In D&D 4th edition, the Alarm ritual has a component cost of "5gp, plus a set of focuses." What does "set of focuses" refer to here?


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The compendium entry for the Alarm ritual states:

Focus: While holding a tiny bell (5 gp), you use a fine silver wire (5 gp) to scribe runes on the warded area’s perimeter.

So I'd hazard that the set means both items.

  • \$\begingroup\$ So, in other words, a nice DM will just let you spend 15gp to use the ritual instead of requiring you to have everything already on you. \$\endgroup\$
    – DForck42
    Aug 1, 2012 at 16:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ A nice DM will make it interesting and not boring to find the elements, but yes. Otherwise, why bother with the ritual at all? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 1, 2012 at 16:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that focuses, unlike components, are not consumed during a ritual, so you only have to acquire them once. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ananisapta
    Aug 2, 2012 at 13:17

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