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Chillspark
A chillspark, from Dungeon Magazine issue #175
Living Spell
Avg. Height varies
Avg. Weight varies
Homeland(s) The Mournland
Language(s) none
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Spells
Size varies
Source Eberron Campaign Setting, pg. 293-295

Living spells are semi-sentient spells that roam the Mournland. Whatever created the Day of Mourning during the Last War transformed any spell being cast when it happened into a living being. These creatures, dubbed living spells, still roam the Mournland, instinctively going after any creature it comes across. Occasionally, a living spell emerges from the gray mists of the Mournland, attacking a local town.[1]

HistoryEdit

On the day of Olarune 19, in the year 995 YK, the nation of Cyre was mysteriously destroyed. During that day, the Last War was in full effect, with the nation of Cyre in combat with a number of enemies around it, including Breland and Karrnath. During that event, whatever spells were in effect took an unusual metamorphosis. The Day of Mourning transformed these spells into living spells. These spells continued in effect, though instead of going after their intended target, they continued on to target whatever they could. To this day, living spells continue to wander the Mournland.[1]

Living spells are not a natural form of life. They have no need for self-preservation, and communicating with these creatures is nearly impossible. They have no earthly needs: They don’t eat, sleep, or reproduce. They are drawn naturally to sites of arcane power.[2]

The creation of living spells has undergone much study by the sages of Morgrave University. In addition, a new sect of arcane artists, calling themselves Spell Sovereigns, have taken the challenge of controlling living spells, using them as summoned creatures and binding them to magic items. To date, though, no one has been able to replicate the process of creating living spells.[3]

TypesEdit

Chilling FogEdit

Chilling Fog
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Cone of Cold
Size Large
Source Monster Manual III, pg. 92

A chilling fog is a sentient cone of cold spell. This living spell looks like a 10 foot diameter fog cloud that radiates freezing cold as it closes in on its prey. Upon engulfing its target, the target is subject to freezing winds.

Like all living spells, a chilling fog has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[4]

ChillsparkEdit

Chillspark
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Language(s) Large
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

A chillspark is the combination of two sorcerer spells: breath of winter and leaping lightning. This living spell resembles a lightning blast, and instead of engulfing its foes, it leaps from target to target, striking them with electricity. A chillspark is also able to perform short-burst teleports, and uses them to get into ideal striking position. Chillsparks are extremely hard to disperse or counterattack, because of their great speeds, and can attack three or four targets at a time.[2]

Corrosion WebEdit

Corrosion Web
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Language(s) Large
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

Unlike other living spells, which are a single spell come to life, the corrosion web is actually two spells: an acid orb spell combined with a web spell. This hybrid spell looks like the collapsed remains of a spider web, but one that is covered in a thick caustic acid that dissolves skin and bone. The corrosion web throws itself onto its foes trying to catch its prey within its ropy body.[2]

FrostclutchEdit

Frostclutch
A frostclutch, from Dungeon Magazine issue #375
Frostclutch
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Language(s) Medium
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

Unlike other living spells which resemble amorphous oozes, a frostclutch resembles a fully-formed icy hand the size of a medium humanoid. This living spell then tries to grab its prey, flying through the air at its target. The frostclutch freezes to the touch, and any creature grabbed by it begins freezing to death. Because of the physical structure, it is extremely difficult to free oneself from the frostclutch. The frostclutch is the merging of Bigby’s grasping hands and ice tomb. It tends to resemble the hand of its last creator.

Like all living spells, a frostclutch has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[2]

GlitterfireEdit

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Glitterfire, from Monster Manual III
Glitterfire
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Fireball and Glitterdust
Size Medium
Source Monster Manual III, pg. 92-93

Glitterfire is a living spell that combines a fireball spell with a glitterdust spell; a common strategy on the battlefield during the Last War to uncover invisible troops.

Glitterfire looks like a low cloud of bright, crackling motes of light that leaves small explosions in its wake. As it approaches its prey, it fires a blast of glitterdust, blinding its prey, as well as making them visible if they were invisible. It then engulfs the target, subjecting it to the intense flame of the fireball at its core.

Like all living spells, a glitterfire living spell has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[4]

Living BlasphemyEdit

Living Blasphemy
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Blasphemy
Size Huge
Source Monster Manual III, pg. 93-94

A living blasphemy is the living version of the blasphemy spell. It resembles a 15-foot-tall pillar of inky darkness infused with strange images and scenes. As it crawls across the ground, it targets any non-evil creature in the area. Once it engulfs such prey, it can weaken, daze, paralyze, or even kill its target. It also banishes any non-evil summoned creature that may enter its range.

Like all living spells, a living blasphemy spell has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.

Rumors speak of living dictum spells that affect non-lawful creatures; living holy word that affects non-good creatures; and living word of chaos and affect non-chaotic creatures.[4]

Living Burning HandsEdit

Living Burning Hands
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Burning Hands
Size Medium
Source Eberron Campaign Setting, pg. 293-295

A living burning hands spell resembles a fluid mass of fire that crawls along the ground towards its target. When it catches its prey, it tries to engulf it within its flames. The flames from a living burning hands spell will set anything flammable instantly aflame.

