Deathguard was a common abjuration/necromatic spell of the southern magic tradition[note 1].[1][2]


When cast, the spell created a guardian spirit which protected the caster from attacks from the Ethereal Plane. The guardian spirit absorbed a fatal strike inflicted on the caster, afterwards the spirit was destroyed. The caster does not suffer any negative affects of the attack. Since the guardian spirit only absorbs lethal attacks, the caster was vulnerable to a non-lethal attack. [1][2]


The spell required only verbal and somatic components.[1][2]



  1. Spells of the southern magic tradition were created in the Old Empires region and written down with the help of Thoth mage-script, a secret magic language, and thus only usable by the initiated.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Scott Bennie (1990). Old Empires. (TSR, Inc), p. 74. ISBN 0-8803-8821-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Mark Middleton et al (November 1996). Wizard's Spell Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc), p. 221. ISBN 978-0786904365.
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