For +Mathew Wakefield
, by request - a spell from the list of Ydali, crone-goddess of the Northmen. For Ydali, the Watching Beast
is always a blackbird:Watching Beast
2nd lvl Conjuration
Casting Time:3 minutes
Duration:1 hour / caster level
Using this spell, the caster can call upon a local mundane animal and ask it to guard a particular area or person.
The caster must choose an animal species when the spell is being cast. If the desired animal type exists within range, a typical member of the species will then arrive nearby, and the caster can begin to converse with the animal, offering a bargain of some sort. The DM will adjudicate the bargain, considering the spell duration.
For the spell duration, the animal will protect the defended creature or area, by attacking if necessary, although if it is badly injured it will flee to find the caster.
Once the spell ends, the animal will attempt to find the priest and report. It will not travel more than 1 mile per caster level to find him, and may well be confounded by barriers or magical concealment. If so, it returns to its original business.