Horrid Word of Death
By: Matt Rosengren
Type: Necromancy
Class & Level: Sorcerer/Wizard 9, Cleric 9
Game: Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)

Caster/Level: Sor/Wiz 9, Clr 9
School: Necromancy [Evil, Sonic, Death, Mind-affecting]

Components: V,M,F
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: see text
Targets: see text
Area: see text
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: None or Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

The Horrid Word of Death spell is a powerful death spell. It acts in all ways as a Power Word Kill combined with a Blasphemy spell. Power Word Kill effects a targeted living creature of maximum 100 HP within close range (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) (no save). Blasphemy effects non-evil creatures within 40 ft. from the caster (no save, except for a Will save against the banishment effect).

Focus: any evil-aligned item of non-negligible cost.

Material Component: 3 pounds of vampire dust and the skull of a Demon of at least CR 14. The combined value of these items must be 2275 gp or more.*

* [Editor's note: Buying rare items such as these may require some effort, e.g. searching for a seller and negotiating a deal. Alternatively, the caster could try to obtain the items himself/herself. As a reminder, it should be noted that summoned creatures do not leave body parts behind when they die. Game masters are advised to be cautious when using this powerful spell for adversaries.]

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