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Rite of the Diabolical See

Grimoire of Cosmic Entities Volume One By Eli Atkinson, William Church and Serge W. Desir, Jr.
Original Concept by Serge W. Desir, Jr.

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Rite of the Diabolical See
Transmutation [Evil]
Effective Level: 9th
Skill Check: Knowledge (religion) DC 33, 9 successes
Failure: Death
Components: V, S, M, XP, Special
Casting Time: 90 minutes
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

An ancient incantation, the purpose of the Rite of the Diabolical See is to unlock in the caster truly fiendish power. Attempted (successfully, at least) only by the most powerful Cardinals of Asmodeus, the incantation is a private affair, the secrets of which are unlocked as the caster advances in the unholy priesthood of the King of Hell.

The Lord of the Nine does not make it easy to seek his favor by means of this rite. For those who fail to cast the incantation precisely (or who do not gain the favor of Asmodeus), death awaits (although a successful Fort save DC 23 means that the caster instead takes 9 points of Constitution drain and is exhausted). Furthermore, the incantation can only be cast in the midnight hour during a new moon. The sky must be wreathed in cloud, and the invocant must conduct the rite in a desecrated area. Nine fires are lit in a circle surrounding the caster, while the invocant stands within a shallow pit (3 feet deep) exactly central to these pyres. The invocant appeals to Asmodeus for his blessing nine times, each time calling on the King of Hell by one of his nine titles.

Upon uttering his final appeal, the caster is caught up in dark flames that leap from within the pit. It is at this time that he knows whether his prayers have been answered or not; for those whom Asmodeus approves take no harm at the flames, instead finding themselves imbued with great power (see Chapter 3 for further details). All others are harmed as detailed above.

Material Components: Rare incense and the blood of celestial creatures to the value of 33,300gp

XP Cost: 500 XP

Special Requirement: The caster of the incantation must have at least 10 levels in the Cardinal of Asmodeus prestige class. Usually, this is the only way that a character can discover the exact phrasings and so forth to cast the incantation. Those without the prerequisite level of advancement in the unholy priesthood can still attempt the invocation, but there is no chance of success (i.e. the incantation will automatically fail, with consequences as detailed above).

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