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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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Second Sight

Source Horror Adventures pg. 133
School divination; Level 4
Casting Time 40 minutes
Components V, S, M (an eyedropper filled with water from the Elemental Plane of Water), SC (at least 2, up to 6)
Skill Checks Heal DC 32, 1 success; Knowledge (arcana) DC 32, 1 success; Perception DC 32, 2 successes
Range long
Target one living humanoid of the same size as the primary caster
Duration 10 minutes/character level of the primary caster; see text
Saving Throw Will negates (harmless); SR no
Backlash The primary caster’s movement speeds are all reduced by 15 feet, to a minimum of 5 feet, for the next 24 hours.
Failure The target and primary caster have their vision permanently reversed, so the primary caster sees only what the target sees and vice versa. This effect can be removed only by greater restoration, limited wish, miracle, or wish.

Effect

The primary caster carefully applies specially prepared water to the target’s eyes. Following this application, one or more secondary casters paint the primary caster’s closed eyes, creating lifelike eyes overtop of the closed eyelids.

When the primary caster’s eyes are closed, she sees through the eyes of the target. This vision only works while the target is within range of the primary caster, and only if the ritual is successful. While seeing through the target’s eyes, the primary caster is susceptible to gaze attacks, patterns, and other sight-based and visual attacks as if she were the target.