Pathfinder: Spells from Another Life
All week long we are showing off the samsaran race and racial options in the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans. Monday we shared with you the racial traits. Yesterday we shared the Timeless Warden archetype. Today we are sharing with you some of the spells that are well known to samsarans.
Before we share with you some of the spell inside, there is one aspect of samsarans that we have not delved too deep into as of yet when discussing this race. When a samsaran is reborn, the gender of the previous incarnation has no influence of the gender of this life. However familiar habits of previous incarnations can show through each generation. So it is hardly uncommon for a samsaran who was male for the past several generations to be born biologically a woman but dresses and acts in a way consistent with her male previous incarnations, or vice versa. This can be overtly obvious or non-existent. How your character chooses to identify his or her gender, regardless of the character’s birth, is up to you. With that in mind, check out these spells.
Beneath the Flesh
School transmutation (polymorph); Level alchemist/investigator 1, arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 1, bard/skald 1, cleric/oracle/warpriest 1, inquisitor 1, paladin 1, shaman 1, witch 1
Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S
Target humanoid touched
Duration 1 hour/level
Saving Throw Will negates (harmless); Spell Resistance no
The touched humanoid’s features alter, revealing what is in the creature’s soul. A humanoid that brings wanton death and destruction might appear more gaunt, almost skeletal, while an honest person that fights for peace and justice would become brighter, almost shining, taking on an angelic appearance. The target may switch genders or take on the physical characteristics of a different race, without changing size, racial abilities or the target’s racial subtype. The eyes, being the windows to the soul, do not alter. This spell also gives the target a +4 enhancement bonus to Diplomacy or Intimidate checks for the duration
School divination; Level alchemist/investigator 2, bard/skald 2, cleric/oracle/warpriest 2, druid/hunter 2, shaman 2, witch 2
Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S
Target creature touched
Duration 10 minutes/level
Saving Throw Will (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)
You allow the target to call upon the knowledge of a past life for a brief period of time. They gain a +4 insight bonus to all Knowledge and Profession checks for the duration of the spell.
Speak with Past Lives
School divination; Level arcanist/sorcerer/wizard 3, cleric/oracle/warpriest 3
Casting Time 10 minutes
Components V,S,F (a relic from a previous life)
Duration 24 hours
The caster communes with his past lives, gaining a general sense of how his activities will go (as an augury spell) in the next 24 hours.
In addition, for the duration of the spell, the caster gains a +2 competence bonus on all Knowledge skill checks and can make such checks untrained. He may also apply a +10 competence bonus to any single skill check during the spell’s duration, but doing so automatically ends the spell.
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