88014[1]By Thilo Graf

This pdf from Rite Publishing is 34 pages long 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD and 2 pages of advertisements, leaving 29 pages for 101 8th level spells. Let’s dive in!

After 3 pages of spell-lists, we get to the 101 spells. I pasted the spells from the list and added information for which classes the spells were designed.

 

The spells are:

  1. Anger of the Spirit (Drd): You inflict a terrible curse.
  2. Baleful Object (Sor/Wiz): Causes an object to deliver a virulent curse.
  3. Basilisk Gaze (Drd, Sor/Wiz): Gaze attack turns victims to stone.
  4. Bastion of Pure Magic (Sor/Wiz): Create a bubble of ‘live magic’ in a ‘dead magic’ or antimagic area.
  5. Blackburst (Sor/Wiz): Globe of blackness sickens, deals 1d6/level cold/negative energy damage (max. 25d6).
  6. Blank Face (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Remove a subject’s eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
  7. Burn Out (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz) : You create an area of dead magic.
  8. Call Down the Thunder (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): You call down two columns of intense thunder, damaging and deafening your foes.
  9. Chaotic Visions (Sor/Wiz): Random images distract targets, concealing reality from them and nauseating them.
  10. Chaos Unleashed (Clr 9, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Create a permanent field of unbridled chaos.
  11. Charm Contagion (Sor/Wiz): Subjects sing your praises to others, charming them in turn. Might potentially upset a campaign. Should be limited to very few or only one caster.
  12. Construct Form (Sor/Wiz): You gain many properties of a construct.
  13. Crippling Ray (Sor/Wiz): Ray reduces target’s highest physical ability score by your caster level.
  14. Curse of Languishing Death (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Victim suffers 1d6 points of Constitution damage/day.
  15. Curse of Undeath (Clr, Sor/Wiz): When target dies, he will rise as an undead.
  16. Curse Unto Generations (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Curses a man’s brothers and sons or a woman’s sisters and daughters for four generations.
  17. Deity’s Form (Clr): Channel a deity’s power through caster’s body.
  18. Deity’s Sign (Clr): Reveals a deity’s presence on the battlefield dazing unbelievers and empowering believers.
  19. Deluge (Drd, Sor/Wiz): Heavy rains stun and confuse foes.
  20. Discern Defenses (Sor/Wiz): You learn the equipment, active spell effects, special defenses, special attacks, and special qualities of a single creature.
  21. Dispel Magic Field (Sor/Wiz): You create an area of effect dispel magic field which allows you to dispel active spells as well as counter spells targeted at you for the duration of the spell. (Swift)
  22. Dispel Physical Barrier (Drd, Sor/Wiz): You cause 100hp damage/level to a non-living physical barrier you touch.
  23. Drowning Poison (Drd, Sor/Wiz 9): Target’s lungs are filled with a contact poison.
  24. Dweomer Nova (Sor/Wiz): Your spellcasting abilities increase for a short time.
  25. Earth Barrier, Greater (Clr 9, Drd): A swirling barrier of boulders and granite slates deflects attacks, deals damage to your attackers.
  26. Echoing Script (Sor/Wiz): Reading text inflicts echopraxia and echolalia.
  27. Encase in Ice (Sor/Wiz): Entraps target in block of ice.
  28. Enspelled Weapon (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Caster’s weapon has touchattack spell stored within it, inflicting the spell with each strike.
  29. Entropic Torrent (Clr 9, Drd 9, Sor/Wiz): Deals 1d8 damage/level and destroys objects in area.
  30. Escape Route (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Create a path to freedom that possibly cuts off or damages pursuers. (Swift)
  31. Evil Twin (Sor/Wiz): Creates a hostile twin.
  32. Faking the Dead (Sor/Wiz): Creates illusion of your death/destruction and renders you undetectable.
  33. Fiendish Infestation (Sor/Wiz): Summons fiendish rot grubs inside each target’s skin.
  34. Fiery Bombardment (Sor/Wiz): Deals 1d8 per level points of damage, half fire and half concussion, at great distances.
