A caster used this spell to inflict damage on a targeted individual from a distance. A caster manipulated a clay likeness of the targeted individual to either cause painful damage or immobilize the target. Punching or stabbing the likeness transmitted damage, while holding it firmly immobilized the target. The caster was unable to do both at the same time.
In addition to verbal and somatic components, the spell required a material component, some clay. If the caster incorporated some of the target's hair or nail clippings, the spell had an even stronger effect on the target.