When arcane magic was effectively banned under the rule of the Shet’zen, the last of the free wizards developed methods for casting directly from from spell books. They hastily reformulated the methods of spellcasting to require intricate rituals that no longer required memorization and quick recitation. While this new type of spellcasting made any spell a candidate for ritual casting, the benefits of many spells do not outweigh the lengthy time required for preparing and casting. Some wizards left behind ciphers that allow for the translation of spells to ritual form, though many were destroyed by the Shet’zen. Ritual spells come in many shapes in sizes, from spellbooks and scrolls to wall carvings and sites of power.
One of the benefits of ritual magic is that it does not require a lifetime of focused study. The nature of ritual spells allow an individual to become proficient in the use of ritual materials to cast. This means that individuals raised in a family that is proficient with ritual casting will likely be able to pick the skill up if it is so desired. That is not to say that learning learning to perform rituals is not an expensive endeavor.
Ritual Casting has several requirements.
-The individual must take the Ritual Caster feat.
-Individuals with the Ritual Caster feat also gain access to the Rituals skill
-The character must be literate in Arcane Sigilism language (either as a bonus language or by spending 2 skill points)
-Casting from a ritual source requires ranks in Ritual equal to twice the spell level minus 1
-The individual must have an intelligence score of 10 or higher and a wisdom score equal to 10 + the spell’s level (for example, to cast cure light wounds, a character would require at minimum INT 10 and WIS 11).
-different rituals require different materials and settings.