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Icicle Shower

School evocation [cold]; Level cleric/oracle 4, druid 5


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, DF


Range long (400 ft. + 40 ft./level)
Area cylinder (40-ft. radius, 20-ft. high)
Duration 1 round/level
Saving Throw Reflex partial; see text; Spell Resistance no


Icicles fall to the ground dealing 1d6 points of piercing damage and 1d4 points of cold damage to every creature in the area. The icicles embed themselves into the ground unless the surface is too hard to hold footprints, such as bare rock, solid ice, or a stone floor, in which case, the icicles shatter upon impact and have no further effect. Otherwise, each creature moving through the area at greater than half speed runs the risk of stepping onto an embedded icicle. Make an attack roll for the icicles. The icicles use your caster level as their base attack bonus. Roll only once for the entire spell effect each round and apply the result to all creatures in the area of effect. For this attack, the creature’s shield, armor, and deflection bonuses do not count, though a creature wearing shoes or other footwear gets a +4 armor bonus to AC.

If the attack succeeds, the creature has stepped onto an icicle. The icicle deals 1 point of piercing damage and 1 point of cold damage. Any creature taking damage from stepping on an icicle must also succeed on a Reflex save or suffer a wound to its feet that slows its land speed by half. This speed penalty lasts for 24 hours or until the injured creature receives a cure spell (which also restores lost hit points). Another creature can remove the penalty by taking 10 minutes to dress the injuries and succeeding on a Heal check against the spell’s save DC. Creatures of Tiny size and smaller automatically move through the area with no chance of stepping onto an icicle, though they treat the area as difficult terrain. Creatures of Huge size and larger as well as creatures lacking feet take no damage and suffer no ill effect from stepping onto the icicles.