Crew with the Dead

School necromancy; Level bard 5, sorcerer/wizard 6


Casting Time 10 minutes
Components V, S, M (the bones or remains of at least 5 drowning victims)


Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target one ship
Duration 1 hour/level, concentration discharge (D)
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no


This spell summons a crew of undead servitors to sail or row a ship for the caster. These undead automatically know how to crew the ship as long as the caster maintains concentration. If concentration is broken, the undead simply fail to do anything until the caster resumes concentrating on directing their actions. A bard who casts this spell must direct the crew through encouraging singing of sea shanties.

Up to 5 undead crew members may be summoned per caster level. The crew is treated as Medium skeletons with the additional ability of Profession (sailor) +5.

The crew does not fight or otherwise engage an enemy in combat, though they can operate ballistae or catapults, firing such machinery as 1st-level warriors.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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