Delay Death

(Spell Compendium, p. 63)

Level: Cleric 4,
Components: V, S, DF,
Casting Time: 1 immediate action
Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target: One creature
Duration: 1 round/level
Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless)
Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

You gesture toward your ally and call upon the power of your beliefs. A soft, golden glow appears on your companion's chest, around his heart.

The subject of this powerful spell is unable to die from hit point damage. While under the protection of this spell, the normal limit of —9 hit points before a character dies is extended without limit. A condition or spell that destroys enough of the subject's body so as to not allow raise dead to work, such as a disintegrate effect, still kills the creature, as does death brought about by ability score damage, level drain, or a death effect.

The spell does not prevent the subject from entering the dying state by dropping to —1 hit points. It merely prevents death as a result of hit point loss.

If the subject has fewer than —9 hit points when the spell's duration expires, it dies instantly.

Also appears in

  1. Miniatures Handbook
  2. Races of Destiny

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