concentration, 5 minutes/mana
As two actions, you siphon blood from a creature within 10 meters, animating it into a blood ooze. The creature must make a Fortitude saving throw.
On a failure, it takes 3d6 necrotic damage and is a blood ooze appears in an unoccupied space within 1 meter of the creature.
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 ooze 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 ooze gains 1 mana or 2 stamina dice. The ooze is friendly to you and your companions and melts to a pool of blood when it drops to 0 health or when the spell ends.
When it attacks, make a melee spell attack in place of its attack, but retain the damage and other effects.
Any creature you animated with this spell acts after your turn. You can mentally command the creature if it is within 20 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). The creature(s) will generally follow any specific verbal commands that you issue to them if the likely outcome is in accordance with its desires (no action required by you). For example you may command it to guard a particular chamber or corridor, explore the room ahead, or to attack a specific creature. If you don't issue any commands, they defend themselves from hostile creatures, but otherwise take no actions.
You can target one additional creature for each additional mana expended, creating an additional blood ooze.