The orcs were winding their way through the thicket, right behind the adventuring party. A few poorly launched arrows pointed out the fact that they were closing in.
“We need to do something quick,” remarked the fighter, Koram.
The wizard, Chalk, looked back over his shoulder. He could see the beady red eyes in the darkness.
“I have two spells that might help,” the magic-user said, “ I will hold them off, you guys run for it, I will meet you back at camp.”
The thin wizard stopped and turned towards the orcs as his companions ran for it. Chalk raised an eyebrow and smiled as the orcs closed in, slowing a bit as orcs never fully trust wizards. Suddenly a glittering dome covered the wizard and illuminated the small glade. A couple of orcs raised their arms to shield their faces from the glare. Arrows shot at the dome seemed to have no effect. Panic began to break out as some of the orcs felt as though they were caught in a trap against superior foes.
With a smile and a wave the wizard began to slowly sink into the ground. Fearing the the worst, many of the orcs bolted in terror.
Shimmering Dome (Arcane)
Duration: Five minutes per level of ability, absorbs three points of damage per level of ability.
The Shimmering Dome spell creates a dome of crackling energy over the caster that covers a six foot radius on the ground, effectively protecting the magic-user from 3 points of damage per level of ability from any approach except from below. This dome moves with the spellcaster and does not restrict their movements or ability to cast other spells. During the duration of the spell the dome will absorb as much damage as allowed by the level of the caster (i.e. a fourth level mage’s dome will absorb 12 points of damage before breaking).
A side benefit is that the shimmering dome will protect the caster from rain and snow and even insects from the 1st level. The major downside is that the wizard is walking about with a shimmering dome crackling with energy that could be construed as a target. Children, halflings, gnomes and the like can fit inside the dome with the caster if they are within the six foot radius at the time of casting and under 4 feet in height. The Shimmering Dome will grow in size to accomodate a large caster (such as a giant, or an enlarged magic-user for example), but will always have an exposed radius as this is a dome and not a sphere.