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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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Voice of the Damned

Source Haunted Heroes Handbook pg. 17
School necromancy; Level 4
Casting Time 30 minutes
Components V, S, M (a blade worth 150 gp and a parchment), SC (up to the Intelligence modifier of the primary caster)
Skill Checks Diplomacy DC 31, 2 successes; Intimidate DC 31, 2 successes
Range close
Target one neutralized haunt
Duration 1 minute/level
Saving Throw Will negates; SR no
Backlash All casters take 1d6 points of Constitution damage.
Failure All casters take 1d6 points of Constitution drain.

Effect

The caster rouses the lingering consciousness of a neutralized haunt. Upon the ritual’s completion, a spirit resembling the entity that empowered the haunt manifests before the caster and scrawls a message of 25 words or less onto the provided parchment, using the caster’s blood. This message provides a cryptic clue regarding how to permanently destroy the haunt, acting much like the information granted by a divination spell, except that there is no chance that the information will be incorrect because the haunt hopes to end its suffering.