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The BRCS Document is a comprehensive toolbox consisting of rules, races, classes, feats, skills, various systems, spells, magic items, and monsters compatible with the d20 System version of Dungeons & Dragons from Wizards of the Coast.
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The spells presented here follow all the rules presented in Chapter Eleven: Spells of the Player's Handbook.

Bloodbond

Necromancy

Level: Clr 1, Drd 1, Pld 1

Components: V, S, F, DF

Casting Time: 10 minutes

Range: Touch

Target: Two living creature touched

Duration: 1 minute/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

You link the health of the two targets. Any damage taken by either character is divided evenly between them (odd points are taken by the character actually struck). If either target succeeds on their saving throw, the spell fails. The bond is broken if either character dies.

Material Component: a length of red silk.

Circle of Secrets

Illusion (Glamer)

Level: Clr 3, Drd 3

Components: V, S, DF

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: Touch

Target: Casters and one additional person for every two priests aiding the spell.

Duration: Concentration

Saving Throw: None (harmless) or Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

You may combine with other priests of your faith to make your allies undetectable. Only you need to cast the spell, but you must have a least one assistant priest of your faith in order for this spell to succeed. You may have up to one assistant per level. The priest and assistants must sit or stand in a circle while grasping hands. In addition to you and your assistants, this spell affects anyone inside the circle of joined hands formed by the priest and his assistants. Those affected by the spell appear to all senses to be part of the environment for as long as the priest and his assistants concentrate and remain still. Furthermore, all participants are affected by non-detection for the duration of the spell.

Deepest Night

Evocation [Darkness]

Level: Night 9

Components: V, S, XP (see text)

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Two miles

Area: Two mile-radius circle, centered on you

Duration: 10 minutes/level or 1 minute/level (see text)

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

You make the night deeper, or you can even plunge a daylit area into temporary night. This spell creates a darkness that gradually thickens over one minute, darkening the areas and subduing all natural senses save those of the caster.

For the duration of the spell, all creatures in the area suffer a –10 penalty to Spot and Listen checks. The area counts as near total darkness, and provides nine-tenths cover (40% miss chance). These effects are felt by all creatures within the area (except for the caster) regardless of their normal sensory acuity; normal vision, darkvision, scent, blindsight, tremorsense, or any other sensory ability is affected equally.

All sources of light, including magical effects of less than 5th level, are magically dimmed, and provide illumination equivalent to dim candlelight (5 ft. radius).

If this spell is cast during the daytime, its duration is reduced to 1 minute/level.

XP Cost: 500 XP if cast during the daylight.

Detect Elven Influence

Divination

Level: Brd 2, Clr 1, Drd 1, Mag 2, Sor/Wiz 2

Components: V, M, F/DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10. ft./level)

Area: Quarter circle emanating from you to the extreme of the range.

Duration: Concentration, up to 10 minutes/level (D)

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

You can detect whether elves have influenced an area in the recent past (one month per level). “Influenced” can mean anything from passing though to leveling the area with magical energy. The amount of information revealed depends on how long you study a particular area or subject:

1st round: Presence or absence of elven influence

2nd round: Number of individual influences identified in the area and the strength of the strongest aura present.

3rd round: The strength and location of each influence. If an aura is outside your line of sight, you determine its direction, but not its exact location.

Influence Influence Strength
Elf passed though area # / 10
Elf rested or waited # / 5
Elf in battle # / 2
Elf cast spell Caster level / 2
Influence Strength Aura Strength
Lingering Dim
1 or less Faint
2-4 Moderate
5-10 Strong
11+ Overwhelming

How long the aura lingers depends on its original strength:

Original Strength Duration
Faint 1d6 x 10 minutes
Moderate 1d6 hours
Strong 1d6 days
Overwhelming 1d6 months

Note: Each round you can detect in a new area. The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it.

Arcane Focus: An object once touched or owned by an elf or half-elf.

