The Bells of the Necromancer, Kibeth (3.5e Equipment)

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The Bells of the Necromancer: Kibeth, the Walker

The others are: Ranna, Mosrael, Dyrim, Belgaer, Saraneth and Astarael the Sorrowful.

These are magical bells that a necromancer can use to aid his evil deeds. They are also the tools of the Abhorsen, used to put the dead back to rest.

There are seven different bells, fastened into pouches on a bandolier (worn across the chest) to silence the noise. You must be proficient with the bells to use them, otherwise when you ring the bells their affect will affect the ringer rather than their target. Proficiency can be gained with the exotic weapon proficiency feat (bells), or by having levels in the Abhorsen class. These both let you gain proficiency with all the bells.

To use a bell, the ringer must remove it from the bandoleer (standard action, requiring 2 hands). Alternatively, a bell can be removed from the bandoleer one-handed (standard action). If the bell is removed single-handedly, the ringer must pass a DC15 dexterity check to prevent the bell ringing of its own accord. If this happens, resolve the affect of the bell as if the wielder was not proficient with bells.

To ring the bell, the ringer must make a perform (percussion) skill check. The target(s) of the bell must then make an opposed will save against the result of the ringer's perform (percussion) skill check. If they fail, resolve the effects of the bell. Note that Astarael the sorrowful is an exception to these rules. Also note that, if this bell functions as a spell follow all its rules, but ignore casting time and spell components. These is replaced with the bell (ringing the bell is a swift action)

Kibeth is the walker. It can give freedom of movement to the dead, or walk them past the next gate. The ringer may give the listener (an undead creature) freedom of will (it gains a Charisma and Intelligence score of 10 if it is not free-willed undead (this includes zombies and skeletons) and removes the control over the target undead from the character or NPC that controls them. Alternatively, it can cause a death affect on the target undead, sending them into the first precinct of death (if they are in life), or send them to the next precinct of death (if they are in death). If affected by this bell herself, the ringer will walk one precinct deeper into death. Other than this, Kibeth only affects undead.

This page was based on and inspired by the books Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix.

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