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So, this question has both a specific example, and a general question. I address both the specific case (the first two headings) and the general case (the rest of the answer). Unfortunately, the answer to the general case is there is no answer that applies generally. There is no one-size-fits-all, this-is-what-a-GM-should-always-do-for-every-situation answer ...


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When I DM and a player does something like this, I celebrate it. Creative application of character skills is awesome to watch, and if it's something I haven't thought of, it means it's another tool for the more intelligent NPCs to use later (or for ones who've heard about the PCs using it). Characters who fight by dropping whales on things are probably ...


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There is currently no equivalent spell in 5e. The Stone Shape spell allows you to, well, shape stone, but only a 5-foot cube at a time. (So I suppose this is an option, just a very slow one.) The Disintegrate spell can disintegrate stone, but only a 10-foot cube at a time. The Move Earth spell allows you to alter terrain in up to 40-foot cubes, but only ...


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No*. Considering concentration, and limiting casters to one concentration spell at a time is considered a core balancing mechanic by 5e's designers. I don't believe they've published anything that allows for the casting of two concentration spells at a time. If concentration is interrupted, the spell dissipates and cannot be resumed. At this time there ...


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First of all let me just say that there's no right or wrong in here, neither a "good-GM-should-do-this-or-that" kind of answer. It is pretty much group and situation specific. What I can do, though, is to give a few examples of ways to "cope" with this situation or a similar one that I've seen in the past. The 10,000 staffs I participated in a game once, a ...


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There's a few things that help to make magic... feel magical. Relative Rarity If you treat magic like a commodity, it will feel like a commodity. If you treat magic like a strange rarity, perhaps even a scary break from reality... it will be treated like that, too. While the players or the magic type characters may know the basic limitations of magic ...


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Yes, by making a caster level check and meeting some requirements The relevant rules are all in the Magic Items - Scrolls section of the DMG. Here's a copy from the SRD. There are two steps: Decipher the Writing The writing on a scroll must be deciphered before a character can use it or know exactly what spell it contains. This requires a read ...


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Yes, it can be done! But you need assistance. Use the spell Glyph of Warding: Glyph of Warding You can store a prepared spell of 3rd level or lower in the glyph by casting it as part of creating the glyph. The spell must target a single creature or area. ... When the glyph is triggered, the stored spell is cast. If the spell has a target, it ...


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According to my Greyhawk book (published in 1976) On page 20 is the extended wizard spell list, on the lower right corner" "9th Level (all new)" - so the 9th level wizard spells were first introduced in this book spell #6 in the 9th level list is "Wish" On page 28, about 1/2 way down the page "Wish: The same spell as found in a Ring of Wishes ...


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This is one of the most annoying and awkward pieces of 3.x rules You don’t get enhancement bonuses to AC, you get enhancement bonuses to armor bonuses So, armors grant an armor bonus to AC. Seems simple enough. Then we have enhancement bonuses. You could, in theory, have an enhancement bonus to AC; if you did, it would stack with an armor bonus, since ...


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Common wisdom says that direct-damage blasting is a suboptimal route for high-tier casters. Damage that doesn’t kill leaves an enemy at full capacity for hurting you or your allies, plenty of low-tier classes can only deal damage, and tend to have an easier time dealing it than a caster does, most direct-damage spells are pretty poor, and so on. There are a ...


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Completion (scrolls, power stones) and trigger (wands and staves, djorges and psicrowns) items function almost identically to simply casting or manifesting the spell or power. The only major differences are: Resource expenditure – they are single-use or use charges, rather than requiring spell slots or power points Access – you need to know/prepare a spell ...


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The specific description of the Create Water spell on page 215 of the Player's Handbook says: Water can be created in an area as small as will actually contain the liquid, or in an area three times as large and Note: Conjuration spells can't create substances or objects within a creature. Thus you couldn't create the water directly inside the ...


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For the duration, you sense the presence of magic within 30 feet of you. If you sense magic in this way, you can use your action to see a faint aura around any visible creature or object in the area that bears magic, and you learn its school of magic, if any. Detect Magic detects the presence of magical objects, magical creatures, and anything ...


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Only with a Lot of Planning The description of the vampire reads, "Each round of immersion in running water inflicts damage on a vampire equal to one-third of its maximum hit points—a vampire reduced to 0 hit points in this manner is destroyed." Emphasis mine. I'll admit 12 gallons per person per round is a lot, but immersing--that is, submerging or ...


