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The 0th level druid spell Dawn awakens all sleeping creatures in a 15' radius. How does this affect creatures that are sleeping because of magical effects or poison?

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Unless the condition or effect mandates otherwise

The Spell Dawn Wakens the Sleeping Creatures

The 0th-level Drd spell dawn [abjur] (SpC 59) says that

All sleeping creatures in the affected area awaken. Those who are unconscious because of nonlethal damage wake up and are staggered. This spell does not affect dying creatures.

The spell dawn, then, is effective versus creatures affected by magical sleep effects like that of the 1st-level Sor/Wiz spell sleep [ench] (PH 280) and also poisons that cause sleep.

Note that while in earlier editions drow poison was called drow sleep poison, in Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition drow poison (DMG 297) causes unconsciousness (sans nonlethal damage), which is unaffected by the spell dawn.

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slapping or wounding awakens an affected creature, but normal noise does not.

Since sleep says nothing about what happens when a spell tries to wake up a magially asleep creature, dawn's text does what is written and wakes up the creature.

Poisons like drow's poisoned arrows are a little different. They make the target fall unconscious and you need a Temp save, not a Will one to resist.
While this does not prevent dawn from waking up a sleep-poisoned character, I would house rule that toxins keep letting the targer asleep after the instant effect of the dawn spell.

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Well, the spell is clear about that ("ALL sleeping creatures") but IMO, I think that only the 'naturally' sleeping creatures should awake. Somebody effected by some magical effect/poison should not awake at dawn if the effect still active.

PS : Sorry if my English is not really good (I'm French)

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Hi, and welcome to the site. Your English is perfectly good. :) – Tridus May 30 '14 at 22:17
Quite good, but I'm not sure about perfect. The use of the future tense here (“will awake,” “will not awake”) implies certainty, but in reality you seem to be proposing a houserule, in which case should would be more appropriate (“only the ‘naturally’ sleeping creatures should wake,” “affected by some magical effect/poison should not wake”). Also, “at dawn” means “when the sun comes up,” when you mean “what you cast the dawn spell.” There are some other minor points, but I wanted mostly just to cover the things that could lead to misunderstanding, not nit-pick. – KRyan May 30 '14 at 23:52
@KRyan You are right : my answer is an interpretation and 'should' were more appropriate. Thank you ^^ About the "at dawn", I meant "when the sun comes up" : the spell is cast by a Druid or a Ranger, a 'Nature Caster', so I think the spell should have the same effect on creature that the real event (the sun doesn't comes up but the creature should awake like this is happening). – Nahyn Oklauq May 31 '14 at 6:40

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