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101 9th Level Spells (PFRPG) $5.99
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/08/2011 10:51:25

This installment of the 101-series is 40 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisements and 1 page SRD, leaving 35 pages of content for the spells.

The pdf kicks off with 3 pages of spell-lists for clerics, druids and Sorcerors/wizards.

9th-level spells. The apex of magical might. The stuff arcane dreams are made of, the signature of the archmages. I've been looking forward to this one for a long time, so let's take a look at the spells and check out whether they have the iconic potential I expect of 9th-level spells.

The spells are:

-Accursed Rot (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): A plague spell that dispels foils to it and is very hard to cure. Nice.

-Aid Item, Greater (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Grant an item your caster level and special charges that enable you to use it faster.

-Behind the Curtain (Sor/Wiz 9): Get a clear, non-cryptic response from the DM, but be unable to relay it in any way to others without being blasted from reality. AWESOME spell. I usually HATE metagaming spells, but this one has great potential and e.g. explains why powerful figures don't simply tell everyone about a certain fact/problem.

-Bestow Malediction(Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): A curse of the grandest kind.

-Black Blizzard (Clr 9, Drd 9): You conjure a violent prone-knocking, people-burying sandstorm.

-Blightfire Ray (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Devastating, 5-round lasting Con-draining ray that grants you temporary HP.

-Block and Pit Trap (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Open an extradimensional pit trap and let a block of stone fall on it. Nice idea.

-Blood Protectors (Clr 9): Create up to 5 constructs from your shed blood.

-Boiling Sea (Drd 9): Either boil a large amount of water or conjure forth a devastating geyser.

-Brain Drain (Sor/Wiz 9): Drain Intelligene and drive target insane, use skills of target for a limited amount of time.

-Burbling Blast of the Jabberwock (Drd 9): Sonic damage and permanent confusion.

-Call of the legendary Jewel (Sor/Wiz 9): Force a creature to steal a certain item you crave.

-Call of the Obsidian (Sor/Wiz 9): Force a creature to kill a certain enemy of yours.

-Cast Out (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Permanently banish a creature to another plane, deals damage instead on a successful save.

-Chain Gang (Sor/Wiz 9): Bind a group of people together so that when they leave each others sight, they are teleported back.

-Change the Path (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Bend Reality to change the course of one path.

-Cleansing Light (Clr 9): Deal massive damage and inflict negative conditions on evil creatures.

-Convert Foe (Clr 9): Makes a former enemy your cohort, up to the point of e.g. making a paladin an anti-paladin.

-Curse Community (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Curse a whole community - great idea!

-Curse of the Albatross (Clr 9): Prevent a creature from travelling ever again.

-Curse of the Pyrrhic Victory (Sor/Wiz 9): Go out with a devastating blast.

-Darkest Night of Winter (Drd 9): Spehere of darkness and heavy snowfall negates almost all senses and can counter light spells like prismatic sphere.

-Deadly Tempest (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Conjure a devastating vortex to destroy your foes.

-Defensive Sphere(Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Very powerful sphere makes you practically impervious to harm and attacks for the duration.

-Defile (Clr 9, Drd 9): Destroy a piece of land, deal damage to people, let them rise as undead and poison water. Includes a quick and dirty mini- template.

-Downdraft (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Force flying creatures, vessels, etc. to the ground.

-Dreamstealer (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Stealing dreams of a target imposes massive, cumulative penalties. VERY cool spell.

-Duplicate(Sor/Wiz 9): Create an exact duplicate of yours under your control.

-Endless Enemies (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Turns EVERYONE against the targets. Nice!

-Engulfing Doom (Sor/Wiz 9): Shrieking maelstrom of negative energy deals damage and expands when it kills foes.

-Entwined Fate (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): While your archenemy is alive, you cannot die. Iconic & cool.

-Eruption (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Volcanic eruption, complete with flow of lava, fire and subsequent PC- death.

-Fist of Raging Energy (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Bigby-like hand-spell that comes in variants for energy-types.

-Fly on the Wall (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Makes an insect a powerful scrying sensor.

-Flying Flaming Corpse, Greater (Sor/Wiz 9): Immolate a target and use it to telekinetically batter foes.

-Form of the Swarm (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Take the form of an insect swarm. Great escape spell.

-Glacial Slide (Clr 9, Drd 9): Slow-moving glacier destroys immovable objects.

-Globe against the Arcane (Clr 9): Antimagic Field for arcane casters.

-Glyph of warding, Superior: Warding glyph that deals a lot of damage.

-Guardian's Tomb (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): A kind of imprisonment-like spell for people to act as eternal guardians.

-Heart of the Volcano (Drd 9): Teleport target into the heart of a volcano. Ouch.

-Illusory World (Sor/Wiz 9): Superior form of mirage arcana.

-Immortality (Sor/Wiz 9): Makes a target immortal, but comes with a risk.

-Inescapable Shackles (Sor/Wiz 9): Super-force shackles.

-Judgment Day (Clr 9): Very powerful curse that entraps a victim in its former sins.

-Khan's Sending (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Powerful madness-inducing spell.

-Lash of Sin (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Create a lash attuned to the 7 deadly sins.

-Lifefire Ray (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Minor, but almost unhealable, continuous damage.

