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The 5th-level cleric and 4th-level paladin spell mark of justice curses the subject when the subject performs an action chosen when the spell is cast. Is there a similar spell for punishing unruly behavior available to a druid? Official preferred, but, if unavailable, third party or homebrew versions are acceptable as are very simple methods of adding the spell mark of justice to a druid's spell list.


"Why?" or "A druid doesn't need mark of justice to punish the unruly. A druid punishes the unruly by eating them"

I like cats, but my experiences with them lead me to believe (perhaps erroneously but hear me out) that few cats would take the feat Healing Chi unless taking the feat were somehow incentivized. For example, a sufficiently persuasive druid capable of communicating with a feline beforehand might convince the typical cat to say it will take the feat Healing Chi upon being the subject of the spell awaken, but the cat could, upon becoming sentient, change its mind (as cats are wont to do and, incidentally, making the cat's previous statement not actually a lie—I imagine cats equivocate quite a bit). A mark of justice spell keyed to activating if the cat picks as its next feat a feat other than Healing Chi would be just the thing for keeping such a suspiciously mercurial cat in line.

But druids can't cast mark of justice (nor lesser geas et al., which is limited to bards, sorcerers, and wizards), yet there should be a spell available to druids for enforcing such agreements.

Threatening to kill the cat if it doesn't take the feat upon being the subject of the spell awaken—and following through to make an example of it for the benefit of other cats that may be watching—is a nonstarter. Just so you know.

(Note that it's possible the cat doesn't gain a feat from the two additional Hit Dice added by the spell awaken, as such a cat has 2½ Hit Dice rather than 3. If that bothers you, replace in the previous explanation the cat with a serval (Sandstorm 194-5).)

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    \$\begingroup\$ ...druids don’t get geas? The word itself comes from Celtic mythology where it was a thing done by druids! That’s just sad. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Oct 24 '15 at 14:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan I know, right? I never bothered to learn much about AD&D 2E's priest spheres (I played a wizard in a log-running 2E game), but in AD&D clerics got the differently-named-but-the-same-spell quest (through their deity's generosity—they could just as easily get something else or nothing, depending on the DM's opinion of their faith) and magic-users got geas (if the DM made the spell available and the PC didn't fail the roll to puzzle out the spell when he encountered the spell), but the AD&D druid got neither. So there's precedent for it, I guess? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Oct 24 '15 at 15:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan Well... y'know... there's Gorgons, and then there's Medusas, so the bar for mythological accuracy is... somewhere melting away in the earth's core. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Nov 24 '15 at 7:08
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Easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Take one level of Contemplative1.
  2. Select Fate, Mechanus, or Retribution Domain.
  3. Now you have Mark of Justice as a spell.


Depending on your druid's background - Uthgar (Forgotten Realms)3 could be a very valid deity choice. He has the Retribution Domain2, and his followers worship through totem animals - which is right up a druid's alley.

Note: You would also gain several other non-druid spells which are very nice. Especially since you want Mark of Justice, Speak with Dead could be very nice in application. "Hey, dead thing, who did this to you?" "She did it." "Well, she won't do that again." Shield of Faith would also possibly free up a ring (of protection) slot.


1Bonus Domain: Upon adopting the contemplative class a character gains access to a bonus domain of her choice.

2Domain Spells: 1st-Shield of Faith; 2nd-Bear's Endurance; 3rd-Speak with Dead; 4th-Fire Shield; 5th-Mark of Justice; 6th-Banishment; 7th-Spell Turning; 8th-Discern Location; 9th-Storm of Vengeance

3His clerics often multi-class as barbarians, druids or rangers.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ While it's not official, third party, or playtested homebrew, that is dead easy. It's a shame to lose that sexy druid level to do something druids should be able to do anyway, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Nov 24 '15 at 7:47
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Traditionally No. There is not a spell by another name that druids have that mimics mark of justice. Technically, it might be hiding somewhere really obscure.

That said, there are ways to add spells outside of a spell list to a character's spell list. Categorically: most are quests unto them selves, feats, or prestige classes, but there is a lot out there. The option that might be better is researching a spell, though it takes time (Dungeon Masters Guide).

Further, depending on how strict table/GM is several 'inventive' options might be possible, such as command animal and arguing it lingers or a diplomacy/bluff check.

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