Talk to the Dead

Necromancy School – Level 2 – Forbidden

Type: Ritual Spell

Material: 1 dead body

Casting Time: 10 minutes

Reach: 10 feet

Duration: 10 minutes, using Concentration

Effect: You perform a ritual to communicate with the dead.

The body you use for this ritual is then reanimated and it responds to any question that you make. The body must have at least its head intact in order to be used, and it cannot be dead for more than 1 month.

It retains all the knowledge it had in life, but it has no obligation to respond to the truth. It can still recognize you if it knew you in life and it still retains some emotions it had while alive.

The corpse you reanimate this way is limited to the knowledge it had while alive and it cannot learn anything new or come up with any new ideas. It doesn’t comprehend it is dead, and it cannot make any new assumptions or change its mind for example.

Curse: You become haunted by the spirit you have communicated with.

Once per Long rest, 1 random spirit you have talked to can attempt to possess you at any time. When it attempts to possess you, you must succeed on a Persuasion Save (DC 15) to avoid the possession. You then repeat this Save every 10 minutes while possessed, or every time you take any damage while possessed.

The spirit completely controls your body, using all your stats, skills and abilities.

The spirit also uses your HP and Posture. If your Posture is reduced to 0, the possession ends.

If you succeed on this Persuasion Save, that spirit cannot attempt to possess you again, unless you talk with it again.

Spell List: Bard, Cleric, Warlock, Wizard