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Combine the Necrotic Cyst line of spells with Hindsight. Investing in items of necrotic cyst, necrotic scrying, and one or two hideously expensive polished steel and diamond blocks (nothing breakable, mind you) of hindsight would make any rather evil but almost annoyingly hard to corrupt police force proud. Start up your reign of spying with listening ...


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By being loyal and cooperative citizens, making sure to have an inside traitor, making their plans telepathically, being aware of the security features of the state, and by removing them only in the terminal phases of the plan. Most of the town-centric plot will be subtle power plays between the "three factions", defector stories from the police force (see ...


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3.5 The defintiion of "living" according to the WOTC website D&D glossary and Monster Manual III's glossary on page 215. Living Any creature with a Constitution score is a living creature. Constructs and undead are not living creatures. Pathfinder (With thanks to Louis Huppenbauer) There is something similar under the entry for Constitution: ...


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You will no longer have the template at all. That is, none of its features, whether from type (Undead), subtype (incorporeal), or the specifics of the template. You also no longer count its LA against your effective character level. Specifically, under the Undead traits in the Monster Manual: Resurrection and true resurrection can affect undead ...


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The motives and actions you've described are not presciptively tied to any alignment; alignment is fuzzy enough that he can be justified as having any alignment you wish to choose for him. Both fame and fortune are unaligned motivations, that is, not really solidly towards any particular alignment, including True Neutral or any other kind of Neutral. Fame ...


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Haunted Doorlatches possessed by the ghosts of spiders crying out in the night "Front Door, 1402 Red St". The fundamental component of this plan is the spell Hauntshift [LM 66]. It translates (its wording) undead into "haunting presences." [LM 6] Door latches will have hairy spider skeletons hauntshifted into them with careful instructions on when to bolt ...


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Per the challenging the frame meta, I will endeavor to answer this question straight, first. But I want it to be clear that I think the best approach to alignment isn’t to “make it work” but to throw it out altogether. If you insist on having alignment, however, the best approach I have seen, that allows for internal consistency and ...


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A low level spell that doesn't give you direct monitoring but would give a lot of detection after the fact would be Zone of Truth - get the population used to lining up, walking through the cast Zones (I'm assuming several) and to all say in unison "I have obeyed all the laws, I have never acted against the Mayor". The Zone covers 20 ft. radius (aka 40 ...


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Energy Substitution: replace energy damage with equal amount of another type When you use Energy Substitution, you replace the energy damage type of a spell with the chosen type. For instance you could choose Acid when you select the feat, and then apply the feat to fireball. This fireball will not do any fire damage, but will do acid damage equal to the ...


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Funnily enough, works by RAW. There is no prohibition of magical healing in construct traits, though some constructs are explicitly immune to magic except select few effects. There is also no prohibition in the heal spell. Technically, you can do it, but expect a heavy book thrown by your DM. He will also probably houserule it away, at least I personally ...


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In Arms And Equipment Guide. Self-Propelled Vehicle: By animating the wheels, steering mechanism, and other moving parts on a vehicle, it’s possible to build a vehicle that doesn’t require dray creatures. Any land vehicle of Large size or smaller can become self-propelled, gaining a speed of 60 feet. It still moves under the direction of the driver and ...


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A carriage is either Large or Huge, provides cover while having (or having easily carved) arrow slits and viewports and such, and has good attack stats, hardness 5, and a 60ft move. Animate objects is a core spell (Clr/Bard 6) and can be made permanent. Also, it shouldn't be too hard extrapolate a carriage variant of the Apparatus of the Crab, which uses ...


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Sure - For a While A chaotic neutral character could do some occasional good acts in order to further his own goals, whatever those might be. Here's the description of Chaotic Neutral: A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn’t strive to protect others’ freedom. So ...


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Yes, you can gain a familiar elsewhere and have both This ambiguity is due to a very annoying habit that Wizards of the Coast had to assume that all characters were starting from 1st-level, would remain single-classed, and would not take cross-class skills, when discussing what members of a class can do. You see this in similar issues like: whether a ...


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Yes, they are. Actually, there is a definition of living creature. The following excerpt from 3.5 Monster Manual p312 here (page number courtesy of @HeyICanChan, emphasis mine): Any living creature has at least 1 point of Constitution. A creature with no Constitution has no body or no metabolism. It is immune to any effect that requires a Fortitude ...


