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The Wasteform Spell
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The Wasteform Spell

Permanent Linkby IvesBentonEaton on Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:07 am

For the Dungeons and Dragons® players who have been following my stories of Āen, here is the official write-up of the spell that makes them possible. It is a version 3.5 spell, as that is the version my gaming group still uses. (We didn’t like version 4 and didn’t see the point of spending hundreds of dollars to upgrade everything, and never got around to checking out version 5.) Therefore, references to the Monster Manual in the text are to the version 3.5 edition.

Wasteform
Transmutation
Level: Drd 4
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 10 minutes
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: Until triggered, then 1 day/level (D)
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

While this spell is active, any time the caster is swallowed whole by any creature—or constricted or engulfed by an ooze-type creature—and suffers bludgeoning or energy damage (usually acid, but see the remorhaz in Monster Manual, page 214, which uses fire), the spell triggers, converting that damage and all subsequent similar damage to nonlethal damage. If, during that or any later round within the spell’s duration, such damage from the creature exceeds her current hit points, she takes no damage from those attacks and the caster’s body and any gear worn or held is transmuted to a form indistinguishable from the swallowing creature’s chyme. This is usually a liquid for ooze-type creatures and semi-solid fluid for other types, until its alimentary tract removes the excess water. This change has no effect on the devouring creature.

While so transmuted, the caster is immune to further energy and bludgeoning damage from that creature’s gizzard (or slam, constrict, or acid attacks, if an ooze). She recovers from this nonlethal damage normally in this form but cannot heal any other damage. She retains only her sense of touch, so she can tell when she has been excreted from the swallowing creature, which is usually in minutes for an ooze-type creature but may take a day or more for others. She has no attacks or movement speed and can only trigger spells, spell-like effects, or supernatural powers that have no verbal, somatic, or material components. Her Strength and Dexterity are considered to be 0 and she has no Constitution score. Her Charisma is 1 but her Intelligence and Wisdom are unchanged. In this form, she is immune to critical hits and does not need to breathe, eat, or sleep.

This form is only immune to the energy and bludgeoning damage suffered from the creature that triggers the spell. It does not protect against other attack forms dealt by a creature’s gizzard, such as the energy drain from a nightcrawler’s gizzard (Monster Manual, page 195).

If the spell transforms her, then when it ends, the caster suffers two points of Constitution damage—the digestive process still extracts some sustenance from her body, including excess fat. The spell ensures that she will always be excreted all at once, and the reformation process separates her body from any other waste products of the creature. This process does not happen until the spell is dismissed, or it expires, or is otherwise dispelled or nullified, allowing time for the swallowing creature to leave.

Once outside the triggering creature, the caster is vulnerable to effects that might scatter her form, preventing reformation. If the spell is dismissed or expires while she is scattered, the usual result is death. She is also vulnerable to attacks from (usually coprophagous) creatures different from the triggering one, such as an otyugh or ingester. Usually the spell expires or is dismissed before that becomes a problem.

Material component: a small quantity of dung, such as a rabbit pellet.

Note: this spell was first only known to the veldami of the Velnēs as the kwurdāin spell, although it has become known to druids of the Deepwold as well. Veldami is the title given to female wild elf druids by their tribes. Other druids have been learning of its existence as the word spreads.

Magic item use: because of its long casting time, necessarily long duration, and relatively infrequent use, when this spell is added to a magic item, it is generally use-activated, usable once daily. The base cost for adding it is then 4 (spell level) times 7 (minimum caster level) times 2000 (use-activated by any condition described in the first sentence of the spell, as an instantaneous action) divided by 2 (duration 24+ hours) divided by 5 (one daily use), or +5,600 gold piece base cost. Here, the spell lasts seven days after the transformation is activated, unless enchanted at a higher caster level.
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Re: The Wasteform Spell

Permanent Linkby 1ring42 on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:47 am

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Re: The Wasteform Spell

Permanent Linkby IvesBentonEaton on Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:49 pm

The description does not mention the sensory side effects, and for good reason. I actually researched this spell on the character that inspired Zōēā, and that game is still running. It's…not that sort of game. :roll: :oops:

After all, one can always argue that the “nonlethal damage” is actually exhausting ecstasy…
Come and hear the Tales of a Visceral Voyager
If you don’t, Zōēā’s poor snake will go hungry.
You wouldn’t want that, would you? :(
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