Flies’ Friend Curse

23 February, 2010

“Damnable things,” the knight cursed swatting at the insect that circled his head.  “Since we left Lower Scofton I cannot seem to get rid of the creatures.”  Reports had reached me that the knights of his order did not treat the folk of Low Scofton with much kindness during their time there, perhaps this was their revenge.

Flies’ Friend

This petty curse is used to punish those who are slovenly or who offended against decent manners.  It requires a pinch of dung from the victim, a drop of honey and the casters’s spit, rolled into a ball and cast into a fire when the victim enters the room.  The ball is consumed and two flies buzz out, seeking the victim.

The curse is simple and annoying, the victim will find that flying insects (of the normal, not giant kind) are attracted to him.  Wherever he goes, unless inimical to insects, he will be accompanied by his buzzing ‘friends’.  The insects do not harm the victim but they are annoying, crawl on his food and generally get in the way.  If the victim fights the insects or tries to ignore them, they will by annoying but after a few weeks the curse will fade and he will be free, though, perhaps humbler.  However, if the victim reaches an accommodation with the insect and becomes friends with them, he will find them less annoying (though others will find them more so) and his hygiene will be compromised but, worst of all, they will never leave.

Pathfinder Game Effects:
Flies’ Friend Curse
School necromancy (curse) [petty, summoning]; Level curse 1
Components V, S, M (dung and honey)
Casting Time 1 action
Range Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target One named target
Duration 1d4+1 weeks but 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 7.  Non-spell casters take 1d2 points of each Constitution and Charisma damage when casting this spell.

The description above describes the effects, mechanically if the victim is trying to ignore or fight the insects, he suffers a -1 circumstance penalty to attack rolls, Reflex and Will saves and skill checks.  However, if he has indeed become the flies’ friend, he suffers a -2 circumstance penalty to Fortitude saves and a -4 (or higher) circumstance penalty on all social based skill checks (except for, possibly, Intimidate).

Spell-casters suffer 1 point of each Constitution and Charisma damage when casting this spell.

Notes: The pettiest of the petty curses so far.


  1. Getting access to the material components (one in particular) sounds like an adventure in itself. You must really dislike somebody to go that far. A cool spell. 🙂

  2. I like it. You probably should state that the Con & Charisma damage is temporary though or have it last the duration of the curse.


    • By definition ability damage in Pathfinder is temporary and heals naturally. It is ability drain that is permanent (unless magically healed). I made sure to check before setting up the curses.

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