Index of Spells by Descriptor - Death

Name
School Casting Time Source Book
Save - Res Level Comps
Dur Range Recharge
Effect
Expensive Focus
Expensive Material
XP Cost
Description
Full Description
Circle of Death (M)
Necromancy [Death] 1 standard action PRPG-O
Fortitude negates - Yes Sor/Wiz 6 V, S, M
Instant Medium General
Area: Several living creatures within a 40-ft.-radius burst
Materials: A crushed black pearl worth 500 gp

Kills 1d4/level HD of creatures.

Circle of death snuffs out the life force of living creatures, killing them instantly. The spell slays 1d4 HD worth of living creatures per caster level (maximum 20d4). Creatures with the fewest HD are affected first; among creatures with equal HD, those who are closest to the burst's point of origin are affected first. No creature of 9 or more HD can be affected, and HD that are not sufficient to affect a creature are wasted.

Death Knell
Necromancy [Death] [Evil] 1 standard action PRPG-O
Will negates - Yes Clr 2, Death 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 caster 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 enhancement 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.

Destruction (F)
Necromancy [Death] 1 standard action PRPG-O
Fortitude partial - Yes Clr 7, Death 7, Repose 7 V, S, F
Instant Close General
Target: One creature
Focus: Holy or unholy symbol costing 500 gp

Kills subject and destroys remains.

This spell instantly delivers 10 points of damage per caster level. If the spell slays the target, it consumes the remains utterly in holy (or unholy) fire (but not its equipment or possessions). If the target's Fortitude saving throw succeeds, it instead takes 10d6 points of damage. The only way to restore life to a character who has failed to save against this spell (and was slain) is to use true resurrection, a carefully worded wish spell followed by resurrection, or miracle .

Finger of Death
Necromancy [Death] 1 standard action PRPG-O
Fortitude partial - Yes Drd 8, Sor/Wiz 7 V, S
Instant Close General
Target: One creature

Deals 10 damage/level to one subject.

This spell instantly delivers 10 points of damage per caster level. If the target's Fortitude saving throw succeeds, it instead takes 3d6 points of damage + 1 point per caster level. The subject might die from damage even if it succeeds on its saving throw.

Power Word Kill
Enchantment (Compulsion) [Death] [Mind-affecting] 1 standard action PRPG-O
None - Yes Sor/Wiz 9, War 9 V
Instant Close General
Target: One living creature with 100 hp or less

Kills one creature with 100 hp or less.

You utter a single word of power that instantly kills one creature of your choice, whether the creature can hear the word or not. Any creature that currently has 101 or more hit points is unaffected by power word kill .

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

Touch attack deals 12d6 + 1 per level.

You can attempt to slay any one living creature. When you cast this spell, your hand seethes with eerie dark fire. You must succeed on a melee touch attack to touch the target. The target takes 12d6 points of damage + 1 point per caster level. If the target's Fortitude saving throw succeeds, it instead takes 3d6 points of damage + 1 point per caster level. The subject might die from damage even if it succeeds on its saving throw.

Symbol of Death (M)
Necromancy [Death] 10 minutes PRPG-O
Fortitude negates - Yes Clr 8, Rune 8, Sor/Wiz 8 V, S, M
See text 0 ft.; see text General
Effect: One symbol
Materials: Mercury and phosphorus, plus powdered diamond and opal worth 5,000 gp each

Triggered rune kills nearby creatures.

This spell allows you to scribe a potent rune of power upon a surface. When triggered, a symbol of death kills 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. A 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 can't 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 creature's name, identity, or alignment, but otherwise must be based on observable actions or qualities. Intangibles such as level, class, HD, and hit points don't qualify.

When scribing a symbol of death, you can specify a password or phrase that prevents a creature using it from triggering the symbol's effect. Anyone using the password remains immune to that particular rune's 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 10 creatures) extends the casting time to 1 hour. Attuning a large group (as many as 25 creatures) takes 24 hours. Attuning larger groups takes an additional 24 hours per 25 creatures. Any creature attuned to a symbol of death cannot trigger it and is immune to its effects, even if within its radius when it is 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 with a Spellcraft check (DC 10 + the symbol's spell level). Of course, if the symbol 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 has affected its maximum number of hit points becomes inactive for 10 minutes, but 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 Perception 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 .

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

Deals 10 damage/level to 1 creature/level.

When you cast this spell, you emit a terrible, soul-chilling scream that possibly kills creatures that hear it (except for yourself). The spell affects up to one creature per caster level, inflicting 10 points of damage per caster level. Creatures closest to the point of origin are affected first.