The group of adventurers were somber as they walked through the strange forest of black mushrooms. It was only in horror they could whisper when the cleric among them finally identified the mushrooms as once being of the world of man.
Level: Drd 8
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: One standard action
Target: One creature
Saving Throw: Reflex negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
With a wave of a hand, the caster throws magically created spores into the face of one creature which fails its Reflex saving throw. If a target pass their save, it is assumed the creature moved quickly enough to avoid getting the spores in their eyes, nose, and mouth. Those that fail immediately take 3d6 points of damage as the spores begin to rapidly grow into a hard black fungus. The second round, the target is blinded as the fungus consumes their eyes and invades the interior of their skull.
This process takes ten rounds, with the target losing 10% of their current hit points every round as their flesh is consumed and/or transformed into fungus. When all hit points are lost, the target dies and is completely transformed into a pillar of fungus the color of the blackest pit in hell.
The true horror of this spell is that this magical fungus doesn't allow the target's soul to escape its confines after the body is consumed. It continually feeds on the soul to fuel its own existence until the fungal colony itself is destroyed by magical fire or acid. Until the fungal pillar is destroyed, the soul locked inside it will remain tortured and unable to be resurrected or raised.
If a remove curse is cast on the infected individual during the 10 rounds that they're being consumed, the process ends. However, the damage caused by the fungus in previous rounds cannot be healed except through a heal spell or more powerful divine magic.
Material Component: The fungal spores from several poisonous mushrooms and powdered bones from a lich.
Contributed and inspired by Realms of Evil.