Helping Hand
School: Evocation Level: Clr 3
Components:   V, S, DF   Casting Time:   1 action  
Range:   Five miles   Target:     
Effect:   Ghostly hand   Area:     
Duration:   1 hour/level   Saving Throw:   None  
Spell Resistance:   No   XP Cost:     
Focus:      Material Components:     

The character creates the ghostly image of a hand, which the character can send to find someone within five miles. The hand then beckons to that person and leads her to the character if she follows it.

When the spell is cast, the hand appears in front of the character. The character then specifies a person (or any creature) by physical description, which can include race, gender, and appearance but not ambiguous factors such as level, alignment, or class. When the description is complete, the hand streaks off in search of a subject that fits the description. The amount of time it takes to find the subject depends on how far away she is.

Distance	Time to Locate
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Up to 100 ft.	1 round
1,000 ft.	1 minute
One mile	10 minutes
Two miles	1 hour
Three miles	2 hours
Four miles	3 hours
Five miles	4 hours

Once the hand locates the subject, it beckons her to follow it. If she follows, the hand points in the character's direction, leading her in the most direct, feasible route. The hand hovers 10 feet in front of the subject, moving before her at a rate of anywhere up to 240 feet per round. Once the hand leads the subject to the character, it disappears.

The subject is not compelled to follow the hand or act in any particular way toward the character. If she chooses not to follow, the hand continues to beckon for the duration of the spell, then disappears. If the spell expires while the subject is en route to the character, the hand disappears; she will have to rely on her own devices to locate the character.

If more than one subject within a five-mile radius meets the description, the hand locates the closest creature. If that creature refuses to follow the hand, the hand does not seek out a second subject.

If, at the end of 4 hours of searching, the hand has found no subject that matches the description within five miles, it returns to the character, displays an outstretched palm (indicating that no such creature was found), and disappears.

The ghostly hand has no physical form. It is invisible to anyone except the character and potential subjects. It cannot engage in combat or execute any other task aside from locating the subject and leading her back to the character. The hand does not pass through solid objects but can ooze through small cracks and slits. The hand cannot travel more than five miles from the spot it appeared when the character cast the spell.


Interface by Rodrigo Flores - 2003-2013Database by John H. Kim - 2002