Gel's Popcorn (3.5e Spell)

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Gel's Popcorn
Evocation [Starch]
Level: Sor/Wiz 3
Components: V, S, M
Casting time: 1 standard action
Range: Long (400 ft. + 40 ft./level)
Area: 20-ft.-radius spread
Duration: Permenent
Saving Throw: Reflex half
Spell Resistance: Yes


A popcorn spell is an explosion of starch that detonates with a firm pop and deals 1d6 points of non-lethal damage per caster level (maximum 10d6) to every creature with in the area. Unattended objects also take this damage. The explosion creates substantial pressure.

You point your finger and determine the range (distance and height) at which the popcorn is to burst. A glowing, kernel of dried corn streaks from the pointing digit and, unless it impacts upon a material body or solid barrier prior to attaining the prescribed range, blossoms into a giant popcorn at that point. (An early impact results in an early detonation.) If you attempt to send the kernel through a narrow passage, such as through an arrow slit, you must “hit” the opening with a ranged touch attack, or else the kernel strikes the barrier and detonates prematurely. If the damage caused to an interposing barrier shatters or breaks through it, the popcorn may continue beyond the barrier if the area permits; otherwise it stops at the barrier just as any other spell effect does.

The popcorn will not set fire to combustibles. It will displace and scatter creatures and objects in the area. Those failing their save are considered tripped. The popcorn is light and so will not cause damage to creatures under it, should it simply fall on them. If cast between a floor and ceiling or two walls it will jam tightly and be unmovable. Those failing a second save find them selves stuck between a popcorn and a hard place. It is possible to eat your way out but you'll never want popcorn again.

Attacking the popcorn will eventually break it up. Hits against it are automatic. It has the same hit points as the damage it can deal. Simple water can be used to cause the popcorn to shrink about 50% and allow it to be removed but burning is not recommended as it stinks to high heaven. Material Component: A dried kernel of corn.


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