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The description of the Mind Blank spell states:

Until the spell ends, one willing creature you touch is immune to psychic damage, any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition. The spell even foils wish spells and spells or effects of similar power used to affect the target's mind or to gain information about the target.

How does the spell Mind Blank interact with shapeshifters and other forms of false identity?

  • For example, can a guard give a description of a changeling's persona via sending, since it is not their natural form?
  • Wish has a range of self but is still foiled for determining information about the target. Does that also apply to information about one of their fake identities?
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    \$\begingroup\$ Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand at all what is being asked here. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 7, 2020 at 14:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the crux of the question is on a very specific reading of Mind Blank, in which while a subject is under the effect of Mind Blank, no spell of any kind can be used to convey any information about the subject, even if the subject is not actually the target of the spell - i.e. sending someone a description of the subject is considered to be a spell which causes someone to gain information about the target and is therefore prevented. \$\endgroup\$
    – Carcer
    Sep 7, 2020 at 16:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov I have tried to simplify the question as best as I can tell. Please tell me if it is still not clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – kent
    Sep 8, 2020 at 22:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kent Carcer cleated things up for me, I think, but it doesn’t seem reflected in the question. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 8, 2020 at 23:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please don't edit questions that already have answers in a way that makes those answers invalid - ask another question; they're free. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Sep 8, 2020 at 23:47

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Mind Blank only affects magic

It does not protect the creature from being seen or perceived by things that aren't listed. If a guard encounters a changeling (or anything else) under the effect of Mind Blank they could describe what the saw and heard and smelled and, if things got that intimate, touched and tasted. Any "any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, divination spells, and the charmed condition" would fail but normal senses aren't affected. So, the guard can tell another guard what they saw, or take out an ad in the paper or send a Message because none of those actions is prohibited by Mind Blank.

Further, the creature is immune, the guard can use things that sense emotions, divination spells and charm things - just not on the Mind Blank target.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "For example, can a guard give a description of a changeling's persona via sending since it is not their natural form?" The spell does absolutely nothing to prevent third parties from exchanging information of any kind by any means. It only stops magic from affecting the creature, not other creatures. You might be better off asking that as a separate question though. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cubic
    Sep 7, 2020 at 7:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @StopBeingEvil not anymore. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Sep 8, 2020 at 23:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @DaleM Okay I see this is an example of rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11186/… I don't want to edit the question to match your answer because that is not a question I would ask. And you don't want to let me focus the question to deal with the close votes at the risk of invalidating your answer. Is there are way to resolve this situation? The question refers to identity and information, not perception. \$\endgroup\$
    – kent
    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kent yes. Leave this question alone and ask the question you want to ask as a different question \$\endgroup\$
    – Dale M
    Sep 9, 2020 at 8:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ I will contemplate asking a separate question. In the mean time the question is being rollbacked to when it had two examples up, I hope this does not invalidate your answer but your rollback went too far imo. \$\endgroup\$
    – kent
    Sep 9, 2020 at 10:27

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