Tangle Weed (610)
Tangle Weed is a stance-based maneuver spell that will cause a vine to animate (or grow) in a particular area and begin to lash about at creatures present. The vine will attempt to knock over a target that is struck, regardless of caster stance. If the the vine's target is already prone, it will attempt to root the foe in place, hampering combat. It is also possible to direct the vine's wrath by casting the spell at a particular target.
Casting from a neutral or more defensive stance will result in a vine that only drags the target to the ground. Casting from a forward or more offensive may result in a vine that does grapple critical damage with its associated stuns and injuries in addition to the target being dragged to the ground. This is naturally an outdoor spell, but may be cast indoors if the ranger has the Nature's Touch (625) spell active, and the same stance rules will apply.
A strength drain debuff is applied to the target of the vine on a successful hit, with a magnitude that scales with the result of the maneuver roll (up to -25 AS). Sufficient training in Spiritual Lore, Blessings will convert the strength drained from the target into an AS and CS boost to the caster.
When a target is caught by a vine and already on the ground, it becomes "entangled" and will remain immobile until the entanglement wears off. This will last approximately 4-5 seconds each time the target is caught. This can be verified by LOOKing at the target after the vine takes it down.
This spell will also cause many creatures to run from the room in fear of the vine. This can be beneficial in situations which are potentially dangerous for the ranger, such as swarms, but it is not guaranteed that a creature will leave the room; they will simply be more likely to do so. Creatures that are immune to the spell's knockdown effect (described below) and not necessarily immune to this particular effect.
Tangle Weed is less effective on quadruped type creatures, as it logically follows that those types are less likely to be tripped up by a knockdown technique than a biped type would be. They are, however, not totally immune.
A vine may also be DISMISSed by the caster, should they wish it to leave.
Training in Spiritual Lore, Summoning increases the success of the maneuver.
Summoning lore also increases the chance to poison a target, draining its strength bonus by -15, based on Summoning Lore skill bonus ÷ 2, rounded down.
Spiritual Lore, Summoning ranks 2 4 6 8 10 15 20 24 30 40 60 80 100 Chance to poison target 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 35% 45% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
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At 10 ranks in Spiritual Lore, Blessings, the strength drained from the target is granted to the Ranger in the form of a general AS boost equal in magnitude to the debuff, and a spiritual CS boost equal to 60% of the debuff. The duration of the effect is a flat 2 minutes, refreshable (highest magnitude applies).
Some creatures are immune to Tangle Weed, such as all non-corporeal undead. (Non-corporeal undead will not populate this list, since it can be assumed that they are all immune.) Elemental based creatures, are generally, but not always immune. Known creatures:
- Creature entangled by vine
You see a fairly typical massive pyrothag that is lying down. It has some minor cuts and bruises on its left arm. It is stunned. It is entangled by a long thorny vine.