Bestow Curse, Greater

(Dragonlance Campaign Setting, p. 104)

Level: Bard 6, Cleric 7, Sorcerer 8, Wizard 8,
Components: V, S,
Casting Time: 1 action
Range: Touch
Target: Creature touched
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes

The caster places a curse on the creature touched, choosing one of the following three effects:

  • One ybility score is reduced to 1, or two ability scores take -6 penalties (to a minimum score of 1).
  • A -8 penalty on attack rolls, saving throws, ability checks, and skill checks.
  • Each tuen, the subject has a 25% chance to act normally, otherwise, he takes no action.

A player may invent a new curse, but it should be no more powerful than those listed above, and the DM has final say on the curse's effects.

A greater curse cannot be dispelled. It can be removed with a break enchantment, limited wish, or remove curse spell, but the caster attempting to break the curse must succeed at a caster level check (DC 15 + caster level of the creature who bestowed the curse). A miracle or wish spell removes the greater curse automatically.

When the curse is bestowed, the caster of the greater curse can choose to specify a deed, event, or task that will end the curse. The deed must be something that the subject can accomplish within one year (assuming he undertakes it immediately). For example, the deed might be "Slay the black dragon Mohrlex," or "Climb the peak of Malystryx." The cursed victim can have help accomplishing the task, and in some cases another character can lift the curse (see Dying Curse in Chapter 6 for guidelines; Dragonlance Campaign Setting, p. 190).

Also appears in

  1. Spell Compendium
  2. Complete Divine
  3. Races of Destiny
  4. Book of Vile Darkness

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