Does Sculpt Corpse work on a skeleton?


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Title say it all. Thanks!


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Alni wrote:
Title say it all. Thanks!

so long as the skeleton is a dead body I don't see an issue with this.

If by skeleton you mean the undead creature of the same name, then no. You can not use the spell on undead creatures since they are no longer "corpses".

also, keep in mind the following.

Sculpt Corpse wrote:


Any spell or effect that targets the corpse treats it as if it still had its original appearance.

So, it won't retain any changes you made if you attempt to raise or animate the skeleton after adjusting it with Sculpt Corpse. Subject to the DM's decision of course.

Sczarni

Better question: Can you sculpt corpse, then raise dead, to appear as a halfling or large creature and still be a medium creature for all other purposes other than appearance? And how messed up is that? Appear bigger or smaller but not actually BE bigger or smaller.

"We're going to need another TIMMY!" Necromancer gets dead body, alters to make Timmy. Raise Dead. Now have two Timmys! Repeat until Timmy Army is complete! And this is how Star Wars The Clone Wars got started. Think about it: technically human embryo is still a human (though not born), kill it, alter corpse, raise dead, wait 9 months, and you have yourself a fully adult looking child clone (army). Just train them up how you want them (warning: clumsy for the first few years, but very fast learners).

(that whole thing falls down on the 2 negative levels, but oh well, evil plans can't be perfect)

And what happens if you used this on a child, and they grew up? Would they simply remain the "adult" they were when you used it on them or would they grow into a large sized creature when their size changes?


LordKailas wrote:
Alni wrote:
Title say it all. Thanks!

so long as the skeleton is a dead body I don't see an issue with this.

If by skeleton you mean the undead creature of the same name, then no. You can not use the spell on undead creatures since they are no longer "corpses".

also, keep in mind the following.

Sculpt Corpse wrote:


Any spell or effect that targets the corpse treats it as if it still had its original appearance.

So, it won't retain any changes you made if you attempt to raise or animate the skeleton after adjusting it with Sculpt Corpse. Subject to the DM's decision of course.

Thank you! I am the DM actually. My undead master wants to make his skeleton companion look like an elf maiden or something of the sort so they pass unnoticed in public. From what I gather the answer is 'no' which is the way I was leaning. It seems like a real stretch.


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You don't need magic for that! You need a dead (or soon to be dead) elf maiden, a sewing kit, some knives, and a couple leatherwoking/disguise checks.Rember to cast gentle repose on a regular basis, unless you have a reliable supply of elf maidens.

(Might even be able to Sculpt Corpse on the fleshbag. You know, for variety.)


toastedamphibian wrote:

You don't need magic for that! You need a dead (or soon to be dead) elf maiden, a sewing kit, some knives, and a couple leatherwoking/disguise checks.Rember to cast gentle repose on a regular basis, unless you have a reliable supply of elf maidens.

(Might even be able to Sculpt Corpse on the fleshbag. You know, for variety.)

Hahaha! Well, Ill inform him. We're playing in Cheliax so for 50-100 gold and a trip to the local slave market, he's got his elf or halfling maiden supply.

Sczarni

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Alni wrote:
toastedamphibian wrote:

You don't need magic for that! You need a dead (or soon to be dead) elf maiden, a sewing kit, some knives, and a couple leatherwoking/disguise checks.Rember to cast gentle repose on a regular basis, unless you have a reliable supply of elf maidens.

(Might even be able to Sculpt Corpse on the fleshbag. You know, for variety.)

Hahaha! Well, Ill inform him. We're playing in Cheliax so for 50-100 gold and a trip to the local slave market, he's got his elf or halfling maiden supply.

there is a third party spell that adds meat back to a skeleton. Basically the reverse of the spell that strips it off the bones. Then shape as desired.


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maouse wrote:
Alni wrote:
toastedamphibian wrote:

You don't need magic for that! You need a dead (or soon to be dead) elf maiden, a sewing kit, some knives, and a couple leatherwoking/disguise checks.Rember to cast gentle repose on a regular basis, unless you have a reliable supply of elf maidens.

(Might even be able to Sculpt Corpse on the fleshbag. You know, for variety.)

Hahaha! Well, Ill inform him. We're playing in Cheliax so for 50-100 gold and a trip to the local slave market, he's got his elf or halfling maiden supply.
there is a third party spell that adds meat back to a skeleton. Basically the reverse of the spell that strips it off the bones. Then shape as desired.

You're talking about Restore Corpse, which is the inverse of Decompose Corpse.

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