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There are technically answers to this question both here, Sage Advice, a tweet by Jeremy Crawford, and this question here. As I said, they are "technically" answers, but I can answer the question 1+1 with the answer 4, that doesn't mean that it's right or that it helps me solve the answer. These answers have left me even more confused to how the Devil's Sight invocation works.

Devil's Sight (PHB Pg. 110)

You can see normally in darkness, both magical and nonmagical, to a distance of 120 feet.

So, can I get a definitive answer on what exactly this invocation does? Saying it is meant to be an eerie ability does not help clarify. I, as well as the rest of our table, took this vague description to mean that "seeing normally in darkness" meant that you can see as though it was normal lighting, basically as though it was day time, or torches were out, or whatever would cause the area to appear as though there is no darkness. Is that NOT how this works? Or is there some other meaning?

You may see my confusion, here. So, basically, can someone give me a definite, straightforward "this-is-how-it-works" answer?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm uncertain if your question is about how Devil's Sight works, how darkvision works, how a combination of the above works and how those are different than the linked questions/answers/tweets you provided. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Aug 24 '17 at 13:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this not a duplicate of rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/91100/… in any sense other than "you don't like the answer?" The thing to do is bounty that question, comment, etc. not open a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 25 '17 at 3:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Then comment on an answer seeking additional clarification. But a dupe's a dupe. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 25 '17 at 4:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, we simply don't do re-asking. There are very important reasons for that, but I can understand that it can be frustrating. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Aug 25 '17 at 4:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Point of clarification: Is your core question really that you don't understand the logical mechanics of the Devil's Sight invocation? If so,that's a very difficult question to answer as you are asking for a 'better real-world explanation' of a magical effect. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Aug 25 '17 at 12:59
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Devil's Sight

"You see normally" means pretty much just that. You treat all spaces within 120 feet of you as if they were brightly lit. It doesn't matter if you're standing in darkness or not. It doesn't matter if those spaces are dimly lit or not lit at all. It doesn't matter if the lack of light is magical or non-magical.

Darkvision

For comparison, darkvision is much weaker than Devil's Sight. You treat any non-magically dark spaces within range as if they were dimly lit (not brightly lit), and additionally you can only see shades of grey in those spaces, not color.

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"Light" (dim or otherwise) is not "darkness" Devil's Sight only works in "darkness". If you are in an area of light, Devil's Sight does not work at all.

If you are in darkness Devil's Sight allows you to see into other dark areas as though they were brightly lit. If you are looking into a lit area then you see it as the light conditions there dictate: this isn't Devil's Sight, it's just sight.

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