Index of Spells by Descriptor - Ectomancy

Name
School Casting Time Source Book
Save - Res Level Comps
Dur Range Recharge
Effect
Expensive Focus
Expensive Material
XP Cost
Description
Full Description
Astral Projection (M)
Necromancy [Ectomancy] 30 minutes SRD
None - Yes APeace 9, Arc 9, Clr 9, Meditation 9, Mental 9, Sin-S 9, Sor/Wiz 9, Travel 9, Wuj 9 V, S, M
See text Touch General
Targets: You plus one additional willing creature touched per two caster levels
Materials: A jacinth worth at least 1,000 gp, plus a silver bar worth 5 gp for each person to be affected.

Projects you and companions onto Astral Plane.

By freeing your spirit from your physical body, this spell allows you to project an astral body onto another plane altogether.

You can bring the astral forms of other willing creatures with you, provided that these subjects are linked in a circle with you at the time of the casting. These fellow travelers are dependent upon you and must accompany you at all times. If something happens to you during the journey, your companions are stranded wherever you left them.

You project your astral self onto the Astral Plane, leaving your physical body behind on the Material Plane in a state of suspended animation. The spell projects an astral copy of you and all you wear or carry onto the Astral Plane. Since the Astral Plane touches upon other planes, you can travel astrally to any of these other planes as you will. To enter one, you leave the Astral Plane, forming a new physical body (and equipment) on the plane of existence you have chosen to enter.

While you are on the Astral Plane, your astral body is connected at all times to your physical body by a silvery cord. If the cord is broken, you are killed, astrally and physically. Luckily, very few things can destroy a silver cord. When a second body is formed on a different plane, the incorporeal silvery cord remains invisibly attached to the new body. If the second body or the astral form is slain, the cord simply returns to your body where it rests on the Material Plane, thereby reviving it from its state of suspended animation. Although astral projections are able to function on the Astral Plane, their actions affect only creatures existing on the Astral Plane; a physical body must be materialized on other planes.

You and your companions may travel through the Astral Plane indefinitely. Your bodies simply wait behind in a state of suspended animation until you choose to return your spirits to them. The spell lasts until you desire to end it, or until it is terminated by some outside means, such as dispel magic cast upon either the physical body or the astral form, the breaking of the silver cord, or the destruction of your body back on the Material Plane (which kills you).

Death Knell
Necromancy [Death] [Ectomancy] [Evil] 1 standard action SRD
Will negates - Yes Arc 2, Blg 2, Blk 1, Clr 2, Death 2, DrgBlw 2, Sin-G 2 V, S
Instant/10 minutes per HD of subject; see text Touch General
Target: Living creature touched

Kills dying creature; you gain 1d8 temporary hp, +2 to Str, and +1 level.

You draw forth the ebbing life force of a creature and use it to fuel your own power. Upon casting this spell, you touch a living creature that has -1 or fewer hit points. If the subject fails its saving throw, it dies, and you gain 1d8 temporary hit points and a +2 bonus to Strength. Additionally, your effective caster level goes up by +1, improving spell effects dependent on caster level. (This increase in effective caster level does not grant you access to more spells.) These effects last for 10 minutes per HD of the subject creature.

Death Ward
Necromancy [Ectomancy] 1 standard action SRD
Will negates (harmless) - Yes (harmless) APeace 4, Arc 4, Blg 4, ChamGwyn 4, Clr 4, Death 4, Drd 5, Hlr 4, HotD 4, Life 4, Pal 4, Repose 4, Shu 4, Slayer of Domiel 4, Undeath 4 V, S, DF
1 min./level Touch 5 minutes
Target: Living creature touched

Grants immunity to death spells and negative energy effects.

The subject is immune to all death spells, magical death effects, energy drain, and any negative energy effects.

This spell doesn't remove negative levels that the subject has already gained, nor does it affect the saving throw necessary 24 hours after gaining a negative level.

Death ward does not protect against other sorts of attacks even if those attacks might be lethal.

