Snowstorm Summons

You draw the power of your staff of winter out and cast it into the air, bringing sudden chill and the promise of snow.

Component Cost: Focus (staff of winter)
Market Price: 4500 gp
Key Skill: Arcana or Nature
Level: 14
Category: Exploration
Time: 30 minutes
Duration: Special

You change the weather within a 2-mile radius of the staff of winter to that of a heavy blizzard in the dead of winter. If the staff moves, the effect of the ritual moves with it. The bearer of the staff controls the blizzard’s general tendencies, such as the direction and intensity of the wind or the degree of obscurity from snow. The bearer of the staff cannot control specific applications of the weather, such as specific gusts of wind or specific squares of obscuring terrain. The altered weather persists for a duration you choose up to the maximum determined by your skill check result.

Check ResultMaximum Duration
19 or lower2 hours
20–294 hours
30–3916 hours
40 or higher24 hours


Once the blizzard ends, the staff of winter cannot serve as the focus for this ritual again for 24 hours, and you cannot cast it again for 24 hours.

Published in Dragon Magazine 385, page(s) 30.