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Finger of death was a spell where the caster would attempt to cause instant death to a target.[8][5][6][9][10]

EffectsEdit

The oldest version of the spell would just attempt to kill the target. The caster would incant the spell while pointing their finger at the target.[8]

A later version would also seek to destroy a person's life force, but it had the ability to also raise a human killed with the spell and, with an expensive ceremony, turn them into a ju-ju zombie under the caster's command. The victim could not to resurrected or raised from the dead in any other way. Only a limited wish could end this effect, or a wish that would fully resurrect the target.[5][6]

A newer version would again attempt to try and kill the target outright, unless the target managed to resist it, in which case they would take damage instead.[9]

The post Second Sundering version would attempt to cause a catastrophic amount of damage and if a target died they would after a few seconds be raised as a zombie, under the caster's command.[10]

ComponentsEdit

Only verbal and somatic components were required to cast this spell.[5][6][9][10] Early druids also needed their holy symbol.[8]

HistoryEdit

The spell was attributed to Netherese arcanist Dethed in -1864 DR, originally called Dethed's death finger.[1]

AppendixEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 23,27. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207–211,241. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 162–166,230. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Michael Mearls (October 2003). “Among the Dead: Necromancer Archetypes and Abilities”. In Chris Thomasson ed. Dragon #312 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 37.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 184. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.), p. 233. ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  7. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 64. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 230. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.

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