Crushing Despair (Spell)

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Level: Bard 3Sorcerer/Wizard 4
School: Enchantment


Casting Time: Standard Action
Components: V, S, M


Range: Self
Target or Area: all creatures in target area (friend or foe) , a 30 foot cone (6x6 space adjacent to the casters space)
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Will partial
Save DC: 10 + caster stat modifier + spell level
Spell Resistance: Yes


You pronounce the bleak dirge that is this lugubrious spell in a leaden tone of voice, head hanging as if the weight of your existential despair is too great to bear...and then you share.
An invisible cone of despair causes great sadness in the subjects. Each affected creature takes (Circle 4 damage): 1d6+1 points of damage per character level (max 12d6+12 at character level 12) of quiescent (energy, rare) damage, as they battle against the urge to just fall down and die on the spot. A saving throw as described above lowers the tide of dolorous woe to half damage.