Enchantment/CharmLevel: Cleric 3, Harmonium 2
Casting Time: 1 Standard Action
Range: 90 feet
Effect / Target: up to 6 creatures in a 20 foot cube
Duration: 1 round / level
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
Originally developed by the Harmonium, this spell has come into more widespread use in recent years. While the spell is available as a 2nd level enchantment for members of the Harmonium, the general version is not as efficient and is considered a 3rd level spell.
Dictate is an improved version of command, affecting up to six creatures in a 20-foot cube. The caster is not limited to a single word and can issue an order of no more than a dozen words in length. All specified targets who fail their saving throws must attempt to obey the caster’s instructions, until the duration expires.
Subjects who cannot understand the caster are not affected. In addition, the order must create an obvious and immediate course of action. A dictate of “Die!” or “Feel sorry for him!” would simply cause the subject to stand in confusion for a round. Poorly worded or confused commands grand the subjects a bonus of +1 to +4 on their saves at the DM’s discretion. Similarly, if the subject is given an obviously self-destructive dictate, he will simply lose his next action as he throws off the compulsion.