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    Default Black Magic Bargain (spell)

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    Black Magic Bargain
    Universal ([Evil])
    Level: Sor/Wiz 3
    Components: V, S, F, XP
    Casting Time: 1 standard action
    Range: See text
    Target, Effect, or Area: See text
    Duration: See text
    Saving Throw: See text
    Spell Resistance: Yes

    A favoured spell of fiends and witches, you grant your victim their heart's desire at great cost.

    This spell allows you to duplicate the effects of wish, with several provisos.

    Firstly, the wish may only be granted on the behalf of someone else, not yourself. Furthermore the beneficiary may not be anyone you regard as an ally and may only make the wish of their own free will (i.e. they may not be under the influence of any mind-affecting magic).

    Secondly, in exchange for the wish the beneficiary must agree to make an exorbitant payment of some kind. Such payment is never financial but can otherwise take many forms, including: being subject to an irremovable greater bestow curse, being permanently baleful polymorphed if they do not perform a difficult task for you in an agreed-upon time, giving you their most beloved child, or even relinquishing their immortal soul after their death or at a specified date. You are free to make the terms of the payment as difficult or complex as you wish but they must be at least as stringent as the aforementioned examples.

    Thirdly, unlike wish the XP cost associated with this spell is not paid immediately. Instead, you must pay it if the contract is ever destroyed (see below).

    Once the terms of the wish and payment have been agreed upon and the contract signed (see below), casting the spell itself is only a standard action.

    A contract detailing the terms of the wish to be granted and the payment owed, signed by both parties in their own blood. Once the spell is cast the contract remains in your possession and is invulnerable to almost all harm. Apart from wish or miracle spells or divine intervention it can only be destroyed by you or the beneficiary, which instantly undoes any effect of the bargain, reverses any payments made, and inflicts the XP cost of the wish on you.

    XP Cost
    The minimum XP cost for casting wish is 5,000 XP. When a wish duplicates a spell that has an XP cost, you must pay 5,000 XP or that cost, whichever is more. When a wish creates or improves a magic item, you must pay twice the normal XP cost for crafting or improving the item, plus an additional 5,000 XP.
    Last edited by rferries; 2017-05-21 at 08:18 PM.