Detect Undead

Level: Paladin 1, Sor/Wiz 1
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: Concentration
Spell Points: 1

“No one but the Paladin noticed when the living dead tried to sneak up on us.”

While under the influence of this spell, you gain the following information:

  • The presence or absence of undead creatures within 60’.

  • Whether any creature within your line of sight is undead or not.

  • The strength (number of HD) of any undead creature within your line of sight. If you are of good alignment, and the strongest undead aura’s strength is overwhelming (see the Detect Undead table), and the creature has HD of at least twice your character level, you are stunned for 1 round and the spell ends.

  • Whether any undead creatures have recently passed within 60’ of the location in which you are standing. How long the signs of the undead creature passing remain depends on its strength (see the Detect Undead table).

Table: Detect Undead
HD Strength Duration
1 or lower Faint 1d6 rounds
2-4 Moderate 1d6 minutes
5-10 Strong 1d6 × 10 minutes
11 or higher Overwhelming 1d6 days

The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of lead, or 3 feet of wood or dirt blocks it.

Augment: You can augment this spell in one or two of the following ways:

  1. If you spend 4 additional spell points, the duration of this spell becomes 10 minutes per level rather than Concentration.

  2. If you spend 8 additional spell points and 500XP, the duration of this spell becomes Permanent rather than Concentration.