Disguise Bloodline

Illusion (Glamer)

Level: Mag 5, Sor/Wiz 5

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: Creature or object touched

Duration: 1 hour/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

You can cause a creature to appear to have the physical characteristics of any bloodline derivation and strength. All physical characteristics (such as bloodmarks, etc) are cloaked as if by change self. Furthermore, the target gains a +4 to saving throws against bloodline-oriented divinations. Observers gain an immediate check to disbelief if the subject uses any visible blood abilities.

Enhance Blood Ability

Transmutation

Level: Clr 2, Drd 2, Sor/Wiz 3

Components: V, S, F/DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: One blooded scion

Duration: 1 minute/level

Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (harmless)

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

This spell enables the target to temporarily tap the essence of their bloodline. The target must possess a blood ability that can be improved one power level (minor to major, or major to great). The caster must know the bloodline derivation and blood ability to be affected. The ability is improved one power level for the duration of the spell. When the spell expires, the affected character suffers 1d4 + 1 points of temporary ability score damage to their Bloodline due to the strain this places upon them.

Arcane Focus: Two similar objects – one large, one small.

False Tracks

Transmutation

Level: Drd 1, Rgr 1, Sor/Wiz 2

Components: V, S, M/DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: One creature/level touched

Duration: 10 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

You leave the tracks of a native animal, rather than your own. This spell provides a +5 condition modifier (for “tracked party hides trail”) to DC of tracking those affected by the spell. If the caster of the spell attempts to track the targeted creatures, however, the modifier is reversed (-5 DC to the track check) – making it easier for the caster to track the affected individuals.

Arcane Component: A handful of ashes.

Fireform

Transmutation

Level: Sor/Wiz 3, Fire 3

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 round

Range: Personal

Target: You

Duration: 1 hour/level (D)

This spell enables you to conceal your body and possessions into a non-magical fire of campfire-size or larger. While in fireform, you can see and hear normally, are immune to normal fire damage, and gain damage reduction 20/+1. You can see and hear normally, but cannot talk, move, attack, or cast spells with verbal, somatic, material, or focus components. (Note that this does not rule out certain spells that the subject may have prepared using the metamagic feats Silent Spell and Still Spell). As with Gaseous Form, you lose all supernatural abilities while in fireform. If the fire source is extinguished, you take 5d6 damage and are immediately expelled.

Material component: A mixture of salt, sulfur, and crushed peppercorns tossed into the fire source.

First Strike

Transmutation

Level: Brd 2, Mag 2, Sor/Wiz 2

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5ft./2 levels)

Target: One ally/level

Duration: 1 min/level

Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (harmless)

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

The affected creatures move and act more quickly than normal. Those affected gain a +4 enhancement bonus to their initiative. Any creature moving out of range from the caster after the spell is cast loses the effect.

Material Component: A handful of purified sand.

Fury of Winter

Evocation [Cold]

Level: Winter 9

Components: V, S, DF

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: 2 miles or Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level) (see text)

Area: Two mile-area circle, centered on you, or Cone (see text)

Duration: 4d12 days or 3 rounds (see text)

Saving Throw: See text

Spell Resistance: No or Yes (see text)

Fury of winter is a multipurpose spell. You can cast either of the following versions:

Blizzard: You change the weather in the local area. This works exactly as a control weather spell, except that the duration is measured in 4d12 days (not hours), the casting time is only one-full round, and you can only create a blizzard effect.

Breath of Winter: You create an effect similar to a cone of cold spell, with a medium range and a 3 round duration. In the first round of the spell, it will inflict 1d8 points of cold damage per caster level (maximum 20d8) to any creature caught in the cone. Half of this damage is divine in nature and not subject to regular cold resistance. A Reflex save is permitted for half damage. In the second round of this spell, the wind intensifies to tornado-level winds, blowing away large or smaller creatures, knocking down huge creatures, and checking gargantuan and colossal creatures. In all cases, creatures are moved away from the spellcaster. This effect persists through the third round of the spell. In the third round after casting this spell, any creature remaining within the area must make a Fortitude save or be frozen stiff, unable to move or take any actions requiring movement or somatic gestures. A frozen creature is permitted a Strength check against a DC of 20 to break free every round; otherwise, creatures remain frozen for 1d6+1 rounds.

