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Condition Severity: Strong
Your mind is fragmented, your soul is unraveling, and your resolve is weakening.
- Each time you are affected by Essence Destruction, you must choose one of the following of your existing abilities:
- a feat
- a class feature — this can be anything you gained due to leveling up in one of your character classes, including a rogue talent, fighter tactic, rage power, or a fixed ability, such as sneak attack, smite, defender of the faith, etc.
- all spell slots of a given spell level (spontaneous) -or- all memorized spells using spell slots of a given spell level (prepared) — for example, a sorcerer could choose to lose the use of all their 2nd level spells, while a wizard might choose to forget all spells using 4th level spell slots.
- a greater racial trait — you may not choose to give up a lesser trait or a general trait.
- You lose the use of this selected feat, class feature, spell level, or racial trait, until the essence destruction has been cured.
- You do not lose the use of other abilities which weren't stripped away by essence destruction (or one of the other essence damaging conditions, namely suppression or omission), even if you have lost one or more of the prerequisites of those abilities. That is, if you have Dodge (Feat), Mobility (Feat), and Spring Attack (Feat), and lost the use of Dodge, you could still use Mobility and Spring Attack, unless you also lost the use of one or both of those.
- Essence destruction stacks. That is, if you are affected by essence destruction three times in an encounter, you must choose three different abilities among your feats, class features, spell levels, or racial traits, to lose. You may not select an ability you have already lost.
- If applied to a monster, essence destruction causes the monster to lose either one of its feats or one of its special abilities. If it has no feats or special abilities to lose, or has already lost of it its feats and special abilities, essence destruction has no further effect.
If the ability, trap, or effect description includes specific directions for how the condition is ended, then that is the primary means of ending this condition. In many cases, it is the only way to end the condition. If nothing is specifically listed for ending the condition, then the following methods can be used to end it, instead:
- A single ability lost due to essence destruction can be regained via the Restoration spell.
- All abilities lost due to essence destruction can be regained via either Restoration, Greater (Cleric Spell), Wish (Sorcerer/Wizard Spell), or Miracle (Cleric Spell).
- Unless otherwise cured, all abilities lost due to essence destruction are gone forever.