  35. Final Reward (Clr, Drd): Sends the spirit of the target on to the afterlife.
  36. Fivefold Exile (Sor/Wiz): Sends up to five targets to another plane and place them in stasis temporarily.
  37. Forewarning (Sor/Wiz): Target gains an insight bonus equal to your caster level on two saves or to its AC or CMD vs. two attacks.
  38. Globe of Electricity (Sor/Wiz): Electricity surrounds caster and allows caster to shoot small bolts of lightning.
  39. Godsblood (Clr): Vial of holy water is enchanted with various effects.
  40. Gravitational Crush (Sor/Wiz): Gravity increases, possibly crushing those in the area.
  41. Guardian Dragon (Sor/Wiz): Creates an invisible dragon that guards you.
  42. Heightened Senses (Sor/Wiz): Subject gains darkvision, blindsense, keen senses, scent and +10 bonus to Perception checks.
  43. Hellish Appearance (Clr 9, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Caster gains gaze attack that deals 1 point of Str, Dex, and Con/3 levels.
  44. Id Assassin (Sor/Wiz): Waking nightmare confuses, deals wisdom damage and deals nonlethal damage to one living creature.
  45. Inside Out (Sor/Wiz): Turn targets inside out, causing 1d6 points of damage per caster level, frightening creatures within 30 feet.
  46. Iron Maiden (Sor/Wiz): Armor impales the target inside.
  47. Khan’s Command (Sor/Wiz): Forces creature to come to your location.
  48. Magnetic Wall (Sor/Wiz): Creates a wall of iron that is also magnetic, pulling metal objects toward it.
  49. Manacles of Suppression (Sor/Wiz): Target is grappled by unbreakable chains of antimagic.
  50. Mark of Insight, Greater (Sor/Wiz): Subject has +5 to one chosen saving throw plus other power.
  51. Mark of Secrets, Greater (Sor/Wiz): Subject has +5 to one chosen skill plus other power.
  52. Massive Devastation (Sor/Wiz): All within 10-foot/level radius suffer 1d6 points of acid, fire, electrical, and sonic damage/level, plus special effects.
  53. Meteorite (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): You drop a piece of celestial matter on a foe dealing 1d6/level to the foe and half that to all others in the area.
  54. Minions of Death (Sor/Wiz): Slay many creatures and animate them as undead warriors and servants.
  55. Mirrored Oracle (Clr, Sor/Wiz): The touched creature receives an insight bonus that he can apply in nearly any manner he wants.
  56. Mists of Ecstasy (Clr): All creatures within these mists helplessly revel in pleasure.
  57. Nature’s Cocoon (Drd): Target is imprisoned forever in a location, or dead subject is reincarnated and teleported.
  58. Perilous Weapons (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Target’s manufactured or natural weapons gain the perilous weapon special quality.
  59. Phantasmal Demilich (Sor/Wiz): Fearsome illusion renders the subject helpless or deals 7d6 damage.
  60. Phantasmal Roper (Sor/Wiz): Fearsome illusion drains 6d6 Strength or deals 7d6 damage.
  61. Phantasmal Shoggoth (Sor/Wiz): Fearsome illusion confuses you, deals wisdom damage, lashes you, constricts you, engulfs you or deals 7d6 damage.
  62. Phase Explosion (Sor/Wiz): Passes through non-living matter, dealing 1d6 points of damage per level.
  63. Pocket Arborea (Drd): Extradimensional paradise provides secure haven, food, and water.
  64. Power Word Pain (Sor/Wiz): Causes a creature to collapse and writhe with pain.
  65. Power Word Rage (Sor/Wiz): All affected creatures immediately fly into a murderous frenzy.
  66. Prismatic Chain (Sor/Wiz): Target suffers from all colors of a prismatic spray, and nearby targets are struck as per a prismatic spray.
  67. Prismatic Weapon (Sor/Wiz): You take down a prismatic wall or prismatic sphere and create a weapon that hits with all the effects of a prismatic spray.
  68. Prison of Stone (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Grasping hands of stone grapple and imprison creatures.
  69. Prophesy (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Catch images of the future
  70. Psychic Blast (Sor/Wiz): Creatures in cone suffer 1d6 points of damage/caster level and 1d4 points of Wisdom and Intelligence damage.
  71. Pure Sight (Sor/Wiz): Duplicates several lesser divinations, allowing caster to switch as a free action.
