3rd Level Spells

Animate Dead

Classes Wizard, Cleric
Level 3rd
Components (a drop of blood, a piece of flesh, and a pinch of bone dust)
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Permanent
Area Affected 10 feet
Leveling No

Description

By casting this spell, the cleric calls the bones or bodies of dead humans or humanoids to rise and become lesser undead (skeletons or zombies). The undead will obey their creator’s simple commands, following him or her, or perhaps guarding a location he or she designates against any creature (or not guarding it against certain creatures) that might enter. The spell’s effects are permanent, but can be dispelled by the use of dispel magic. Use of this spell is inherently not in accordance with the good alignment and is seldom used by good clerics unless there is pressing need. Moreover, casting the spell in the confines of a city may subject the caster to inquiry by secular and religious authorities alike. A cleric may animate one zombie or skeleton per level.

Blink

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components none
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected For the duration of the spell, the magic user teleports 2 ft in a random direction once per round. The segment in which the magic user disappears and reappears is determined on 2d4, while the compass direction is rolled on a d8. If the direction roll would result in the caster being teleported into a solid object, the caster will blink a second time, for a distance of no more than 10 ft. If this second blink also results in the caster occupying a solid object, the spell will end, marooning the caster in the ethereal plane of existence.
Leveling No

Description

This spell is a weak and rather unreliable form of one of the true mage’s most powerful capabilities: teleportation magic. During and after the segment in which the teleportation occurs, the magic user’s sudden change of location prevents any direct attacks upon him or her. The caster may only be attacked directly if the attack is made before the blink takes place. If the caster teleports both from and into an area which is affected by an area of effect spell, he will suffer its effects. The constant changes of location take a toll upon the caster, who has a 25% chance of failing at attempts to cast spells, use most magic items, or take any action beyond making physical attacks.

Clairaudience

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time Instantaneous
Duration 1 Day
Area Affected The caster will be able to hear sounds in a 6 ft radius of the spell’s focal point. The spell cannot be used to scry across planes of existence
Leveling No

Description

Clairaudience allows the caster to eavesdrop magically upon a particular location. There is no effective limit to the spell’s range, but the location must either be familiar to the caster or be obvious, such as the top floor inside a tower the caster can see, or just beyond a dungeon door. The spell cannot penetrate metal; sheets of any type of metal between the caster and the target area will prevent the magic user from being able to scry upon the area

Cure Blindness

Classes Cleric
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

This powerful spell allows the cleric permanently to remove virtually all forms of blindness.

Reverse Effect

The reverse of the spell permits a saving throw, and the cleric must successfully touch the spell’s intended target to inflict blindness (permanent duration).

Cure Disease

Classes Cleric, Druid
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

By means of this spell, the cleric may cure most diseases by laying hands upon the afflicted creature. Depending upon the nature of the disease, full recovery may require as little time as a single turn, or as long as a week.

Reverse Effect

The spell’s reverse, cause disease, requires that the cleric successfully touch the intended victim, who is permitted a saving throw against the spell’s insidious effects.

Dispel Magic

Classes Cleric,Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time Instantaneous
Duration Permanent
Area Affected 30 cubic feet, range: 120 feet
Leveling No

Description

Dispel magic has a base chance of 50% permanently to negate magic, both the magical properties of potions and the ongoing effects of certain spells. All spell effects and relevant items within the stated area of effect are subject to dispelling. Permanent magical items are not disenchanted by the spell, with the exception of potions, which are treated as 12th level for purposes of resolution.

However, even a permanently enchanted item must make a save or become nonoperational for one round. Any spells in the process of being cast in the spell’s area of effect will be lost, and any ongoing spell effects (such as invisibility) will be dispelled. With respect to each potion, casting, or ongoing spell effect, the base chance of successful dispelling is increased 5% for every level by which the caster’s level exceeds the level of the potion, the casting, or the spell effect. The base chance is conversely reduced by 2% per level of difference if the caster is lower level than the caster of the magic to be dispelled. The spell will automatically negate the caster’s own spells if it is used for this purpose or if the caster has previously cast a spell into the same area.

