Song of Unravelling (1013)
Song of Unravelling will dispel a targeted spell or random spell on a target, if available. A penalty to the target's warding attempt is based on the singer's Bard Base ranks. Targeted attempts do not receive the full benefit of this bonus, are more difficult to achieve versus spiritual spells, and are progressively harder against higher level spells. Arcane Decoy (1701) makes targeted attempts even more difficult, and will be targeted first if Song of Unravelling is untargeted. Only Bards may use the targeted version of this spell.
If no spells are active on the targeted player or creature, the song will try to drain mana from the target. The amount of mana drained per attempt is based on the singer's Bard Base ranks. The amount of mana recovered is based on the singer's Bard Base ranks and Mental Mana Control skill.
Versus a magic item, the song will drain charges from the item and convert to mana. The same factors apply. Mana from non-elemental sources will be less efficient than from elemental sources.
Unlike other mana draining spells, Song of Unravelling allows the singer to exceed their normal maximum mana, and there is no similar recovery period during which mana cannot be drained. Caution is advised, though, as too far over the normal maximum will result in a potentially fatal magical backlash. The 'safe' maximum appears to be +50%, based on one accident and one death-by-research. (The accident was a character with ~100 mana going above 150, and died. The test server being open allowed a test on a character with 249 base mana, and draining to at least 366 left him still alive; the next drain killed him, and +50% would be 373 mana.) So Bards are warned, when draining to over their maximum.
4 mana (MP), adjusted for the target's spell circle and spell level.
This song does not auto-renew. If the song is dispelling random spells or draining mana from a character/creature/object, it may be manually renewed for the duration of the song and will continue to target the original target. Unravelling targeting spells from a target is not renewable in any form.
Against an adventurer
A siren begins singing a sweet song. A siren focuses a soothing melody towards you! CS: +402 - TD: +348 + CvA: +15 + d100: +35 == +104 Warding failed! You hear a strange resonating hum, and you sense one of your spells slipping away! The white light leaves you. The very powerful look leaves you. With great skill, the siren removes one of the chords from her harmony while maintaining the symmetry of those that remain.
Draining a wand
You sing a melody, directing the sound of your voice at a twisted wand. Faintly visible threads of mana begin to unravel themselves from the twisted wand and wind towards you. Mana washes over you like a soaked sponge! You struggle to maintain control over the surge in power! You gain 1 mana! The wand begins to shake violently and disintegrates into a thousand tiny particles of dust! The faint tendrils quickly dissipate.
Item that cannot be Unraveled:
You sing a melody, directing the sound of your voice at a golden scroll. The scroll buzzes and vibrates for a moment then stops.