Harrowing (Spell)

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Level: Bard 3Sorcerer/Wizard 3
School: Universal

Casting

Casting Time: 10 minutes
Components: V, S, F (a Harrow deck)

Effect

Range: Touch
Target or Area: one creature
Duration: 1 day/lvl or until fulfilled
Saving Throw: none
Save DC:
Spell Resistance: No

Description

You use a Harrow deck to tell a fortune for yourself or someone else. If you cast Harrowing on another creature, you must remain adjacent to the target for the duration of the casting time. A Harrowing must describe one set of events or course of action (for example, “hunting down the pirate king,” or “traveling to Viperwall to search for a magic sword”) that the target of the spell intends to undertake at some point during the spell’s duration. If you have access to a Harrow deck, draw nine cards when this spell is cast. If you do not have a Harrow deck, you can simulate the draws by rolling a d6 and a d10 for each of the nine cards.
Record the ability score and alignment associated with each card. Each of these cards grants a Luck Bonus or a penalty on a specific type of d20 check; the magnitude of the penalty or bonus depends upon how closely that particular card’s alignment matches the target creature’s alignment. If the card and target’s alignments are identical, that card provides a +2 Luck Bonus on the associated suit’s check. If the card and target’s alignments are of the opposite alignment (see below), the card inflicts a –1 penalty on that associated check. If the card has any other alignment, it provides a +1 Luck Bonus on the associated suit’s check.
While penalties persist on all associated checks for as long as the Harrowing persists, the bonuses are one-use bonuses that the harrowed character can “spend” at any time to modify that card’s associated check. You can spend a bonus to modify an appropriate roll after the die is rolled, but cannot spend the bonus once you know the result of the roll. Since all of the bonuses granted by a Harrowing are Luck Bonuses, they do not stack with each other. Penalties, on the other hand, do stack. Once you spend all of the bonuses granted by a Harrowing, or once the spell’s duration ends, the spell ends and the penalties are removed.
A single creature can only be under the effects of one Harrowing at a time. If it is subjected to a second Harrowing while a previous Harrowing is still in effect, the new Harrowing automatically fails.
Associated Suit Checks
Suit Associated check
Hammer (Str) Attack rolls (ranged and melee)
Key (Dex) REFL saving throws
Shield (Con) FORT saving throws
Book (Int) Skill checks
Star (Wis) WILL saving throws
Crown (Cha) Any d20 roll
Opposition Alignments
Alignment Opposition
LG CE
NG NE
CG LE
LN CN
N LG, LE, CG, or CE (pick one when spell is cast)
CN LN
LE CG
NE NG
CE LG