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Summon Horror

Summon Horror I

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 1, summoner 1, witch 1

CASTING

Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S, M (a pinch of powdered bonemeal and ash)

EFFECT

Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect one summoned creature
Duration 1 round/level (D)
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no

DESCRIPTION

This spell summons a terrifying creature (typically an aberration, outsider, or undead). It appears where you designate and acts immediately, on your turn. It attacks your opponents to the best of its ability. If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. The spell conjures one of the creatures from the 1st Level list on Table: Summon Horror. You choose which kind of creature to summon, and you can choose a different one each time you cast the spell.

A summoned creature cannot summon or otherwise conjure another creature or create spawn, nor can it use any teleportation or planar travel abilities. Creatures cannot be summoned into an environment that cannot support them. Creatures summoned using this spell cannot use spells or spell-like abilities that duplicate spells with expensive foci or material components (such as wish).

Summon Horror II

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 2, summoner 2, witch 2

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 2nd-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 1st-level list.

Summon Horror III

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 3, witch 3

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 3rd-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 2nd-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 1st-level list.

Summon Horror IV

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 4, summoner 3, witch 4

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 4th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 3rd-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 2nd-level list.

Summon Horror V

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 5, summoner 4, witch 5

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 5th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 4th-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 3rd-level list.

Summon Horror VI

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 6, witch 6

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 6th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 6th-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 5th-level list.

Summon Horror VII

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 7, summoner 5, witch 7

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 7th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 6th-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 5th-level list.

Summon Horror VIII

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 8, summoner 6, witch 8

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 8th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 7th-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 6th-level list.

Summon Horror IX

School conjuration (summoning) [evil]; Level sorcerer/wizard 9, witch 9

This spell functions like summon horror I, except that you can summon one creature from the 9th-level list, 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 8th-level list, or 1d4+1 creatures of the same kind from the 7th-level list.

Author’s Note: Summon Horror

The spell line of summon horror is meant to be an equivalent spell to summon monster; it uses creatures of similar Challenge Rating and ability, but provides a more sinister list of creatures to choose from. It also is a great way to make a low-cost necromancer, as each level of summon horror has at least one undead creature to summon.

While the spell is currently listed only for the sorcerer/wizard, summoner, and witch spell lists, GMs are encouraged to allow this spell as a substitute for summon monster for other classes, archetypes, and abilities that use summon monster. Examples include the bard spell list, an antipaladin’s fiendish boon class feature, or the bottled ally I-IX class feature for the preservationist alchemist archetype. This goes the same in reverse; an archetype or class that uses summon horror, such as the dark conjuror nightblade archetype in this book, can easily have its abilities substituted for the equivalent summon monster spell.

Some GMs may feel that having an additional creature list for conjuration-focused casters to choose from may be too strong. It is not unreasonable to require a player to choose either summon horror or summon monster; once they select one line of summon spells, they cannot learn any from the other.

Level I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX

Table: Summon Horror I
Creature Source
Beheaded, Flaming Screaming
B4
Bloody Skeleton, Human
B1
Crawling Hand
B2
Grindylow
B2
Isitoq
B4
Sagari
B3
Zombie, Human
B1
Table: Summon Horror II
Creature Source
Akata
B2
Devil, Lemure
B1
Dossenus
B4
Festrog
B3
Fleshdreg
B4
Ghoul
B1
Reefclaw
B2
Table: Summon Horror III
Creature Source
Choker
B1
Daemon, Cacodaemon
B2
Draugr
B2
Huecuva
B3
Kyton, Augur
B3
Qlippoth, Cythnigot
B2
Sinspawn
B2
Table: Summon Horror IV
Creature Source
Devil, Accuser
B2
Ettercap
B1
Fleshwarp, Grothlut
B4
Gloomwing
B2
Grick
B2
Urdefhan
B2
Wight
B1
Table: Summon Horror V
Creature Source
Crawling Hand, Giant
B2
Deathweb
B3
Elder Thing
B4
Gibbering Mouther
B1
Kyton, Evangelist
B1
Nightmare
B1
Shriezyx
B4
Table: Summon Horror VI
Creature Source
Chaos Beast
B2
Cloaker
B1
Dullahan
B2
Guecubu
B3
Hound of Tindalos
B2
Qlippoth, Shoggti
B2
Shadow Demon
B1
Table: Summon Horror VII
Creature Source
Daemon, Piscodaemon
B2
Fleshwarp, Ghonhatine
B4
Gholdako
B4
Gug
B2
Kyton, Sacristan
B4
Qlippoth, Nyogoth
B2
Spawn of Yog-Sothoth
B4
Table: Summon Horror VIII
Creature Source
Daemon, Meladaemon
B2
Dorvae
B4
Kyton, Interlocutor
B3
Moon-Beast
B3
Nightmare, Cauchemar
B4
Pale Stranger
B3
Witchfire
B2
Table: Summon Horror IX
Creature Source
Daemon, Thanadaemon
B3
Demodand, Tarry
B4
Gashadokuro
B3
Ghorazagh
B2
Nightshade, Nightwing
B2
Qlippoth, Augnagar
B2
Vemerak
B2

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