Rolling Stone (Sorcerer/Wizard Spell)

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Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 5
School: Abjuration


Casting Time: Standard Action, or the first attack of a Full Attack Action
Components: V, S, M (A handful of scribed river pebbles, worth 1 gp.)


Range: Medium (100 ft. + 10 ft./lvl)
Target or Area: 10-ft.-diameter sphere
Duration: Until the end of the current encounter, the end of the next encounter, or until the start of a full night's rest, whichever is sooner
Saving Throw: Reflex partial
Save DC: 10 + caster stat modifier + spell level
Spell Resistance: Yes


You make broad, circular gestures, pebbles pouring from your hands as you swirl into existence a grinding mass of gravelly stone, ten feet in diameter.
Once called into existence, in an open square adjacent to your space, you may expend a move action to command the grinding mass of stones to roll in whichever direction you point and abrade all creatures it moves adjacent to, or who move adjacent to it, once per round per creature. (It does not harm the caster upon creation, although it is wise to move it quickly away.) It can also be commanded to avalanch (requiring a standard action) in a brutal tide of stone, affecting all creatures within fifteen feet of its space (an 8 x 8 square space, centered on the sphere). When commanded to avalanch it inflicts (Circle 5 damage): 1d6+1 points of damage per character level (max 15d6+15 at character level 15) of crushing (physical, common) damage, with a saving throw as above for half damage. Avalanching in this fashion does not end the spell.
It moves 40 feet per Move action the caster expends, using either Walk or Earth Glide as its movement type, in any combination desired. As part of this movement, it can move through up to 40 feet of natural earth and stone to strike a target. If it enters a space adjacent to a creature, it deals 3d6 points of abrasion (physical, uncommon) damage and inflicts two squares of Push to that creature, though a successful save as defined above halves the damage and negates the Push.
If not directed to move, the sphere stays at rest and damages and pushes any creatures who moves adjacent to it, once per round per creature.
It occupies a space as a creature does, and can be moved around by Combat maneuver checks, and its space can be entered (at the cost of being abraded) through normal means such as Overruns or Clamber. It is not a creature or an ally, does not flank or make attacks of opportunity, and cannot be targeted for buff or debuff effects. The surface of the sphere is made of dense-packed gravel, which hurts but yields.
The Rolling Stone is considered an attended object and cannot be harmed by hit point damage. It can be Sundered to destroy it, having a Durability equal to the Spell Level at the time of casting. The difficulty of a Sunder check against the Sphere is the Maneuver Defense of the Caster. It cannot batter down large obstacles, or inflict any Siege Damage. A Rolling Stone crumbles to sand, then dust, then vanishes, if it exceeds the spell's range.
This spell lays an arcane charge on its target(s). If the targets are something other than you or another creature (such as an object or area), the spell lays an arcane charge on you, the caster. Targets which already have an arcane charge present must choose which to keep if the new spell has the same charge type. Only one arcane charge can ever be present on a target at a time.