-Lord of the City (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Know almost all about a city.

-Maelstrom (Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Create a devastating maelstrom.

-Magic Castle(Sor/Wiz 9): Instantly create a magical castle. How cool is that?

-Mark of the Avatar (Clr 9, Drd 9): Enables you to give one creature of your choosing an avatar-like form. Cool one.

-Mark of the Prismatic (Sor/Wiz 9): Either pass prismatic effects once or shoot all 7 effects at once as a ray.

-Meteorite, Superior (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Three months after the casting, an annihilating, terrible meteorite comes down. Great plot-device spell.

-Nigh Indestructible (Sor/Wiz 9): Makes an item almost indestructible.

-Occlude (Clr 9): Disrupt other divine spell-casting.

-One Step beyond (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Stay ahead of divinations.

-Pandemonium (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Force of damaging chaos with several 50%-chances.

-Petrify (Sor/Wiz 9): Wave of petrification.

-Phantasmal Opposition (Sor/Wiz 9): Duplicates try to kill the enemies.

-Phantasmal World (Sor/Wiz 9): Trap foes in a phantasmal world.

-Phoenix from the Ashes (Clr 9): Resurrect a target and transform it into a phoenix.

-Psychic Clone (Sor/Wiz 9): Transform enemies thought pattern into your own.

-Purge Recollection (Sor/Wiz 9): Erase an event from memory.

-Purify (Clr 9, Drd 9): Damage undead and mass-ressurect destroyed undead.

-Rain of Blood (Clr 9): Rain of poisonous blood.

-Ray of Ramming (Sor/Wiz 9): Ram enemies, deal damage, knock them prone etc.

-Reforestation (Drd 9): Mass transform enemies into trees. Creepy.

-Relive (Sor/Wiz 9): lets subject relive past injuries, dealing a lot of damage.

-Resonance (Sor/Wiz 9): Emit a destructive resonance, choose between three resonances.

-Revelation (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Super-detect/analyze spell.

-Ruin Structure (Sor/Wz 9): Destroy a structure.

-Script of the Lost (Sor/Wiz 9): Amnesia-causing script. Cool one.

-Scry Ward (Sor/Wiz 9): Prevents scrying and summons monsters to would- be scryers.

-Shadowy Cohort (Sor/Wiz 9): Create a lethal, shadowy force to help you.

-Shunting Ward (Sor/Wiz 9): Ward a place and send potential interlopers away with greater teleport.

-Signify (Sor/Wiz 9): Duplicate 8th-level or lower divination spells sans material components.

-Silent Ruination (Sor/Wiz 9): Silent destructive pulse.

-Siphon Life (Clr 9): Deal damage and heal you.

-Sphere of Decay (Sor/Wiz 9): Sphere of damage that becomes more destructive each round.

-Spirit of Victory (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): +10 luck bonus to attack rolls, damage, saving throws, checks and AC.

-Splinter Storm (Drd 9): Sphere of deadly splinters.

-Sunfire Tomb (Clr 9, Drd 9): Entomb an enemy in the sun.

-Symbol of Destruction (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Superior form of Symbol of Death.

-Teleport Lair (Sor/Wiz 9): Teleport a whole location.

-Thunderstorm's Fury (Drd 9): Summon a lightning-storm of terrible power.

-Time Undone (Sor/Wiz 9): Destructive ray that may make past misdeeds of a slain character undone.

-Touch of Divine Insight (Sor/Wiz 9): Learn the name of a deity and thus change spells for divine spells.

-Toxic Breath (Sor/Wiz 9): Gain a terrible acid-based breath weapon.

-Triggered Agent (Sor/Wiz 9): Subtle, triggered chain of suggestions.

-Ultimate Insight (Sor/Wiz 9): Either become a great fighter or create a certain task.

-Undo (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Reverse something that happened last round.

-Unending Torment (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Applies massive penalties to an enemy.

-Unmind (Sor/Wiz 9): Remove the intelligence from a creature, reverting it to instinctive behavior.

-Vials of Wrath (Clr 9): Create up to 7 destructive vials.

-Vorpal Scythe (Sor/Wiz 9): Create a deadly scythe made of force that can behead enemies.

-Wake the Forest Primeval (Drd 9): Super-entangle, enemy-damaging effect.

-Waves of Weakness (Sor/Wiz 9): Deal massive Str-damage.

-Weapon of Death (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 9): Deadly weapon.

-Web of Fate (Sor/Wiz 9): Divide damage among all linked characters.

-Zoanthropy (Sor/Wiz 9): Either makes target rabid or creates the delusion of being a monster.

Conclusion: Layout adheres to the two-column RiP-standard, editing is good, I only noticed two minor glitches. Formatting is top-notch. I've made clear that I expect iconic spells at this level and the pdf delivers - a lot of the spells make you come up with adventure or even campaign ideas and mechanically they are interesting, too - even if you manage your saves, you often will experience minor damage/negative conditions, rendering this file absolutely awesome. If you as a DM need some good ideas, check these spells out - they are not only appropriately cataclysmic, but often downright brilliant. Due to the top-quality content, I'm going to let the two glitches I encountered slip and rate this the full 5 stars - a great purchase.

[5 of 5 Stars!]