Degenerate (3.5e Spell)

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Degenerate
Necromancy
Level: Cleric 7, Harming 7, Druid 9
Components: V, S, DF
Casting time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Target: Living Creature Touched, or Willing Undead (harmless)
Duration: 2d10 rounds
Saving Throw: Fortitude partial
Spell Resistance: Yes


With a touch a horrible feeling shakes over their body, veins bulging unnaturally over their surface, growing like a cancer. As they swing their arm to retaliate, they look on in horror... as the limb falls off.

With a touch you cause a body to start eating away at itself. The spell deals 4d8 points of negative energy damage +1 point per caster level (maximum +35), and the body starts to decay, taking 1 point of damage every round the target does anything strenuous, as if they were disabled, except you may act as normal. However, every round that they do act, in addition to 1 point of damage from strain, they must make a Fort save again, or have a limb fall useless. Roll randomly between the number of limbs, typically two arms, and two legs. Blow are penalties for lost limbs, penalties are cumulative.

  • Arm: -2 on all skill checks involving hands, and of course the loss of use and ability to attack with said arm.
  • Leg: -10 penalty on speed. (0 ft. speed if all legs are gone, 5 ft if they can crawl)
  • Wing: -10 fly speed, flight maneuverability drops by one. Falls if it drops below poor.
  • Tail: -4 Balance checks, loss of use of the tail

The 1 point of damage and fortitude saves to avoid limb loss continue for 2d10 rounds afterward. If the same limb is targeted and disabled twice, the limb rots completely off, and the effect is permanent. Otherwise a cure spell from a caster whose level is higher than yours, a Heal, Regeneration, or spells which can duplicate those affects can cease the effects of degenerate, in reverse the damage done by ruined or severed limbs.

Interestingly enough, the spell can be cast on a willing undead, with a 3 round casting time. In which case, it behaves identical to a Regeneration spell.

Focus: Divine Focus



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