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Transforming yourself is entirely possible and there are no especial restrictions on it compared to performing it on someone else, and yes, it makes sense (both fictionally and mechanically) for it to be slightly easier—though it's not nearly as much easier as you might hope. It's actually remarkably straightforward to work up a generic template for these ...


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There is no way by the rules to make a spell cast longer than normal. None of the rules in the PHB mention extending casting time like that, and I'm unaware of any other source that does either. The one exception is that spontaneous casters casting spells affected by metamagic feats turn a standard action spell into a full-round action spell. However, ...


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No, it can't. Animate dead and similar spells typically have a duration of instantaneous. This means the magic is only present at their creation (and for more powerful spells/spellcasters, an aura may linger for a time). After that, the negative energy has already infused the creature and made it undead - this is a "natural" (stretching the term quite a ...


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Middle Earth is a setting where magic is diminishing. The mighty feats of the past ages are no longer possible in the current age. So, when you look at TA3019 (the year of the War of the Ring) magic is mostly gone. However, we know that magic was much more prevalent beforehand. In the first it was ever present. In the second age, it was less powerful but ...


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In D&D 3.5, it's just a spell. The spell has a really cool name, but it's just a spell. It isn't referencing a concept that exists outside the spell description the way, say, touch of Juiblex (Book of Vile Darkness) and slime wave (Spell Compendium) reference Green Slime or the black sand spell (Sandstorm) references the Black Sand environmental hazard ...


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Keep it low-level and keep magic uncommon My experience from running Rolemaster in a MERP game (two campaigns) is that the feel of the world can be maintained if the magic is kept to a minimum and consider some of the abilities (especially the semispellcasters) as 'exceptional' abilities rather than magical abilities. Yes Rolemaster and MERP have a lot of ...


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Possibly, but most of the time it won't cause an additional effect Even if you inferred or house ruled that the rules for touching willing creatures for the purposes of spell targeting also applied to touching inanimate objects, none of them would be affected unless the spell already allowed multiple target objects. The key limitation is the spell targeting ...


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While there's nothing that specifically calls out the Summoner's Eidolon ritual, I'm going to use the rules for casting time: A spell that takes 1 minute to cast comes into effect just before your turn 1 minute later (and for each of those 10 rounds, you are casting a spell as a full-round action, just as noted above for 1-round casting times). These ...


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The only component of Command is a verbal component. From the spellcasting rules on verbal components: Most spells require the chanting of mystic words. From the Command spell: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can see within range. So the question is whether the spell requires verbal spellcasting in addition to the one-word command. ...


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Miscellaneous tricks that should make a Wizard (or in most cases, anyone) move more silently: Get a Collar of Umbral Metamorphosis (Tome of Magic). Grants a move silently bonus as the least of its abilities, the others include Hide in Plain Sight. Get some Silent Moves armor for up to +15 circumstance to move silently. Use ASF lowering techniques for best ...


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In addition to the Glyph of Warding as briddums mentioned: With a sorcerer, you can use metamagic to do a Twinned Spell for a single target concentration spell (like Witch Bolt). It's still technically only a single spell that you're concentrating on (which may mean you don't consider this an answer that quite meets your question), but with two targets ...


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There's no way to tell what kind of magic a spellcaster has, or even if someone is a spellcaster. But! Crafting a setting isn't just throwing some cultures in a pot, it also involves creating the tools of the world. Magic is a tool, so creating a setting also covers creating new spells or forms of magic that the setting demands. In such a setting as you ...


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No, there's no difference. Detect magic would say if there was. Both types can detect the other's magic equally well. Technically, not the even the different Knowledge skills apply to detecting magic itself. They apply to identifying the results of the two different kinds of magic, though, based on which one creates them most commonly - undead fall into ...


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One (or both) party(s) should cast the Call Kolyarut spell (Planar Handbook) to have Kolyaruts serve as a witness to the deal. A Kolyarut (thanks Ruut) has as its obsession: Kolyaruts mete out punishment to those who break bargains and oaths. The spell requires the statement of a task. In this case, the task is "witness the following contract, agreed ...


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No There's no requirement to know a lot of attack spells at all. But see below: Blasting is actually suboptimal Sorcerers get tons of mileage out of buffs (haste), debuffs (slow), summons, battlefield control options (solid fog, wall of iron) and those options are almost universally going to be more powerful both in and out of combat than pure damage. The ...



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