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Part of the description of the wish spell:

The stress of casting this spell to produce any effect other than duplicating another spell weakens you. ... In addition, your Strength drops to 3, if it isn't 3 or lower already, for 2d4 days. For each of those days that you spend resting and doing nothing more than light activity, your remaining recovery time decreases by 2 days. ...

If I take one day to rest, how many days the recovery time actually get reduced? Is it 3 days, because one day has passed naturally and the description says it is reduced by (another) two days (A)? Or just follow the description and reduce it by two days at the end of the day (B)?

end of day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
no rest (remaining days) 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 (curse ends)
rest (remaining days) A 7-2=5 4-2=2 1-2=-1 (end)
rest (remaining days) B 7-2=5 5-2=3 3-2=1 1-2=-1 (end)

Is it 2 days in addition to or instead of 1 day of natural recovery?

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Double recovery speed while resting

Normally, each day you wait reduces the remaining necessary recovery time by one day. If you rest, the recovery time necessary decreases by two days instead.

This can be explained by the fact that a day has passed in either case, so replace a normal day with a more efficient recovery day. If another way of reducing the recovery time was listed that wasn't a variation on waiting a day we would have to assume that whatever reduction it would offer to recovery time was in addition to the normal reduction on the same day.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This can also be viewed as a case of "specific beats general": the general case is that each day counts as one day, and the more specific case allows certain days to count as 2 days instead. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 9, 2023 at 2:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RyanC.Thompson Is it though? There is not really a rules contradiction to resolve with the rule. Reducing by one day and by two days could be true at the same time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Anagkai
    Apr 9, 2023 at 6:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ "For each of those days... your remaining recovery time decreases by 2 days" seems to explicitly support this interpretation. 'For each 1 day spent the time decreases by 2 days' is a direct relationship between those values. If it was intended to be an 'additional' 2 days on top of the 1 day spent, I'd expect the wording to say "... your remaining recovery time decreases by an additional 2 days". \$\endgroup\$
    – Kayndarr
    Apr 13, 2023 at 1:13

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