Like all living spells, a living burning hands has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[1]

Living Cloud of DaggersEdit

175 Living Spells
A withering grasp and living cloud of daggers,
from Dungeon Magazine issue #175
Living Cloud of Daggers
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind)
Language(s) Medium
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

A living cloud of daggers is one of the more common living spells within the Mournland. It resembles a mystical swarm of translucent, sharpened daggers that fly at nearby creatures with malicious intent. Once a living cloud of daggers targets its prey, it stalks them relentlessly, flying towards them at its greatest speed before slamming them with concussive force. Living clouds of daggers tend to instinctively target arcane spellcasters first, like sorcerers, warlocks or wizards. Some sages believe that the clouds have the ability to reform after some time, but that this time ranges from hours to months depending on the amount of ambient magical energy.[2]

Living CloudkillEdit

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A living cloudkill, from the Eberron Campaign Setting
Living Cloudkill
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Cloudkill
Size Large
Source Eberron Campaign Setting, pg. 293-295
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Size Large
Source Eberron Campaign Guide, pg. 95

A living cloudkill is the cloudkill spell come to life. It appears to be a thick, green fog that hangs low on the ground, with elongated green tendrils that are always stretching out for prey. A living cloudkill spell tries to engulf its prey. If the prey is weak enough, the living cloudkill can kill it automatically. If not, being engulfed in the living cloudkill makes the target weaker and weaker, as its target breathes in the poisonous gases within the cloudkill. A living cloudkill will try to slam·any targets who try to escape its grasp.

Like all living spells, a living cloudkill has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[1][5]

Living FireballEdit

Living Fireball
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Fireball
Size Medium
Source Dragon Magazine issue #329

A living fireball is a living spell created from the fireball spell. Appearing as a ball of flickering flame, this spell rolls towards its prey, leaving cinder in its wake. It hits its target with concussive force, engulfing it. When the living fireball engulfs a target, it explodes, sending sparks of flame in every direction before regrouping and continuing its attack.

Like all living spells, a living fireball has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[6]

Living Flaming SphereEdit

Living Flaming Sphere
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Language(s) Medium
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

A living flaming sphere is almost identical to a flaming sphere conjured by wizards; however, it quickly becomes evident that no wizard has cast it. It flies across the battlefield, ricocheting off the environment to target its prey. When it engulfs its target, it blasts them with internal inferno. it leaves a trail of ash in its wake, and is susceptible to cold attacks.[2]

Shroud of Death and DespairEdit

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A shroud of death and despair, from Five Nations
Shroud of Death and Despair
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Crushing Despair and Finger of Death
Size Huge
Source Five Nations, pg. 293-295

A shroud of death and despair is a living spell made from the combination of a crushing despair spell and a finger of death spell. it appears as an enormous amoebic cloud of black energy that looms just above the ground. It reaches out for its prey with black tendrils. Like other living spells, it tries to engulf its prey. When a target is engulfed, they are subject to crushing despair that weakens them. Weaker creatures are killed outright, while tougher creatures suffer necrotic damage while within the shroud.

Like all living spells, a shroud of death and despair has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[7]

Sickening SleepEdit

Sickening Sleep
3rd edition rules (template)
Base Creature Type Ooze
Base Creature Enfeeblement and Sleep
Size Medium
Source Monster Manual III, pg. 94

A sickening sleep living spell is a sentient enfeeblement spell. It appears as a gray swirling mist that hangs thick in the air. It attempts to engulf its prey. Once it does, its targets begin to feel their strength drained away. As they do, they succumb to a deep sleep.

Like all living spells, a living sickening sleep has blindsight 60'; is immune to gaze attacks, mind-affecting spells and abilities, poison, sleep effects, paralysis, polymorph, and stunning; is not subject to extra damage from critical hits or flanking; and has resistances to damage and spells.[4]

Withering GraspEdit

Withering Grasp
4th edition rules
Creature Type Aberrant beast (blind, ooze)
Language(s) Large
Source Dungeon Magazine issue #175

A withering grasp is a combination of two powerful wizard spells: Eward's black tentacles and ray of enfeeblement. This living spell almost resembles a living creature, with sickly black tentacles erupting from the ground. it stalks the shadows, using its tentacles to grasp its prey and drag them into its body. Once engulfed, a creature grows weaker and weaker, to prevent its escape. Withering grasps are occasionally mistaken for black puddings by unknowing sages.[2]

HomelandsEdit

Living spells roam the Mournland, the nation once known as Cyre. They are not restricted to the Mournland, though, and will sometimes wander out into the lands nearby. For instance, when Cyran refugees tried to find a location near the Breland/Cyre border to rebuild their lives, they found themselves under attack from living fireballs.[1][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Eberron Campaign Setting. Keith Baker, Bill Slavicsek, and James Wyatt (2004). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3274-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Creature Incarnations: Living Spells" (February 2010) by Peter LeeDungeon Magazine issue 175. 
  3. "Spell Sovereign" (July 2007) by Tim HitchcockDragon Magazine issue 357. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Monster Manual III.  (April 2005). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3430-1.
  5. Eberron Campaign Guide. James Wyatt and Keith Baker (2009). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-5099-4.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Coming Home" (April 2005) by Matt ForbeckDragon Magazine issue 330. 
  7. Five Nations. Bill Slavicsek, David Noonan, and Christopher Perkins (2005). Wizards of the CoastISBN 0-7869-3690-8.

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