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Spell        :   Deathward
Class        :   Necromancer
Cost         :   20 (not adjustable)
Casting time :   1 round
Spell type   :   Protection
Difficulty   :   Level 1
Syntax       :   cast deathward [type] [target]
Examples     :   cast deathward corpseskin
                 cast deathward souls thrax
                 cast deathward  
                 cast deathward thrax
                 cast deathward dispel
Deathward allows the Necromancer to bind powerfull protective magics
to ward off the attacks of his assailants.  The protection wears out
over time and will eventually disappear.  A player can only have one
such protection at any particular time.

You can 'cast deathward corpseskin' or 'cast deathward souls'.
Casting corpeskin gives your outer layers the consistancy of dead tissue.
This endows you with great protection from cold, poison and slashing weapons.
It makes you very resistant to the bleeding effects of vampires. However,
it gives you a vulnerability to cleave damage and makes you very vulnerable
to fire.

The shield of souls endows you with an aura of death and cold.  Beings in
close proximity to you will suffer cold type damage.  You also become
extremely resistant to drain.

cast deathward dispel
Will end your current ward. You can only end a shield cast on yourself.
This allows you to shift between shield types.
Both forms can be dispelled if someone casts a healing prayer on you.

Liches, given their affinity with death, are better at casting this
spell than other necromancers.

This spell can be cast quietly.