Thief's Lament

Those of criminal intent find their talents fail them when they enter the area protected by this magic.

Component Cost: 140 gp, plus 2 healing surges
Market Price: 360 gp
Key Skill: Arcana or Religion
Level: 6
Category: Warding
Time: 1 hour
Duration: 24 hour or more (see text)

Creatures in the warded area take a –5 penalty to Stealth checks and Thievery checks.

Your Arcana or Religion check determines the size of the warded area.

Skill Check ResultWarded Area
9 or lower Burst1
10—19 Burst3
20–29 Burst5
30–39 Burst8
40 or higher Burst12

The warding effect lasts for 24 hours, but you (and not any assistants) can extend the duration by an additional 24 hours for each extra healing surge you expend just before the current duration expires. You need not be in the same area or even on the same plane to extend the duration. If you extend the ritual’s duration for a year and a day without interruption, the effect becomes permanent.

Published in Divine Power, page(s) 158.