Hallucinatory Terrain (Bard Spell)

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Level: Bard 5
School: Illusion


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: Image of one terrain segment ten feet wide and ten feet tall per five caster levels, 2 at 6th, 3 at 11th, 4 at 16th, 5 at 21st, 6 at 26th, 7 at 31st.
Duration: A year and a day
Saving Throw: none; see text
Save DC: 10 + caster stat modifier + 1/2 caster level
Spell Resistance: Yes


You make absent-minded sounds as you work busily, 'building' a landscape before you...out of nothing. If more than one segment of Hallucinatory Terrain is cast adjacent to another, their appearance can be made to merge seamlessly. The ten by ten foot images can be arranged in any fashion the caster desires, vertically, horizontally, at angles, in curves, etc.
This spell works like Illusory Wall (Sorcerer/Wizard Spell), except it creates the Illusion of a natural setting. Note that in no instance does this spell ever hide creatures, objects, or structures, but it will make such creatures, objects, or structures appear as natural seeming as possible, although making a Roc inconspicuous my making its nest look like a meadow is not going to be very believable.
Hallucinatory Terrain is a fairly narrow magic, only creating surfaces, but it is comparatively strong, in exchange for its narrow focus. It appears absolutely real when viewed with any standard sense, even touch. A light brush of the fingers across Hallucinatory Terrain is fooled. Sound echoes and reverberates from the Terrain as if real. It stops scent, tremorsense, even such exotic things as lifesense or mindsense. But, if given a firm push, or walked into or upon, or an object is thrown with enough force to cause damage, such physical objects can pass through it without difficulty.
As such, this image is nearly impossible to detect without either witnessing the presence of the magic, having external knowledge of its existence, or, exhaustively thorough search methods. Simply walking past such an image without interacting with it or having special knowledge will never allow a saving throw against it.
When the spell is used to hide pits, traps, or normal doors, any non-sense-based detection abilities that do not require line of sight work normally. A firm, probing search reveals the true nature of the surface, though even such thorough measures do not cause the Hallucinatory Terrain to disappear. Although the caster can see through his Illusion, other creatures cannot, even if they succeed at their save (but they do learn that it is not real, and can see the edges and extent of the effect, as if it were a different color or texture than real terrain).