Create baneguard was a divine magic spell available to clerics of Bane, the Black Hand. It animated a baneguard out of an intact skeleton.[1][2] Other ways of creating a baneguard were discovered,[3][4] but this spell was specific to Bane and did not spread to other faiths until after his "death" in the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR.[2][3]


This spell took less than a minute to cast and the cleric had to touch the skeleton that was to be animated. Upon completion, the skeletal form rose, ready to attack.[1][2]


In addition to verbal and somatic components, this spell required an intact skeleton of approximately human size or smaller, and 20 drops of blood from a true dragon.[1][2]


This spell was originally developed by priests of Bane, the Lord of Darkness.[3][2] Eventually other evil- and neutral-aligned faiths learned this spell or a variant of it, and it was often called just create undead.[3][4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Julia Martin, Eric L. Boyd (March 1996). Faiths & Avatars. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 978-0786903849.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Greenwood, Martin, Grubb (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), Monstrous Compendium. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 1-5607-6617-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 162. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.