Explosive Runes

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Permanent
Area Affected any creature within a 5 ft radius
Leveling No

Description

This spell creates a magical trap in the form of traceries and sigils placed upon a piece of writing that create a magical detonation when they are read. It is possible to detect the presence of explosive runes without detonating them: a magic user has a 5% chance per level to notice their presence, and a thief has a 1% chance per level. When the runes are read the resulting explosion strikes everything within 5 feet.

Feign Death

Classes Cleric
Level 3rd
Components one creature
Casting Time Instantaneous
Duration 5 Rounds
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

This spell magically slows the recipient’s metabolism into a state so close to death that it is impossible to distinguish the enspelled person from a corpse by any means other than magical. The recipient can hear, smell, and think; the senses of touch and sight no longer function. Damage caused to the pseudo-corpse is reduced by one half, and the spell’s recipient will not even know that the damage has been caused potentially a dangerous situation. A person under the influence of this spell is not subject to level draining by the undead and will not be affected by poisons until the spell wears off or is otherwise removed; the caster can remove the catalepsy at will, and the spell is subject to being dispelled.

Fireball

Classes Cleric,Druid,Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a ball of bat guano and sulfur
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected 20 foot radius sphere, range: 100 feet +10 feet/level
Leveling No

Description

With a pointing gesture at the ending of the incantation, the magic user causes a massive explosion of magical fire at the target point. The fireball detonates with a low roar, causing 1d6 damage per level to all creatures within the area of effect. The blast fills the entire volume of the spell radius, and if it is cast into an enclosed area smaller than the area of effect the flames will expand from this area until the spell’s full volume has been reached. The volume of a 20 ft radius sphere is approximately 33,500 cubic ft, and there are 1,000 cubic ft in a 10 x 10 x 10 ft area, so in an area with a 10 ft ceiling the fireball will fill approximately thirty-three 10 x 10 ft squares. Thus, if a fireball explodes in the middle of a corridor 10 ft wide and 10 ft high, the blast will extend a staggering 165 ft in both directions. It is quite possible, particularly in dungeoneering environments, for the magic user to be caught in the backblast of his or her own fireball spell. The flames do not create any significant change in air pressure, but the furnace-like heat causes all items in the blast to make a d20 roll against the caster DC or be engulfed in magical fire and ignite (or, in the case of metals, melt).

Flame Arrow

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

By means of this spell, the magic user may enchant one arrow per segment, causing it to burst into normal flame. The enchanted arrows have no bonus to hit, and the enchantment is not powerful enough to hit a creature that can be damaged only by magical weapons. Each arrow causes 1 hp of fire damage in addition to its normal damage. The arrows (or crossbow bolts) will burn up in one round, so they must be shot before this time.

Fly

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a wing feather from any bird
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 6 Rounds
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

This spell grants the power of flight with aerial agility level V (see Chapter III) to any creature the magic user touches. The base movement rate for flight is 120 ft per round, with the base speed being doubled when diving, halved when climbing.

Forcast Weather

Classes Druid
Level 3rd
Components Thimble of Dew
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected
Leveling

Description

The caster can accurately forecast the weather for the next 10 days within 50 miles.

Glyph of Warding

Classes Cleric
Level 3rd
Components incense and powdered diamond worth at least 200 gp, which the spell consumes
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Permanent
Area Affected The enchantment affects surfaces, with the caster being able to ward up to 5 ft x 5 ft of wall, floor, door, etc., per level.
Leveling No

Description

The glyph of warding is a magically charged sigil or rune, scribed and enchanted to serve as the focal point of a powerful magical trap.The cleric writes or otherwise inscribes the surface to be protected with the glyph of his choice, thereby defining what effect the glyph will have when discharged. He or she then traces the area to be affected with incense and, if the area to be covered exceeds 50 sq ft, he or she must also sprinkle it with at least 2,000 gp worth of powdered gems to bind the spell over such a large area. When the spell is completed, the glyph and the tracery of its area fade from sight and remain invisible thereafter until the spell is discharged. Any being touching the protected surface without speaking the name of the glyph will discharge the glyph’s power. Most glyphs cause physical damage from fire or other elemental energies, causing 2 hit points of damage per level. More powerful glyphs are known that can induce paralysis or drain experience levels, although these are clearly the province only of the most powerful clerics.