Gift of Eloéle

Evocation

Level: Night 5

Components: S, DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Personal

Target: You

Duration: 1 round/level

You call upon a portion of Eloéle’s power, imbuing yourself with the essence of night. You gain an enhancement bonus to Dexterity and a competence bonus to Hide and Move Silently checks equal to your caster level. Furthermore, you gain the ability to make one sneak attack during the spell's duration as if a rogue of your caster level. Multi-class cleric/rogues sum their levels when determining sneak attack bonus.

Hand of Ice

Transmutation [Cold]

Level: Winter 1

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: Creature or Object Touched

Duration: Until discharged

Saving Throw: Fortitude partial (see text)

Spell Resistance: Yes (object)

This spell magically imbues your hand with the cold fury of winter. Your successful melee touch attack deals 1d8 points of cold damage +1 point per caster level. Due to the intense cold, a touched victim must make a Fortitude save or only be able to take a partial action on her next turn.

Improved Armor

Conjuration

Level: Sor/Wiz 4

Components: V, S, F

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: Creature touched

Duration: 10 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless)

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

The target of the spell is enveloped in a faintly glowing magical field of energy. The field grants the subject a +3 deflection bonus to Armor Class plus an additional +1 for every three caster levels (maximum bonus +8).

Focus: A cube of polished steel.

Khinasi Trader's Tongue

Illusion (Glamer)

Level: Brd 1, Mag 1, Sor/Wiz 1, Trade 1

Components: V, M

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 10 ft.

Duration: 5 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: No

You have an unfair advantage when haggling. Whenever you quote a price during a financial negotiation, an affected target hears, instead, the exact amount of money (or goods) that they are willing to accept or pay for a particular item. You receive a +5 bonus on skill checks for any financial negotiation, barter, transaction, contract, or sale.

Material component: a vial of snake oil.

Know Bloodline

Divination

Level: Brd 1, Clr 1, Drd 1, Mag 1, Sor/Wiz 1

Components: V, M, F/DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)

Target: One creature

Duration: Instantaneous

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: No

You learn the bloodline strength (minor, major, or great) and derivation of the target. Because stronger bloodlines are easier to identify the target’s Bloodline bonus acts as a penalty to their saving throw (visa-versa, if the target has a bloodline penalty, it acts as a bonus to their saving throw).

Arcane Focus: An iron rod and a collection of minor gemstones (5 gp each) representing the different bloodlines. The gem that corresponds to the target’s bloodline will shatter when the spell is complete.

Know Origin

Divination

Level: Brd 1, Mag 1, Sor/Wiz 1

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: One creature or object

Duration: Instantaneous

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: No

You can determine the area of Cerilia from which the target originated (or whether the target derives from outside Cerilia). The spell provides a general idea (within 25 miles, about the size of a province) of where the object was created or person was born. The spell may instead be cast to determine the place in which the target has spent the most time. Subsequent castings will reveal places where the target has spent increasingly less time.

Mask Bloodline

Illusion (Glamer)

Level: Mag 2, Sor/Wiz 2

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: Creature or object touched

Duration: 20 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

You can hide the derivation and strength of a bloodline from others. All physical characteristics (such as bloodmarks, etc) are cloaked as if by change self. Furthermore, the target gains a +4 to saving throws against bloodline-oriented divin­ations. Observers gain an immediate check to disbelieve if the subject uses any visible blood abilities.

Mass Magic Weapons

Transmutation

Level: Mag 3, Sor/Wiz 3

Components: V, S, M, F

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: One weapon/level touched

Duration: 1 round/level (see text)

Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless, object)

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless, object)

This spell gives a number of weapons a +1 enhancement bonus to attack and damage rolls. The duration of this spell does not begin at the time of casting. Instead, the duration begins once the first time the weapon is used in combat. This spell lays dormant for up to one hour/level, after which time it dissipates.

Material Component: A stone arrowhead.
Focus: The weapons.