Mass Death Ward
    SPC
  Arc 8, Clr 8, Drd 9  
    30 minutes

As death ward, but more targets.

Ectoplasmic Armor
    SPC
  Sor/Wiz 1  
    General

Gain +5 to +9 armor bonus against incorporeal* touch attacks.

Ectoplasmic Enhancement
    Book of Vile Darkness
  Sor/Wiz 6  
    24 hours

Incorporeal undead gain +1 AC, +1d8 hp, +1 on attacks, +2 turn resistance for every 3 levels.

Ectoplasmic Feedback
    SPC
  Sor/Wiz 2  
    5 minutes

Incorporeal* attackers take 1d6 damage.

Ghost Touch Armor
    SPC
  Arc 2, Clr 2, Sor/Wiz 2  
    5 minutes

Armor works normally against incorporeal attacks.

Ghost Touch Weapon
    Libris
  Arc 4, Clr 4  
    1 hour

Weapon works normally against incorporeal creatures.

Ghost Trap
    SPC
  Arc 6, Clr 6, Sor/Wiz 7  
    6 hours

Incorporeal creatures turn corporeal.

Hide from Undead
Abjuration [Ectomancy] 1 standard action SRD
Will negates (harmless); see text - Yes APeace 1, Arc 1, Clr 1, HotD 1, Life 1, Repose 1 V, S, DF
10 min./level (D) Touch 4 hours
Targets: One touched creature/level

Undead can't perceive one subject/level.

Undead cannot see, hear, or smell the warded creatures. Even extraordinary or supernatural sensory capabilities, such as blindsense, blindsight, scent, and tremorsense, cannot detect or locate warded creatures. Nonintelligent undead creatures are automatically affected and act as though the warded creatures are not there. An intelligent undead creature gets a single Will saving throw. If it fails, the subject can't see any of the warded creatures. However, if it has reason to believe unseen opponents are present, it can attempt to find or strike them. If a warded creature attempts to turn or command undead, touches an undead creature, or attacks any creature (even with a spell), the spell ends for all recipients.

Leech Ghost Skill (M)
    Ghostwalk Web
  Sor/Wiz 5  
    General

Another creature can use a ghost's skill ranks instead of their own and the ghost is supressed.

Raise Dead (M)
Conjuration (Healing) [Ectomancy] 1 minute SRD
None; see text - Yes (harmless) Adp 5, APeace 5, Arc 5, Clr 5, Hlr 5, SaveLife 5 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature touched
Materials: Diamonds worth a total of least 5,000 gp.

Restores life to subject who died as long as one day/level ago.

You restore life to a deceased creature. You can raise a creature that has been dead for no longer than one day per caster level. In addition, the subject's soul must be free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw.

Coming back from the dead is an ordeal. The subject of the spell loses one level (or 1 Hit Die) when it is raised, just as if it had lost a level or a Hit Die to an energy-draining creature. If the subject is 1st level, it loses 2 points of Constitution instead (if this would reduce its Con to 0 or less, it can't be raised). This level/HD loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any means. A character who died with spells prepared has a 50% chance of losing any given spell upon being raised, in addition to losing spells for losing a level. A spellcasting creature that doesn't prepare spells (such as a sorcerer) has a 50% chance of losing any given unused spell slot as if it had been used to cast a spell, in addition to losing spell slots for losing a level.

A raised creature has a number of hit points equal to its current Hit Dice. Any ability scores damaged to 0 are raised to 1. Normal poison and normal disease are cured in the process of raising the subject, but magical diseases and curses are not undone. While the spell closes mortal wounds and repairs lethal damage of most kinds, the body of the creature to be raised must be whole. Otherwise, missing parts are still missing when the creature is brought back to life. None of the dead creature's equipment or possessions are affected in any way by this spell.

A creature who has been turned into an undead creature or killed by a death effect can't be raised by this spell. Constructs, elementals, outsiders, and undead creatures can't be raised. The spell cannot bring back a creature that has died of old age.

