Requiem of the Beasts
Some racial spells can be used by other races. For a list of such spells, click here. A special set of rules is used for this purpose.
USING A RACIAL SPELL
When a character prepares another race’s racial spell, it takes up a spell slot one level higher than normal. If it’s a 9th-level spell, the character simply can’t use it. If a character would benefit from the spell being a higher level, calculate it as if it were at its usual level.
When a character casts another race’s racial spell, add 20% to the spell failure chance. This applies even when a spell normally doesn’t suffer from spell failure, such as when casting a divine spell.
ACQUIRING A RACIAL SPELL
Although a racial spell might be approved for use by other races, only a character of the racial spell’s race automatically has access to it. A character of any other race must acquire it by other means, such as by purchasing a scroll.
Racial spell scrolls are comparatively difficult to find. Purveyors of magic writings tend to focus on the sale of universally accessible spells. Acquiring a racial spell first requires finding a spellcaster of a particular race who will not only deign to enter the market but also cares little for preserving the privilege of racial knowledge. Then a scroll peddler must find an individual willing to pay for an unduly frustrating spell to cast. The limited market discourages merchants from bothering with acquiring a racial spell scroll. Nevertheless, merchants come into possession of racial spell scrolls now and again, and merchants with contracted spellcasters of the right race are more likely able to acquire a racial spell for an inquiring customer.
To determine if you can buy a racial spell scroll from a particular settlement in any given quarter of the year, refer to the Racial Spell Availability Percentages table. You may make a new roll in each quarter.
Success on a DC 20 Gather Information check improves your chance at finding a racial spell scroll by 5% in a city, 3% in a town, and 1% in a village. For each additional 5 points by which your check succeeds, apply this benefit again.
A racial spell scroll costs twice as much as a normal scroll. If the spell belongs to an uncommon race or one that doesn’t favor spellcasting, the cost can be three or even four times the normal price. Ultimately, the price of a racial spell scroll is left to the GM’s discretion.
Because of the nature of racial magic, copying a racial spell from a scroll comes with a chance of failure. The magic of the spell pushes against the craft of the spellcaster and, occasionally, the colliding forces rip the scroll and its copy apart. Roll a percentile die and add half your caster level (minimum 0). On a 20 or less, the scroll and the pages you copy it onto are destroyed.
RACIAL SPELL AVAILABILITY PERCENTAGES