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Master’s Touch
Divination
Level: Brd 1, Sor/Wiz 1
Components: V, F
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Self
Targets: Self
Duration: 1 minute per level
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Master’s touch is a spell often found in the repertoire of the adventurers that specialize in casting arcane spells. It grants casters the knowledge and experience to claim proficiency in whatever single weapon or shield they hold in their hands when the spell is cast. The lack of a somatic component means the spell may be cast in the midst of a fight while keeping ready whatever items stand between the caster and danger.

Proficiency is granted for only a single, specific item, although multiple castings allow for multiple proficiencies. For example, a sorcerer holding a short sword and rapier, with a buckler strapped to his off hand, could cast the spell three times, once for each weapon and shield.

Note that this spell does not grant proficiency for a class of item, but only for the one specific item held in the hand at the time the spell is cast. Should the caster set that item down or otherwise lose his or her grip on it, proficiency does not fade away; the proficiency is due to knowledge gained, not due to any transmutation of the caster or the item. The caster may therefore recover that specific item and continue to use it with proficiency until the spell’s effect runs out.

Master’s touch does not convey any information about a magic item to the caster. The caster may not even be aware that an item is magical at all.

Arcane Focus: The item in whose use the caster wishes to be proficient.

 

Understand Object
Divination
Level: Brd 1, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: S, M
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: Touch
Targets: One touched object
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

Understand object determines the non-magical functions of an object or technological item. The caster must handle or touch the object throughout the casting time and spell duration to gain any knowledge. If the item has more than one function, the spell identifies its most general or most likely use. Casters can gather further information about the item only through additional uses of the spell. Understand object does not reveal magical functions (as identify would), only mechanical operations.

The spell is used most often to help casters understand the nature and use of an object from another technological level (such as a firearm found in a world where such weapons don't normally exist), or to gain some clues to extremely complex gadgets or puzzles.

If used in the latter manner, however, this spell can prove very, very dangerous. Using understand object to figure out how a trapped device operates can be disastrous, as the spell does not distinguish a harmful nonmagical trap from any other gadget! And, since the spell starts with the easiest or most general effect first (and traps are often much easier to trigger than non-trap functions of an item), understand object may just tell you how to kill yourself.

For example, a character might cast the spell on three interlocking rings found on what appears to be the locking mechanism of a box. The first use of the spell tells the caster that the interlocking rings are, indeed, a locking mechanism and they have to be turned in a certain way to cause a needle to spring out of the box (a trap, though the spell doesn't tell the caster that). On a second use of the spell, the caster learns that turning the interlocking rings also can cause the box to open. Since the interlocking rings have no other function, further uses of the spell reveal nothing. If opening the box causes a fire trap to go off in the opener's face, that is not revealed, since fire trap is a magical effect.

But when the spell is used in its most basic way, it can be a boon to adventurers who encounter technological items and strange objects that they have no way of understanding without help. New exotic weapons, high-tech gadgets, and the like are the province of understand object

 

 

Bladesong
Transmutation
Level: Brd 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, F
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Target: Weapon touched
Duration: 1 round/level
Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless, object)
Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless, object)

Bladesong makes a bladed weapon emit magical music in combat. Any round that the weapon is used in melee combat, this spell allows the wielder to make a single, additional touch attack with the sword as a free action. The attack uses the wielder's normal attack bonus with that weapon but inflicts no damage. Instead, anyone successfully touched by the weapon in this way is dazed for one round. Dazed characters cannot take actions but can defend themselves normally.

Focus: The weapon.

 

Mindless Rage
Enchantment (Compulsion) [Mind-Affecting]

Level: Brd 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, F
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft/2 levels)
Targets: One person or creature
Duration: 1 round/level
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

Creatures affected by the spell mindless rage become so filled with rage that they can do nothing but focus on engaging the caster in personal physical combat. The affected creature cannot use any spells, spell-like or supernatural abilities, or ranged weapons while attacking the caster. The subject's only thoughts are of killing the caster -- if not with bare hands, then with a hand-held melee weapon at best.

It's worth noting that the recipient of this spell, though overcome with rage, is by no means rendered an idiot or suicidal. For example, an affected creature will not charge off a cliff in an attempt to reach the target.

While under the effect of a mindless rage spell, the subject can make use of all normal melee combat skills, abilities, and feats -- either offensive or defensive. However, the affected creature cannot use any ability that requires activation or concentration.

An interesting side effect of mindless rage occurs when the spell is cast upon any character capable of the rage ability (such as a barbarian). In these cases, the mindless rage episode counts as one of the character's uses of rage for that day.

Mindless rage is a fairly uncommon spell. It’s believed to have been developed by dwarven fighter/wizards who preferred to face their opponents in melee combat over magical conflicts. Of course, many of the stories tracing this spell's origins to the battle-mages also note that this dwarven method of ensuring melee combat against spellcasters backfired when the group ran afoul of a band of sorcerer/barbarians.

Arcane Focus: Successful casting of mindless rage requires the caster to utilize a scarlet handkerchief or similar piece of cloth, which is waved in the target's direction while the caster vocalizes the verbal component.

 

Mirror Move
Transmutation
Level: Brd 2, Sor/Wiz 2
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: 1 minute/level

Mirror move allows you to reproduce any general feat with an obvious physical effect that you observed another perform within the past 10 rounds, providing you meet the prerequisites for that feat.