Rapid Raise Dead (M)
Conjuration (Healing) [Ectomancy] 1 standard action Drew
None; see text - No Arc 4, Clr 4, Hlr 4 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature touched
Materials: Diamond dust worth a total of least 5,000 gp.

Restores a person to life who died within the last round and damages caster.

You restore life to a deceased creature. You can raise a creature that has been dead for no longer one full round. In addition, the subject's soul must be free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw. The caster takes 1d4 non-lethal damage per hit die of the target (before the target loses the level from being raised.)

Coming back from the dead is an ordeal. The subject of the spell loses one level (or 1 Hit Die) when it is raised, just as if it had lost a level or a Hit Die to an energy-draining creature. If the subject is 1st level, it loses 2 points of Constitution instead (if this would reduce its Con to 0 or less, it can't be raised). This level/HD loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any means. A character who died with spells prepared has a 50% chance of losing any given spell upon being raised, in addition to losing spells for losing a level. A spellcasting creature that doesn't prepare spells (such as a sorcerer) has a 50% chance of losing any given unused spell slot as if it had been used to cast a spell, in addition to losing spell slots for losing a level.

A raised creature has a number of hit points equal to its maximum Hit Points. Any ability scores damaged to 0 are raised to 1. Normal poison and normal disease are cured in the process of raising the subject, but magical diseases and curses are not undone. While the spell closes mortal wounds and repairs lethal damage of most kinds, the body of the creature to be raised must be whole. Otherwise, missing parts are still missing when the creature is brought back to life. None of the dead creature's equipment or possessions are affected in any way by this spell.

A creature who has been turned into an undead creature or killed by a death effect can't be raised by this spell. Constructs, elementals, outsiders, and undead creatures can't be raised. The spell cannot bring back a creature that has died of old age.

Rapid Resurrection (M)
Conjuration (Healing) [Ectomancy] 1 standard action Drew
None; see text - No Arc 6, Clr 6, Hlr 6, SaveLife 6, Shu 6 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature touched.
Materials: Diamond dust worth a total of least 10,000 gp.

Restores a person to life who died within the last 2 rounds and damages caster.

You restore life to a deceased creature. You can raise a creature that has been dead for no longer than 2 full rounds. In addition, the subject's soul must be free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw. The caster takes 1d6 non-lethal damage per Hit Die of the target (before the target loses the level from being raised.)

Coming back from the dead is an ordeal. The subject of the spell loses one level (or 1 Hit Die) when it is raised, just as if it had lost a level or a Hit Die to an energy-draining creature. If the subject is 1st level, it loses 2 points of Constitution instead (if this would reduce its Con to 0 or less, it can't be raised). This level/HD loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any means. Upon completion of the spell, the creature is immediately restored to full hit points, vigor, and health, with no loss of prepared spells.

The condition of the remains is not a factor. So long as some small portion of the creatures body still exists, it can be resurrected, but the portion receiving the spell must have been part of the creatures body at the time of death. (The remains of a creature hit by a disintegrate spell count as a small portion of its body.)

You can resurrect someone killed by a death effect or someone who has been turned into an undead creature and then destroyed. You cannot resurrect someone who has died of old age. Constructs, elementals, outsiders, and undead creatures can't be resurrected.

Reincarnate (M)
Transmutation [Ectomancy] 10 minutes SRD
None; see text - Yes (harmless) Arc 4, Drd 4, Renewal 4 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature touched
Materials: Rare oils and unguents worth a total of least 1,000 gp, spread over the remains.

Brings dead subject back in a random body.

With this spell, you bring back a dead creature in another body, provided that its death occurred no more than one week before the casting of the spell and the subject's soul is free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw.

