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Blood Spilled Anew

Crime and Punishment
Author Keith Baker
Series Campaign Style
Publisher Atlas Games
Publish date 2003

Necromancy
Level: Cleric 1,
Casting Time: 1 action
Components: V, S
Range: Touch
Effect: One object or corpse
Duration: 24 hours
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

This spell enchants an object that has been stained with blood in an act of murder a weapon used in the attack, a piece of clothing, or the corpse of the victim himself. For the next twenty-four hours, if the object comes within six feet of the person who struck the killing blow, fresh blood will flow from the original stain. The flow of blood will stop as soon as the killer moves away from the object. This spell is often used in cases where there are many suspects or no leads, when testimony of the broken window has failed to provide a useful image and speak with dead or final vision are not available. It also has the advantage of displaying clear evidence to onlookers, as opposed to the rituals that only provide information to the inquisitor. In certain savage humanoid societies, blood spilled anew is the closest thing a murderer gets to a trial; if the blood of the victim flows again, his family can immediately spill that of the killer.

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