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Any such device you build is going to be considered a 'trap' in D&D 3.5. I'd recommend looking at the Stronghold Builder's Guidebook. It's technically 3.0 instead of 3.5, but it is the only source I know of for formal rules for building completely custom traps. From that source, what you are describing is and trap (1,000 gp base cost) with a mechanical ...


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One possibility is to redefine the alignment system's axes. My personal favorite is the BRACI Grid, which uses Responsible/Authoritarian and Collectivism/Individualism as it's two axes. Replacing / Redefining the Law-Chaos Axis, I introduce Collectivism (C) standing in for Law, and Individualism (I) standing in for Chaos. Collectivism values the ...


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The best way to make alignment work is not to overthink it, and don’t try to enforce it. Alignment has only a few mechanical effects in the game, which apply mainly to creatures with an obvious metaphysical affinity (outsiders, undead, clerics). Alignment doesn’t determine how characters behave, as it describes only very general tendencies, whereas ...


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I cannot prove a negative, all I can say is that I have not seen a rule explicitly saying that humans are living but that does not mean it does not exist. There is some contention that the following rule says that humans are living: Any living creature has at least 1 point of Constitution. A creature with no Constitution has no body or no metabolism. It ...


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In older editions of D&D it was simple: These effects was necromantic, like: Cure Serious Wounds (Necromantic) Reversible And constructs always possessed traits making them immune to necromancy. And then someone thought about making healing something other. In Pathfinder, it's conjuration. And "fun" starts. From "Repair Construct" rules The most ...


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I agree with KRyan that D&D would be better served if alignment were thrown out wholesale. However, I don't think that treating Good and Evil as arbitrary labels if you keep them in (like subtypes) is the best idea -- first and foremost, because we have subtypes, and that's literally what they do. Replacing the axes with another such as the BRACI grid ...


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The Round in Steps The fighter employs the feat Power Attack (PH 98) before taking actions to suffer a -6 penalty to attack rolls and gain a +6 bonus to damage with 1-handed weapons and a +12 bonus to damage with 1-handed weapons wielded in 2 hands and 2-handed weapons. This is not an action. The fighter takes a full-round action to make a charge. During ...


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The second. You have an ability to obtain familiar, and you have an option to trade it for another ability. If you acquire the ability to obtain familiar from another source (multiclassing, for example), you will have both a skeletal minion from necromancer variant and a familiar from that another source.


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Ordinarily, yes. An undead creature who is destroyed and then resurrected doesn't come back as an undead creature: it comes back as whatever it originally was, not as the undead creature. Nothing prevents it from becoming the same kind of undead again, of course, if the opportunity arises. The Ghostwalk campaign setting (initially published for 3e, but an ...


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For the bard interested in metamagic, metamagic song (races of stone) allows bardic music uses in lieu of higher spell levels. Also significant melodic casting, which allows casting while singing. Looking at the bard's handbook, extend spell and captivating melody are good bets, as buffs and illusions are part of your stock in trade. Unfortunately, that's ...


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For the current character in ToEE the only somehow useful feat I see is Extend Spell and its more expensive variant Persistent Spell. The latter is only useful if Metamagic Song is allowed (see below), and opens up a wide variety of buffing possibilities (which can be widened with a liberal use of Ocular Spell or Reach Spell, if your DM allows that). The ...


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Example 1 contains the correct reading of this rule. As pointed out by Ernir, the Magic Item Compendium contains updated rules and clarifications for the creation of magic items. Page number 233 of the Magic Item Compendium covers this case and states that: In most cases, if the item is one that occupies a body slot, the cost of adding any additional ...


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All creatures with a constitution score (except for constructs and undead) are considered to be living as per the WOTC D&D Glossary: http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/glossary&term=Glossary_dnd_living&alpha=L So it seems that as an ooze has a constitution score, it is alive. http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/ooze.htm


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Lightning Bolt normally does electrical damage and takes a Level 3 Wiz/Sor Spell Slot. With Energy Substitution you pick an energy type (For your example Energy Substitution(acid)) and you can use the feat to change the type of damage a spell does, but does not change the level. So your Energy Substitution(acid) Lightning Bolt does acid damage and takes a ...


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Use Enormous Amounts of Photostatic Rock The magimorphic rock photostatic rock (Underdark 105) has a unique property, in that Events that happen in the presence of this rock imprint upon it for a short time. One cubic foot of photostatic rock picks up impressions in a 10-foot radius and automatically relays them to anyone who touches it later. The ...



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