Curse – Anniversary of Ashes

9 February, 2010

Sorry for the delay but yesterday was my birthday and my dad is in town visiting, so I just did not get to posting.  Will try to get a magic item up tomorrow to get everything back on schedule.

Every year, around the time he had put the young prince to death, the Usurper’s sleep was wracked by nightmares of his terrible deeds and his blood stained hands.  No spell or potion could give him rest during this time and his servants dreaded that time almost as much as the Usurper did.

Anniversary of Ashes

This curse is used to punish those that have destroyed someone or something loved by the caster.  Ashes from what was destroyed must be mixed with the caster’s blood, salt and the powdered petals of dried flowers which must be rolled into a small ball.  The caster must recite the name of that which they have lost, how and when it was destroyed and who was responsible then the ball must be thrown as the victim.  The ball vanishes and the victim feels a momentary wave of illness.

The curse is cyclical in nature, striking once a year centered on the anniversary of the destruction of the item that set this into motion.  The on the three nights before and after the anniversary, the victim is haunted by nightmares, and on the day and night of the anniversary, the victim is troubled by waking visions and terrible nightmares.

If the victim makes amends to that which was destroyed will only by troubled with nightmare on the anniversary of the event.

Pathfinder Game Effects:
The Curse of the Anniversary of Ashes
School necromancy (curse) [cyclic, vengeance]; Level curse 2
Components V, S, M (salt and powdered flower petals)
Casting Time 1 action
Range Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target One named target
Duration permanent
Saving Throw None; Spell Resistance No

See casting notes above for use by non-spell casters.  When cast by a non-spell caster, it has an effective caster level of the curse caster’s level plus their Charisma or Wisdom modifier (whichever is higher) with a minimum of 11.  Non-spell casters take 1d4 points of each Constitution and Wisdom damage when casting this spell.

The description above describes the effects, mechanically the victim is fatigued after the nightmares and on the anniversary of the event, the victim is shaken as well.  If the victim makes amends, they are only fatigued on the anniversary.

A caster can only target a person once with this spell and no one may be subject to the effect of more than one of these curses per month.

Spell-casters suffer 1d2 points of each Constitution and Wisdom damage when casting this spell.


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