Holly Berry bombs say that they are activated by a word of command what type of actions is this? Could a surrounded druid (with a successful defensive casting check) and with resist energy fire (20) cast the spell and detonate the spell in the same turn effecting everyone within 5 ft of her dealing (1d8 + level - fire resist) x 8 damage.
To go by RAW, I'm thinking it would be a standard action, since that's what other command words use I think. That said, it doesn't make much sense to me, since you're just saying a word or two, and speaking is a free action.
It's probably just best to let the DM decide, although I'd think it'd be a tough call to make.
COMMAND WORD: If the activation is on command or if noactivation method is suggested either in the magic item
description or by the nature of the item, assume that a
command word is needed to activate it. Command word
activation means that a character speaks the word and the
item activates. No other special knowledge is needed.
A command word can be a real word, but when this is the
case, the holder of the item runs the risk of activating the item
accidentally by speaking the word in normal conversation.
More often, the command word is some nonsensical word,
or a word or phrase from an ancient language. Activating a
command word magic item is a standard action and does
not provoke attacks of opportunity.
Another question - if you pile 8 holly berries at the same intersection, and they all go off at once and hit someone, how many Reflex saves does that person make? Just one save to halve the entire damage, or one save per berry (8 saves?)
I think it's one save.
Fire Seeds: "If you are within 200 feet and speak a word of command, each berry instantly bursts into flame, causing 1d8 points of fire damage + 1 point per caster level to every creature in a 5-foot-radius burst and igniting any combustible materials within 5 feet. A creature in the area that makes a successful Reflex saving throw takes only half damage."
It says "each berry" but "a" saving throw.
It's certainly a lot easier that way, too.