One of the
most feared spells in the earth mages arsenal, Petrify causes its target to
become solid stone. The target stays in this state until the process is somehow
removed, usually through another earth mages coming along and reversing the
process. Of course, the statue could just be destroyed, which would of course
end the "statue" state and causing some thing similar to a "broken to small
Spell Effect. The
spell effect is quite simple and straight-forward. After the casting, the target
of this spell is immediately turned into stone, thus killing it if the target
is, or more accurately was, living. This effect is permanent, leaving a statue
of the target in the place where it stood, until said statue is either destroyed
or moved. This is, obviously, mostly used in combat situations, although there
have been crude structures and door sealings strengthened by this spell, as well
as hasty fortifications made. However, due to its long casting time, most
battlemages find it prudent to cast Slow on their target beforehand, to allow
enough time to cast this deadly spell.
The caster must concentrate on the earth
cár’áll around him, sending it
towards his target. Once the desired amount of
earth ounía has been sent to the
target, then the mage must concentrate on the links of that
cár’áll, reorganizing them to mimic
the links found in rocks while touching the reagents together. Once this is
complete, then the target's skin and organs become rocklike in consistency,
finishing the spell. A mage could cast this spell on only a certain part of the
target, such as a finger or a leaf, but this is far more diffuicult. The mage
would have to centrate on reorganizing the links within just that part of the
structure, as well as have a figurine of only that structure.
Still to be defined.
Focus/Target. Any solid
object can be the target of this spell, although many would consider it a waste
of time to target something made of stone. Also, mages find that targets that
already possess a high amount of earth
cár’áll are easier targets than those
with little earth
Reagents. A small
figure in the basic shape of the target and a few small rocks. Most battlemages
carry several small figures of bipedal creatures with them at all times.
Elemental Earth Magic, Physical Representation of Sphere III.
Range. The caster must
be within a few peds of
their target to gain the desired effects of this spell. There have been rare
cases of the most powerful of archmagi being able to cast this spell from quite
a large number of peds
away, but that is rare and limited to only the most powerful of
Casting Time. If
one is new to the casting of this spell, it often times takes several minutes to
cast. However, more experienced magi find that that they can cast this spell in
under a minute, should they concentrate hard enough.
Duration. The effects
of this spell are permanent, making it a deadly
weapon if cast successfully.
Counter Measures/Enhancing Measures.
There is no way to really counter this spell once it has been cast. The process
itself is reversible; if another earth mage comes along, they could undo the
petrification. However, if this spell should be reversed on a once living being,
then that being returns to normal, except that the person or beast is now dead.
This spell can be enhanced simply by being in areas that have a high amount of
cár’áll can be found anywhere
possessing something called ‘the ground’. Also, as mentioned previously, mages
find it easier to cast this spell who has already been affected by the Slow
spell. It is also slightly easier to cast this spell in areas of loose
earth, such as that found in soil, as
opposed to more solid earth, such as
that found in rocks.