300 ft. or 150 ft.
A bolt 5 ft. wide by 300 ft. long, or 10 ft. wide by 150 ft. long
1,260,000 gp; 26 days; 50,400 XP. Seeds: life
(DC 27), energy
(DC 19). Factors
: 1-action casting time
(+20 DC), no verbal or somatic components
(+4 DC), giving life to a spell (ad hoc x2 DC).
The character develops a spell that he or she can cast; thereafter, the spell can effectively "cast itself." When the character casts the spell, a stroke of energy deals 10d6 points of electricity damage
to each creature within the spell's area
. Living lightning
follows all the standard rules for epic spell
casting when the character casts it. Living lightning
is sentient and generally friendly toward the character. It has the character's mental ability scores, but it has no physical ability scores. It senses the world through the character's senses and communicates with him or her by thought. As a self-triggering spell, it isn't truly alive but is a fragment of the character's personality. It cares little for the world around it, but at the character's urging (and sometimes at its own discretion) it casts itself at his or her foes. Casters who prepare spells before casting must prepare living lightning
normally in order for it to cast itself. When the spell casts itself, it acts on the character's initiative
but does not count against his or her own actions in the round. The character cannot simultaneously cast living lightning
while it is casting its own effect, even if it has been prepared more than once. Living lightning
uses up one of the character's epic spell slots
for the day whenever it casts itself. When the character has used up all his or her epic spell slots
for the day (or has cast all his or her prepared living lightning
spells, if a caster who must prepare spells), living lightning
becomes quiescent. It remains so until the character has rested to regain his or her epic spell slots
for the next day.