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Scrolls


Scrolls are spells in written form. If you are a cleric or wizard, you can read the magic words on a scroll and cast the spell from it as if you had prepared it as one of your daily spells.
The Major Scrolls table has scrolls marked with an asterisk (*). These are special scrolls of spells not in the Hero’s Handbook. See the Special Scrolls section to the right of the table for more information on these items.

To use a scroll, you have to do the following things in order:

1) DECIPHER THE SCROLL
A scroll is a sort of magical code. You can decipher it automatically by casting read magic. If for some reason you can’t cast read magic or you just like doing things the hard way, you can instead try a Spellcraft check (DC 20). If you fail the Spellcraft check, you can’t try using Spellcraft to decipher it again for a week.

2) BE THE RIGHT CLASS
Only clerics can cast cleric spells from scrolls. Only wizards can cast wizard spells from scrolls. If a spell is both a cleric spell and a wizard spell (like cause fear), both clerics and wizards can cast it from the scroll. Remember that evoker wizards and illusionist wizards can never cast certain spells, even from scrolls.

3) READ THE SCROLL
Casting the spell from the scroll is a standard action, just like a cleric or wizard casting a prepared spell. You have to be able to see the scroll to cast from it. Just like casting a prepared spell, you can’t cast from a scroll if an enemy is adjacent to you. Casting a spell from a scroll destroys the scroll.

SCROLL CASTER LEVEL
A scroll always uses its own caster level, even if your cleric or wizard level is different than that. A scroll’s caster level is 1st for 1st-level spells, 3rd for 2nd-level spells, or 5th for 3rd-level spells.

SCROLL SAVING THROW DC
The saving throw DC for a scroll is 11 for a 1st-level spell, 12 for a 2nd-level spell, or 14 for a 3rd-level spell. In other words, your INT Mod and WIS Mod don’t affect the saving throw DC of a scroll.

COPYING WIZARD SCROLLS
If you’re a wizard, you can spend 1 hour copying a wizard scroll into your spellbook. Copying a scroll requires rare inks that cost 10 gp for a 1st-level spell, 40 gp for a 2nd-level spell, and 90 gp for a 3rd-level spell. Copying the spell destroys the scroll. Once the spell is copied, it is part of your spellbook, and from then on, every time you prepare spells you can prepare that spell from the spellbook. You can’t copy a cleric scroll into your spellbook.

PRICE OF A SCROLL
The price of a scroll is 25 gp for a 1st-level spell, 150 gp for a 2nd-level spell, and 375 gp for a 3rd-level spell.