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Spellbooks

Description Source: Arcane Anthology

Transcribing Spellbook Preparation Rituals

Preparation rituals (Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Magic 121) grant a unique boon to anyone who prepares at least three spells from the associated spellbook. Like spells, preparation rituals can be copied into new spellbooks. To imbue a spellbook with a preparation ritual, you must have the Scribe Scroll feat, as well as a number of ranks in Spellcraft and a caster level each equal to double the highest spell level in the original spellbook. You also must have scribed at least three spells from the original spellbook into the new spellbook; at least one of these spells must be of the highest spell level found in the original spellbook. You must prepare those three spells (or know them, if you cast spells spontaneously) and perform an 8-hour creation ritual that requires supplies costing half as much as the value of the preparation ritual (the difference in the spellbook’s value with and without the preparation ritual). At the ritual’s end, attempt a Spellcraft check (DC = 10 + double the highest spell level in the original spellbook). If you succeed, the new spellbook gains that preparation ritual. If you fail, the supplies are wasted to no effect. Formula book preparation rituals are similarly imbued, but use extracts rather than spells, and instead of Scribe Scroll, you must have Brew Potion. A spellbook can have multiple preparation rituals, but it must meet the requirements for each. This does not affect the number of preparation rituals from which a character can benefit.

Prayer Book and Meditation Book Rituals

Characters who prepare divine spells can create prayer books containing divine magical writing similar to the arcane magical writing in spellbooks. These books are usually used to instruct new acolytes in a faith’s magical traditions or to make use of preparation rituals that align with the faith’s goals. Prayer books with preparation rituals follow the same rules as arcane spellbooks with preparation rituals. Any preparation rituals found in spellbooks can also be found in prayer books, which have the same number of spells of each level recorded but generally draw them from the cleric, druid, or shaman spell list. Any character able to prepare the appropriate spells as divine spells can benefit from the preparation ritual recorded in a prayer book.

A meditation book is a secular version of a prayer book, recording theories and philosophies of magic, and can be used to focus energies when preparing arcane spells from a source other than a spellbook (such as for witches) or meditating to regain spell slots (for spontaneous spellcasters). A spellcaster can benefit from a meditation book’s preparation rituals by preparing spells or meditating to regain spell slots while studying the spellbook and expending one spell slot of a level at least equal to that of the highest-level spell within the meditation book.

Meditation books and prayer books have the same cost as the spellbooks they emulate (including the cost of the scribed spells, despite the users of such books not normally requiring spellbooks to prepare spells). If the boon granted by a meditation book or spellbook applies to only a particular class’s spells, a character gaining that boon can apply it to any spell from the same class list that the spells she prepared were drawn from (for prayer books) or that provided the spell slot expended (in the case of meditation books).

NameCostBook TypeClass Requirements
Nyzam's Remedies50 gpFormula BookLevel 3 Alchemist
Songs of the Linnorm Kings180 gpMeditation BookLevel 5 Skald
The Swordsman's Analects250 gpSpellbookLevel 3 Universalist
Wisdom of Jatembe (Three Warriors Edition)375 gpSpellbookLevel 5 Diviner
Erages Journeyman's Manual575 gpSpellbookLevel 7 Magus
Galtan Cookbook670 gpFormula BookLevel 8 Alchemist
The Guide's Analects690 gpSpellbookLevel 6 Universalist
Arrowsong's Sorrow1,200 gpSpellbookLevel 3 Universalist
Calamaes Fragment1,565 gpSpellbookLevel 7 Transmuter
The Prying Eye1,940 gpSpellbookLevel 7 Universalist
Cold Irony2,420 gpSpellbookLevel 15 Bard
Sarini's Workbook4,295 gpSpellbookLevel 16 Magus with Bard Spells
Tome of Stone Wards4,385 gpSpellbookLevel 17 Abjurer
Cyrusian Codex4,425 gpSpellbookLevel 11 Transmuter
Wisdom of Jatembe (Six Warriors Edition)4,725 gpSpellbookLevel 11 Diviner
The Last Azlanti's Analects7,030 gpSpellbookLevel 15 Universalist
Wisdom of Jatembe (Nine Warriors Edition)13,415 gpSpellbookLevel 17 Diviner
Runes of Wealth26,365 gpSpellbookLevel 18 Transmuter