Recently, during one of our sessions, I found my level 9 fighter (7 fighter, 2 paladin) facing an aboleth on a barge. The foul beast hit me with a quickened enervation spell, followed by dominate monster/person.
I lost 5 levels of fighter and was mind controlled.
The DM told me the negative levels would last for 12 hours. That's one hour per caster level, correct?
should have been 15hrs (16, capped at 15)
So here is my question (and admittedly, I've never played a caster, so I'm on unfamiliar ground), I thought quickened spells require a spell slot -4- levels higher than the actual spell? If enervation is a level 4 spell, wouldn't it need a spell slot from the 8th level group? I didn't think a 12th level sorcerer/wizard would have an 8th level spell slot to use.
Or am I just not understanding what's happening here? Is there items or gear that would allow this all to happen legally?
Also, considering that it was an aboleth, with sorcerer/wizard of at least level 12, what overall level was this thing? 19? :)
Thanks, and sorry if the answer is obvious, I can't seem to wrap my head around this.
Aboleth doesn't cast spells as Sor/Wiz, it has Spell-Like Abilities (similar, but not quite the same...)
Monsters have a Feat available to them: "Quicken Spell-Like Ability". This is dependent on CL, not on HD.
At CL16, Quicken Spell-Like Ability can be applied to a 4th level SLA. It then gets to use that SLA quickened, 3/day.
You were facing a variant Aboleth anyway, apart from the Feat, as Enervation isn't on the B1 Aboleth... but I'd expect Aboleths to vary in their powers, so seems fine to me!