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What exactly are the sources from which you can copy spells into a Book of Shadows?

The Book of Ancient Secrets invocation says (PHB p. 110): On your adventures, you can add other ritual spells to your Book of Shadows. When you find such a spell, you can add it to the book if the ...
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What “tier” are Thieves' World casters?

Having never been satisfied with the way the core magic system works, either for player fun, thematically, or even logically, I began looking for alternatives. What I have become enamoured with is the ...
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What happens when you target dispel magic over a summoned creature?

Regarding spells that summon more than one creature, like conjure animals, conjure woodland beings, etc. What happens when you cast dispel magic on one of the summoned creatures? Does the whole spell ...
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What happens when my dead wizard decides to planeshift out of the afterlife?

So, I know that if my High Elf Wizard dies he goes to the chaotic-good afterlife plane or whatever. That's clear. He leaves a body behind, and gets a brand-new afterlife body in the chaotic good ...
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Could a magical twin use an Oathbow? [on hold]

In a previous question: What happens with an Oathbow if someone else kills the target? It was determined that the Wielder had to make the killing shot for the penalty to be released in order to ...
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How does D&D 5E Wizard's magic work, in Lore terms?

Not asking about the mechanics, but about the "lore" for the purpose of eg novel or short story. Before, memorisation was represented in the following, IMHO coherent way: You prepare a spell and ...
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Does Reverse Gravity affect creatures with Flight?

Say a wizard casts reverse gravity, if creatures with Flight are caught in the radius, are they affected by the pull?
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Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from Bard, into Wizard spellbook?

Can a multi-class Bard/Wizard write spells known from their Bard class, into their wizard spellbook? e.g. they know the Comprehend Languages as a Bard spell, and want to write it directly into their ...
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Can you affect multiple targets with multiple Warding Bond casts?

It has come to my attention that the text of Warding Bond, the legal target(s) of Warding Bond, and the rules as written for target's and spell casting and such; leave it possible that Warding Bond ...
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What are the levels used for Cantrips learned with the “Magic Initiate” feat?

The Magic Initiate feat gives access to two cantrips from a class. It says Choose a class: bard, cleric, druid, sorcerer, warlock, or wizard. You learn two cantrips of your choice from that ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

Cthulhu d20 has a magic system in which spells aren't tied to classes nor to levels. Anyone can learn and use a spell, if they're willing to pay the price, which usually comes in the form of a ...
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Can spells with a verbal component be cast underwater if the caster can't breathe water?

My party recently tipped over a boat of enemies into what was essentially rapids and trapped the enemies in a cube of force underwater. The warriors inevitably drowned as they had no way out. However, ...
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What do I see in an illusionary mirror? [duplicate]

Assuming an illusion spell can create a working mirror: If I use an illusionary mirror to look around a corner, a corner that neither I nor the caster of the illusion can see, what do I see in the ...
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How do I cast a spell in Microlite20?

I'm completely new to Microlite20, and to the D20 system in general. What, if anything, do I need to roll to cast a spell in Microlite20? The rules say "Magic Attack Bonus = MIND + level". Is that ...
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Can a Shadow Dragon become a Dracolich or vice versa?

Can a Shadow Dragon subdue itself to the ritual that would transform it into a Dracolich? Likewise, would a Dracolich that stays in Shadowfell for a time gain the traits of a Shadow Dragon? According ...
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Where do these magic runes come from?

I am encountering runes a lot in campaigns, like protection runes at doors, but have not seen any source on how to create them. What is the source of such magic? Is it even possible to play a rune ...
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Is spell level the same for all classes?

It seems to be that if a spell is a 4th-level X (wizard/sorcercer/etc) spell it is also a 4th-level Y (bard/warlock/etc) spell (provided both classes have it). Is that true? Are cantrips always ...
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Is there any way to completely conceal spellcasting?

I know several ways to conceal spellcasting, but I'm not really sure about where the crunch ends and the fluff begins, especially about including all the types of components into the concealing. Out ...
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Are there 5th Ed. rules for restoring lost Essence / binding a spirit to a body?

We have an NPC Shamanic Talismonger in our game that is a Mana Storm chaser. He disappears into the desert for weeks at a time, but always comes back with plenty of reagents which the PCs love. Last ...
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What counts as a bardic focus?

Inspired by this question: Can a multi-class spellcaster have one thing be two different focuses? The PHB, on p54 says: Spellcasting focus You can use a musical instrument (found in chapter 5) ...
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Can a rogue with minor/major magic talent use wizard wands without UMD

Can a pathfinder rogue who takes the Minor Magic / Major Magic talents then be able to use Wizard wands (ie no UMD check required)? From the below research I can not see why they could not. You can ...
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What check to use for finding out current hit points?

There are Words of Power in Pathfinder, like the Power Word Kill and other similar Words for "Blind" and "Stun", which affect creatures according to their current hit points. E.g. any creature having ...
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Is there a way to get Burning Wheel Revised's Abstraction and Distillation mechanics to be compatible with Burning Wheel Gold?

In the change between Burning Wheel Revised and Burning Wheel Gold, casting spells no longer uses Sorcery + Will, and instead just uses Sorcery. Spellweaver was stripped out, which presents a problem ...
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Can a Sorcerer use Sorcery Points to create spell slots higher than he can cast?

