Drinker’s Curse

19 February, 2010

A minor curse, of the folk variety:

Old Redbeard, though his beard had long since, gone gray, used to haunt the taverns near to his home until one day he found he was not welcome.  His very presence in a tavern soured beer and made wine into vinegar.  Soon, he could drink no place in the city but at home, which is said to be what his wife wanted all along.

Drinker’s Curse

This curse is used by those seek punishment on someone who drinks too much in the company of others.  It is often considered a spiteful and petty curse but sometimes it can be turned to good ends.  The spell requires a discarded bottle or other container that once held alcohol, urine from the victim, soured beer, wine that has gone to vinegar, the tail of a rat and a drop of the casters blood.  This all must be mixed and then sealed in the by fresh clay and set under when the victim sleeps while he is sleeping off a drunken stupor.

The victim, whenever he buys a drink, causes all nearby beer to sour, all wine to begin to shift towards vinegar and all other alcoholic drinks also degrade in quality, except for his own.  While there is no visible effect, those drinking the affected drink have a vague sensation that the victim is somehow the cause of it.  The curse lasts until two full moons have passed through the night sky or the container is broken.

While the curse is active, the caster find that they loose their taste, if any, for alcohol and suffer if they imbibe it in quantity.

Pathfinder Game Effects:
Drinker’s Curse
School necromancy (curse) [petty, vengeance]; Level curse 2
Components V, S, M (see above)
Casting Time 1 minute
Range Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target One named target
Duration see above
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 1d2 points of each Constitution and Wisdom damage when casting this spell.

The description above describes the effects.

If the caster drinks more than a moderate amount of alcohol while the curse is active, they are sickened for 1d4+1 hours.

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


  1. I like it. Seems like a natural place to put the herb rue btw.


    • Oh, good call. Thank you for the link.

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