Blot (Bard Spell)

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Level: Bard 3
School: Illusion


Casting Time: Standard Action, or the first attack of a Full Attack Action
Components: V, S, M (A bit of cloth, stitched with a sigil, worth 1 gp.)


Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./two lvls)
Target or Area: all creatures in target area (friend or foe), in a 30 foot burst around a target square (a 7x7 area)
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Will partial
Save DC: 10 + caster stat modifier + spell level
Spell Resistance: Yes


You reach into the World of the Unreal and gather vast amounts of nothingness. Rather than forming this into the semblance of Reality and forcing your will onto it, you simply pour it into reality and then figuratively 'smear it around', doing your best to blot out all of reality in an area within range you choose.
All creatures in the area of effect suffer (Circle 3 damage): 1d6 points of damage per character level (max 10d6 at character level 10) of fictive (energy, uncommon) damage as they are smeared out of existence directly, leaving them feeling weirdly... diluted. A saving throw as above may be attempted to reduce this damage by half. Creatures killed by this spell leave behind only vaguely organic masses of tissue, with any surviving treasure and remnants mixed in.
Due to the non-existence effects of this spell, there are potent effects against all symbology. Pictures, paintings, carvings, statues, and in particular all forms of writing suffer heavy damage. This spell reduces all types of writing and other recognizable symbols found on any sort of surface within range into illegible smears. It affects books, carvings on stone, or even tattoos with equal ease. It does not affect writing that is not actually physically on a surface, such as a projection, reflection, or anything similar. All spellbooks and magical items that contain writing (such as scrolls or Knowledge Crystals)are subject to a Sunder attempt, as the caster of Blot may make a Caster Check against their Sunder DC or the Maneuver Defense of their owner. (You may make one Caster Check and compare it to all DC's and Maneuver Defenses in the area, for brevity.)
Against magical writing created by or embodying magical trap effects (such as Glyph of Warding (Cleric Spell) or a Symbol), Blot has no effect. This is because the specialized magic of a trap requires siege damage to disrupt, which this spell cannot do. This spell also has no effect on writing found on artifacts or similarly unique surfaces, and of course, has no other physical effect on anything that is not writing. The GM adjudicates all unusual circumstances.

Mana Burn Circle Damage

Spell Circle Burn Cost Req'd Char Level Base Dice Max Dice
0 N/A N/A 1d4 per 2 character levels max of 4d4 at character level 8
1 N/A 1st 1d6 per character level max of 4d6 at character level 4
2 +1 3rd 1d6 per character level max of 6d6 at character level 6
3 +1 5th 1d6 per character level max of 10d6 at character level 10
4 +1 7th 1d6+1 per character level max of 12d6+12 at character level 12
5 +1 9th 1d6+1 per character level max of 15d6+15 at character level 15
6 +1 11th 1d6+2 per character level max of 16d6+32 at character level 16
7 +1 13th 1d6+2 per character level max of 20d6+40 at character level 20
8 +1 15th 1d6+3 per character level max of 21d6+63 at character level 21
9 +1 17th 1d6+3 per character level max of 25d6+75 at character level 25
10 +1 19th 1d6+4 per character level max of 25d6+100 at character level 25
11 +1 21st 1d6+5 per character level max of 25d6+125 at character level 25
12 +1 23rd 1d6+6 per character level max of 27d6+162 at character level 27
13 +1 25th 1d6+7 per character level max of 27d6+189 at character level 27
14 +1 27th 1d6+8 per character level max of 29d6+232 at character level 29
15 +1 29th 1d6+9 per character level max of 29d6+261 at character level 29
16 +1 31st 1d6+10 per character level max of 30d6+300 at character level 30
17 +1 33rd 1d6+11 per character level max of 30d6+330 at character level 30
18 +1 35th 1d6+12 per character level max of 30d6+360 at character level 30