The Bells of the Necromancer, Saraneth (3.5e Equipment)
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The Bells of the Necromancer: Saraneth, the Binder
The others are: Ranna, Mosrael, Kibeth, Dyrim, Belgaer, 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)
Saraneth is the deepest and lowest bell. Anyone who listens to this bell is under the control of the wielder. The save DC to negate the voice of the Binder is (10 + the wielder's Caster Level + the wielder's Charisma modifier). The ringer can command up to 4HD x the Ringer's level at any one time.
This page was based on and inspired by the books Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen by Garth Nix.