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Occult Rituals


Occult Rituals

It’s a common belief that only those initiated in the rites and practices of arcane, divine, or psychic magic can cast spells, but this is not strictly true. Hidden within dusty libraries and amid the ramblings of lunatics lie the mysteries of another form of spellcasting—occult ritual magic. These spells are rare, coveted by both those eager to gain their power and those wishing to hide their existence. Most traditional spellcasters consider these rituals dangerous and uncontrollable, something to be avoided or used as a last resort. They fear the power these ceremonies grant to the uninitiated, as the rituals allow those with only a glimmering of understanding the ability to interact with the underlying fabric of magic.

While anyone can attempt to cast occult rituals, the process is fraught with peril. The strange and intricate incantations are often challenging to perform with precision, and failure can weaken the casters or even unleash horrors upon the world. Even when successfully performed, each occult ritual has a price—a backlash that affects at least the caster leading the ritual, and often those assisting in its performance.
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Inhabit Rune Giant

Source Pathfinder #135: Runeplague pg. 76
School necromancy; Level 6
Casting Time 60 minutes
Components V, S, SC (up to the Intelligence modifier of the primary caster)
Skill Checks Knowledge (arcana) DC 26, 3 successes; Knowledge (local) DC 26, 3 successes
Range 100 miles/character level of the primary caster; see text
Duration 1 hour/character level of the primary caster (D)
Saving Throw none; SR no
Backlash The primary caster takes 2d6 points of damage.
Failure All casters gain 1 permanent negative level and are exhausted until that negative level is removed.

Effect

The ritual allows the primary caster to inhabit the body of a rune giant that she knows firsthand as if using possession. The rune giant must be within 100 miles per character level of the primary caster when the ritual is complete. The rune giant receives no save against this effect. Unlike possession, the primary caster can use all of her own abilities as well as the rune giant’s abilities while possessing the rune giant, and the primary caster can choose to use either her own or the rune giant’s base attack bonus or base save bonuses. While the primary caster inhabits the rune giant, the rune giant gains 5 bonus hit points per character level of the primary caster.