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Climate/Terrain:As creature or person mimicked
Frequency:Very rare
Organization:As creature or person mimicked
Activity Cycle:As creature or person mimicked
Intelligence:As creature or person mimicked
Alignment:Chaotic evil
No. Appearing:1-4
Armor Class:3
Movement:As creature or person mimicked
Hit Dice:8
No. of Attacks:1
Damage/Attack:1-10 or by weapon (illusionary)
Special Attacks:-1 bonus to initiative roll
Special Defenses:Nil
Magic Resistance:See below
Size:As person or creature mimicked
Morale:Elite (14)
XP Value:2,000

Dreamwraiths are violent creations of the subconscious. They assault the minds of their victims through powerful illusionary attacks.

A dreamwraith can appear in a number of forms, usually humanoid, but almost always frightening and repulsive. It often takes the form of the dead, decaying visage of a character's former friend or ally. Dreamwraiths are normally encountered as a result of a mindspin spell (see following).

Combat: Although their forms can vary, the AC and Hit Dice of dreamwraiths are always the same. Dreamwraiths despise all non-illusionary creatures of good or neutral alignment and are devoted to their destruction. Intelligent and cunning, dreamwraiths strike with surprising fury, often catching their victims off-guard. Dreamwraiths gain a -1 bonus to all initiative checks.

Occasionally, a character may encounter a dreamwraith with the ability to cause despair. Such a dreamwraith will tell the character a tale of hopelessness and discouragement. If the character succeeds in a saving throw vs. spell, he resists the hypnotic effect of the dreamwraith's words. If he fails the saving throw, the character is overwhelmed with despair. He joins the dreamwraith, repeating the litany of hopelessness. Only a dispel magic spell or a convincing speech about hope and courage can negate the despair. There is a base chance of 30% that the speech negates the despair. At the DM'S discretion, the base chance may be modified as much as +70% if the speech is particularly inspiring.

The chilling touch of a dreamwraith inflicts 1d10 points of damage. They also employ a variety of weapons, most often long swords, battle axes, and daggers. However, the damage from both the touch and the weapons is illusionary, equal to 1 hit point of real damage per 4 points of illusionary damage. As with the illusionary damage of a dreamshadow, a character suffering illusionary damage perceives the damage to be real, “dying” when he believes he has suffered a fatal amount of damage. The illusionary nature of the damage is apparent only after the dream has ended.

Dreamwraiths take normal damage from a character's weapons and spells, ceasing to exist when reduced to 0 hit points.

Dreamwraiths have normal magic resistance in the first level of mindspin dream, 10% magic resistance in the second level, and 20% in the third level. Because they are not undead, they cannot be turned.

If a dreamwraith is disbelieved before it conducts its first attack on a character, the character suffers no illusionary damage. A character cannot disbelieve a dreamwraith once he has suffered illusionary damage from it.

Disbelieving Illusions: A character can attempt to disbelieve dreamwraiths and dreamshadows. Each disbelief attempt requires the following steps:

  1. The disbelieving character announces how many melee rounds he intends to concentrate on the suspected illusion.
  2. The modifier for the disbelief check is determined, based on the length of uninterrupted concentration (see the table below). The character can perform no other actions while concentrating. Note that the concentration time is extremely limited if the illusion attacks the character while he is concentrating.
  3. Determine the Disbelief Number by adding the concentration modifier to the characters intelligence. Add 1 for every other character who has successfully disbelieved during any previous round. If the character is attempting to disbelieve a dreamwraith, there is a -5 penalty.
  4. The DM secretly rolls 1d20. It the result is higher than the Disbelief Number, then the entity in question looks real and its effects are perceived as real. It the result is equal to or lower than the Disbelief Number, then the illusion is disbelieved. A disbelief check can be made only once per hour by a character against any single illusion however, the character can check again whenever another character in his group makes a successful check. If an illusion is a group of entities, then the check is made for the entire group. Characters who successfully disbelieve cannot be harmed by illusions.

Concentration Modifiers for Illusion Disbelief

1 round+1
2 rounds+2
3 rounds+3
4-6 rounds+4
7-9 rounds+5
1-3 turns+6
4-6 turns+7
1+ hours+8

Habitat/Society: A dreamwraith ceases to exist when the dream in which he resides has ended.

Ecology: Dreamwraiths experience only illusionary physiological functions. They are shunned by illusionary creatures of all alignments, but often ally with other dreamwraiths as well as evil dreamshadows.

