I love the spell command, and I am looking for a way to get someone to temporarily blind themselves. Yet, for the life of me I cannot find a solitary verb that means to close your eyes. Funny how bad the English language is, haha.

What command can I give with the command spell to temporarily blind an opponent?

  • \$\begingroup\$ While I do not beleive this question to be off-topic here, I would recommend also posting it on the English Language SE. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jul 26 '19 at 6:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ To what purpose? Even if you could find such a command (and I don't think there is an English word for it - or for that matter a French one. Which doesn't mean there isn't one in Common) they only do it on their turn so you (or anyone else) aren't in a position to take advantage of it on your turn. \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M Jul 26 '19 at 7:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ What's wrong with grovel or halt? Both will prevent the target from taking any actions on their turn. \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Jul 26 '19 at 7:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ The problem with grovel is that we have serval ranged fighters and they get disadvantage on units I prone. Blind gives everyone advantage. \$\endgroup\$ – Destiny Pugginty Jul 28 '19 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm fairly sure you can just use the word blind causing opponent to close their eyes. \$\endgroup\$ – RozzA Aug 25 '19 at 22:15

I didn't find a verb for it, but I thought about something that might do what you want: Sleep

The target may not fall asleep from this command, but, DM wise, it is likely to, at least, close their eyes and maybe even lay down on the ground.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you done this? How did it work out? Were other casters who actually have the sleep spell okay with this guaranteed usage of a same spell level where there's doesn't (even though there's lasts longer if successful?) \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Jul 26 '19 at 14:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch It is not guaranteed, command allows a save. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jul 26 '19 at 17:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch I never used this, but it's something I would allow as a DM. As written, the target may not fall magically asleep, but may try to sleep in a more natural manner, like closing his eyes and maybe lay down the ground. \$\endgroup\$ – Zoma Jul 28 '19 at 10:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ This is an interesting one and sounds reasonable. The only problem is prone gives disadvantage to ranged, blind gives everyone advantage. \$\endgroup\$ – Destiny Pugginty Jul 28 '19 at 13:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DestinyPugginty I guess that if you ask your DM, he may tell you what an ennemy do if you command "Sleep". Maybe you can argue that the ennemy may not use his brain and just try to fall asleep instantly, without even thinking about lay down (my father already fall asleep while standing up, so it's a possibility). You may even ask your DM an idea for a word that may work if "Sleep" doesn't. \$\endgroup\$ – Zoma Jul 29 '19 at 5:29

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