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Like other summoning spells, a summon undead spell conjured one or more undead creatures from another place and made them appear within close range of the caster. The summoned creature appeared in a burst of fog and smoke, in which some claimed they could see the residual image of screaming faces.
An undead being was magically compelled to fight for the caster. A summoned undead could not be truly destroyed; instead, an attack that would otherwise destroy it instead sent it back to the place from which it was summoned where it reformed over the next day.
Like other arcane summoning spells, summon undead spells required verbal and somatic components and a tiny bag and an unlit candle as magical foci. They uniquely required a third magical focus, the carved bone from any humanoid creature. The complicated spell required more than five seconds to cast.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 125–126. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Matthew Sernett, Jeff Grubb, Mike McArtor (Dec 2005). Spell Compendium. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 215. ISBN 0-7869-3702-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 173. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.