Phantom Caretaker

School conjuration (creation); Level cleric 2, inquisitor 2, paladin 2


Casting Time 1 minute
Components V, S, F (a doctor’s mask worth 50 gp)


Range 0 ft.
Effect one quasi-real doctor
Duration 24 hours (D)
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no


As you finish casting the spell, the doctor’s mask floats away from your grasp. A faint image of a person in doctor’s attire appears next to you, donning the mask before fully materializing into a person.

Originally created by overstressed clerics during times of war, this spell summons a quasi-real doctor that can heal and attend to patients. The caretaker appears in an open space adjacent to you. Its physical shape and size is no different than a typical member of your race, though its entire form is covered in doctor’s clothing, including the mask used as the focus for this spell.

The caretaker has a Heal skill bonus equal to your own Heal skill bonus or your caster level + your casting modifier (Wisdom for clerics and inquisitors, Charisma for oracles and paladins), whichever is higher. It can perform any task that can be accomplished by a Heal check, including long-term care, treating poisons and diseases, and so forth. The caretaker is not summoned with a healer’s kit, so should you ask it to treat deadly wounds it will take penalties to the check unless you provide a kit for the caretaker to use. It can understand, speak, and write any languages that you know. The caretaker works tirelessly for the 24 hours the spell lasts and suffers no penalties for lack of sleep.

The caretaker has a movement speed of 30 feet and moves as you ask it to; if brought onto the battlefield, it will attempt to stay out of harm’s way until it is asked to tend to an injured creature, at which point it will move in the safest way possible to that creature. The caretaker has a Strength score of 12 in order to help lift or drag a willing, injured creature; it is incapable of taking any hostile actions or attacking. It has an AC of 15 and 20 hit points. If reduced to 0 hit points, the spell ends.

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Path of Shadows, © 2015, Ascension Games, LLC; Author Christopher Moore

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