Expeditious Excavation (Sorcerer/Wizard Spell)

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Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 1
School: Transmutation


Casting Time: Standard Action, or the first attack of a Full Attack Action
Components: V, S


Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./two lvls)
Target or Area: dirt in a 5-ft. cube
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: see text
Save DC: 10 + caster stat modifier + spell level
Spell Resistance: No


You can excavate and move earth, dust, and sand up to the size of a 5-foot cube. Besides its mundane applications, you can open a 5-foot-deep pit at a creature's feet. A Medium or smaller creature falls prone in the pit unless it succeeds on a REFL save. With a successful save, it can choose to land harmlessly on its feet in the pit or hop to an adjacent square; this movement does not provoke attacks of opportunity. A creature can escape a 5-foot-deep pit with a DC 5 Movement (Climb) check. Larger creatures may ignore pits smaller than their size.
The earth excavated by this spell is ordinarily distributed harmlessly across the spell's range, but you may choose to throw up a burst of grit and debris when you dig a pit. This cloud of debris provides partial concealment to any creatures in the square affected and all adjacent squares for 1 round. Expeditious Excavation has no effect on solid rock or earth creatures.
NOTE: This spell may be cast while under the Pinned condition due to being buried. As a result, it is very effective at aiding creatures who have become buried due to various Environmental Effects. If you are the one who is buried, you may open a 5-foot cube around yourself, thus removing the pinned condition, but the spell cannot be used for tunneling. This use of the spell does not stop any environmental effects such as singed, burned, or suffocating, but once free of the pinned condition, you may cast other spells as normal. If you are not the one who is buried, this spell can be used to extract a buried victim from any sort of avalanche, collapse, flash flood, tsunami, pyroclastic flow, etc. Casting this spell upon a creature whom is buried within spell range does not require line of sight or line of effect, and causes them to reach the surface and stop being buried in one round.