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Cursed Earth

School necromancy [curse, evil; see text]; Level cleric 9, sorcerer/wizard 9, witch 9

Casting Time 10 minutes

Components V, S, M (powdered onyx 10,000 gp), DF

Range touch

Area 1-mile radius emanating from the touched point

Duration permanent

Saving Throw none (see text); Spell Resistance no

You lay a terrible curse upon the land, blighting those who live and die there. Choose one of the following effects.

Famine: All normal plants in the area reduce their growth and food production by half, as if affected by the stunt growth effect of diminish plants.

Living Death: Any creatures of Small size or larger killed in the area rise as uncontrolled zombies 24 hours after their death, as do corpses buried in the area. Burning or dismembering the corpses prevents them from rising as zombies.

Plague: Every day at sundown, all creatures in the area must make a Fortitude save or catch one of the following diseases (your choice, decided at the time of casting): blinding sickness, bubonic plague, cackle fever, filth fever, leprosy, mindfire, red ache, shakes, or slimy doom. The disease is contracted immediately (the onset period does not apply). Use the disease's listed frequency and save DC to determine further effects. This is a disease effect.