Sword Focus

Level: Sor/Wiz 5
Components: V, S, M
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Range: Close (25ft +5ft/2 levels)
Target: Self
Duration: 1 round per caster level
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates (harmless)
Spell Resistance: Yes (harmless)

The caster both moves and acts more quickly than normal while also enjoying enhanced sensory perception that allows him to take advantage of his temporary celerity. To a Sword Focused creature, time (and one’s opponents as well) slows to a relative crawl, making avoiding attacks and striking individuals relatively easy. This results in several benefits.
Any Sword Focused creature gains a dodge bonus toward their AC and Reflex saves equal to +1 per 3 caster levels (to maximum of +5). Any condition that makes them lose their Dexterity bonus to Armor Class (if any) also makes them lose dodge bonuses. In addition, a Sword Focused creature is afforded one free parry per melee round.
A Sword Focused creature’s modes of movement are increased as if Hasted. As always, this enhanced movement rate cannot be greater than double the creature’s normal speed.
Finally, when making a full attack action, a Sword Focused creature may make one extra attack as per the Haste spell. This, and all other attacks, is made with a bonus equal to +1 per 3 caster levels (to a maximum of +5).
Multiple Sword Focus effects don’t stack. Sword Focus, like Haste, dispels and counters Slow.
Material Component: A shaving of licorice root on any melee or missile weapon (or miniature replica thereof).

Kalthanan envisioned this spell as a sort of combat trance. To a normal combatant, battle is fast and furious, even chaotic at times. To a Sword Focus spell’s caster, however, one’s surroundings, opponents, allies, and even time itself seem to slow down. The caster’s reaction time, his ability to avoid attacks, and his attacking accuracy are all thus considerably improved.
Sword Focus uses Haste as its core spell, as its caster is, indeed, made faster by it. But Sword Focus goes one step further by affecting and enhancing the caster’s perception, senses, and reflexes.
Despite the name’s implication, Lanyr-Alarenth does not only aid those who wield swords.

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