Gust of Wind

Classes Wizard, Druid
Level 3rd
Components a legume seed
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected Flames the size of a campfire or greater will flare back as far as 1d6 ft, and even shielded flames have a high chance of being extinguished (5% per level).
Leveling No

Description

Hand outstretched in the final somatic gesture of this spell, the magic user summons forth a powerful blast of air, forceful enough to blow out unprotected flames smaller than a campfire.The wind is strong enough to hurl a small flying creature backwards by 1d6 x 10 ft, and will hold medium-sized creatures back from moving.

Haste

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a shaving of licorice root
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Turn
Area Affected 1 creature/level in a 40 x 40 ft area, range: 60 feet
Leveling No

Description

This spell imbues creatures in the targeted area with preternatural speed, allowing them to move and attack at twice the normal rate. The rate of spell casting cannot be increased. Within the area of effect, creatures closest to the caster will be affected first by the spell if the caster’s level is not sufficient to affect all of the creatures in the area. The spell ages the creatures upon which it is cast by 2 years.

Infravision

Classes Wizard, Cleric
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 6 Rounds
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

This spell allows the magic user to confer the ability to see in the dark, perceiving variations of heat in the infrared spectrum. Lamps and other light sources tend to spoil the effects of infravision. Infravision does not perceive invisibility any more than normal vision.

Lightning Bolt

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a bit of fur and a rod of amber, crystal, or glass
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected The area of effect may be either a branching, forking maelstrom of electricity 10 ft wide and 40 ft long, or it may be a concentrated blast 5 ft wide and 80 ft long.
Leveling No

Description

Upon casting a bolt of lightning springs from the fingertips of the caster. Any physical item (door, chest, etc) that hit directly hit must make a d20 Save or be destroyed. If the bolt strikes an object that does not conduct electricity, such as a stone wall, it will be deflected backward toward the caster (potentially inflicting a second shock upon those in the target area). Note that the length of a deflected bolt is not increased; the bolt will only rebound for the distance remaining in its original area of effect.

Monster Summoning I

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected summoned creatures Range: 30 feet
Leveling No

Description

By casting this spell, the magic user conjures up 2-8 monsters to serve him or her as allies in combat or to perform other services. The monsters appear from thin air within 1d4 rounds of the spell’s completed casting. If the caster is in combat, the monsters will fight on his or her behalf, attacking whatever foes he directs, or guarding him or her. For more complex tasks, the magic user must somehow have the ability to communicate these more specific commands.

Phantasmal Force

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration Instantaneous
Area Affected 80 sq ft + 10 sq ft/level
Leveling No

Description

This extremely flexible spell allows the magic user to craft a visual illusion of virtually anything that can fit within the spell’s area of effect. The spell creates no sound whatsoever. The caster must maintain his or her concentration upon the illusion, or it will evaporate, but while concentrating the caster is able to make the illusion move and respond to events. The illusion is dispelled if it is struck with a blow, a falling person, etc. Note that the spell relies purely on a visual effect; it will have no effect upon a creature that does not see it. Furthermore, the lack of any audible component can make certain illusions completely non-credible. An explosion, for example, is not likely to be believed by anyone if it creates no sound.

Prayer

Classes Cleric
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 6 Rounds
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected 60 foot radius
Leveling No

Description

Casting prayer is a matter of intoning an invocation to the cleric’s god(s), following which any of the cleric’s allies who were in the spell’s area of effect will gain, for the duration of the spell, the same benefits as if they were affected by an ongoing chant spell. Note that the cleric is able to move and take other actions while the prayer spell is in effect, which is not the case with the more restricted chant spell.

