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Death Knell

School necromancy [death, evil]; Level cleric 2

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components V, S

Range touch

Target living creature touched

Duration instantaneous/10 minutes per HD of subject; see text

Saving Throw Will negates; Spell Resistance yes

You draw forth the ebbing life force of a creature and use it to fuel your own power. Upon casting this spell, you touch a living creature that has –1 or fewer hit points. If the subject fails its saving throw, it dies, and you gain 1d8 temporary hit points and a +2 enhancement bonus to Strength. Additionally, your effective caster level goes up by +1, improving spell effects dependent on caster level. This increase in effective caster level does not grant you access to more spells. These effects last for 10 minutes per HD of the subject creature.