Mass Mounts

Conjuration (Summoning)

Level: Sor/Wiz 3

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft. / 2 levels)

Effect: One mount/level

Duration: 1 hour/level

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

You summon a number of normal riding animals to serve as mounts for you and your allies. The summoned mounts can be any type of mount (of the caster's choice) used in the area of the summons; ponies, light horses, heavy horses, mules, camels, and varsk (tundra only) are the most likely mounts to appear. The mounts are normal animals of their type and should be considered to be broken for riding, but are not trained for war. The mounts come with a bit and bridle and a riding saddle.

Material component: a bit of hair from the type of mount to be summoned.

Misfortune

Enchantment (Compulsion) [Fear, Mind-Affecting]

Level: Brd 2, Mag 2, Sor/Wiz 2

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5ft./2 levels)

Target: One living creature

Duration: 1 week/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

This curse fills a single creature with a feeling of horrible dread and causes him to weaken and lose confidence. The target suffers a –1 morale penalty to attack rolls, weapon damage rolls, ability checks, skill checks, and saving throws.

Moonbeam

Evocation

Level: Clr 2, Drd 1, Moon 2

Components: V, S, F

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)

Target: One undead creature

Duration: 1 round/level

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell renders an undead creature immobile. If the spell is successful, it renders the target immobile for the duration of the spell (similar to the effects of hold person on a living target).

Focus: A reflective moon or sun-shaped talisman.

Night’s Embrace

Transmutation [Darkness]

Level: Night 3

Components: V, S, DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Personal

Target: You

Duration: 1 minute/level

You are embraced by the shadows of the night. While this spell is in effect, you are shadowy and insubstantial. You gain the ability to hide in plain sight (as per the Shadowdancer prestige class in the Dungeon Master's Guide) and have no movement penalty when moving silently. In dimly light areas, you always have one-half concealment (yielding a 20% miss chance).

Purity of Reason

Abjuration [Mind-Affecting]

Level: Reason 8

Components: V, S, DF

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./level)

Area: Emanation, centered on you

Duration: 1 minute

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell creates an emanation of shimmering yellow light extending from you out to the maximum range of the spell. The illuminated area acts as a limited antimagic field that suppresses illusion, enchantment, and mind-affecting spells or spell-like effects. Any emotion-affecting effects, such as a barbarian’s rage or a bard’s music, are also suppressed. For the duration of the effect, all creatures within the area can understand each other as if a tongues spell had been cast upon them. The area is also considered to be a zone of truth. Finally, all creatures in the areas are affected as if under the effects of a sanctuary spell.

Ruornil's Gift

Transmutation

Level: Spell 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Components: V, S, F (and possibly M/DF, F, and XP)

Casting Time: 15 minutes

Range: Personal

Target: You

Duration: Instantaneous

This spell allows clerics of Ruornil to read and prepare a magician spell of one level lower than the spell slot used to memorize Ruornil's Gift. For example, Ruornil's gift, memorized as a 1st level domain spell, could be used to cast a 0-level magician spell. During the spell's 15 minute casting time, you can scan your spellbook (see below) and choose one spell to read and prepare. Once you choose and prepare an arcane spell, you retain it in your mind. The prepared spell occupies the appropriate domain spell slot (this spell is only available as a domain spell) until it is cast.

When you cast the magician spell, it works just as though cast as an arcane spell by a magician of your cleric level except that your Wisdom score sets the save DC (if applicable). The spell is subject to an Arcane Spell Failure. Your holy symbol substitutes for any non-costly material component. If the spell has a focus or costly material component (one to which a gold piece value is assigned), you must provide it. If the spell has an XP component, you must pay the experience point cost.

Focus: You are subject to the same restrictions as a wizard or magician in preparing arcane spells with this spell. To prepare an arcane spell, you must have learned the spell and have a copy of the spell in your spellbook (which is identical to a magician's spellbook in all respects). You may add spells to your spell books using the same rules as a magician or wizard (Player's Handbook, pg. 155), but you do not gain "automatic" spells to place in your spellbook when you advance in level.