Protection from Normal Missiles

Classes Wizard, Cleric
Level 3rd
Components None
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

The subject of this spell becomes completely invulnerable to the effects of projectiles. The spell’s power is not sufficient completely to ward off the larger missiles hurled by siege engines such as catapults and ballistae, nor the enchantment of a magic arrow or bolt, but does reduce any damage caused by such weapons by 1 hit point per die of damage. The spell conveys no protection whatsoever against spells, including spells with missile-like qualities such as fireball or ray of enfeeblement.

Speak with Dead

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components burning incense
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected 10 feet: one dead creature
Leveling No

Description

By casting speak with dead, the cleric opens a mystical channel to the afterworld, permitting him or her to ask a dead creature several questions. As with most spells that concern the afterlife, the length of time that the soul has departed is a factor—the longer the creature has been dead, the more powerful the casting cleric must be to initiate contact. The cleric must be able to speak the dead creature’s language and must have some portion of its bodily remains available as the focus of the spell.

Suggestion

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a snake’s tongue and either a bit of honeycomb or a drop of sweet oil
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Day
Area Affected 30 feet: one creature
Leveling No

Description

This spell empowers the caster to suggest facts or courses of action with an almost unavoidable power of persuasion. Factual suggestions (“These are not the halflings you seek”), suggestions of a course of action (“You won’t mention you saw us, I have no doubt”), or a combination of both are possible. Even a victim who has failed a WIS Save will not undertake a course of action that is palpably unreasonable, but the experienced caster can easily phrase his or her requests in such a way as to avoid this problem. No creature will leap off a cliff for no reason; but the caster might need to scout the bottom of a chasm and promise to cast a feather fall spell, or hand the victim a “magical” torch that supposedly permits the power of flight. The creature to be influenced must be able to hear and understand the language spoken by the caster.

Tiny Hut

Classes Wizard, Druid
Level 3rd
Components a small crystal bead
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 6 Rounds
Area Affected 5 foot radius sphere
Leveling No

Description

This spell causes a bubble of magical force to form around the caster. The field will extend through solid substances if necessary, providing a complete sphere of protection even against burrowing creatures. When the caster stands on the ground, the sphere will thus appear to be a hemisphere, with half of it beneath the ground. The field’s outside surface is not transparent and is usually a dark amber color, but anyone inside the sphere can see through to the outside as if the force field did not exist. The spell provides protection against inclement winds and temperature within a certain range, but offers no protection against attacks from outside. Anyone can pass into and out of the hut, and up to 6 medium-sized or 8 small creatures can shelter inside with the caster. If the caster leaves the hut, the spell ends. Inside the hut, the inhabitants will not feel winds of up to 50 mph, which are completely blocked by the bubble of force, but if the wind reaches gale force of 50 mph the tiny hut will be shredded into oblivion. The temperature inside the hut remains at a pleasant 70˚ Fahrenheit for so long as the outside temperature remains in a range from 0˚ to 100˚. For every degree of outside temperature beyond this range, the temperature inside the hut will rise or fall accordingly from 70˚. The caster may illuminate the inside of the hut with a dim, ambient light that will not, of course, show to the outside.

Tongues

Classes Wizard
Level 3rd
Components a small clay model of a ziggurat
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected 30 foot radius
Leveling No

Description

Within the radius established by this spell, the caster, and the caster alone, will be able to speak and understand any verbal language, including alignment tongues. Note that the spell’s area of effect does not move with the caster.

Reverse Effect

The reverse of the spell makes any verbal communication impossible for any person (not just the caster) in the spell’s area, or may be used to cancel out the effects of the tongues spell.

Water Breathing

Classes Wizard, Druid
Level 3rd
Components a short reed or piece of straw
Casting Time 1 Round
Duration 1 Round
Area Affected touch
Leveling No

Description

This spell grants the ability to breathe underwater while the spell lasts. The reverse of the spell allows a water-breathing creature to breathe in the air.

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