Dance Of The Changing Serpent

680 XP

MP Cost: 5 points
Components: V, S, M, F
Casting Time: 10 minutes
Range: Evil Eye
Target: One creature
Duration: Instantaneous, but see below
Saving Throw: Will negates
Prerequisites: Perform (dance) 5 ranks, magic attack bonus +4, lesser ill-fortune
Magic Attack Roll: Sets DC for targets’ saving throws

This spell places a man’s soul in a ghost snake’s body and vice versa. However, unlike such spells as awful rite of the were-beast, the transposed souls are highly disorientated and have no insight into the correct way to control their new bodies. Both are regarded as helpless in all respects and if left alone will eventually die of starvation as they cannot even feed themselves. Both creatures get Will saving throws and if at least one of them succeeds, the spell fails. If the sorcerer has the Ritual Sacrifice feat, he gains MPs as though he had sacrificed the target of the spell, assuming the target fails his saving throw and changes souls with the great serpent. The magical energy released by this horrific swapping of essences is at least as great as that released by killing the target outright. It is common among the Brule to immediately sacrifice both snake and man once it is clear the spell has worked. If this is done using the Ritual Sacrifice feat, the sorcerer gains MPs as usual for the sacrifice. He also gains an enhancement bonus of +4 on all Intimidate checks against anyone who witnesses the whole ceremony. Furthermore, he gains a +1 enhancement bonus to all magic attack rolls due to the favor of his gods. These bonuses last for one day per scholar level.

Material Components: Smoke-powders worth at least 50 silver pieces, plus one ghost snake. If desired, this can have been summoned by means of a summon beast spell.

Focus: A bonfire at least five feet by five feet in size.

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