For example, Mialee is proficient with the shortbow but does not possess the Point Blank Shot feat. However, she can watch Soveliss perform the feat, then, using mirror move, she can mimic his Point Blank Shot feat to better attack an orc advancing on her. When the spell dissipates, Mialee can no longer access this feat (unless she later acquires it herself or recasts mirror move for the same effect).

With a single casting, you may mirror move a number of feats equal to your Intelligence bonus, but always at least one. That is, a caster with an Intelligence of 10 can mirror one feat, while a caster with 18 Intelligence can mirror up to four feats with a single use of the spell. The effects of multiple castings of mirror move do not stack. Each new casting wipes out the previous one.

You can mirror move the following feats:

  • Ambidexterity
  • Combat Casting
  • Combat Reflexes
  • Dodge
    • Mobility
    • Spring Attack
  • Exotic Weapon Proficiency
  • Expertise
    • Improved Disarm
    • Improved Trip
    • Whirlwind Attack
  • Improved Critical
  • Improved Initiative
  • Improved Unarmed Strike
    • Deflect Arrows
    • Stunning Fist
  • Lightning Reflexes
  • Martial Weapon Proficiency
  • Mounted Combat
    • Mounted Archery
    • Trample
    • Ride-By Attack
    • Spirited Charge
  • Point Blank Shot
    • Far Shot
    • Precise Shot
    • Rapid Shot
    • Shot on the Run
  • Power Attack
    • Cleave
    • Improved Bull Rush
    • Sunder
    • Great Cleave
  • Quick Draw
  • Run
  • Shield Proficiency
  • Simple Weapon Proficiency
  • Two-Weapon Fighting
    • Improved Two-Weapon Fighting
  • Weapon Finesse
  • Weapon Focus

The DM may allow mirroring of feats from sources other than the Player's Handbook, as long as they are feats with observable physical effects.

Spellcasters who do not meet the prerequisite(s) for the feat they wish to mirror can sometimes find clever ways around this limitation. For example, Mialee has the Improved Unarmed Strike feat but a Dexterity of only 11. She casts cat's grace on herself, receiving 2 additional Dexterity points for a 13 Dexterity. She then casts mirror move, adopting Ember's Deflect Arrows feat. When mirror move dissipates, Mialee retains her heightened Dexterity until her cat's grace spell ends but she loses access to Deflect Arrows. If she somehow lost the effects of cat's grace before the end of mirror move’s duration, she would lose access to the Deflect Arrows feat.

One interesting note about mirror move is that the spell conveys all the nuances of the mirrored character's style. Using the previous example, Mialee not only gains the ability to Deflect Arrows but the arcane power results in her deflecting arrows exactly as Ember would do it. Although Ember may not be with Mialee when she cast the mirror move spell, anyone familiar with Ember's style (for instance, a lifelong enemy or former trainer) may recognize that Mialee's arrow deflection is actually borrowed from Ember. Anyone familiar with Ember's defensive style should be allowed a Spot check (DC 15) to recognize the similarities.

It's worth noting that Item Creation Feats and Special Feats can not be duplicated by mirror move. Likewise, Metamagic Feats are too subtle and/or complex to be mirrored.

Material Component: Any reflective surface, including highly polished shields or armor and even surfaces of water, can be used for this spell. Many spellcasters carry small mirrors with them for material components.

Ray of Depletion
Necromancy
Level: Sor/Wiz 2, Brd 3
Component: V, S
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect: Ray
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

A shimmering ray springs from your hand to disrupt the mental fabric of psionically empowered beings, causing them a loss of power points. You must succeed at a ranged touch attack to strike a target.

The ray of depletion affects only targets possessing psionic power points. Non-psionic beings hit by a ray register some momentary unpleasant sensory awareness, but not so much as to disrupt an action or concentration.

Affected targets suffer a temporary loss of a number of psionic power points equal to 1+ half the attacker's caster level (round down). Thus a 10th-level caster would deplete 6 points. The victim's available psionic power point total can never drop below 0. Lost psionic power points are regained through normal means.

Hindsight
Divination
Level: Brd 6, Sor/Wiz 9
Components: V, S, F
Casting Time: 1 hour
Area: 60 ft. radius
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: No

You can see and hear into the past of your current location. The level of detail you see and hear via this spell depends on the span of time you wish to observe; concentrating on a span of days during the past renders a more detailed perspective than, say, a span of centuries. Chose a span of time from the options below:

    • Days: You clearly see the events of one day per caster level. You gain detailed knowledge of the people, conversations, and events that transpired.

    • Weeks: You gain a detailed summary of the events of one week per caster level. Exact wording and details are lost, but you know all of the participants and the highlights of the conversations and events.

    • Years: You gain a general idea of the events of one year per caster level. You notice only noteworthy events such as deaths, battles, scenes of great emotion, important discoveries, and significant happenings.

    • Centuries: You gain the general idea of the events of one century plus an additional century for every four levels of experience past 1st level. For instance, a 16th-level caster would gain insight into four centuries, and a 17th-level caster would see five centuries. You notice only the most remarkable of events: coronations, deaths of important personages, major battles, and other truly awesome happenings.

    The following spells can be used in conjunction with a hindsight spell: darkvision, detect magic, detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, read magic, see invisibility, tongues, and true seeing.

    Focus: An hourglass-shaped diamond worth at least 5,000 gp.

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