Black Barbed Curse
Level: Sor/Wiz 2
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect / Target: 1 Creature
Saving Throw: Fortitude half
Spell Resistance: Yes
First attributed to the Night Hag Ravel Puzzlewell, as the caster completes this spell a flurry of black barbed vines begin to entangle the target, burrowing under their flesh and causing horrific wounds as the vines subsequently burst free of their victim. The time it takes for the vines to re-emerge varies by caster level – at third level they emerge a round after they appear, and they burrow for an additional round for every four levels (to a maximum of three rounds at 11th level).
Every round spent burrowing, the vines inflict 5d4 points of damage; on the final round they inflict 5d4 and an additional 1 point per caster level. The target may make a Fortitude saving throw each round to halve the damage.