Friday, October 2, 2009

"Mold Earth" Cantrip

hand with magic light This cantrip is a little more useful than prestidigitation for creating tools, but suffers some limitations. It was originally created for an Earth Elemental sorcerer, but also fits well with the druids' elemental spells.

Mold Earth
School: Transmutation; Level: druid 0, sorceror/wizard 0
Components: V, S, F (see text)
Range: close (10 ft.)
Area of effect: 5 lbs of dirt
Duration: 10 minutes
Saving throw: none; spell resistance: no

This spell shapes up to 5 pounds of earth into one rigid object. The earth, dirt, or pebbles must be readily available within 10 feet of the caster, and cannot be part of a structure like a brick wall or adobe floor. The object shaped must be simple and cannot have movable or flexible parts, but otherwise acts as such an item for the duration of the spell. The item retains its earth property and appearance, and thus this spell cannot be used to shape anything that derives its function from being of a particular substance like food, jewelry, mirrors, floats etc. Examples of items that could be shaped and used: a step stool, a dagger, a club, a sling bullet, a jar. The object created has the hardness of stone (8) and one hit point per pound of mass. When the spell ends the object smolders back to dirt.

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