Shadow Portal

Divination

Level: Drd 4, Mag 4, Sor/Wiz 4

Components: V

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft. / 2 levels)

Duration: Concentration, up to 1 min/level (D)

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

You can sense the presence of temporary or permanent portals to the shadow world. You gain the Shadow Guide and Shadow Walker feats (see Chapter One: Characters) for the duration of the spell. Also, you are automatically aware of any permanent portals in range.

Sidhelien Bow

Transmutation

Level: Mag 1, Rng 1, Sor/Wiz 1

Components: V, S, F

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: Touch

Target: Bow touched

Duration: 1 hour/level or until discharged

Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless, object)

Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless, object)

This spell gives a +1 enhancement bonus to attack rolls to a longbow or shortbow. The spell is discharged once the spell has affected 1 shot per caster level. If you are an elf, the weapon also provides a +1 enhancement bonus to damage.

Focus: The bow.

Starry Sky

Divination

Level: Mag 1, Sor/Wiz 1

Components: V, S, F

Casting Time: 20 minutes

Range: Close

Area: Circle, with a radius of 5 ft.

Duration: 1 hour/level

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

You cause a display of the correct positions of the stars in the sky to be projected on the ceiling (or air) above you. This knowledge provides a +10 circumstance bonus to Inuit Direction and a +5 bonus to all navigation checks made with Profession (Sailor) to all within the area of effect.

Focus: An unblemished silver mirror.

Suppress Blood Ability

Transmutation

Level: Clr 3, Sor/Wiz 3

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)

Target: One scion

Duration: 10 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (see text)

Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell temporarily removes an individual’s ability to access one of their blood abilities. The caster of the spell must know the derivation of the target and the ability to be suppressed. This difficulty of this spell is, in part, determined by the relative strength of the caster and victim's bloodline scores. Thus, the caster's bloodline modifier is added to the save DC of this spell. Similarly, the target's Bloodline bonus acts as an additional bonus to their fortitude save.

Material component: A small piece of a totem animal associated with the target’s bloodline derivation.

Suppress Bloodline

Transmutation

Level: Mag 1, Clr 6, Sor/Wiz 6

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)

Target: One scion

Duration: 10 minutes/level

Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (see text)

Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell temporarily removes an individual’s ability to access all of their blood abilities (except for the permanent physical changes caused by a bloodform). The caster of the spell must know the derivation of the target. The difficulty of this spell is, in part, determined by the relative strength of the caster and victim's bloodline scores. Thus, the caster's bloodline modifier is added to the save DC of this spell. Similarly, the target's Bloodline bonus acts as an additional bonus to their Fortitude save.

Material component: Many small pieces of a totem animal associated with the target’s bloodline derivation.

Transport via Water

Transmutation

Level: Sea 6

Components: V, S

Casting Time: 1 round

Range: Personal

Target: You

Duration: 10 minutes + 1 minute/level (D)

Saving Throw: Will negates

Spell Resistance: Yes

This spell allows you to move quickly from one body of water to a connected body of water. You must immerse yourself in a body of water during the casting of the spell. You and up to 100 lbs of equipment are transported safely at a rate of 1 mile per minute through open water for the duration of the spell. Underwater, you are largely unaware of surface surroundings, but you are aware of the distance that you have traveled and can stop reliably at any known destination in range.

Winter Wolves

Conjuration [Evil, Cold]

Level: Winter 8

Components: V, S, DF

Casting Time: 1 full round

Range: Short (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)

Effect: 2d4+2 summoned winter wolves

Duration: 10 minutes/level

Saving Throw: None

Spell Resistance: No

This spell summons a pack of winter wolves to assist you. They can appear anywhere within range of the spell. The winter wolves summoned are lawful evil in alignment and are highly obedient. They will perform any task the cleric sets before them to the best of their ability, and they will even act independently to achieve the cleric’s goals if he commands them to. The winter wolves summoned by this spell cannot be commanded by anyone else, and are immune to charm, domination, and other similar enchantments.