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You may command the powers of unlife.

Ghost Strike

As a standard action, you may make a ghost strike, summoning negative energy and throwing it at a target within Medium range as a ranged touch attack. A ghost strike is considered a negative energy death effect, and as such has no effect on undead, constructs, elementals, and other creatures immune to such things (although some talents provide exceptions). Ghost strike effects do not stack with themselves.

Some Death talents are designated (ghost strike), which provide you with additional types of ghost strikes. You gain the following ghost strike when you gain the Death sphere:

Exhausting strike

The subject of your ghost strike becomes fatigued for 1 round per caster level (Fortitude negates). You may spend a spell point to increases this effect to making the target exhausted for 1 minute per caster level (Fortitude negates). On a successful save, the target is still fatigued for 1 round. Unlike regular fatigue and exhaustion, these conditions end as soon as the duration expires.

Reanimate

As a standard action, you may touch an intact dead body and spend a spell point to reanimate it as a zombie or skeleton (depending on the composition of the body in question) for 1 minute per caster level. This creature gains the zombie or skeleton template and obeys your commands, although only simple commands such as “go”, “stay”, “attack”, or “guard” are understandable. A reanimated body cannot speak and has no knowledge or ability to think and so cannot answer questions or reveal anything it knew in life. When the duration expires, the body collapses until reanimated again. It does not regain hit pints between reanimations. If reduced to 0 hp, the body collapses and is destroyed; it cannot be reanimated again.

You may have a total number of reanimated creatures active at any one time whose combined Hit Dice does not exceed twice your caster level. If you attempt to reanimate a creature that would push your total beyond this limit, your reanimated creatures cease to be reanimated sequentially from oldest to newest until the Hit Dice total is low enough to permit the new reanimated creature. You cannot reanimate a creature with more Hit Dice than twice your caster level, and creatures with more than 20 racial Hit Dice can never become skeletons or zombies.


Death Talents

Cryptic Strike

As a standard action, you may make a single ranged or melee attack coupled with a ghost strike. If the attack hits, the target is also affected by the ghost strike.

Empowered Reanimate

All creatures you reanimate gain a +4 enhancement bonus to their Strength and Dexterity.

Expanded Necromancy

When you reanimate a creature, you may reanimate it as a bloody skeleton, burning skeleton, fast zombie, or plague zombie. When reanimating a creature in this way, they count as twice their Hit Dice against the total amount you may have reanimated at once.

Greater Ghost Strike

When making a ghost strike, you may spend an additional spell point to form your ghost strike into a Close-range cone, allowing you to make an attack roll against every target within this area.

Greater Reanimate

Increase the total Hit Dice of creatures you may have reanimated at once by an additional 1 per caster level. You may select
this talent up to 3 times.

Killing Curse

Your ghost strike can rip the very soul from the living. If a target fails their saving throws against your ghost strike 3 times within a 1-minute period, they immediately die (Fortitude negates). If a ghost strike does not allow a save, it is not usable with this talent.

Lingering Necromancy

When you reanimate a corpse or corpses, they remain for 1 hour per caster level instead of 1 minute per caster level.

Mass Reanimate

When using your reanimate ability, you may spend an additional spell point to reanimate multiple creatures at once. All corpses
to be reanimated must be within Close range. Your Hit Dice limits apply to the total number you may reanimate at once with this ability.

Necrotic Senses

As a full-round action, you may concentrate on one undead creature under your control. This allows you to perceive that creature’s surroundings as if you were standing where that creature was. While you may use the creature’s special sense (i.e., Darkvision, etc.), you must use your own Perception skill if making a check. Only targets completely under your control are valid; charmed undead are not truly under your control, and as such as such do not qualify.


Ghost Strikes

Bleeding Wounds (ghost strike)

You may make a ghost strike that deals 1 bleed damage per 2 caster levels (minimum: 1; no save). Targets take damage on the round they are hit, plus each additional round until the bleed effect stops (usually through the Heal skill or an application of magical healing). You may spend a spell point before making this ghost strike to improve this effect to 1 bleed damage per caster level (minimum: 2).