Since the dead creature is returning in a new body, all physical ills and afflictions are repaired. The condition of the remains is not a factor. So long as some small portion of the creature's body still exists, it can be reincarnated, but the portion receiving the spell must have been part of the creatures body at the time of death. The magic of the spell creates an entirely new young adult body for the soul to inhabit from the natural elements at hand. This process takes 1 hour to complete. When the body is ready, the subject is reincarnated. A reincarnated creature recalls the majority of its former life and form. It retains any class abilities, feats, or skill ranks it formerly possessed. Its class, base attack bonus, base save bonuses, and hit points are unchanged. Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores depend partly on the new body. First eliminate the subject's racial adjustments (since it is no longer of his previous race) and then apply the adjustments found below to its remaining ability scores. The subjects level (or Hit Dice) is reduced by 1. If the subject was 1st level, its new Constitution score is reduced by 2. (If this reduction would put its Con at 0 or lower, it can't be reincarnated). This level/HD loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any means.

It's possible for the change in the subjects ability scores to make it difficult for it to pursue its previous character class. If this is the case, the subject is well advised to become a multiclass character.

For a humanoid creature, the new incarnation is determined using the following table. For nonhumanoid creatures, a similar table of creatures of the same type should be created.

A creature that has been turned into an undead creature or killed by a death effect can't be returned to life by this spell. Constructs, elementals, outsiders, and undead creatures can't be reincarnated. The spell cannot bring back a creature who has died of old age.

d%IncarnationStrDexCon
0-1Bugbear+4+2+2
02-13Dwarf+0+0+2
14-25Elf+0+2-2
26Gnoll +4 +0 +2
27-38Gnome -2 +0 +2
39-42Goblin -2 +2 +0
43-52Half-elf +0 +0 +0
53-62Half-orc +2 +0 +0
63-74Halfling -2 +2 +0
75-89Human +0 +0 +0
90-93Kobold -4 +2 -2
94Lizardfolk +2 +0 +2
95-98Orc +4 +0 +0
99Troglodyte +0 -2 +4
100Other ? ? ?

The reincarnated creature gains all abilities associated with its new form, including forms of movement and speeds, natural armor, natural attacks, extraordinary abilities, and the like, but it doesn't automatically speak the language of the new form.

A wish or a miracle spell can restore a reincarnated character to his or her original form.

Resurrection (M)
Conjuration (Healing) [Ectomancy] 10 minutes SRD
None; see text - Yes (harmless) APeace 7, Arc 7, Clr 7, Hlr 7, SaveLife 7, Shu 7 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature touched
Materials: A sprinkle of holy water and diamonds worth a total of at least 10,000 gp.

Fully restore dead subject.

You restore life to a deceased creature. You can raise a creature that has been dead for no longer than 10 years per caster level. In addition, the subject's soul must be free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw.

Coming back from the dead is an ordeal. The subject of the spell loses one level (or 1 Hit Die) when it is raised, just as if it had lost a level or a Hit Die to an energy-draining creature. If the subject is 1st level, it loses 2 points of Constitution instead (if this would reduce its Con to 0 or less, it can't be raised). This level/HD loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any means. Upon completion of the spell, the creature is immediately restored to full hit points, vigor, and health, with no loss of prepared spells.

The condition of the remains is not a factor. So long as some small portion of the creatures body still exists, it can be resurrected, but the portion receiving the spell must have been part of the creatures body at the time of death. (The remains of a creature hit by a disintegrate spell count as a small portion of its body.)

You can resurrect someone killed by a death effect or someone who has been turned into an undead creature and then destroyed. You cannot resurrect someone who has died of old age. Constructs, elementals, outsiders, and undead creatures can't be resurrected.

Revivify (M)
    Miniatures
  Arc 5, Clr 5, Hlr 5, SaveLife 4  
    General

Restore recently dead to life with no level loss.

Slay Living
Necromancy [Death] [Ectomancy] 1 standard action SRD
Fortitude partial - Yes Arc 5, Clr 5, Death 5, DrgBlw 5, Repose 5 V, S
Instant Touch General
Target: Living creature touched

Touch attack kills subject.

You can slay any one living creature. You must succeed on a melee touch attack to touch the subject, and it can avoid death with a successful Fortitude save. If it succeeds, it instead takes 3d6 points of damage +1 point per caster level.

