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Brand of Tracking

School transmutation [curse]; Level inquisitor 4


Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S, DF


Range touch
Target creature touched
Duration permanent
Saving Throw Fort negates; Spell Resistance yes


This spell etches the symbol of an eye or a lawful institution on the target, dealing 1d6 points of damage. The mark can be placed on any exposed portion of the creature, typically the head or forearm. While the recipient is branded in this way, twice per day as a standard action, you can instantly know in what direction and how far away the recipient is, as long as it is within 1 mile of you per caster level you have. If the recipient travels beyond this range or to another plane, you cannot gain information about the recipient’s location. Similarly, if the recipient becomes warded by a spell or effect that thwarts divination spells (such as nondetection) or moves into such an area (such as an antimagic field), you cannot gain information about the recipient’s location. This effect otherwise works as a locate creature spell that lasts for 1 minute per caster level you have. It can be fooled by mislead, but not polymorph.

A brand of tracking can be hidden by clothing or temporarily removed by scraping it away (the latter deals 1d6 points of damage, though the brand returns if that damage is healed or 1 day after being removed nonmagically). A brand of tracking cannot be dispelled, but it can be permanently removed by any means that removes a mark of justice.