Lightning Book

Level: 3

School: Abjuration, Evocation

Range: Touch

Duration: Until discharged

Area of Effect: 1 book

Components: V, S, M

Casting Time: 1 hour

Saving Throw: None

Description: Known also as Magnanimo’s Lightning Book, this spell was developed by the evoker Dantannan Magnanimo.  The wizard was fond of the road and spent very little time in his secluded stone tower.  As a result the tower was regularly subjected to the attentions of thieves sent by rival wizards after Magnanimo’s spell books.  None of the thieves ever succeeded, for the evoker’s traps were among his greatest creations and when he returned from his adventures he would always find one or two new charred bodies in his library.  The side effect of the many fire traps installed was the occasional destruction of one of the adjacent tomes in the library, which were old and expensive.  In an effort to minimise the collateral damage caused to his prized collection he developed this alternative.

One book may be guarded per casting of this spell and cannot be combined with any other warding spell such as firetrap.  Thieves have only half the normal chance of discovering this trap and then only half the chance of removing it, with failure indicating that the spell has gone off.  Failure to dispel this warding does not discharge it.  Unauthorised people who touch a book so trapped (they need not try to open it) discharge the spell.  When discharged, the spell does 1d8+1 damage per level of the caster with no save allowed to the person touching it.

The material component of this spell is a glass rod which must be touched to the book when casting and is not consumed.  People may touch the book safely only if a strand of their hair was wound round the rod when the spell was cast.  Hair is consumed in the casting, but the rod is not.

(This spell was developed for the world of Saas)

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