Normally, beads from the Chronurgy wizard's Arcane Abeyance feature disappear after an hour (EGtW, p. 185):

When the duration ends, or if the bead is destroyed, it vanishes in a flash of light, and the spell is lost.

However, the wristpocket spell allows you to manipulate certain objects, and the spell seems to preserve the object in the following language (EGtW, p. 190):

The object [...] is transported to an extradimensional space, where it remains for the duration.

[...] An object still in the pocket plane when the spell ends appears in your space, at your feet.

Does the language "remains for the duration" supersede the vanishing of the bead, and therefore allow the trigger of the vanishing to pass before the bead appears at your feet?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll admit when I mentioned this I wasn't referring to this combination but definitely a neat find for allowing it to preserve past an hour. I think I agree though that after the 1 hour duration the bead isn't useful outside of its extradimensional space. \$\endgroup\$
    – user45338
    Aug 17 at 17:25

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It is up to the DM

The only way to resolve this contradiction is to harken to the specific over general rule scheme of 5e. Unfortunately, there are at least two interpretations of which rule is more specific:

  1. wristpocket generally preserves an item, but the specific language of Arcane Abeyance causes it to vanish.
  2. Arcane Abeyance generally vanishes, but the specific language of wristpocket causes it to remain.

As a DM, I would lean toward the first interpretation due to wristpocket being more generally applicable (to any object), whereas Arcane Abeyance is always specific to the bead. However, another DM could certainly interpret differently.

As such, you will have to ask your DM how these features would interact at your table.

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    \$\begingroup\$ A third option is that the duration expires but the wristpocket keeps the bead from vanishing, but as soon as you pull it out and it's no longer remaining for the duration, it instantly vanishes, as it expired a while back. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 17 at 16:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ @DarthPseudonym I think that is just what happens immediately after option 2. So the gist is that it doesn't really matter which is more specific, because after the hour is up the bead can't be used. \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Aug 17 at 16:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri If you write that answer I'll upvote it. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 17 at 17:14

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