Spell Preview, Day Six

Today’s spell is exclusive to the bard class. I originally intended it to deal damage to Intelligence, but ended up making it skill checks instead. It is, afterall, a cantrip spell…

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HEADACHE

School evocation; Level bard 0

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components V, S

Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)

Duration 1 round/level (D)

Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes

The target gets a really bad headache that makes it harder to act and think clearly. The target takes a temporary -2 penalty to all skill checks that uses Intelligence. Furthermore, the target takes a -1 penalty to all Will saves.

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2 Comments on “Spell Preview, Day Six”

  1. jonbrazer Says:

    That’s awfully powerful for a 0 level spell. Compare it to flare that does a -1 penalty to sight based perception checks for 1 minute. Besides being alot more useful than flare, it also increases in duration the higher in level the caster is, something 0-level spells do not do.

    Just some food for thought.

  2. cityofmages Says:

    I’m not sure I agree, look at touch of fatigue, for example. That one increases in duration just like this. Would you say that this is more powerful than touch of fatigue? I most certainly wouldn’t. A penalty to Intelligence-based skill checks isn’t that big a deal, at least not in battle. The only skill that may be slightly useful in combat is Spellcraft and the Will save penalty, of course.


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