turn.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage and and the effect ends.

On a critical success, it takes no damage and the effect ends.

Augment
You can augment this spell with the following options, expending mana for each option.
  • You can increase the damage by 4d6 for each additional mana expended. If this spell is augmented to target additional creatures, this damage is halved.

  • You can target one additional creature for each additional mana expended. The creatures must be within 5 meters of each other when you target them.

concentration, 1 minute/mana

As two actions, grasping hands rise from the ground in a sphere on the ground that you can see within 20 meters. For the duration, these hands turn the ground in the area into difficult terrain.

A creature that enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there must make a Reflex saving throw. A creature that starts its turn in the area and is already restrained by the hands takes 2d6 bludgeoning damage.

On a failure, it takes 1d6 bludgeoning damage and is restrained for the duration.

On a critical failure, it takes twice as much damage.

On a success, it takes half as much damage.

On a critical success, it takes no damage.

A creature restrained by the hands, or one that can touch the creature, can use an action to make a Brawn or Nimbleness check (its choice) against your spell save Difficulty.

On a success, the target is freed.

When the spell ends, the hands sink in to the ground.

Augment

You can increase the damage by 1d6 for each additional mana expended.

M (mercury, phosphorus, and powdered diamond and opal worth 1,000 sp, consumed)

As you spend 1 minute to cast this spell, you inscribe a harmful glyph either on a surface (such as a section of floor, a wall, or a table) or within an object that can be closed to conceal the glyph (such as a book, a scroll, or a treasure chest). If you choose a surface, the glyph can cover an area of the surface no larger than 2 meters in diameter. If you choose an object, that object must remain in its place; if the object is moved more than 2 meters from where you cast this spell, the glyph is broken, and the spell ends without being triggered.

The glyph is nearly invisible, requiring a Perception check against your spell save Difficulty to find it.

You decide what triggers the glyph when you cast the spell. For glyphs inscribed on a surface, the most typical triggers include touching or stepping on the glyph, removing another object covering it, approaching within a certain distance of it, or manipulating the object that holds it. For glyphs inscribed within an object, the most common triggers are opening the object, approaching within a certain distance of it, or seeing or reading the glyph.

You can further refine the trigger so the spell is activated only under certain circumstances or according to a creature’s physical characteristics (such as height or weight), or physical kind (for example, the ward could be set to affect hags or shapechangers). You can also specify creatures that don’t trigger the glyph, such as those who say a certain password.

Once triggered, the glyph glows, filling a sphere twice as big as normal with dim light for 10 minutes, after which time the spell ends. Each creature in the area when the glyph activates must make a Fortitude saving throw.

A creature must also make this saving throw when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there.

Death. On a failure, a creature takes 8d10 necrotic damage.

On a success, a creature takes half damage.

Pain. On a failure, a creature becomes incapacitated with excruciating pain for 1 minute.