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Madara
2012-09-15, 05:12 PM
[Glyph] is a spell descriptor lost to ancient times. The main benefits of Glyphs are their long durations and lack of verbal components. While Glyphs have beens mentioned in several RAW texts, I find it is both flavorful and practical, giving me reason to expand into the world of Glyphs and Runes.

Changes: In terms of current spells, all spells with "Rune" or "Glyph" in their name, and Sepia Snake Sigil now gain the [Glyph] Descriptor. This has no other affect on the spells other than how the interact with the material below.

The [Glyph] Descriptor: Spells with the [Glyph] Descriptor often serve a defensive purpose. These spells are focused into a single rune, or line of runes in which their power resides. The folowing applies to all new spells of the [Glyph] Descriptor:

You set the conditions of the ward. Typically, any creature entering the warded area or opening the warded object without speaking a password (which you set when casting the spell) is subject to the magic it stores. Alternatively or in addition to a password trigger, glyphs can be set according to physical characteristics (such as height or weight) or creature type, subtype, or kind. Glyphs can also be set with respect to good, evil, law, or chaos, or to pass those of your religion. They cannot be set according to class, Hit Dice, or level. Glyphs respond to invisible creatures normally but are not triggered by those who travel past them ethereally. Multiple glyphs cannot be cast on the same area. However, if a cabinet has three drawers, each can be separately warded.

When casting the spell, you weave a tracery of faintly glowing lines around the warding sigil. A glyph can be placed to conform to any shape up to the limitations of your total square footage. When the spell is completed, the glyph and tracery become nearly invisible.

Glyphs cannot be affected or bypassed by such means as physical or magical probing, though they can be dispelled. Mislead, polymorph, and nondetection (and similar magical effects) can fool a glyph, though nonmagical disguises and the like canít. Read magic allows you to identify a glyph of warding with a DC 13 Spellcraft check. Identifying the glyph does not discharge it and allows you to know the basic nature of the glyph (version, type of damage caused, what spell is stored).

Note: Magic traps such as glyphs are hard to detect and disable. A rogue (only) can use the Search skill to find the glyph and Disable Device to thwart it. The DC in each case is 25 + spell level


New Glyph spells:

Glyph of Nature
Abjuration[Glyph]
Level: Divine 3, Arcane 4
Components: S, M
Casting Time: 10 Minutes
Range: Touch
Target or Area: One object touched or up to 5 sq ft./level
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Yes
Spell Resistance: No

Choose one of the following effects upon casting. When your set conditions are met, the Glyph activates and so does the effect.

Roots: There must be at least one tree by the location you cast this spell. When the condition is met, creatures within the area or touching the object holding the rune who are not excluded by means of the set conditions must make a Reflex save or become grappled by roots that come out of the ground. They are grappled until they are able to cut themselves loose by dealing 5 damage/ level to their root or until they break free of the grapple.

Poison: The Glyph releases a toxic gas. All creatures within 30ft. of the glyph which are not excluded by means of the set conditions must make a fortitude save or be dealt 1d4 strength damage. This gas lasts 1 round/level or until it is dispersed like a fog cloud.

Material Component: Rare Erbs and Spices worth at least 200gp



Glyph of the Storm
Abjuration[Glyph]
Level: Divine 3, Arcane 4
Components: S, M
Casting Time: 10 Minutes
Range: Touch
Target or Area: One object touched or up to 5 sq ft./level
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Yes
Spell Resistance: No

Choose one of the following effects upon casting. When your set conditions are met, the Glyph activates and so does the effect.

Ice Trap:When the Glyph is triggered, all those within the selected area or are touching the warded object who are not immune by means of the selected conditions must make a fortitude save or have their movement speed cut in half for 1 hour as ice wraps around their legs preventing their joints from moving.

Poor Conditions: When the Glyph is triggered all those within the selected area or who are touching the warded object who are not immune by means of the selected conditions must make a fortitude save or be hampered by a small dust storm which only surrounds their face, causing them to be subject to a 20% miss chance for 1 minute/ 3 levels.


Material Component: A masterwork metal weapon or piece of armor which has been hit by electricity. The masterwork item must be worth at least 200gp.



