Campaign of the Month: June 2012
Bind Spirit (Spell)
Level: Clr 4, Sor/Wizard 5)
Components: V, S, M (the item to which the spirit is bound)
Casting Time: Standard Action
Target: Creature and item simultaneously touched
Saving Throw: None
Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)
This spell, when cast upon a person who is dead but still within their three minute spirit count, will bind the person’s spirit to a physical object. This will also sever the spirit from the body and guarantee the loss of one Maker’s Gift, and prevent the spirit from leaving the area to seek sanctified ground. If the item to which the spirit is bound is brought to sanctified ground, a spirit will be detected within (as well as detected via a sense spirit spell if not on sanctified ground). Furthermore, if said item is on sanctified ground, the Ceremony of Life ritual may be cast upon the item and the creature will be raised from the dead with the loss of one Maker’s Gift.
The effect of this spell is permanent, unless the either the spirit is raised, or the item the spirit is bound to destroyed. In the latter case, the spirit is now free roaming, as per the normal guidelines for spirits. This spell is often employed by the deceased’s companions, to ensure that the soul makes it back to sanctified ground, rather than becoming a free roaming spirit due to the distance to the nearest known shrine.
Note: The body of the deceased may be used as the ‘item’, but it will decay as normal, and this spell does not act as a spirit tether , despite the fact that the spirit is bound to its body. Also note that during the Ceremony of Life, the bound spirit is still unidentifiable, and will be raised alongside all spirits on the sanctified ground, if there are others.
Final note: Many people believe this spell is heretical, and evil, for it deprives the spirit its natural chance of existence after death. It also traps the spirit, whether the first or the final Gift, and thus denies access to Maal’s judgement in the hereafter. It is considered an extremely poor fate for one’s spirit to become imprisoned indefinitely in this way.