Toxic Bloom

School conjuration (creation) [plant, poison]; Level druid 5, invoker 4, shaman 5, witch 5


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (a drop of nectar)


Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect toxic flower blossom
Duration 1 round/level (D); see text
Saving Throw Fortitude partial or Fort negates (see text); Spell Resistance no

The nectar dissolves in your hand as an oversized flower springs forth from the ground nearby. The toxic bloom is considered a small object (roughly 3 feet in height and diameter) and must be conjured in a space sufficient to hold it. It must be conjured on a surface, but the surface does not have to be conducive to plants: the bloom can grow upon solid stone as easily as it can in rich soil.

The bloom itself is magically hardened, having hardness 8, 5 hit points per caster level, and an AC of 5. Fire damage ignores its hardness and deals full damage to it. While the bloom remains, it emits a cloud of noxious vapor in a 15-foot-radius spread around itself, depending on the type of flower conjured. You can choose one of three flower types to create with toxic bloom:

  • Nightshade: The bloom is surrounded by an aura of deadly poison. Creatures that fail their saving throw take 1d3 Constitution damage. A successful save halves the damage (minimum 0).
  • Rafflesia: The bloom emits a disgusting aroma. Any creature that fails its saving throw is nauseated for 1 round. A successful save renders the creature sickened for 1 round instead.
  • Rose: The bloom is sickeningly sweet. Creatures with 8 HD or less that fail their saving throw fall asleep. Creatures with more than 8 HD become drowsy, taking a -5 penalty on perception checks and staggering them for 1 round. A successful save negates the effect for that turn only.

Destroying the toxic bloom ends its effect, but any already-applied penalties remain. Creatures with the scent ability take a -4 penalty on their saving throws against this spell. Spells that wither and destroy plants like blight destroy the blossom instantly, ending its effects.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Path of the Wilds, © 2020, Ascension Games, LLC; Author Christopher Moore

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