At level 6, a Sorcerer may have a maximum of 6 Sorcery Points. This is enough to create a level 4 spell slot. Would the Sorcerer be able to create a level 4 spell slot, even though he only knows level ...
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Clarification On Staying Hidden For Long Range Spell Snipers

If you have a Sorcerer with Spell Sniper and Distant Spell, you have just gained the ability to cast Scorching Ray at a 480ft range. Let's assume you found a sniper's perch at this distance, and ...
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What to Roll against with innate attack

I am currently reading GURPS Magic. I want to use Thaumatology ritual path magic and have run into a problem. When using missile spells you have to roll against Innate Attack but how do I determine ...
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Can an illusionist be competitive in an average encounter? [closed]

I'm thinking of playing a sorcerous Illusionist in a DnD 5E campaign. There may also be a combat mage in the party. I was just wondering if clever use of illusions could be on par, combat-wise with a ...
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Is the number of spells I can prepare the same as the number of spells I can cast per day?

I'm currently playing a Druid and I'm extremely confused with "prepared spells". I know how to prepare a spell but I'm not sure how many I can prepare; is it the same number of spells I can cast a ...
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Is it possible to permanently create/transmute metal through magic without level nine spells?

Are there any official methods of permanently creating significant quantities of adamantine, iron or similar through magic, principally transmutation of lesser materials (creating a portal to a place ...
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Does ki count as magic for the purpose of an antimagic field, or is it only fluff?

I was verifying whether my fighter's Sun Blade would in fact be a useless hilt in an antimagic field (AMF) and came across this question on a few other sites, and it piqued my interest. My first ...
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What mechanisms have been used to make magic risky?

I'm about to start running a Fate Core game that focuses on magic-using PCs. As I've conceptualized magic in the setting, it's easy to use but very dangerous unless one has invested a lot in the ...
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Which rules, spells or abilities - if any - can be used in 5E that dictate sanguimancy for PCs or hire? [closed]

Which skills, spells and abilities can be achieved with dragon's blood in 5E beyond directly damaging or locating the creature? I am looking for both homebrew and as-written rules, spells or ...
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How does magic interact with mirrors? [closed]

I'm gonna be a GM for an upcoming DnD 3.5 game. I want to do an adventure into an house of mirrors / spookhouse / house of illusions. The big bad would most likely be a beholder. Given the number of ...
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Can I counter an Antimagic field with Dispel Magic?

Counterspell section of SRD states: "If the target is within range, both spells automatically negate each other with no other results." Antimagic field description of SRD states: "Dispel magic does ...
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Shadowrun 5, physical area Illusions

I'm confused about illusion spells in SR5. The rulebook states that illusions do not cause direct permanent damage but can cause side effects such as pain, nausea, or loss of balance and/or indirect ...
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Spell drain value incorporating net hits or not?

At page 185 of the Shadowrun 20th anniversary rulebook, the example goes like this [...]The Drain Code for the Powerbolt is (F ÷ 2) + 1, plus 3 from the net hits, so Raze must resist 6 DV ...
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Could a wizard research a death-reversal spell?

In other words, is death-reversal (raise dead, resurrection, etc.) only the province of divine magic, or could a perhaps insanely powerful wizard (either player or NPC) research and cast a similar ...
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Can an alchemist create extracts with metamagic feats?

Potions can be created with metamagic feats, so long as they don't exceed the potion spell level limit (3). Magic Items and Metamagic Spells: With the right item creation feat, you can store a ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something?

The Necromancy School's Grim Harvest ability restores HP when you kill an enemy with a spell of 1st-level or higher. Does this apply when minions created by a spell, such as Animate Dead, or Conjure ...
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Is there any way to defend with magic in DFRPG? [duplicate]

I feel like I am missing something obvious. Evocation/Channeling can be used for a great deal of fun effects on your turn. But what about when you need to make a defend roll against an enemy? As far ...
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Glyph of Warding with touch effects

I was DMing a game and eventually set up a scenario where the players had to choose between leaving their wagon, or bringing it to a dangerous place where it could be destroyed. The enchanter thought ...
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How can Constructs use Magic?

In Pathfinder I am currently trying to design a few encounters with a supposed ghost ship (actually a Colossal Animated Object) complete with a crew of Haunted Objects (again, Animated Objects), but I ...
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Can a chaotic evil character/creature follow orders? [closed]

As far as I can tell from different sources about alignments, chaotic evil characters just do "evil for evil's sake", and are quite unpredictable and easy to provoke. Now, can such a character follow ...
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When exactly does a concentration spell end from casting another one?

This came up last night in our D&D session. Situation: a wizard cast Evard's Black Tentacles, which when the creature fails their dexterity save they are restrained by the tentacles. This spell ...
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Do spells with a range of “Self” target the caster?

New to D&D, and thought about creating a Beast Master. I was wondering if spells with a range of "Self" would count you as the "target" of the spell. There's some debate in my group, as unlike ...
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Looking for a power hunger God divine-magic system [closed]

I am looking for a divine magic system for a custom world I am willing to GM for my friends. Basically, in my world, the gods are present and self-centered. And won't give-up their magic for some ...
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Is magical force visible, generally?

A Magic Missile is visible, a Wall of Force is invisible, and a Tenser's Floating Disk is... which? Specific beats general, but what's the general rule for visibility of magical force? Magic ...
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Does Ant Haul let you drag more stuff too?

I was reading the spell ant haul and at first glace it seems very straight forward. The target's carrying capacity triples. This does not affect the creature's actual Strength in any way, merely ...
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How to design and balance a homebrew magus spell that adds +1d6 elemental damage to a weapon? [closed]

I am working on creating a magus spell. The spell level will be 1st or 2nd (since thats the highest the character can cast). The DM of the game is fresh to this position, and I am new to creating ...
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If a spell is cast enough times, does it become a cantrip?

I was wondering if a spell can become a cantrip if a wizard casts it say 40 times, since the D&D 5e rulebook says cantrips are spells that have been fixed in the caster's mind by frequent use, ...