Stone Wyvern

MagicUser - SpellDetail

V, S, M
Casting Time:
1 turn
1 day/level
Saving Throw:
Area of Effect:
The magic-user
By means of this spell, the magic-user is able to place another spell upon his or her person so that the latter spell will come into effect upon occurrence of the situation dictated during the casting of the contingency spell. The contingency spell and the spell it is to bring into effect — the “companion” spell — are, in ef- fect, cast at the same time (the 1-turn casting time indicated above is a total for both castings). The spell to be brought into effect by the pre- scribed contingency must be one which affects the magic-user’s person (feather fall, levitation, fly, statue, feign death, etc.) and of a level no high- er than one-third of the experience level of the caster (rounded down), to an upper limit of the 6th spell level: a 4th level “companion spell” maxi- mum at 12th, 13th or 14th level of experience; a 5th level maximum at 15th, 16th or 17th level of experience, and a 6th level maximum at 18th level of experience and beyond. Only one contingency spell can be in effect upon the spell caster at any one time; if a second is used, the first one (if still active) is cancelled. The situation prescribed to bring the spell into effect must be clear, al- though it can be rather general. For example, a contingency cast with an airy water “companion spell” might prescribe that any time the magic- user is plunged into or otherwise engulfed in water or similar liquid, the airy water spell will instantly come into effect. Likewise, the contingency could bring a feather fall into effect anytime the magic-user falls over 2' distance. In all cases, the contingency immediately brings into effect the second spell, the latter being “cast” instantaneously when the pre- scribed circumstances occur. Note that complex, complicated, and/or convoluted prescribed conditions for effecting the play of the dweomer are likely to cause the whole spell complex (the contingency spell and the companion magic) to simply fail when called upon. The material components of this spell are (in addition to those of the companion spell) 100 gp worth of quicksilver, an elephant ivory statu- ette of the magic-user, and an eyelash of an ogre magi, ki-rin, or similar spell-using creature. Note that the ivory statuette is not destroyed by the spell casting (although it might be subject to wear and tear), and it must be carried on the person of the spell caster for the contingency spell to perform its function when called upon.