In what direction does the area of the incendiary cloud spell move at the start of the caster's turn?
- Does the cloud move in a continuous line away from the caster?
- Or can the caster choose any direction that does not cause it to get closer to them?
- Or something else?
The description of the incendiary cloud spell says, in part (PHB, page 253):
The cloud moves 10 feet directly away from you in a direction that you choose at the start of each of your turns.
I'm struggling to comprehend this sentence and what it means.
This part is pretty clear to me:
The cloud moves 10 feet directly away from you [...]
I'm assuming that it means drawing a line between two points (being the caster and the center of the cloud) and then having the cloud continue moving away directly down that line.
However, then there's this:
[...] in a direction that you choose [...]
...But the direction was already specified: directly away from you.
Is it trying to say that it moves 10 feet directly away, and then can be moved slightly to the left or right? Is the presence of the word(s) "directly" or "from you" an error?