Command Undead (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that grants you a measure of control over an undead creature (Will negates). For 1 minute per caster level, an unintelligent undead creature falls under your control or an intelligent undead become friendly toward you. You can give an intelligent undead creature orders, but you must win an opposed Charisma check to convince it to do anything it wouldn’t ordinarily do. Retries are not allowed. An intelligent commanded undead never obeys suicidal or obviously harmful orders, but it might be convinced that something very dangerous is worth doing. Any act by you or your apparent allies that threatens the commanded undead (regardless of its Intelligence) breaks this effect. Your commands are not telepathic; the undead creature must be able to hear you. Intelligent undead remember they were manipulated and may seek revenge.

Curse (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that bestows a permanent curse on the target (Will negates). Curses may be removed with the Break Enchantment Life talent, upon your death, or by your choice as a free action, but otherwise cannot be dispelled. Choose one of the following effects to bestow upon the target (with GM permission you may invent your own curse, but it should not be more powerful than these): the target suffers 1d6 points of non-lethal damage every minute spent in bright light; the target becomes blind except when in areas of dim light or darkness; the target must eat and drink twice as much as normal or begin suffering from starvation; the target becomes vulnerable to a single energy type (this cannot affect a creature already immune to that energy type—apply vulnerability before protection or resistance); the target suffers the penalties (but not bonuses) of advancing to the next age category.

Drain (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that imposes 1 temporary negative level on the target for one hour per caster level (no save). This increases by 1 die size per 5 caster levels (1d2, 1d3, 1d4, and 1d6). Unlike with other ghost strikes, negative levels stack. While normally negative levels have a chance to become permanent and can kill a target whose negative levels equal its Hit Dice, these negative levels do not last long enough to become permanent, and if a negative level would reduce the creature to 0 Hit Dice, the creature instead takes 4 points of Constitution drain for the duration of the effect. If a negative level lasts longer than 1 day, the target must pass a Fortitude save per negative level or have the negative level become permanent. If this ability is used on an undead creature, it instead grants the creature 5 temporary hit points per negative level, which last for 1 hour.

Inflict Disease (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that causes the target to contract a disease (Fortitude negates). The subject contracts one of the following diseases: blinding sickness, bubonic plague, cackle fever, filth fever, leprosy, mindfire, red ache, shakes, or slimy doom. The disease is contracted immediately (the onset period does not apply). Use the disease’s listed frequency and save DC to determine further effects.

Manipulate Undeath (ghost strike)

You may make a ghost strike that harms undead, dealing 1d8 damage per 2 caster levels (minimum: 1d8, Will half). You may spend a spell point to instead heal the undead for this amount.

Necrotic Feeding (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that, when it strikes a target with -1 or fewer hit points, kills it instantly (Will negates). If the target fails their saving throw, you gain temporary hit points equal to twice the target’s Hit Dice, as well as a +2 enhancement bonus to Strength and Dexterity, which increases to +4 if the target has 8 HD or more and +6 if the target has 16 HD or more. These effects last for 10 minutes per HD of the slain creature. Bonuses from multiple creature do not stack; only the highest bonuses apply.

Sickening (ghost strike)

You may make a ghost strike that causes the target to be sickened for 1 round per caster level (Fortitude negates). You may spend a spell point to cause the target to instead become nauseated. On a successful save, the target is still sickened for 1 round.

Vampiric Strike (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels to the target (minimum: 1d6) and grants yourself an equal number of temporary hit points that last 1 minute per caster level (Fortitude half). You cannot gain more temporary hit points in this manner than the subject’s current hit points + their Constitution score. If you strike multiple targets at once with the same vampiric strike (for example, through the Greater Ghost Strike talent) you cannot gain more temporary hit points than 3 per caster level (minimum: 6). As always, temporary hit points do not stack.

Weakening (ghost strike)

You may make a ghost strike that inflicts a 1d4 point penalty to the target’s Strength or Dexterity (your choice, Fortitude negates) for 1 round per level. You may spend a spell point to increase this reduction by half your caster level (minimum: 1) and cause a successful Fortitude save to only halve the effect instead of negate it. This cannot reduce the target’s Strength or Dexterity scores to less than 1.

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