Soul Bind (F)
Necromancy [Ectomancy] 1 standard action SRD
Will negates - No Arc 9, Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9 V, S, F
Permanent Close General
Target: Corpse
Focus: A black sapphire of at least 1,000 gp value for every Hit Die possessed by the creature whose soul is to be bound. If the gem is not valuable enough, it shatters when the binding is attempted.

Traps newly dead soul to prevent resurrection.

You draw the soul from a newly dead body and imprison it in a black sapphire gem. The subject must have been dead no more than 1 round per caster level. The soul, once trapped in the gem, cannot be returned through clone, raise dead, reincarnate, resurrection, true resurrection, or even a miracle or a wish. Only by destroying the gem or dispelling the spell on the gem can one free the soul (which is then still dead).

Focus note: While creatures have no concept of level or Hit Dice as such, the value of the gem needed to trap an individual can be researched. Remember that this value can change over time as creatures gain more Hit Dice.

Symbol of Death (M)
Necromancy [Death] [Ectomancy] 10 minutes SRD
Fortitude negates - Yes Arc 8, Clr 8, Sor/Wiz 8, Wuj 8 V, S, M
See text 0 ft.; see text General
Effect: One symbol
Materials: Mercury and phosphorus, plus powdered diamond and opal with a total value of at least 5,000 gp each.

Triggered rune slays nearby creatures.

This spell allows you to scribe a potent rune of power upon a surface. When triggered, a symbol of death slays one or more creatures within 60 feet of the symbol (treat as a burst) whose combined total current hit points do not exceed 150. The symbol of death affects the closest creatures first, skipping creatures with too many hit points to affect. Once triggered, the symbol becomes active and glows, lasting for 10 minutes per caster level or until it has affected 150 hit points worth of creatures, whichever comes first. Any creature that enters the area while the symbol of death is active is subject to its effect, whether or not that creature was in the area when it was triggered. A creature need save against the symbol only once as long as it remains within the area, though if it leaves the area and returns while the symbol is still active, it must save again.

Until it is triggered, the symbol of death is inactive (though visible and legible at a distance of 60 feet). To be effective, a symbol of death must always be placed in plain sight and in a prominent location. Covering or hiding the rune renders the symbol of death ineffective, unless a creature removes the covering, in which case the symbol of death works normally.

As a default, a symbol of death is triggered whenever a creature does one or more of the following, as you select: looks at the rune; reads the rune; touches the rune; passes over the rune; or passes through a portal bearing the rune. Regardless of the trigger method or methods chosen, a creature more than 60 feet from a symbol of death can't trigger it (even if it meets one or more of the triggering conditions, such as reading the rune). Once the spell is cast, a symbol of death's triggering conditions cannot be changed.

In this case, reading the rune means any attempt to study it, identify it, or fathom its meaning. Throwing a cover over a symbol of death to render it inoperative triggers it if the symbol reacts to touch. You cant use a symbol of death offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of death remains untriggered if an item bearing the symbol of death is used to touch a creature. Likewise, a symbol of death cannot be placed on a weapon and set to activate when the weapon strikes a foe.

You can also set special triggering limitations of your own. These can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. Special conditions for triggering a symbol of death can be based on a creatures name, identity, or alignment, but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, Hit Dice, and hit points dont qualify.

When scribing a symbol of death, you can specify a password or phrase that prevents a creature using it from triggering the effect. Anyone using the password remains immune to that particular runes effects so long as the creature remains within 60 feet of the rune. If the creature leaves the radius and returns later, it must use the password again.

You also can attune any number of creatures to the symbol of death, but doing this can extend the casting time. Attuning one or two creatures takes negligible time, and attuning a small group (as many as ten creatures) extends the casting time to 1 hour. Attuning a large group (as many as twenty-five creatures) takes 24 hours. Attuning larger groups takes proportionately longer. Any creature attuned to a symbol of death cannot trigger it and is immune to its effects, even if within its radius when triggered. You are automatically considered attuned to your own symbols of death, and thus always ignore the effects and cannot inadvertently trigger them.

