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    Default [Spell] A taxidermist's dream

    I think there is an 'official' word for this type of thing, but not being a butcher or a taxidermist I couldn't tell you what it is.

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    Level: Ranger 1, Assassin 2, Drd 2, Sorc/Wiz 2, Animal 2
    Components: S, F/DF
    Casting Time: 1 standard action
    Range: Touch
    Area: Corpse touched
    Duration: Instantaneous
    Saving Throw: None
    Spell Resistance: No

    At your touch a specific portion of an unliving, non-undead creature sloughs off or extrudes from the corpse and reseals itself seamlessly. This bit of the creature is clean and in perfect, undamaged condition. This may be, for example, the hide, meat, bones, internal organs, or even blood and venom of the creature.

    All skill checks requiring the use of the creature's parts are made at a +4 bonus.

    Liquids that are extracted must be cast with the desired container to hold it as an arcane focus. Otherwise it simply splashes beside the creature and moistens the ground. These liquids can be used for a number of applications depending on their size, listed on the table below.

    {table="head"]Size|Applications
    Fine|None
    Dimunitive|1
    Tiny|4
    Small|8
    Medium|16
    Large|28
    Huge|36
    Gargantuan|44
    Colossal|52[/table]

    All perishable components (hide, fluids, meat etc) degrade beyond use within 1d4 days of the creature's death unless under the effect of Gentle Repose or similar.

    Arcane Focus: A butcher's knife or container (see text).
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    Default Re: [Spell] A taxidermist's dream

    that "seal" is just sick when put into the context of this spell. made me laugh out loud. im still undure exactly how this spell is useful though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryring View Post
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    that "seal" is just sick when put into the context of this spell. made me laugh out loud. im still undure exactly how this spell is useful though.
    Use #1. Poisons. I mean, c'mon.

    #2. Certain spell components

    #3. Gives you the materials of such good quality it adds to skills such as leatherworking, armor making and similiar. Also, you have instant fur clothing for use in the cold.

    #4. Grafting materials in perfect condition.

    #5. Less likely to be able to be turned into undead.

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    on re-read, i guess the juices from some beasties could come in handy (even more so if you are using the blood mage class). although i think druids should be able to get it too. being about animals and all. maybe its too gruesome, but it could still fit.

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    So "knife goes in, guts come out" is now "spell goes in, guts come out"? Cool. I like the idea of using this for extracting poison from creatures, and I'm sure the blood of various beings could be useful too; for sale to the local curiosity shop if nothing else. Actually, that goes for a lot of uses of this. "Oh, do you like one's new werewolf rug? One bought it while one was in Rivan City last month."
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    Ow.
    This hurts just as bad reading it, as does your other spell flay.

    Its a great concept...but....

    OW.....

    Kinda reminds me of feild dressing a kill, but much less bloody. I rember learning how to feild dress a deer when I was learning to hunt , this just seems like it would be handy as a matter of conveniance to any ranger
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    How can this spell have an arcane focus if the spell is not available to any arcane spellcasting classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Iames Osari View Post
    How can this spell have an arcane focus if the spell is not available to any arcane spellcasting classes?
    Uhhhh... good point. I think I'll allow it for Wiz/Sorcs so they can gather components.

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    Default Re: [Spell] A taxidermist's dream

    Now how would this work with a zombie (because they are a corpse, only animated)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cowinator View Post
    Now how would this work with a zombie (because they are a corpse, only animated)?
    I put this bit in the spell specifically because I knew someone would ask it:

    "At your touch a specific portion of an unliving, non-undead creature sloughs off or extrudes from the corpse and reseals itself seamlessly."

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    Just a suggestion, but I think it might be useful on the Assassin and Blackguard spell lists, as you did mention it as being useful to extract poison.
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    Ack... Thats what you get for not reading closely enough...

    Nice Spell though. And I would add this spell to the list of spells for a Beaststalker (Monster). Specializes in hunting down and killing exotic beasts. Also gains the special ability Prepare Trophy, so this spell would be very useful to them.
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    I notice that "butcher knife" is a very common arcane focus for your spells, Tribble.
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    Okay, but that still leaves rangers and clerics with the Animal domain unable to use this spell to gather fluids, because that is the use of the spell that requires an arcane focus to be used, while rangers and clerics are divine casters. Why not just change the components section to read S, M, F and take away the "Arcane" part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    I think there is an 'official' word for this type of thing, but not being a butcher or a taxidermist I couldn't tell you what it is.
    Pulling out guts is evisceration, but not for other substances... Perhaps call it "Dress corpse" or something? Not that "gut" doesn't work :) Butcher, maybe?

    At your touch a specific portion of an unliving, non-undead creature sloughs off or extrudes from the corpse and reseals itself seamlessly. This bit of the creature is clean and in perfect, undamaged condition. This may be, for example, the hide, meat, bones, internal organs, or even blood and venoms of the creature.
    I have to ask... How does an animal bereft of its hide 'reseal itself seamlessly?' :)
    For the last part, it's a bit cumbersome, grammatically. I'd change it to read "all perishable components (hide, fluids, meat etc) degrade beyond practical utility within 1d4 days" or words to that effect.

    Interesting spell, at any rate. How many levels higher does it need to be to affect a living, unwilling subject is what I wonder.
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    Arcane focus just means that only Arcanists need a focus to cast the spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    Liquids that are extracted must be cast with the desired container to hold it as an arcane focus. Otherwise it simply splashes beside the creature and moistens the ground. These liquids can be used for a number of applications depending on their size, listed on the table below.

    ...

    Arcane Focus: A butcher's knife or container (see text).
    To me, this bit of text suggests otherwise.

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    It doesn't list what the material component is, either... perhaps Mr Tribble typoed while changing things around? I reckon he had the knife listed as the material component originally and forgot to change things when he made it a focus instead.

    How about making it "S, F/DF"? That should work.
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    Alright, have adjusted a bit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vorpal Tribble View Post
    I put this bit in the spell specifically because I knew someone would ask it:

    "At your touch a specific portion of an unliving, non-undead creature sloughs off or extrudes from the corpse and reseals itself seamlessly."
    Ah, so it can be used to dismantle constructs (provided they aren't magic immune, of course). Handy.
    Of course, by the time I finish this post, it will already be obsolete. C'est la vie.

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    This would PERFECT for my campaign's evil druid NPC. He's a sick, twisted "experimental" nature warping sicko who abuse baleful polymorphs like hotcakes. Great spell, but like Fangthane, I also want to see a higher-level version that can effect undead or even fully living beings.

    Also for those higher versions, they should still be unable to really effect oozes, outsiders, elementals, & anything incorporeal, as they do not have the physiological structures (i.e.: discernable, solid, organic flesh & bones) to extract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Simth View Post
    Ah, so it can be used to dismantle constructs (provided they aren't magic immune, of course). Handy.
    ...so long as it's a formally living thing, yes, apparently. Flesh golom comes to mind, but the whole magic immunity thing...
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    Outsiders are, in general, pretty creature-esque - and they're subject to critical hits and sneak attack, so they have a discernable anatomy.
    Of course, by the time I finish this post, it will already be obsolete. C'est la vie.

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    Doesn't the Fiendish Codex say something about demons & devils being made of unearthly ectoplams-like material? If I'm right, then that sounds fairly unfleshy. So, it would seem that creatures from the lower planes would be immune. By extension, I would also imagine upper planar beings would have the same immunity.

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