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Dread Curse of Azathoth

6th-level necromancy

Casting Time: 1 action

Range: 90 feet

Components: V, S

Duration: Concentration, up to 1 minute

Recorded only in desecrated tombs by worshipers of Azathoth, this spell withers a creature that you can see within range. This spell reduces each of the target’s ability scores to 3 (unless they were already lower). The target can follow simple instruction and recognizes friends. It can’t cast spells. Although the target gets no saving throw to resist the spell initially, the target makes a Charisma saving throw (using its new Charisma ability modifier) at the end of each of its turns. On a success, the spell ends. This spell can be ended early by greater restoration, heal, or wish.

At Higher Levels. When you cast this spell using a 7th-level spell slot, the duration is concentration, up to 10 minutes. When you cast this spell using an 8th-level spell slot, the duration is 1 hour. Using a spell slot of 8th level or higher grants a duration that doesn’t require concentration.

When you cast this spell using a 9th-level spell slot, the duration is permanent and if the target fails on its save, it must wait twice as long before making its next saving throw (2 rounds, then 4 rounds, then 8 rounds, and so on) until the spell ends.

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