False Face

September 6, 2006 at 4:30 pm (Spells)

This necromantic spell provides an alternative way to change one’s appearance, by copying the facial features of a deceased individual.

False Face
Necromancy/Transmutation
Level: Wiz/Sor 3
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Touch
Duration: Permanent, but see below

This spell enables you to copy the face of a dead humanoid you touch. The only restriction to this is that the corpse must be fresh (False Face is only effective if used within 10min/level from the target corpse’s death), and it has no effect on Undead. A corpse whose face has been copied through means of this spell has its facial features distorted, and cannot be used to create a disguise with False Face again. You gain the facial features of the chosen individual, and your voice changes to match his or hers for as long as False Face is in effect.

You do not gain any sensory abilities (or disabilities) associated with the new face. You retain your hair, too, as well as height, bodily appearance, spells and spell-like abilities.
The False Face serves as an effective disguise though it radiates a magical aura of necromancy. Spells that detect or banish illusions have no effect on this disguise; the False Face is not illusionary. It may be reversed with Dispel Magic, and you can end the spell by ripping the mask off (a standard action). Another individual can also remove the disguise in a similar way, whether by the caster’s will or against it, if the wearer of the False Face is bound, held, or otherwise helpless.

Multiple castings of False Face stack; the one cast last is always the face that appears. If it is removed, destroyed, or dispelled, the immediately previous casting of False Face takes effect.

Finally, the False Face counts as an item that is always affected first by spells that have a chance to destroy equipment, like Fireball.

The material components are a piece of rubber and a small mirror, both of which are consumed during the casting.

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1 Comment

  1. False Identity « The Dragon’s Lair said,

    […] This spell functions like False Face (look here), with the exception that it can be used to copy the facial features and voice of any humanoid, living or dead, within 30 feet of the caster. […]

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