EARTH SPELLS: PETRIFY (LEVEL VIII)

SPELL EFFECT - CASTING PROCEDURE - FORMULA - FOCUS/TARGET - REAGENTS
SPELL CLASS - RANGE - CASTING TIME - DURATION - COUNTER MEASURES

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 pieces" state.

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. Return to the top

Casting Procedure. 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. Return to the top

Magical Formula. Still to be defined. Return to the top

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 cár’áll. Return to the top

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. Return to the top

Spell Class. Elemental Earth Magic, Physical Representation of Sphere III. Return to the top

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 magic users. Return to the top

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. Return to the top

Duration. The effects of this spell are permanent, making it a deadly weapon if cast successfully. Return to the top

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 earth cár’áll. Earth 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.  Return to the top

 Date of last edit 5th Rising Sun 1666 a.S.

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