  72. Racial Ward (Sor/Wiz): Puts all creatures other than specified type into stasis.
  73. Ravage Abilities (Clr): You deal 1d6 points of ability damage to all the subject’s ability scores.
  74. Ride the Lightning (Sor/Wiz): Bolt inflicts 1d6 points of electrical damage/caster level and caster appears where it ends.
  75. Ring of Fire (Drd, Sor/Wiz): Shimmering violet fire deals 2d6 fire damage within 10 feet, 1d6 damage between 10 and 20 feet.
  76. Rob the Reaper (Sor/Wiz): Caster sends his soul away to safety rather than die. (Immediate)
  77. Sacrifice, Immortal (Clr, Drd): Sacrifice ageless creature to confer bonuses to subject.
  78. Savage Victim (Drd: Perform a successful combat maneuver while wild shaped and deal an additional 1d6 /2 levels plus double your Strength modifier. (Immediate)
  79. Scourge Foes, Greater (Clr, Drd): Blast of divine power deals 1d8/2 levels damage, deafens foes for 2d4 rounds, and restricts their actions for 1 round. The spell-name-header is missing in my version of the file.
  80. Seed of Terror (Clr, Sor/Wiz 9): You infect a target with a monster that grows inside it, dealing 3d6 Con damage.
  81. Shadow Arena (Sor/Wiz): Create a demi-space to partition a battlefield and isolate foes.
  82. Sky Barge (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Summons a flying barge that carries 400 pounds/level.
  83. Spectral Gallows (Sor/Wiz): Invisible tentacles encircle the necks of affected creatures.
  84. Spell Magnet (Sor/Wiz): Target of ray suffers –1 penalty/2 caster levels to saves against magic.
  85. Spellbore (Sor/Wiz): Force your spell through antimagic areas and effects. (Swift)
  86. Split Personality (Sor/Wiz): Creates second, opposite personality in target that has control half the time.
  87. Spore Bloom (Drd): Ranged touch attack deals 1d6/level magical piercing damage and 1d4 points of Constitution drain.
  88. Storm of Ballista Bolts (Sor/Wiz): Barrage of ballista bolts deals 3d8 to all creatures and objects in a very large area.
  89. Symbol of Hate (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Like symbol of death, except all creatures become overwhelmed with hate and immediately attack all those around it.
  90. Teleport Extraction (Sor/Wiz): Teleports part of a creature’s body outside of it.
  91. Tide of War (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Force creatures to attack nearby friends or foes.
  92. Timeslip (Sor/Wiz): Change outcome of one action by rerolling any one die.
  93. Unstoppable Bleakness (Sor/Wiz): 1d3 negative levels to all targets in area dispels death ward.
  94. Veil of Fiery Meteors (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Orbiting stones defend and can attack.
  95. Venerable Anointing (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Creature temporarily becomes venerable.
  96. Vorpal Strike (Sor/Wiz): Your strike may sever an opponent’s head. (Immediate)
  97. Wall of Reaving (Sor/Wiz): Shimmering plane dispels and suppresses magic.
  98. Wall of White Water (Clr, Drd, Sor/Wiz): Creates a wall of white water rapids.
  99. Waves of Infirmity (Clr, Sor/Wiz): A cone inflicts 3d6 Constitution damage.
  100. Wild Animus (Brd 6, Clr): Animates all inanimate objects in area of effect, which attack the nearest creatures.
  101. Xenophobic Rage (Clr, Sor/Wiz): Make subjects instantly aggressive to anyone not of their own race.

Conclusion:

Formatting adheres to the two-column standard, the artwork is nice. On the editing side, I noticed some minor glitches, but not many. The most prominent being the one spell-header missing. On the content side, I can say that 8th level has been one of the rather meh-levels for my players, which will change with this book. While not as iconic as the 9th-level instalment, this part of the 101-series actually has some VERY cool archmage-level-battlespells that will see A LOT of use in my high-level builds – spellbore particularly is just great. I also liked the curse for future generations and the fake death-spell. Due to not being as mega-iconic, but still being a great file and the minor editing glitches, I’ll settle for a final score of 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.

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