Read magic allows you to identify a symbol of death with a DC 19 Spellcraft check. Of course, if the symbol of death is set to be triggered by reading it, this will trigger the symbol.

A symbol of death can be removed by a successful dispel magic targeted solely on the rune. An erase spell has no effect on a symbol of death. Destruction of the surface where a symbol of death is inscribed destroys the symbol but also triggers it.

Symbol of death can be made permanent with a permanency spell. A permanent symbol of death that is disabled or that has affected its maximum number of hit points becomes inactive for 10 minutes, then can be triggered again as normal.

Note: Magic traps such as symbol of death are hard to detect and disable. A rogue (only) can use the Search skill to find a symbol of death and Disable Device to thwart it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 33 for symbol of death.

Trap the Soul
Conjuration (Summoning) [Ectomancy] 1 standard action or see text SRD
See text - Yes; see text Sin-G 9, Sin-L 9, Sor/Wiz 8 V, S, M, F, text
Permanent; see text Close General
Target: One creature

Imprisons subject within gem.

Trap the soul forces a creatures life force (and its material body) into a gem. The gem holds the trapped entity indefinitely or until the gem is broken and the life force is released, which allows the material body to reform. If the trapped creature is a powerful creature from another plane it can be required to perform a service immediately upon being freed. Otherwise, the creature can go free once the gem imprisoning it is broken.

Depending on the version selected, the spell can be triggered in one of two ways.

Spell Completion: First, the spell can be completed by speaking its final word as a standard action as if you were casting a regular spell at the subject. This allows spell resistance (if any) and a Will save to avoid the effect. If the creatures name is spoken as well, any spell resistance is ignored and the save DC increases by 2. If the save or spell resistance is successful, the gem shatters.

Trigger Object: The second method is far more insidious, for it tricks the subject into accepting a trigger object inscribed with the final spell word, automatically placing the creatures soul in the trap. To use this method, both the creatures name and the trigger word must be inscribed on the trigger object when the gem is enspelled. A sympathy spell can also be placed on the trigger object. As soon as the subject picks up or accepts the trigger object, its life force is automatically transferred to the gem without the benefit of spell resistance or a save.

Material Note: . If the gem is not valuable enough, it shatters when the entrapment is attempted. (While creatures have no concept of level or Hit Dice as such, the value of the gem needed to trap an individual can be researched. Remember that this value can change over time as creatures gain more Hit Dice.)

True Resurrection (M)
Conjuration (Healing) [Ectomancy] 10 minutes SRD
None; see text - Yes (harmless) APeace 9, Arc 9, Clr 9, Hlr 9, SaveLife 9, Shu 9 V, S, M, DF
Instant Touch General
Target: Dead creature
Materials: A sprinkle of holy water and diamonds worth a total of at least 25,000 gp.

As resurrection, plus remains aren't needed.

You restore life to a deceased creature. You can raise a creature that has been dead for no longer than 10 years per caster level. In addition, the subject's soul must be free and willing to return. If the subject's soul is not willing to return, the spell does not work; therefore, a subject that wants to return receives no saving throw.

Upon completion of the spell, the creature is immediately restored to full hit points, vigor, and health, with no loss of prepared spells.

This spell can even bring back creatures whose bodies have been destroyed, provided that you unambiguously identify the deceased in some fashion (reciting the deceaseds time and place of birth or death is the most common method).

You can revive someone killed by a death effect or someone who has been turned into an undead creature and then destroyed. This spell can also resurrect elementals or outsiders, but it can't resurrect constructs or undead creatures.

Even true resurrection can't restore to life a creature who has died of old age.

Wail of the Banshee
Necromancy [Sonic] [Death] [Ectomancy] 1 standard action SRD
Fortitude negates - Yes Death 9, Deathbound 9, Hatred 9, Repose 9, Sor/Wiz 9, Wmg 9 V
Instant Close General
Area: One living creature/level within a 40-ft.-radius spread

Kills one creature/level.

You emit a terrible scream that kills creatures that hear it (except for yourself). Creatures closest to the point of origin are affected first.