Create Magic Tattoo (SC p55) looks like a great spell, but it is very pricy at 100gp per casting. Is there a way to avoid/reduce the cost?

The solution should be official, at least from Dragon magazine.
I am interested in things available at level 7, and costing less than 3000gp.

"Don't cast the spell" is not an acceptable answer.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I suppose, because of its largely unplayable nature, likewise unacceptable is the epic feat Ignore Material Components (EL 57)? What about semiofficial (i.e. magazine and Web), licensed, and third-party material? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Jul 2 '19 at 14:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan, I always forget these boundary conditions. \$\endgroup\$ – András Jul 2 '19 at 14:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hmm... I started to answer this, then remembered that Paizo stuff for 3.5 isn't considered official. If you're willing to consider "printed in a module by a company that took up the 3e torch and printed 'Pathfinder - DnD 3.75e' two years later" official enough, I have an answer for you then. \$\endgroup\$ – gatherer818 Jul 2 '19 at 16:46

I suggest you to mimic Create Magic Tattoo with Shadow Conjuration. It isn't described to the full extent, but Shadow Conjuration is probably intended to duplicate an effect of a spell not a spell itself, so you shouldn't be obliged to provide material components for it to work. I also recommend to ask your DM, how does she or he handle disbelieve in this case.

Given the large amount of material issued for the system, there definitely may be more ways to do that.


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