Glyph of the Necromancer
Necromancy[Glyph]
Level: Divine 3, Arcane 4
Components: S, M
Casting Time: 10 Minutes
Range: Touch
Target or Area: One object touched or up to 5 sq ft./level
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Yes
Spell Resistance: No

Choose one of the following effects upon casting. When your set conditions are met, the Glyph activates and so does the effect.


Wither:When the Glyph is triggered, all those within the selected area or are touching the warded object who are not immune by means of the selected conditions must make a fortitude save or have their arm turn black and wither, causing a -4 penalty to strength for 1 minute/level.

Wave of Dread: When the Glyph is triggered all those within the selected area or who are touching the warded object who are not immune by means of the selected conditions must make a Will save or be Shaken (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/conditionSummary.htm#shaken) for 1d4+ 1/level rounds.

Material Component: A piece of onyx worth 200gp.

Madara
2012-09-15, 05:13 PM
Reserved for PrC(s) which may include things like reducing casting time and the material components, as well as boosting caster level and using non-spell glyphs.

Requirements: In order to become a Glyph Scribe, a character must fufill the following requirements:
Skills: Spellcraft 8, Knowledge(Nature, Religion, or Arcana) 8
Spellcasting: Must be able to cast 3rd level spells or infusions, must be able to cast a [Glyph] spell.
Feats: Scribe Scroll


Glyph Scribe
{table=head]Level|BAB|Fort|Ref|Will|Special |
Spellcasting

1st|+0|+1|+0|+1|Quick Glyph|
+1 level of Previous Spellcasting Class

2nd|+1|+1|+0|+1|Personal Rune|
+1 level of Previous Spellcasting Class

3rd|+1|+2|+1|+2|Glyph Mastery|
+1 level of Previous Spellcasting Class

4th|+2|+2|+1|+2|Glyph Birthing|
+1 level of Previous Spellcasting Class

5th|+2|+3|+1|+3|Mark of the Spellcaster|
+1 level of Previous Spellcasting Class

[/table]
Alignment: Any
Hit Die: 1d6

Class Skills:
Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Profession (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).

Skill Points at Each Level: 2 + Int modifier

Quick Glyph: At first level and every level thereafter, the Glyph Scribe reduces the amount of time it takes for him to cast a spell with the [Glyph] Descriptor. Move the casting time one duration shorter for each class level.

10 minutes
5 minutes
1 minute
1 full-round action
1 standard action
1 swift action

Personal Rune: At second level, the Glyph Scribe creates their own glyph which they place on their body as a tattoo. After 1 hour of rituals, the rune is imbued with power. The Glyph Scribe selects one of the following abilities.

Blasting Rune: The Glyph Scribe releases a powerful shockwave from their Glyph, making a ranged touch attack as an attack action against one target. If successful, the attack does 1d6/ 2 levels damage. The Glyph Scribe can use this ability at will.

Dispelling Rune: The Glyph Scribe can use Dispel Magic with a caster level 3 lower than their own at will. They cannot use the area dispel, but can use the glyph to counterspell as Dispel Magic normally does. The Glyph Scribe can use this ability at will.

Protective Rune: Choose one energy type: Acid, Fire, Cold, Electricity, or Force. You have Energy Resistance 10 against that type. If you choose the same rune twice, you gain immunity to that type of energy.

Rune of Schools: Choose a school of magic. All spells you cast from that school have their save DC increased by 1. If you select this Rune again at level 5, you must choose a different school.

Rune of Summons: Your caster level for summoning spells is treated as 1 higher. In addition, all creatures you summon using a spell have a +1 Enchantment bonus to Attack and to AC.

Monk's Rune: Your body advances to its physical peak. You gain a +2 inherit bonus to strength or dexterity, and your base movement speed increased by 10ft.

Glyph Mastery: At third level, your ability to use glyphs is incredible. After a 10 minute ritual, you can recast an activated glyph without any components. This time is not reduced by the Quick Glyph class feature.

Glyph Birthing: At fourth level, you can cast glyph spells with material worth have the value of what is normally used for the spell. In addition, you can substitue gold pieces worth that value instead of the listed material.

Mark of the Spellcaster: Choose another personal rune. As long as this rune is visible and not hidden underneath clothing, you gain fast healing 2. Your glyph allows you to collect magic energy, granting you spell resistance 15.

Madara
2012-09-15, 08:08 PM
Update 1: added new PrC and the first 3 spells, as well as getting in the basics. We'll see if I want to make a base class out of this.