New Spell – Spectral Skirmisher (for Pathfinder)

18 June, 2015

“More of them?”

Spectral Skirmisher
School conjuration (creation); Level magus 1, sorcerer/wizard 1, summoner 1; Domain war 1

From small beginningsCASTING
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (a toy soldier)

Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect one semi-visible skirmisher
Duration 3 rounds + 1 round/level
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

This spell creates a humanoid form of magical force that serves its creator as a skirmisher.  It can attack once a round using its creators base attack bonus with either a “sling” (1d4 bludgeoning damage, 50 range increments) or “javelin” (1d6 piercing damage, 30 range increments), the weapon choice made when the skirmisher is summoned, if the caster has any feats that apply to the weapon used (such as point blank shot or weapon focus), the skirmisher has access to those as well.  The skirmisher’s attack is treated as is it was a magic weapon at 5th level and gains a +1 enhancement bonus to attack and damage at 7th level, increasing to +2 at 13th and +3 at 19th level.

The spectral skirmisher has AC 14, 4 hit points + 2/level with DR 1/bludgeoning and it may either be semi-invisible, gaining the effect of concealment (20% miss chance) against those who cannot see invisible, or fully visible (though slightly translucent).  It uses its creator worst save to determine its save against any effect that would target it.  If it drops to 0 hit points, the skirmisher dissipates and spell ends.

Once during each of your turns as a swift action, you can instruct the skirmisher to move 15 feet and attack a specific target.  Once given a target it continues to attack that target as best it can.  The skirmisher cannot fly, climb, or even swim (though it can walk on water) and if you attempt to send it beyond the spell’s range (measured from your current position), it ceases to exist.

Spectral Skirmisher Unit
School conjuration (creation); Level magus 3, sorcerer/wizard 3, summoner 3; Domain war 3

Effect five semi-visible skirmishers

Except as noted above, this spell is the same as Spectral Skirmisher except that it summons five skirmishers.  These skirmishers gain a +1 circumstance bonus to attack if three or more of them concentrate their fire on a single target.

Notes: The D&D5 version can be found here.  But I wanted to do a version for Pathfinder as well less flexible but more reliable than a low level summon monster spell which seems like the logical contrast.

Photo by John Morgan and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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