Water of Maddening

School conjuration (creation); Level alchemist 2, antipaladin 2, cleric 3, druid 3, witch 3


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (250 gp of powdered amber)


Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect up to 1 flask per 2 levels
Duration instantaneous
Saving Throw Fortitude partial; Spell Resistance no


This spell generates what appears to be clear, pure water, but it is in fact a foul secretion known as water of maddening. The liquid functions in all the same ways as unholy water (see curse water).

In addition, any creature that is anointed with or drinks this fluid must attempt a Fortitude save (drinking the water of maddening is particularly effective—a creature that drinks the liquid takes a –4 penalty on its save to resist its effects). Success causes the creature to become violently ill, vomit up the fluid, and become sickened for 1d4 rounds. Failure indicates the water takes root and wreaks havoc on the victim’s mind (dealing 1d6 points of Intelligence damage) and twists and deforms its body (dealing 1d6 points of Dexterity damage). The subject’s Dexterity and Intelligence cannot drop below 1 as a result of this effect. Casting this spell creates approximately 2 ounces—enough for one dose or, if bottled, one use as a thrown weapon.

The fluid can be created and stored indefinitely, though it cannot be created inside a creature. Extensive exposure to the water of maddening (such as drinking nothing else for months at a time) can have other long-term effects on the target, including the development of monstrous deformities or even total transformation into a beast, depending on the GM’s discretion (these mutations are rarely, if ever, beneficial to the victim).

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Book of the Damned © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Compton, Adam Daigle, Amanda Hamon Kunz, James Jacobs, Isabelle Lee, F. Wesley Schneider, Todd Stewart, and Josh Vogt.

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