Obscured Script

School illusion (phantasm)); Level bard 2, mesmerist 2, occultist 2, psychic 2, sorcerer/wizard 2


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (a scrap of paper bearing a simple sentence written in at least five languages)


Range touch
Target one touched page, scroll, inscription, book, or other document no more than 3 feet in any dimension
Duration 24 hours (D)
Saving Throw none; see text; Spell Resistance no


You create a latent illusion that clouds the judgment and reading ability of any creature that examines a targeted text. While casting the spell, you can designate up to one creature other than yourself per level to be immune to the effects. All other creatures that read the text must succeed at a Will save or find it difficult to properly parse and decipher the contents. This increases the DC of Linguistics checks to decipher the text by an amount equal to your caster level (maximum +10), and it increases the DC of the Wisdom check to avoid drawing a false conclusion by an equal amount. Unaffected creatures gain a circumstance bonus equal to your caster level (maximum +10) on Bluff checks to deceive affected creatures about the text’s contents. The spell obscures any magical glyphs, runes, or symbols within the text, increasing the Perception DC to find such traps by an amount equal to half your caster level (maximum +5). Obscured script can be made permanent with a permanency spell by a caster of 10th level or higher for the cost of 5,000 gp.

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