User:Luigifan18/Edge of Seventeen (3.5e Spell)

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Date Created: November 7, 2015
(I should have thought
of this ten days later...)
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Edge of Seventeen
Transmutation (Polymorph) [Time]
Level: Bard 6, Biomancer 8, Cleric 8, Dream Lord 7, Paladette 7, Sorcerer/Wizard 8
Components: V, S, M
Casting time: 1 full-round action
Range: Touch
Target: One creature
Duration: Permanent
Saving Throw: Will negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
Just like the white winged dove

Sings a song, sounds like she's singing…
ooo baby, ooo, said ooo…
Just like the white winged dove
Sings a song, sounds like she's singing…
Ooo baby, ooo, said ooo…

The clouds never expect it when it rains…
But the sea changes colours…
But the sea does not change…
And so, with the slow, graceful flow of age
I went forth with an age-old desire to please
On the edge of seventeen…

—Stevie Nicks, "Edge of Seventeen"

This bizarre curse is in all likelihood an eternal youth spell gone hilariously wrong; while it was probably intended to stop the subject from aging, and it does indeed do so (albeit as more of a side effect), its actual effect is to physically and mentally transform the target into a seventeen-year-old version of itself. As in, the subject actually becomes a 17-year-old, and is going to act like one. Hilarity ensues (possibly).

The effect of the curse varies somewhat, depending on the subject's age when the curse takes hold. It does not merely put the subject into a seventeen-year-old body; it actually drags the subject through time until it reaches the point in its life where it is seventeen years old. This means that depending on how old it was before being cursed, it could effectively lose or gain life experiences (though it doesn't "actually" lose or gain any life experience, it simply has as much life experience as it had or will have when it was/is seventeen years old (confused yet?)).

  • If the target is more than 17 years old, it is reverted back to what it was like at the age of seventeen, which will quite possibly ruin its combat abilities, capacity to make rational decisions, and resistance to seduction; any class levels that the target gained after its 17th birthday are suppressed and confer no benefits (not even hit points) until the curse is lifted and its actual age is restored. It also loses all of its memories that were formed after it turned 17 (though the memories are merely suppressed and can be restored by modify memory or similar effects, even without lifting the curse first). Depending on when a member of the subject's race would reach adulthood and become capable of adventuring, this effect could potentially send it all the way back to level 1, and might even make it a commoner or other NPC class (the horror!). If any levels are suppressed, hit points are lost in the same way that they would be upon a reduction to the target's Constitution score, which could potentially kill the target. The target can gain new levels, gaining experience as a creature of its actual level; however, it may be rendered unable to take levels in prestige classes that it would otherwise be eligible for if it only met the prerequisites through the suppressed levels.
  • If the target is less than 17 years old, it is aged up to the age of 17 and, due to being temporally transformed into itself when it is older and has more life experience, gains one positive level per 5 years the curse aged it up, minus one if it advanced an age category (minimum 1); these positive levels remain for 24 hours, after which the target can make a Charisma check (DC = spell's save DC) to instantly level up. If the curse is broken, the subject immediately loses this extra bonus level, with its XP being set to halfway between the amount required for its "age-upped" level and the amount required for the level before that. The subject also gains memories of its life between its actual age and its 17th birthday, which come from out of nowhere. The subject can use these memories to foretell things that will happen between now and its seventeenth birthday, as long as those memories would have been formed naturally (i.e. the subject will actually be there to experience those memories… try not to think about it too hard). Of course, once the subject's actual seventeenth birthday has arrived, the memories of the future end.
  • If the target is exactly 17 years old, it is simply locked to being that age; it doesn't gain or lose any life experience, which means that its level doesn't change, nor does it gain or lose any memories.

In any case, the target remains 17 years old forever unless and until the curse is lifted; it will not die of old age — actually, it won't age at all. Basically, it is age-locked as though it was on a timeless plane. The target can learn from its experiences, but its brain is frozen in time just like the rest of its body, so mental development will be limited by the physical maturity of its 17-year-old brain (this could be extremely problematic for creatures that grow up slowly, like elves, dwarves, and dragons).

Like other curses, Edge of Seventeen can only be lifted by remove curse or similar effects. (Break enchantment only works if this spell was cast by a bard; otherwise, its spell level is too high for break enchantment to affect it.) However, lifting this curse might do more harm than good. Like a creature on a timeless plane, the biological clock of this curse's subject continues ticking on; only its effects are suppressed, and while the target may biologically be 17 years old, its true age continues to progress onwards. When the curse is lifted, the target immediately changes to its actual age (not whatever age it was when the curse was placed); this can result in the target dying of old age if its actual age exceeds its maximum age.

If the target is younger than 17 years old and can't actually live to be that old (read: its maximum age is 16 years or less), it instantly dies and is considered to have died of old age, making it impossible to revive, even by a deity, unless remove curse is cast on it beforehand to restore its actual age. Likewise, if the target is younger than 17 years old and would be murdered or killed before its seventeenth birthday, then it must make a Fortitude save or be slain by the temporal paradox, even if its maximum age is greater than 17 years. (PCs shouldn't have to worry about this, and in any event, the future isn't set in stone; it's made of the actions of every entity in every moment. As such, a creature that is "fated" to be killed before its seventeenth birthday might not actually be killed if action is taken to prevent the death.)

Because the curse drags its target through time, a creature whose maximum age is much lower than 16 may be decomposed by the spell, effectively disintegrating it; remove curse can still be cast on the remains to restore the victim's actual age, but then resurrection or a stronger effect will be needed to revive it. The exact maximum age threshold for disintegration depends on how quickly the target decomposes after death, and is not worth discussing here; the decision will be left up to the DM.

Material Component: A lock of hair from a seventeen-year-old humanoid.

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