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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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Untangle Ley Lines

Source Pathfinder #142: Gardens of Gallowspire pg. 75
School transmutation; Level 9
Casting Time 9 hours
Components V, S, M (incense ground from First World plants), SC (up to 8)
Skill Checks Knowledge (nature) DC 35, 1 success; Knowledge (planes) DC 35, 1 success; Perception DC 35, 3 successes; Spellcraft DC 35, 1 success; Sleight of Hand DC 35, 3 successes
Range touch
Target one witchgate
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw none; SR no
Backlash All casters take 1 permanent negative level.
Failure All casters suffer a curse or spell effect determined by the specific witchgate (if not specified, use finger of death, using the ritual’s spell DC and caster level). Secondary casters can attempt a saving throw (primary casters automatically fail their saving throws).


The primary caster burns the incense in a perimeter around the witchgate to soothe the site, then peels back the dimensional fabric, finds the knotted ley lines, delicately unwinds them, steadies their energies, and closes the rift. If the ritual is successful, the ley lines return to normal, forcing the witchgate that tangled them to collapse. All casters automatically become attuned to the unraveled ley lines, gaining a +5 bonus on skill checks to cast occult rituals until they leave a 1-mile radius of the destroyed witchgate.