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Recently I cast Gust of Wind to push back a group of chitine that suddenly jumped the party. It worked surprisingly well but just to be safe, I wanted to place my wizard behind a statue to stay out of their reach in any case, while the wind supported my allies.

The DM asked me how the position of the line works when I move away from the original casting position. I don't know, I said, so I quickly looked it up but it didn't get more clear. He ruled that the blast of wind continued blowing from where I originally cast it, regardless of my wizard's new position (which is how I intended it).

Now after the session, reading the spell description still doesn't clarify it to me. Is there something I'm missing here?

A strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction you choose. Each creature that starts its turn in the line must pass a strength save or be pushed 15 feet away in the line's direction. [...]

As a bonus action, you can change the line's direction.

What is supposed to happen to the position of the line when the caster moves while the spell is still active?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I edited out the link in your question because it points to a site that hosts non-SRD content. Gust of wind is in the SRD, however - here's the official wording: "A line of strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction you choose for the spell's duration. Each creature that starts its turn in the line must succeed on a Strength saving throw or be pushed 15 feet away from you in a direction following the line." \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Oct 11 '18 at 2:26
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The gust moves with the caster

First, the spell does not target a point in space, it has a range of Self.

Second:

A strong wind 60 feet long and 10 feet wide blasts from you in a direction you choose.

Even if you move, it will keep doing that: blasting from you.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for pointing out that detail! It was the text under the Bonus Action that confused me though. But after double checking the wording on PHB p.248 I see it restates clearly and emphasizes your point: "(...) you can change the direction in which the line blasts from you." That last important detail got skipped in the description that I quoted from the Wikia. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vadruk
    Oct 10 '18 at 9:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Vadruk yeah, the wikia is pretty rife with stuff like that, leaving out important words or phrases (presumably because the transcriptionist thought they weren't really necessary). \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10 '18 at 12:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ I avoid the Wikia sites like the plague. For any game, they are usually full of headcanon and people's home-brew versions of things. Fine if that's what you're looking for, but not really worth all the landmines of bad info. \$\endgroup\$
    – user47897
    Oct 10 '18 at 19:08
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The gust moves with the caster

Range Self (60ft line)

This is why I think the spell moves with you, because it is actually cast ON you.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I brought up 2 points and this was the first, what you say is part of my reasoning. Maybe I shouldv'e expounded a bit on it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Szega
    Oct 10 '18 at 11:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Szega FFS I can't read. I will update my answer to not refer to yours. \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Oct 10 '18 at 11:45

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