Mindspin (Illusion/Phantasm)

7th-level Spell
Sphere: Illusion/phantasm
Range: Special
Components: V, S
Duration: Special
Casting Time: 3 hours
Area of Effect: One person
Saving Throw: Neg.

The mindspin spell isolates the innermost nightmares, fears, and anxieties of the subject and uses them as the basis of startlingly vivid illusions. The spell requires both the caster and the victim to remain undisturbed for three hours while the caster sifts through the victim's mind to create the illusions. Any disturbance negates the process. If the victim rolls a successful saving throw vs. spell, the spell is also broken (but a charmed victim is not entitled to a saving throw). For the purposes of dispelling, the mindspin spell is treated as if cast by a 21st-level wizard.

Those within the dream experience it as three separate levels of reality. Components of the dream are experienced as the victim or victims move over physical terrain. The terrain moves along at a rate of one mile per hour, with a maximum range that depends on the level of the dream and the Intelligence of the character on whom the spell was cast. The first level extends to a maximum of 20 miles times the character's Intelligence. The second level extends to a maximum of one mile times the character's Intelligence. The third level extends to a maximum of 20 feet times the character's Intelligence. The dreamer is always a central figure of the dream: all of the effects of each level of the dream disappear if the dreamer is awakened.

The first level of the dream alters a character's perceptions of space, time, and reality of the immediate area. He may perceive the terrain to be a lush forest when in reality it is a barren field. A character may actually travel many miles, yet only perceive himself as having moved a short distance. Time is equally distorted. He may believe he has been traveling for only a few minutes, when actually several days have passed. Dreamwraiths and dreamshadows are common in all levels of the dream; the character is constantly faced with determining what is reality and what is illusion.

The second level of the dream distorts a character's perception of reality even further, for he can no longer distinguish which of his companions are real and which are illusions.

The third level is the core of the dream, as a character's perceptions of himself become distorted. In addition to the etfects of the previous two levels, a character must use the attack and saving throw table of another class: Priests use rogue tables, Warriors use wizard tables, Wizards use warrior tables, and Rogues use priest tables.

Additionally, because of the disorienting effects of the dream area, certain classes make the following adjustments:

Priest: Subtract Wisdom from 20. Compare the result to the Ability Score column on the Wisdom Table on page 17 of the Player's Handbook (2nd Edition) and use the corresponding Chance of Spell Failure for the character On any roll re— quiring reterence to the Turning Undead table (page 67, 2nd Edition Dungeon Master's Guide). use the following table

Mindpsin Priests Turning Undead Table
Type of Level of Priest
Undead 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-13 14+
Zombie 20
Ghoul 20 19
Shadow 20 19 13
White 20 19 16 10
Ghast 20 19 16 13 7
Wraith 20 19 16 1310 4
Mummy 20 19 16 13 10 7 t
Spectre 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 t
Vampire 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 t t
Ghost 20 19 16 13 10 7 4 t t d
Lich 19 16 13 10 7 t t t d d
Special 16 13 10 7 t t t d d d

Rogue: On any roll requiring the use of a thieving skill, all successes are counted as failures and all failures are counted as successes. Otherwise, adjust the rolls normally.

Wizard: Wizards now cast spells at one level higher than normal. If this enables a wizard to cast a spell higher than those he currently know, he can choose any one spell from the higher level. The mindspin spell automatically gives the wizard the illusion that he knows this new spell unlike other spells the wizard casts during the dream, this new spell has only illusionary effects.

Dragon Orbs: Magical items known as Dragon Orbs can also induce mindspin spells. Dragon orbs are etched crystal 20 inches in diameter when in use. When not in use, the orbs shrink to ten inches in diameter. They expand when the command words, carved into the surface of the orbs, are spoken.

Dragon orbs contain the essences of dragonkind, which serve as the source of the orbs' power. A wizard attempting to use an orb to summon evil dragons its primary use, must gaze into it and speak the command words. If the character fails a saving throw vs spell, he is charmed by the essence of the orb and succcumbs to a mindspin spell with the effects described above (If the wizard succeeds in his saving throw any dragon within 1d4 x 10 miles is summoned to the orb and attacks any non–evil creatures it finds near the orb.)

Each orb can cast cure serious wounds three times per day, cast continual light at will, and cast detect magic at will. Any character who gazes into an orb and speaks the command words knows these functions. Whenever any of these abilities are used, the using character must roll a saving throw to avoid the orb's charm effect. If the saving throw is successful the check must be made to see it any evil dragons arrive. Detect magic and detect evil spells show a positive result if cast upon an orb or a character charmed by an orb. For purposes of dispelling, treat the charm effect as if it had been cast by an 11th-level wizard.