Alhazred's Passage (3.5e Spell)

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Alhazred's Passage
Necromancy [Death]
Level: Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, F
Casting time: 1 minute
Range: Touch
Target: Creature touched
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None; see text
Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)


This spell instantly releases the soul from the body of a willing subject, thereby killing it. When a creature is slain this way, its soul is guaranteed to find its way to the outer plane corresponding to its deity or alignment. In particular, it cannot be trapped by the soul bind spell, it cannot become a haunting creature (such as an allip or spectre), and the corpse cannot be reanimated as an undead.

Both caster and subject must be focused on the spell during the whole cast time. If the subject is not willing, the spell does not work; therefore, an unwilling subject receives no saving throw. It is not possible to force or trick a subject to accept the spell by any means.

Since this is a Death effect, the subject cannot be brought back to life by a raise dead spell. If a creature is brought back to life by other means, it will only suffer half the level or Constitution loss it normally would.

Intelligent undead creatures can be destroyed by this spell in a similar way as living creatures. Unintelligent undead creatures are destroyed with no saving throw, but the creature must remain still or subdued during the whole casting of the spell. Restless revenants are usually inclined to accept this spell.

If the subject’s soul is magically bound or the creature is kept alive by some spell (such as animate dead or trap the soul), the caster must make a dispel check (1d20 + your caster level, maximum +10) against that spell in order to succeed. The DC for this dispel check is 11 + the spell’s caster level.

Focus: A candle that is lit and held by the subject during casting, and extinguished as the spell is finalized.


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