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Withering Curse

You reach out magically and drain the life force from one humanoid, animal, giant or magical beast.

Relics & Rituals: Olympus

© 2004 White Wolf Publishing, Inc. Distributed for Sword and Sorcery Studios by White Wolf Publishing, Inc.

By W. Jason Peck, Aaron Rosenberg, Christina Stiles and Relics & Rituals: Olympus team


Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 6
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One creature
Duration: Instantaneous or 1 minute/caster level
Saving Throw: Will partial (see below)
Spell Resistance: Yes

The subject rapidly ages, advancing to the beginning of the next age category; thus, an adult target is advanced to the first year of middle age, a target in middle age is advanced to old, and an old target is advanced to venerable. Targets who are already in the venerable age category die of old age if struck by this spell.

Aging caused by this spell reduces Strength, Dexterity and Constitution by the appropriate amounts mentioned in Chapter 6 of the Player’s Handbook. Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma scores are not affected, nor are skills and memories. Targets who suffer no penalties from aging, such as druids with the timeless body exceptional ability, are not affected by this spell unless pushed past venerable age.

If the target makes a successful Will save, the advanced age is only temporary, lasting for 1 minute per caster level with a successful save. Otherwise, the effects are instantaneous and cannot be dispelled (though the target may be restored to youth by the spells restored form, limited wish, wish or miracle).

Material Component: A pinch of ground bone.

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