Is there anything like greater restoration available to me at level 3? Or is there something I can do as a level three sorcerer to undo the effects of a Intellect Devourer's ability score reduction on a fallen player character?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh yeah sorry not on a system it’s tabletop D&D 5th edition \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 14:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AlanMark D&D 5th edition is indeed the system, as in the rpg system used, the set of rules. I have added the corresponding tag to the question to indicate this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sdjz
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 14:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Which effect of the monster do you mean? The reduction to Intelligence or the aftereffects of it taking over a body? \$\endgroup\$
    – Szega
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 16:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just the intellect damage \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 1:16

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While you can't do anything personally, you may be able to go to a town large enough that has spellcasting services where you could employ someone that can cast Greater Restoration.

Whether or not this is an actual possibility will rely on your DM and the world you play in.

Plot Hook help

Getting this done is a great plot hook set-up! Whether it's in the search or in a barter for payment - there's a lot here for the group to do.

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    \$\begingroup\$ And if the party can't afford it at level 3, there might be a spellcaster who would provide the service as payment for some task... \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 18:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @chrylis Keep you and your plot hooks out of this :) But seriously great point - adding :) \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 18:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ That does seem like a strange oversight. Most creatures that reduce ability scores say when and how you recover -- like the Shadow where you get it back after a short or long rest. But I suppose if your mind literally got devoured, it makes sense that you need some high end restoration magic to get it back. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 21:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DarthPseudonym They can straight-up eat your brain and teleport into your head if they're close enough and you fail the saving throw, so that definitely requires some additional work. It seems the less-dangerous intelligence drain goes away after a rest in 5e, though. \$\endgroup\$
    – JAB
    Commented Sep 11, 2018 at 23:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JAB No, I know about the brain-teleporty thing, that isn't what I'm talking about. Where are you getting that int-drain goes away ever, short of a restoration spell? JCrawford was asked about this on Twitter some time ago; he said Greater Restoration is the only way. If you were reading rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/87639 note that the 'ecology' quote in the top answer is from a fan-work that has no official backing (see the comments on that answer for details). 5e has no way to recover lost ability scores except that spell and any monster-specific rules. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 14:46

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