Elemental Parasite (3.5e Spell)

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Elemental Parasite
Conjuration
Level: Battlemage 6
Components: V, S, M
Casting time: 1 standard action
Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10ft./level)
Target: One creature
Duration: 1 round/level
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes (see below)


This spell calls into being a tiny creature of elemental power that appears within the selected target and begins burrowing through their body with frenzied hunger. This parasite consumes the host from within and, after killing its first target, immediately leaps to another body to begin the process again. When the spell is first cast, the target(s) of the elemental parasite is allowed a Fortitude save. If successful the target rejects the infestation and suffers no further ill effects from the spell; the spell ends immediately. The same applies to spell resistance – if a target’s spell resistance is not overcome, the target is not affected by the elemental parasite and if any target successfully resists the spell it ends immediately. When a target is infested, he immediately suffers 1d4 points + 1 point per three caster levels of temporary Constitution damage. At the beginning of each round thereafter, the target suffers another 1d4 points of temporary Constitution damage. If killed by this damage, the target’s body is utterly destroyed and only a true resurrection spell can return him to life. On the round following a target’s death, the creature created by the elemental parasite spell attempts to launch itself into a new, randomly selected host within 20 ft. of the original target. The caster has no control over which host the infestation will choose after he selects the initial target. The new host is allowed a Fortitude save, but spell resistance is not effective against infestations once the elemental is already on this plane of existence. If the new target saves successfully, the elemental is immediately returned to its home plane. If the target fails, however, he suffers 1d4 points of temporary Constitution damage immediately and an additional 1d4 points of temporary Constitution damage at the beginning of each round thereafter. If the new target dies from this damage, the elemental parasite will attempt to attack a new host, as detailed above. Targets that are infested may take no action other than movement each round and suffer a –4 circumstance penalty to all skill checks due to the internal destruction taking place. Note that the elemental creatures summoned are not true elementals. This spell continues until its duration expires or a target successfully resists infestation. If a dimensional anchor, lesser planar binding, planar binding or greater planar binding spell is cast on the current target of the parasite, the creature will not be able to switch bodies when the current host dies. Instead, the spell will end and the creature will dissipate harmlessly. The banishment spell will end the effects of the elemental parasite spell immediately if cast upon the parasite’s current host.

Material Component: A gemstone (400 gp value).


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