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Symbol of Death

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School necromancy [death]; Level cleric/oracle 8, sorcerer/wizard 8, witch 8; Domain rune 8


Casting Time 10 minutes
Components V, S, M (mercury and phosphorus, plus powdered diamond and opal worth 5,000 gp each)


Range 0 ft.; see text
Effect one symbol
Duration see text
Saving Throw Fortitude negates; Spell Resistance yes

Trapfinding and Magic Traps

Magic traps such as symbol of death are hard to detect and disable. A character with the trapfinding class feature (only) can use the Perception skill to find a symbol of death and Disable Device to thwart it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level, or 33 for symbol of death.


Symbol of death can be made permanent with a permanency spell. A permanent symbol of death that is disabled or has affected its maximum number of hit points becomes inactive for 10 minutes, but then can be triggered again as normal.